Anthony Davis Drops 50 to Help LeBron James, Lakers Blow out Timberwolves

Anthony Davis Drops 50 to Help LeBron James, Lakers Blow out Timberwolves
Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis (3) drives to basket while defended by Minnesota Timberwolves' Robert Covington (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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The Los Angeles Lakers continued their early season dominance with a 142-125 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center in L.A. on Sunday night.

Lakers All-Star forward Anthony Davis carried the Lakers with 50 points, coming nine points shy of his career-high. Through Davis’ wire-to-wire excellence, L.A. was able to overcome LeBron James finding himself in uncharacteristic foul trouble as he entered halftime with four personal fouls.

The Lakers improved to 21-3. They have won four in a row and 14 of their last 15 en route to topping the Western Conference.

The 10-12 Timberwolves, meanwhile, have dropped four straight.

     

Notable Stats

LAL F Anthony Davis: 50 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, 1 block

LAL G LeBron James: 32 points, 4 rebounds, 13 assists, 1 steal

LAL G Alex Caruso: 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals

LAL G Danny Green: 12 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals

MIN F Andrew Wiggins: 19 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists

MIN C Karl-Anthony Towns: 19 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal

MIN G Josh Okogie: 18 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist

     

Anthony Davis Leads Lakers with First 50-Burger of the Season

This is why the Lakers traded for Davis.

James called for four fouls before halftime? No problem, as Davis led L.A. on an 11-0 run to finish the second quarter and entered the locker room with 27 points:

Prior to that, Davis opened the contest with 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field:

All told, Davis had 42 points on 18-of-24 shooting by the end of the third quarter. It marked the third game with at least 40 points this season for the 26-year-old All-Star.

The Timberwolves had no answers for Davis in the paint:

Davis’ 50 points came two days after he dropped 39 points in the Lakers’ 136-113 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. It marked the first time Davis has scored 50 points in a game since Feb. 26, 2018. He also joined elite Lakers company:

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Davis scores season-high 50 to lead Lakers’ win

Davis scores season-high 50 to lead Lakers’ win

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis had a season-high 50 points and the Los Angeles Lakers improved to a league-best 21-3 with a 142-125 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.

Davis hit a floater with 4:39 remaining to reach 50 points for the fourth time in his career. He was 20 of 29 from the field and made all 10 of his free throws to go along with seven rebounds and six assists.

LeBron James had 32 points and 13 assists despite committing four fouls in the first half. Alex Caruso added 16 points as the Lakers won their fourth straight and improved to 10-2 at home.

Each of the Timberwolves’ starters had at least 12 points. Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins each had 19 points as Minnesota lost its fourth straight game.

Davis had 42 points through three quarters, one more than his previous single-game best this season, 41 points in his return to New Orleans on Nov. 27. He

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Bronny James and Sierra Canyon Beat Millennium 76-66; Zaire Wade Out with Injury

Bronny James and Sierra Canyon Beat Millennium 76-66; Zaire Wade Out with Injury
BJ Boston

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BJ Boston posted 22 points and Amari Bailey added 18 points and five assists as Sierra Canyon defeated Millennium High School 76-66 on Saturday at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The matchup was part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Hoophall West High School Invitational.

LeBron James Jr. (known as Bronny), the son of Los Angeles Lakers guard/forward LeBron James, knocked down a three-pointer late in the third quarter and also finished an alley-oop from Bailey.

Zaire Wade, the son of NBA legend Dwyane Wade, did not play because of injury. Per Dana Scott of AZCentral.com, he was seen on the bench with a boot cast on his right foot.

Sierra Can

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LeBron James, Anthony Davis Lead Lakers to Win over Carmelo Anthony’s Blazers

LeBron James, Anthony Davis Lead Lakers to Win over Carmelo Anthony’s Blazers
PORTLAND, OR - DECEMBER 6: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against Carmelo Anthony #00 of the Portland Trail Blazers on December 6, 2019 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. 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 Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Los Angeles Lakers won their 13th game in 14 tries as they defeated the host Portland Trail Blazers 136-113 on Friday at Moda Center.

Anthony Davis led the way with 39 points and nine rebounds, and LeBron James posted 31 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 29 points in defeat.

Portland suffered a significant blow when Rodney Hood suffered a season-ending torn left Achilles tendon. Hood entered the game averaging 11.5 points and 3.5 rebounds.

For the Lakers, point guard Rajon Rondo exited with a left hamstring strain and did not return.

The 20-3 Lakers kept pace with the Milwaukee Bucks for the league’s best record and have now opened up a 3.5-game advantage over the Dallas Mavericks for first in the Western Conference.

The Blazers fell to 9-14 with the loss, but the team has played far better of late by virtue of a 4-1 mark in their five games leading into the Lakers contest.

           

Notable Performances

Lakers F/C Anthony Davis: 39 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals

Lakers G/F LeBron James: 31 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds

Lakers F Kyle Kuzma: 15 points, 6 rebounds

Blazers PG Damian Lillard: 29 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds

Blazers C Hassan Whiteside: 17 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals

Blazers F Carmelo Anthony: 15 points, 3 steals

     

Anthony Davis Slides into the MVP Discussion After Dominant Performance

Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis looks destined for a host of individual accolades by season’s end, with an All-NBA First Team placement and Defensive Player of the Year honors both possibilities.

Perhaps an MVP award should at least be in the discussion after Friday, in which Davis dominated on both ends.

On offense, Davis led all scorers with 39 points but did so at an efficient clip, shooting 12-of-20 from the field and 13-of-15 from the free-throw line.

He also knocked down a pair of three-pointers for good measure, including one that resulted in a four-point play.


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Eric Emanuel and BAPE Release Basketball Shorts Capsule

Eric Emanuel and BAPE Release Basketball Shorts Capsule

New York-based designer Eric Emanuel and BAPE have teamed up a limited run of bold basketball shorts. Growing up in upstate New York, the sportswear designer remembers making the BAPE store his first stop on day trips to NYC, making this collaboration especially meanin

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A Look Inside LeBron James’ New UNKNWN Store in Miami

A Look Inside LeBron James’ New UNKNWN Store in Miami

Co-founded by LeBron James, Jaron Kanfer and Frankie Walker Jr. in 2011, UNKNWN opened its doors in Miami’s vibrant Wynwood district yesterday. Offering a highly curated selection of apparel, footwear and accessories, UNKNWN Wynwood is designed to provide a premium shopping experience that reflects the vision and lifestyle of the brand’s co-founders. Built in collaboration with multidisciplinary artist John Margaritis of New York Sunshine, the 10,000 square foot, industrial-style retail destination boasts a unique architectural design adorned with handmade details throughout.

Upon entering the store, visitors encounter a Margaritis-designed water feature. The permanent art installation, made up of custom basketball hoops, copper and water, is adjacent to a live plant wall that showcases new arrivals. Suspended from the ceiling are stainless steel chains, LED-lit shelves and glass garage doors that offer an indoor/outdoor experience when lifted.

Paying homage to the strong friendship of the three co-founders, UNKNWN Wynwood is centered around a multi-use courtyard and open-air basketball court that serves as a venue for sporting and lifestyle events. Painted with bold blue and white hues, the court features over 200 feet of mural space for artist creations.

“We want our brand and stores to be the canvas for a global community to feel welcome, excited, and express themselves through interacting with our space, brands, and events,” Kanfer explains. “We draw inspiration from our community and that is something that’s reflected in the way the collections have room to evolve without compromising the integrity of the UNKNWN retail design.”

To celebrate the store’s opening, the co-founders are hosting a series of private events during Art Basel Miami 2019. This weekend, UNKNWN is unveiling limited edition products, collaborations and sneaker releases with BAPE, Chinatown Market, New Era, BornxRaised and more. Take a look inside UNKNWN Wynwood in the gallery above and head over to unknwn.com to shop the latest products.

UNKNWN Wynwood
261 NW 26th Street
Miami, Florida 33127

In related news, Wynwood Walls cultural center is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a massive retrospective group exhibition.

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Carmelo Anthony on LeBron James Relationship: ‘We Will Always Be Connected’

Carmelo Anthony on LeBron James Relationship: ‘We Will Always Be Connected’
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20:  LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Houston Rockets wait for and inbound at Staples Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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As they prepare to play one another Friday night, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony reflected on their friendship with The Athletic’s Bill Oram and Jason Quick.

“We came in together,” Anthony said. “Some way, some how we will always be connected.”

James noted they had similar backgrounds, which helped them to forge a bond: 

“When you have a connection with somebody, you can’t explain it. We have no idea. I can say that we both come from single-parent high schools, inner city, everybody looking at us as being that one from our inner city to uplift everybody else, so that right there we have something in common.”

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected James with the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft, while the Denver Nuggets took Anthony third. James said he and Anthony first met during the 2001 Junior Olympics.

I remember coming home and telling my high school teammate

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Is LeBron’s Teen Son Second Coming Of NBA’s King?

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LeBron James is playing at an MVP level in the early stages of the 2019-2020 season and if it looks like his son, Bronny, is on his way to being one of the best high school players in the nation if he isn’t already. On Instagram, James shared a side-by-side photo of him and Bronny dunking and they look exactly the same. And in the caption, James was clearly proud of him by saying “Like Father, like son.”

“It’s My Job to pass along to Blueprint so it allows him(his brother and sister) to Rumble Young Man/Woman Rumble! Heir to the Throne. [LikeFatherLikeSon] [ThekidsfromAKRON] [JamesGang] [bronny],” James wrote on Twitter.

A lot of James’ fans had a lot to say in his comments section. One fan wrote, “I said it first…..the prince is coming and he doesn’t know what’s under that hood but when he does (watch out world).”

Another fan absolutely loved the photo, but the caption could use some work. The fan

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B/R Countdown: Top 10 James Harden Step-Back Three’s

B/R Countdown: Top 10 James Harden Step-Back Three’s

James Harden is still torching defenders with his signature step-back. In this edition, we count down Harden’s Top 10 step-back threes of the season so far. 

Watch the video above for all of the highlights. 

    

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What You Need to Know about Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Watch

What You Need to Know about Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Watch

“First must evolve,” says LeBron James in Audemars Piguet’s Future of First campaign video for the 25th anniversary of one of its flagship watches, the Royal Oak Offshore. And for over a century, the leading Swiss watch brand has done exactly that: evolve. What began in 1875 as a handmade workshop in a small Swiss village has transformed, today, into a cultural icon for a generation steeped in streetwear and social media influencers. Celebrities flexing their wrist game with Audemars Piguets include Gucci Mane, Jay Z, and Yung Hurn. In October, Justin Bieber posted an Instagram shot of the bespoke Audemars Piguet watch he wore at his wedding.

This year, Audemars Piguet released an unprecedented, tour-de-force in its flagship series, the Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin. With a movement of 2.89 millimeters in thickness and a case of just 6.3 millimeters in height, the Royal Oak Ultra-Thin is the world’s thinnest wristwatch with an automatic perpetual calendar — part of what’s referred to by watchmakers as “complication.”




Audemars Piguet




It’s kind of a big deal. To most watch aficionados (you know who you are), the Royal Oak needs no introduction. It was the era-defining masterpiece of Gérald Genta, who designed the watch in 1972 at a time when the luxury industry was modernizing and the brand wanted to release a high-end sports watch made out of steel, which at the time didn’t exist. Inspired by deep-sea diving helmets, Genta designed — in the course of a night, the legend goes — the Royal Oak’s iconic stop-sign shaped bezel, which the series still carries today.




Audemars Piguet




Jay-Z describes encountering an Audemars Piguet for the first time like a conversion experience. It was in 1997 when the watchmaker brought him into the private

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UNKNWN Teams Up With Some of Streetwear’s Best to Celebrate New Miami Store

UNKNWN Teams Up With Some of Streetwear’s Best to Celebrate New Miami Store

LeBron James‘ men’s boutique, UNKNWN, opened a new location in Miami’s Wynwood Art District this week. To celebrate the occasion, the store has collaborated with a number of brands to offer exclusive products at the new location. Collaborators include BAPE, Chinatown Market, Eric Emanuel, Ignored Prayers, Just Don, PLEASURES, and Psychworld. Take a look at each joint effort below.

BAPE

UNKNWN and BAPE have come together to release two short-sleeve graphic T-shirts. Available in black with red or blue graphics, the tees boast UNKNWN’s path logo and BAPE’s signature Ape Head design, in addition to co-branding. Furthermore, the Wynwood store’s address is applied to the sleeve.

See the images in the main gallery above.

Chinatown Market

Chinatown Market references classic Miami themes with its collaboration, drawing on college mascots and iconic restaurants. The brand’s signature smiley graphic is incorporated throughout the capsule, reimagined with the UNKNWN path logo.

Eric Emanuel

Eric Emanuel has designed a pair of exclusive basketball shorts to celebrate UNKNWN Wynwood. Made in New York City, the shorts draw inspiration from Miami scenery, featuring palm trees and sunset fades.

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LeBron James says he had a ‘malfunction’ after committing one of the worst travels of the season

LeBron James says he had a ‘malfunction’ after committing one of the worst travels of the season
  • LeBron James committed a blatant travel on Wednesday against the Utah Jazz that the referees missed completely.
  • After the game, James said he had a “malfunction,” calling it one of the worst plays of his career.
  • James also said he felt bad for the ref who missed it, knowing he will likely be criticized.
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On Wednesday, LeBron James committed a blatant travel that went uncalled, much to the bemusement of the Utah Jazz and their fans and the amusement of the NBA world.

In the first quarter, James brought the ball past half-court, picked up his dribble with one hand, took several steps, then resumed dribbling. Somehow, the referees missed what was a t

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LeBron James kicked off his shoes during a blowout win, then responded to critics who said the move was disrespectful

LeBron James kicked off his shoes during a blowout win, then responded to critics who said the move was disrespectful
  • At the end of the Los Angeles Lakers’ blowout win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, LeBron James took off his shoes, gave them to some young fans, then cheered on his teammates while in socks, even running on the floor and sliding in them.
  • The Utah Jazz announcers called the move disrespectful.
  • James hit back on Wednesday in an Instagram post, saying he was being criticized for giving his shoes to young fans and supporting his teammates.
  • It’s not the first time James has been scrutinized for how he’s acted on the bench during blowouts.
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The Los Angeles Lakers won big over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, and the score disparity allowed LeBron James to kick back at the end of the game.

James checked out of the game with 7:46 remaining, and the Lakers up 105-83. He proceeded to take off his shoes, sign them for a pair of young fans, then cheer on his teammates in his socks.

At one point, James was near

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LeBron on uncalled travel: ‘Had a malfunction’

LeBron on uncalled travel: ‘Had a malfunction’

SALT LAKE CITY — LeBron James broke a personal seven-game road losing streak to the Utah Jazz, dating back to December 2010, in the Los Angeles Lakers121-96 win Wednesday, but there was one sequence he would like to get back.

As James was bringing the ball past half court in the first quarter, he picked up his dribble and proceeded to take 3½ steps — making it from the “A” to the “H” of Utah’s midcourt signage — before putting the ball on the floor again, with no travel call made by the official.

“It was the worst thing, probably one of the worst things I’ve ever done in my career,” James said after the game, essentially admitting his final line of 20 points, 12 assists and just one turnover should have included a second turnover. “I didn’t realize I did it until halftime. One of my coaches showed me.”

Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic didn’t take quite as long to recognize the miscue, signaling to referee Jacyn Goble as soon as it happened.

James said he was distracted by a collision involving Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Donovan Mitchell and absent-mindedly kept shuffling his feet as he checked it out.

“I think at the same time, I was watching the underneath play, and KCP and Donov

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LeBron James Responds to Jazz Broadcast’s Rant About Wearing Socks on the Court

LeBron James Responds to Jazz Broadcast’s Rant About Wearing Socks on the Court
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - DECEMBER 4: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a play during the game against the Utah Jazz on December 4, 2019 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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 Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LeBron James responded to comments from two Utah Jazz announcers, who criticized him for having his shoes off and being on the court after being taken out of Wednesday’s 121-96 win. 

“Imagine doing your job at the highest level to where you’re not needed anymore, giving your shoes to a lil girl and boy who you inspire and hoped you made proud that night, then cheering on your teammates cause you love seeing them succeed more than yourself only to be criticized while doing it,” James said on Instagram. “People it’s the world we live in and you can’t let it ever stop you from your purpose in life. Negativity, bad energy, hate, envy, etc etc will try to bring you down throughout your journey and it’s up to you on how you handle it. I handle it by simply saying ‘Thank You’ with a [smile] on my face and continue to push forward while doing it! LIVE.LAUGH.LOVE.”

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Sock hop: LeBron defends elation amid criticism

Sock hop: LeBron defends elation amid criticism

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James took to social media on Thursday to shrug off criticism made by Utah Jazz television announcers and defend his actions for coming onto the court in socks to cheer his teammates in the closing minutes of Wednesday night’s blowout win.

James, who had already exited the game and had given his shoes to kids in the stands, came off the bench onto the corner of the court after teammate Kyle Kuzma twice blocked shot attempts in the paint by Utah’s Tony Bradley with 2:35 remaining and the Lakers leading 116-96.

James’ excitement amped up on the second block, with him hopping up and down on the baseline while waving a towel, moving toward the basket as the Lakers garnered the ball and headed the oth

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Bronny James, Sierra Canyon Rout Santa Clarita Christian

Bronny James, Sierra Canyon Rout Santa Clarita Christian
Norcross' Brandon Boston #11 in action against Roselle Catholic during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic, Saturday, January 19, 2019, in Springfield, MA. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

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Bronny James and Zaire Wade are the headliners given their famous fathers, but it was a different dynamic duo who led the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers to a convincing 72-54 win over the Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals on Wednesday.

Sierra Canyon is now 6-0 on the campaign after Amari Bailey poured in 23 points and BJ Boston came alive in the second half on his way to 19 points.

As Tarek Fattal of the Los Angeles Daily News noted, it appeared as if Santa Clarita were going to earn the head-turning victory in the early going when Ty Harper scored 18 points in the first half. He sliced his way through Sierra Canyon’s defense, drilled four three-pointers before halftime and was the best player on the floor for extended stretches.

Were it not for Bailey carrying his team with 14 points before intermission while Boston was quiet, it could have been a different story.

Boston found his stroke in the second half, scori

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Defender Stupefied After Refs Somehow Miss LeBron Taking Several Steps Without Dribbling

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Lax enforcement of the walking rule has been a running joke in the NBA for years, but it might have reached new heights last night, when LeBron stopped dribbling, took several steps and then started dribbling again, with nary a pee

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Straw Poll: Is a Giannis MVP repeat in the works?

Straw Poll: Is a Giannis MVP repeat in the works?

The NBA season reaches its quarter pole this week, and a new world order has begun to establish itself. The Golden State Warriors are no longer juggernauts. The Los Angeles Lakers might be. The Zion Williamson era … is on hold.

But amid all the tumult that has defined the 2019-20 season so far, there remains at least one constant: Giannis Antetokounmpo. Last season’s Most Valuable Player is the early favorite to win the award for a second straight year.

ESPN asked 101 media members to participate in an informal straw poll of where the league’s MVP race stands as the season moves into its second quarter. It was Antetokounmpo who stood above the rest. The Milwaukee Bucks forward received 48 first-place votes and was the only player to appear on all 101 ballots.

To make the balloting process as realistic as possible, ESPN sought to both balance the voting pool and have it conform to the way the league goes about it in mid-April, at the conclusion of the regular season. The pool of media members consisted of at least two people from each of the league’s 28 markets, as well as national and international reporters. In the official vote, the NBA polls 100 media members and gives another vote to fans. Each of our voters put five players on their ballot, with players receiving five points for a first-place vote and one point for a fifth-place vote, just like the NBA’s system.

Despite fierce competition from the likes of LeBron James, Luka Doncic and James Harden, Antetokounmpo is in the early lead as the league approaches the quarter mark of the regular season.

Antetokounmpo is once again putting up absurd numbers. He ranks in the top five in points (30.8) and rebounds (13.4), is averaging a career-high 5.8 assists and has a player efficiency rating well north of 30. In a typical season, that kind of statistical profile would leave him with little to no competition for the award.

But this isn’t shaping up to be a typical season.

James (29 first-place votes, 651 points, named on 100 ballots), Doncic (14 first-place votes, 569 points, 99 ballots) and Harden (nine first-place votes, 444 points, 97 ballots) have produced the individual achievements and team successes that could make any of them favorites in another season. As it is, that trio, along with Antetokounmpo, has separated itself from the rest of the pack in the eyes of potential voters.

Ja

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Giannis MVP Front-Runner over LeBron James, Luka Doncic in ESPN Media Straw Poll

Giannis MVP Front-Runner over LeBron James, Luka Doncic in ESPN Media Straw Poll
Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo warms up before the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was selected as the early front-runner for the 2019-20 NBA Most Valuable Player Award in an ESPN media straw poll released Wednesday.

Antetokounmpo, the league’s reigning MVP, received 48 of the 101 first-place votes and 803 total points in the voting. He was followed by the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (651 points), Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (569) and Houston Rockets’ James Harden (444).

No other player earned more than 52 voting points.

Antetokounmpo’s continued dominance has been a bit overshadowed in the season’s early weeks with James leading the Lakers’ resurgence and Doncic’s breakthrough as a legitimate MVP contender.

The 24-year-old Greek Freak is on pace to have a statistically superior season than he did last year with averages of 30.8 po

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Luka Doncic vs. James Harden: The Debate That Has the NBA World Divided

Luka Doncic vs. James Harden: The Debate That Has the NBA World Divided

The Luka Doncic vs. James Harden debate has the NBA world divided. Both rank among league leaders in points, assists, and free-throw attempts.

Watch the video above for more about the debate over who is really the best in the West.

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Bronny James Starts, Zaire Wade Out as Sierra Canyon Routs Granada Hills Charter

Bronny James Starts, Zaire Wade Out as Sierra Canyon Routs Granada Hills Charter
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 28: LeBron James Jr. shoots around after a game between the LA Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers on December 28, 2018 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 2018 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

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BJ Boston led Sierra Canyon with 25 points in an 87-35 victory over Granada Hills Charter on Tuesday in Chatsworth, California.

Sierra Canyon played its first home game of the year after three matchups in the San Diego Tip-Off Challenge and one in the Thanksgiving Hoopfest (Duncanville, Texas).

Terren Frank added 17 points for the 5-0 Trailblazers, who are ranked third in MaxPreps’ boys high school basketball rankings.

Boston, who is Sierra Canyon’s leading scorer, was excellent once again with 17 points and five rebounds at the half, per Tarek Fattal of the Los Angeles Daily News.

Frank scored 13 of his 17 in the first two quarters, including this dunk:

LeBron James Jr. (known as Bronny James) made his first career start for Sierra Canyon in place of Zaire Wade, who is injured, per Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times.

The freshman made an early impact, converting on an alley-oop pass from Boston for an 8-0 lead:

James quickly returned the favor, dishing a pass to Boston for a quick two and a 10-0 advantage:

The Boston-James connection worked all night, with another two examples below:

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LAKERS at NUGGETS | FULL GAME HIGHLIGHTS | December 3, 2019 – NBA

LAKERS at NUGGETS | FULL GAME HIGHLIGHTS | December 3, 2019 – NBA

LAKERS at NUGGETS | FULL GAME HIGHLIGHTS | December 3, 2019

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets, 105-96. Anthony Davis recorded 25 PTS and 10 REB for the Lakers, while LeBron James added 25 PTS, 6 REB and 9 AST. Jamal Murray tallied 22 PTS, 5 REB and 5 AST for the Nuggets.

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James Harden is the greatest scorer since Michael Jordan

James Harden is the greatest scorer since Michael Jordan

It’s time to admit that James Harden is the NBA’s best scorer since Michael Jordan.

On Saturday night, Harden dropped 60 points on the Atlanta Hawks in less than three quarters of play. It was another virtuoso performance by the world’s greatest offensive basketball player. Through 19 games, Harden is averaging an incredible 38.9 points per game and, barring injury, he’s on pace to win his third consecutive scoring title, something only MJ and Kevin Durant have done in the 3-point era.

But the most stunning thing about Harden isn’t his numbers — it’s his style. He’s a rarity in pro basketball, regularly inventing new fundamentals. We haven’t seen scoring numbers this big since a 23-year-old Jordan put up 37.1 PPG. Before that, the only comparison was Wilt Chamberlain‘s prime in the early 1960s. And Harden thrives much like Chamberlain did — in the kinds of isolated one-on-one matchups that were supposed to be dead by now.

Hero ball is back and we owe it all Harden, whose offensive techniques are reforming the conventional wisdom of the modern NBA in real time. Very few people thought Harden would get even better and more productive following an incomprehensible scoring season in 2018-19. Ever after pairing up with Russell Westbrook, here is how Harden is doing things nobody else has ever done in ways that no one has ever even tried.

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Harden’s isolation feast

Let’s start with Harden’s 60-burger against Atlanta: His 24 shot attempts were the fewest ever in a 60-point game in NBA history. He shot 8-for-10 in the paint, 8-for-14 from 3-point range and 20-for-23 from the free throw line. Pure Harden — tons of 3s, a handful of rim attacks and a mind-numbing volume of foul shots. But shot selection is one thing. It’s how he’s getting to these shots that’s truly unusual.

Of those 60 points, 31 came straight out of isolation plays. His 17 isos were actually below his season average of 18.5, according to Second Spectrum data. For context, no other player has logged more than 12 isos per game in a season dating back to 2013-14, which is the furthest back we have tracking data.

Harden is both the most efficient and the most active perimeter isolation player in the world.

Harden’s isolation volume and efficiency are both tops in the league. Over 50% of Harden’s points stem from isos. None of the league’s 11 other 25 PPG scorers are even approaching 30%. While most other teams in the NBA frown upon hero ball as an inefficient strategy reserved only for necessary moments, the Rockets have reached the opposite conclusion simply because they have Harden. He is an offense unto himself, and the numbers are startling.

Consider this: Since the beginning of the 2017-18 season, 122 NBA players have run at least 200 isolation plays, and Harden leads the way with 1.14 points per iso. The average half-court play in the NBA has only been worth 0.96 points this season, so the Rockets would be foolish not to exploit such a giant margin. At the end of a decade that will be remembered for its analytical awakening, Harden and the Rockets are making us rethink the virtues of hero ball, a ridiculed tactic that looked left for dead years ago as motion offenses started dominating the league.

We can’t track pure isos back earlier than 2013-14, but we do have data on assisted and unassisted field goals dating back to 2000-01, via Basketball-Reference.com. Fewer than 14% of Harden’s made field goals from this season and last season have been assisted. Here’s that breakdown for the season-long scoring champs with at least 30 PPG over the past two decades.

Harden isn’t even a throwback to early-2000s hero ball — those dudes like Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady can’t compare to Harden’s on-an-island approach. More than a third of their buckets came with the help of an assist. Harden is really a revamped version of Chamberlain’s squads from back in the day: Get the ball to your best player and get the heck out of the way. Rinse and repeat.

Why do anything different? Why run motion sets or even pass the ball when your best player and primary ball handler is unstoppable? Why not just let him bring the ball up and let him do his thing? The answers to those questions are fueling the NBA’s most unconventional offense. Dating back to 2013-14 …

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GOOD MORNING!

In the grand scheme of the work week, Tuesday can seem rather bland and unenticing — still days to go before the weekend is within reach and yet devoid of the “new week, new opportunity” enthusiasm we mustered yesterday. Luckily, that is not the case in sports. So let’s get to the good stuff: James Harden is putting up ridiculous numbers (weird), Josh McCown has been flying back to Charlotte, North Carolina, from Philadelphia twice a week to coach high school ball while playing for the Eagles this season, and the Seahawks’ wide receivers continue to raise the bar on end zone performances. Here’s today’s ESPN Daily:


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So long Carolina for Cam? Earlier this season, Cam Newton — who has served as the leader and face of the Carolina Panthers franchise for much of the past eight seasons — was placed on season-ending injured reserve because the Lisfranc injury to his left foot was not responding to treatment. Now, the quarterback’s future with the Panthers seems far from certain. For all the great things he has done over his career (winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2011, being named NFL MVP in 2015, and redefining the league record book for running quarterbacks), many factors suggest we might have seen the last of “Superman” in a Carolina jersey.

But there are plenty of teams that could benefit from Newton’s unique blend of athleticism and leadership. On today’s episode of the ESPN Daily podcast, ESPN senior NFL writer Jeremy Fowler joins host Mina Kimes to explore Newton’s memorable football life and what the Panthers could gain or lose without him. Listen here.


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Best scorer since Jordan … That’s right, good people — it’s time we put some respect on James Harden’s name. Nope, we’re not talking about awarding him another MVP title to add to his 2018 hardware. The recognition in question is arguably more prestigious and is a greater testament to The Beard’s entire body of work: Harden is the best scorer since Michael Jordan. Before you dismiss this statement (hi haters), let’s look at some facts:

  • Scored a season-high 60 points in 31 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday night — joining Klay Thompson and Kobe Bryant as the only players in the past 25 seasons to drop 60 points in just three quarters

  • Averaging an astounding 38.9 points per game

  • On pace to win third consecutive NBA scoring title His style is a rarity in pro basketball (the return of hero ball, anyone?)

  • He’s doing all this while paired with ball-dominant Russell Westbrook

If you’re still not convinced, Kirk Goldsberry’s got plenty more evidence where that came from. Read more.

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  • We ranked the most dominant athletes of the 2010s.
  • We didn’t use a formula, just a subjective ranking based on individual success and accolades, team success, and intangibles.
  • Check out the 41 most dominant athletes of the decade below.
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With the end of the 2010s upon us, we’ve ranked the most dominant athletes of the decade.

What was most ast

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Following up on its recent collaboration with LA-based garment studio and basketball-lifestyle label Bristol Studio, LeBron James and Maverick Carter‘s UNINTERRUPTED brand is partnering up with Pandora to release athlete playlists.

These exclusive playlists will allow subscribers to listen to the same playlists that their favorite athletes are listening to before game time. LeBron aptly kicked off the new campaign just ahead of the Lakers game against the Dallas Mavericks last night. His “Revenge SZN” playlist includes DaBaby’s “Intro,” 2Pac’s “Ambitionz Az A Ridah,” JAY-Z’s “Politics as Usual,” and Meek Mill’s “100 Summers.” Additionally, starting today more playlists will be released specifically curated by Odell Beckam Jr., Rob Gronkowski, Angel McCoughtry, Dion Waiters, Lexie Brown, Lonzo Ball, Mo Bamba, Draymond Green, Nate Burleson, Chiney

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Russell Wilson has been sensational for the Seattle Seahawks this season, and he brought some flair along with him to Philadelphia this week.

Down by three with six minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Seahawks pulled off a deceptive trick play that resulted in a gorgeous 33-yard touchdown to wide receiver Malik Turner.

On first and 10, Seattle’s center snapped the ball to the 30-year-old quarterback

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From Alex X.:

With the decade coming to a close, I would be curious on everyone’s favorite of the decade [gives list of categories]:

Without too much pondering, here is what comes to mind right away:

Film: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, or A Touch of Sin.  Might Winter Sleep by next?  It was probably the best decade ever for foreign movies, the worst decade ever for Hollywood movies (NYT).

Blockbuster/action film: Transformers 4?  Big screen only, live or die by CGI!

Album: Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Single:

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For the release of To: You, Rose’s crew GOOD ENERGY and ticketing and event discovery app DICE collaborated to offer ticket holders an early listen to

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Kawhi Leonard’s latest rest day in a high-profile game shows the NBA has a problem that’s not going away soon

Kawhi Leonard’s latest rest day in a high-profile game shows the NBA has a problem that’s not going away soon
  • Kawhi Leonard sat out of a high-profile, nationally televised game to rest, once again raising the issue of when NBA players should take a night off.
  • Though science backs resting players and NBA teams are adopting “load management,” there are critics who argue it’s bad for the game and business.
  • Resting in the NBA won’t go away any time soon because of the 82-game schedule. There have been calls to reduce the schedule, but doing so would also mean reducing revenue.
  • There are greater concerns about the state of youth basketball, which is taking an increased physical toll on young athletes, meaning load management won’t simply be for veteran players.
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The NBA world is once again in an uproar over when players should rest.

The topic reared its head this week, as Kawhi Leonard sat out a high-profile, nationally televised game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks.

The game was the first night of a back-to-back for the Clippers. Leonard also sat out the first night of a back-to-back the previous week.

Rest has been a hot-button issue in the NBA for years. In 2012, the NBA fined the San Antonio Spurs for sending home their star players without proper notice before a high-profile game against the Miami Heat. In 2017, the issue was inflamed when the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers sat their star players for nationally televised games in back-to-back weeks.

Leonard has been the most cautious player in the NBA with his body. Last season, the Toronto Raptors coined the term “load management,” resting Leonard for 22 games as he worked his way back from the quad injury that cost him all but nine games the year before. Leonard then topped the NBA in minutes in the playoffs and led the Raptors to a championship. Many believed the Raptors’ plan was a success.

Leonard’s rest day drew familiar criticism on Wednesday. ESPN’s Doris Burke said it was “ridiculous” that Leonard would sit out of a high-profile game so early in the season. She said the NBA has a problem on its hands.

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Kawhi Leonard sat out of 22 games in 2018-19 with the Raptors.
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Others called the decision unfair to fans who were attending the game and TV networks paying for the game. As Burke noted, NBA TV ratings were down last year. Leonard, one of the league’s biggest stars, sitting out a marquee game on national TV would not help.

Others defended Leonard and the Clippers. The NBA on Wednesday said the Clippers informed the league of the decision to sit Leonard and that Leonard qualified as an injured player (more on that later).

Many argued that Toronto’s success last season was proof that Leonard should stick to his plan and more teams should adopt it.

John Hollinger, a former executive with the Memphis Grizzlies, wrote on The Athletic that teams have “grudgingly” adopted load management because “the evidence from medical and training staffs became overwhelming that it was a better way to manage a basketball team.”

And though the data backs up that it’s smart, it’s unlikely to make the issue go away.

When and what type of rest is allowed?

After defending the Clippers’ decision to rest Leonard on Wednesday, the league then punished them on Thursday, fining the Clippers $50,000 for “inconsistent” statements regarding Leonard’s health. The fine came after head coach Doc Rivers said Leonard “feels great” and shot down the idea of Leonard dealing with an injury. The NBA said it determined Leonard was dealing with an injury, saying Leonard has “an ongoing injury to the patella tendon in his left knee” and would be sitting out back-to-backs.

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Doc Rivers comments about Kawhi Leonard’s health got the Clippers fined by the NBA.
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The fine raises the issue about when and what type of rest is okay.

The NBA does make a distinction. There are designations for a player resting for rest’s sake or a player resting for an injury or to prevent re-injury.

Teams (and the NBA itself) don’t have much of a say in that distinction. As The Ringer’s Ryen Russillo noted, teams are trying to be “player-first” in an increasingly player-driven league. Even if a team tried to shoot down a player looking to rest, that player could, in turn, say they are dealing with an injury and can’t play. Who is to tell a player how he feels? Denying players rest only worsens relationships.

ESPN’s Rachel Nichols argued on “The Jump” that the league shouldn’t allow players to simply rest if they’re healthy. Nichols argued, “Because if it’s just rest, then why are we having an 82-game se

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A Harvard student snuck a brutal hidden message about Jeffrey Epstein into his smack-talk piece published in Yale’s student newspaper

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  • A Harvard student is leaning on the conspiracy theory surrounding Jeffrey Epstein‘s death to troll Yale ahead of Saturday’s rivalry game.
  • Prior to Harvard’s and Yale’s gridiron grudge match each year, the student newspapers at the esteemed Ivy League institutions have a tradition of publishing a “dueling column” from their rival publication.
  • This year, a staff writer for The Crimson and a senior at Harvard College wrote a piece titled “Yale Needs Harvard” that was published in the Yale Daily News.
  • The first letter of each sentence in Palmer’s 723-word column spell out “EPSTEIN DIDNT KILL HIMSELF, A YALE GRAD DID IT.”
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This year, the suspicious death of wealthy sex offender Jeffrey Epstein spawned a popular conspiracy theory that he was murdered despite the official determination that he died by suicide while awaiting trial.

The conspiracy is so pervasive, in fact, that it has popped up everywhere from memes and Christmas sweaters to cable news interviews and Trump tweets. And now, more than three months after Epstein’s death, a Harvard student is leaning on the conspiracy theory to troll Yale ahead of Saturday’s rivalry game.

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Prior to Harvard’s and Yale’s gridiron grudge match each year, the student newspapers at the esteemed Ivy League institutions — The Harvard Crimson and the Yale Daily News — have a tradition of publishing a “dueling column” from their rival publication.

This year, Cade Palmer — a staff writer for The Crimson and a senior at Harvard College — wrote a piece titled “Yale Needs Harvard” that was published in the Yale Da

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Bronny James, Zaire Wade Combine for 2 Points as Sierra Canyon Beats Duncanville

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Norcross' Brandon Boston #11 in action against Roselle Catholic during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic, Saturday, January 19, 2019, in Springfield, MA. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

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BJ Boston dropped 24 points and 10 rebounds as Sierra Canyon School defeated Duncanville High School 66-63 at Sandra Meadows Memorial Arena in Duncanville, Texas, on Saturday.

The matchup was part of a Duncanville-hosted showcase called Thanksgiving Hoopfest, which brought some of the best high school basketball talent to Texas during the holiday weekend.

Harold Yu added a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double, and Amari Bailey scored 12 points. Bailey hit one of the biggest shots of the game, a runner to give Sierra Canyon a late 63-59 edge.

Sierra Canyon led 33-25 at halftime and 52-43 entering the final quarter, but Duncanville mounted a comeback and came within one possession of the lead. However, Sierra Canyon held on down the stretch and withstood a desperation three for the tie:

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Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: Devonte’ Graham’s breakout continues

Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: Devonte’ Graham’s breakout continues

Gordon Hayward and LeBron James were respectively stellar in leading their teams to victory on Tuesday evening, but the top star of last night’s slate was undoubtedly Devonte’ Graham of the Charlotte Hornets.

The former Kansas product is breaking out in his second year in the Association, confirmed by ranking 29thoverall on our basketball Player Rater, given such a solid balance of scoring, shooting and passing production. Graham delivered a career-high 35 points in the overtime win over Indiana on Tuesday, establishing a Hornets franchise record for scoring from the bench.

The list of players averaging at least six assists and three 3-pointers per game this season includes Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic, Kyle Lowry, James Harden, Trae Young, Bradley Beal and Graham. While his inclusion in this collective of superstars appears aberrational, Graham is being trusted to orchestrate the Charlotte offense even with Terry Rozier enjoying career highs in usage and passing production.

The sample remains decidedly small, but Graham is making an early bid for Most Improved Player, given his leap from a forgettable rookie season to a spectacular sophomore campaign. Currently rostered in just 35% of ESPN leagues, go get Graham before your competition does.

Tuesday recap

Highlights

Devonte’ Graham, Charlotte Hornets: 35 points (10-21 FG), 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 2 TO

Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics: 39 points (17-20 FG), 7 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 TO

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers: 30 points (10-19 FG), 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals, 2 TO

Lowlights

Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers: 4 points (2-11 FG), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 TO

Dejounte Murray, San Antonio Spurs: 3 points (1-7 FG), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 TO

Cody Zeller, Charlotte Hornets: 7 points (1-5 FG), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 TO

Tuesday takeaways

  • On the other side of the floor from Graham last night, the Pacers’ T.J. Warren produced 33 points while missing just three of 18 shots from the floor. Warren’s 83% shooting clip is the best by a Pacers player (min. 15 attempts) since Clark Kellogg made 94% of his shots back in January of 1985. Warren won’t offer you much beyond scoring as a fantasy option, but at least he’s warming up. Indiana’s Malcolm Brogdon notched 31 points and eight assists to become the only Pacers player in the past 35 seasons with at least 15 points and five assists in each of his first seven games of the season.

  • The Lakers overcame a 19-point deficit in Chicago, their largest comeback win since last March against, well, Chicago. Los Angeles moved to 6-1 this season, their best seven-game start since 2010-11. They secured their sixth straight win, thanks to James’ third straight game with a triple-double, tied for the longest streak of his career (the other streaks came in March o

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Lakers Rumors: Latest Buzz on Andre Iguodala Pursuit, Aron Baynes

Lakers Rumors: Latest Buzz on Andre Iguodala Pursuit, Aron Baynes
Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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The rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers and their interest in shooting guard Andre Iguodala just won’t go away. This isn’t altogether surprising, as the Lakers’ depth is questionable and Iguodala is expected to be available at some point.

Though the Memphis Grizzlies are holding out hope that they can trade Iguodala before the deadline, there’s no guarantee that they’ll be able to do so. If Iguodala is instead set free after the deadline, the Lakers won’t be the only team interested.

“If [the Grizzlies don’t trade him], Iguodala will be cut loose from Memphis and free to sign with whomever he chooses—around the league, that’s expected to be the Lakers,” Sean Deveney of Heavy.com wrote. “But there are still teams in the mix. All, according to speculation from league executives, are in the Western Conference.”

As Deveney pointed out, teams looking to contend with Los Angeles could theoretically get more value out of the former Finals MVP. With the Golden State Warriors, Iguodala faced LeBron James-led teams in the Finals four straight times. Golden State went 3-1 against James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in Finals series, and Iguodala was named MVP in 2015.

Teams may also go after Iguodala to prevent him from partnering with James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers.

“He has the experience guarding LeBro

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LeBron: Davis shows ‘grit’ playing through pain

LeBron: Davis shows ‘grit’ playing through pain

PHOENIX — Anthony Davis had a wrap on his right shoulder before the game and tape around his ribs by the end of it, but neither setback stopped him from putting up 24 points and 12 rebounds in the Los Angeles Lakers123-115 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

“He wants to play,” said LeBron James when asked about Davis after L.A. pushed its record to 8-2 to start the season. “He wants to play, and we just have to pick it up.

“For him, when he’s showing that grit when he’s playing with injuries, there’s no reason for any of us not to be out there as well. He’s been showing everything.”

Davis, who has been playing through right shoulder soreness, took a shot to the ribs in the first quarter, eventually retreating to the locker room between the third and fourth quarters to get taped up.

The Lakers said X-rays on his ribs came back negative and that he’ll be reevaluated Wednesday.

“Umm, thank you, LeBron,” Davis said when informed of James’ postgame remarks. “I just want to play. Like I said, it’s tough for me to lead from the sideline.

“The more I can do on the floor to help this team win, that’s what I try to do. I know what our goal is, I know what we’re trying to build. So the more I can try to stay on the floor, the more steps we move toward our goal.”

Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Davis was “playing through a lot of pai

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LeBron James Is ‘LeDward’ Scissorhands for Halloween — See His Epic Costume

LeBron James Is ‘LeDward’ Scissorhands for Halloween — See His Epic Costume
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Lakers’ Danny Green Tweets He Was Drug-Tested After Putback Dunk vs. Hawks

Lakers’ Danny Green Tweets He Was Drug-Tested After Putback Dunk vs. Hawks
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 17:  Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball as Allen Crabbe #33 of the Atlanta Hawks defends during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 17, 2019 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.
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green just learned there can be downsides to making highlight-reel plays.

Green got the Staples Center crowd—and the internet—hyped on Sunday night by going up and slamming home a rebound off a missed three-pointer by LeBron James:

On Monday, the 11th-year veteran tweeted that he was later drug-tested:

It could just be coincidental timing, as the league might have planned the drug test ahead of time. But considering Green had just made his first dunk o

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LeBron sends tweet quieting talk that he’s ‘washed’

LeBron sends tweet quieting talk that he’s ‘washed’

LeBron James turns 35 next month. He’s in his 17th season in the NBA. He has played more than 56,000 minutes between the regular season and postseason in his career. All of this is to say that it wouldn’t be outside the ordinary to expect the Los Angeles Lakers forward to begin slowing down at some point. In fact, some suggested that process had begun after a groin injury limited him to a career-low 55 games last season, one of his worst seasons (by his lofty standards) in his NBA career.

But James is anything but or

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Lakers News: Avery Bradley to Be Re-Evaluated in 1-2 Weeks After Leg Injury

Lakers News: Avery Bradley to Be Re-Evaluated in 1-2 Weeks After Leg Injury
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Avery Bradley #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the Charlotte Hornets on October 27, 2019 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 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in a non-weight bearing bone of his right leg after undergoing an MRI on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

Bradley’s status will be reevaluated in one to two weeks.

The 28-year-old signed a two-year, $9.7 million deal with the Lakers as they quickly pivoted to fill out their roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis after striking out in the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes.

Last offseason, Los Angeles targeted veteran playmakers who were supposed to ease the offensive burden on James. The strategy backfired as the team tied for 20th in three-pointers (10.3 per game) and ranked 29th in three-point percentage

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Lakers equal record for best start to season with Wizards win

Lakers equal record for best start to season with Wizards win
Anthony Davis scored 15 of his 26 points in the first quarter

The LA Lakers equalled the record for the best start to the season in franchise history with a 125-103 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Anthony Davis scored 26 points and 13 rebounds while LeBron James made 23 points and 11 assists as the Lakers went 10 gam

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Thom Browne Suits up FC Barcelona

Thom Browne Suits up FC Barcelona

American fashion designer Thom Browne and his eponymous label are creating special suits for football giants Barcelona.

For a second year in a row, Browne was selected by the Spanish club to make the team’s official off-pitch uniforms for its 2019/20 Champions League campaign. This time around the sharp suits feature grey cashmere knits, crisp white Oxford shirts, khaki chinos and varsity

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Why Warriors-LeBron NBA Finals rematch is back on table – NBCSports.com

Why Warriors-LeBron NBA Finals rematch is back on table – NBCSports.com

SAN FRANCISCO – No matter where this Warriors season is heading, or how inelegant they will look at times, Steph Curry knows it can be worse. That it actually has been worse.

There have been many Warriors seasons over the past quarter-century with no foreseeable improvement, atrocious teams mired in competitive quicksand with no discernable way out.

Of those players on the Warriors roster this season, only Curry knows. He experienced it as a rookie in 2009-10. He remembers it without fondness. And he firmly believes this woebegone season is not like the one that introduced him to the NBA 10 years ago.

“It was tougher when we first got here, for sure,” Curry told NBC Sports Bay Area on Friday. “For one, I didn’t know what I was doing. We were the young guys trying to figure it out. It’s hard when you don’t know what you don’t know because it was that early in that process.

“That first window,” he adds, “it was rough.”

The Warriors in 2008-09, the year before Curry arrived, were as much a circus as a basketball team. They were 29-53. Ownership was inept. General manager Chris Mullin was dumped six wee

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The 20 Best Individual NBA Seasons of the Past Decade

The 20 Best Individual NBA Seasons of the Past Decade

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15. LeBron James, Miami Heat, 2010-11

Season Score: 17.0

Notable Numbers: 26.7 PPG, 7.0 APG, 7.5 RPG, 1.6 SPG, 0.6 BPG

Advanced Metrics: 15.6 WS, 27.3 PER, 8.6 BPM, 8.2 VORP

Wrestling wishes it could have a heel turn this compelling. When James ditched his Northeast Ohio digs for South Beach, he was ready for all the vitriol hurled his direction.

“I’ve kind of accepted this kind of villain role that everyone has placed on me,” James told reporters in Jan. 2011. “I’m OK with it.”

That season, James shot a then-career-high 51.0 percent from the field and led the league in PER for the fourth straight year. And remember, this was when he and Wade were still stepping on each other’s feet as they tried to iron out a pecking order on the fly. Whether you respected James’ decision or not, you couldn’t knock the numbers.

                 

14. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, 2012-13

Season Score: 16.75

Notable Numbers: 28.1 PPG, 4.6 APG, 7.9 RPG, 1.4 SPG, 1.3 BPG

Advanced Metrics: 18.9 WS, 28.3 PER, 7.7 BPM, 7.6 VORP

It speaks volumes about the jaw-dropping skill in today’s game that this season doesn’t check in even higher. Durant not only joined the famed 50/40/90 shooting club, but he also gained entry while matching the second-highest scoring average ever paired with that slash line.

His points per game were more than he’d averaged the previous two years, which grows more notable considering he was the scoring champ in both of them. His field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, assists, steals and blocks all set or tied his career-best marks at that point.

                  

13. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, 2017-18

Season Score: 14.5

Notable Numbers: 27.5 PPG, 9.1 APG, 8.6 RPG, 1.4 SPG, 0.9 BPG

Advanced Metrics: 14.0 WS, 28.6 PER, 9.6 BPM, 8.9 VORP

The phrase “LeBron isn’t fair” has been used approximately two billion times throughout his career, but it might have reached a fever pitch in 2017-18.

In his age-33 season, he played all 82 games for the first (and still only) time. He als




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LeBron first with triple-double vs. all 30 teams

LeBron first with triple-double vs. all 30 teams

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James completed his triple-double collection on Tuesday.

With 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 112-107 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar became the first player in league history to log a triple-double against all 30 NBA teams, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“I had no idea,” James said after the win, which moved the Lakers to a league-best 12-2. “Coach [Frank] Vogel came in here and said congratulations. I was like, I thought he was joking about my seven turnovers because I’ve been taking care of the ball so much. He said first player in NBA history to have a triple-double versus 30 teams, every team, so I was like, ‘OK. That’s pretty cool.'”

Throughout his career, James has handed out triple-doubles to opponents the way Oprah Winfrey once gifted cars to her audience, but he has upped his rate this season. The Thunder game was James’ fifth triple-double through 14 games, which included a stretch of three straight

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LeBron pins stepped-up D on health, ‘hard work’

LeBron pins stepped-up D on health, ‘hard work’

SAN ANTONIO — The Los Angeles Lakers look dominant on defense and, in the early going, LeBron James has been a linchpin rather than a liability on that end of the floor.

“I’m playing injury free. I’m not injured. My quick twitch is back. My speed is back, my strength is back,” James said after the Lakers’ 103-96 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

After giving up 112 points and allowing the Los Angeles Clippers to shoot 51.9 percent in an opening night loss, the Lakers have won five games in a row, limiting their opponents to an average of 96.8 points on 38.1 percent shooting.

James, who turns 35 next month and is playing in his 17th season, said the groin injury he suffered on Christmas Day made his defense worse than what he is capable of delivering.

“Playing with a torn groin last year — even when I came back it was still partially torn — it was difficult to be able to move and shift like I’m capable of doing that defensively,” James said. “For me, I just take the challenge. I love being challenged. Coach [Frank Vogel] challenged me, AD [Anthony Davis] challenged me, I challenged myself.

“I put a lot of hard work into my offseason by getting my quick twitch, getting my bounce back, getting my speed back, my reaction time back. My mind has always been there. That’s what it’s all about.”

The numbers support what James is saying. He is contesting 70% of attempts against him, up from 54% last season, according to research by ESPN Stats & Info. He’s also keeping offensive players farther aw

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Gunnar Peterson: The Real-Life Diet of the Trainer for the Los Angeles Lakers and Other Assorted Stars

Gunnar Peterson: The Real-Life Diet of the Trainer for the Los Angeles Lakers and Other Assorted Stars

Gunnar Peterson: 3:45 a.m., which means I have to handle my sleep differently than other people. It’s an ongoing thing, right? Some people have a problem getting their training up to speed, some people have a problem locking their nutrition in, and some people just can’t drink enough water. My problem is my sleep and my other forms of recovery. Starting about three years ago, I got really diligent with recovery protocols. NormaTec massage, Headspace [a meditation app], all of those things.

I love that you just grouped Headspace into the recovery suite. Do you track your sleep?

Yeah, I use SleepScore. I try to think of it like this: I’m trying harder, and I’m not perfect at it, but I’m doing better. If I’m keeping tabs on myself and I’m holding myself accountable and I’m not doing it in a stressful way, then I’m already way better off than I was. Sometimes the knee-jerk reaction is to be angry at the app when it tells you that you’re not sleeping well, but I can’t be angry at it. It’s like getting the test back when you know you didn’t study. You can’t be pissed that you got a D, you know? You earned that. You didn’t do the work.

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NCAA Allowing Athletes to Profit From Name, Image and Likeness

NCAA Allowing Athletes to Profit From Name, Image and Likeness

On Tuesday the NCAA Board of Governors voted unanimously to allow student-athletes to be paid for the use of their name, image and likeness once its three divisions decide on rules for such opportunities, reports USA Today Sports. The updated rules and polices are expected to be implemented by January 2021.

“We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” Michael V. Drake, board chair and Ohio State University president, said in a statement. “Additional flexibility in this area can and must continue to support college sports as a part of higher education. This modernization for the future is a natural extension of the numerous steps NCA

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Ta-co! Tues-day! LeBron leads Staples Center chant

Ta-co! Tues-day! LeBron leads Staples Center chant

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James‘ Tuesday began with him feeding first responders battling the Getty Fire in Los Angeles with tacos and it ended with him dancing along to a boisterous “Taco Tuesday!” chant at Staples Center.

With under two minutes left and the Lakers cruising toward a 120-91 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, James started shouting “Taco Tuesday!” and then followed by pointing to and asking fans near the Lakers bench, “What is it?”

It wasn’t long before the entire crowd was serenading James with a “Taco Tuesday!” chant. James could be seen dancing to the chant and waving on fans as teammates such as DeMarcus Cousins cracked up on the bench.

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LeBron outduels Luka as L.A. wins OT showdown

LeBron outduels Luka as L.A. wins OT showdown

DALLAS — When Luka Doncic played against LeBron James for the first time as an NBA rookie last season, he asked for the Lakers star’s jersey after the game. On Friday, in far less ceremonial fashion, James came into Doncic’s building and took a win away from the Mavericks‘ rising phenom.

James outdueled Doncic with 39 points, 12 rebounds and 16 assists to Doncic’s 31 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in a thrilling 119-110 overtime win for the Lakers as Los Angeles surged back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit.

Doncic, 20, and James, 34, became the youngest and oldest players in NBA history, respectively, to record a 30-10-15 game, and James became the first player to have his stat line combined with four steals (since steals became an official stat in 1973-74).

“I don’t really get into the one-on-one battle,” James said. “Obviously he’s a great young talent, I love his game, his ability to not only create shots for himself, but you guys know I love the fact that he can get great looks for his teammates. That’s what I thrive on, that’s what I’ve always believed in, and he just plays the game the right way.”

Not only did James get the team victory, but in the handful of instances when he found Doncic guarding him on a switch, he won that too. James shot 5-for-7 from the field (4-for-4 from 3) for 15 points with Doncic positioned as his primary defender in the half court, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Doncic, conversely, was 1-for-1 (a 3-pointer) with James guarding him.

Kyle Kuzma, who made his season debut, said the Lakers were hunting that matchup on offense.

“What we were trying to do was get Luka in the most pick-and-rolls possible,” Kuzma said. “Try to find him out there, so that’s kind of what we did. We capitalized on it.”

Still, James showed hi

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Lakers reach 14-2, but baffled by LeBron’s 0 FTAs

Lakers reach 14-2, but baffled by LeBron’s 0 FTAs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Los Angeles Lakers109-108 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday resulted in a historically triumphant moment in LeBron James‘ 17-year career as well as a historically perplexing one.

On the one hand, the Lakers’ 14-2 start to the season is the best that any of James’ teams has ever achieved through 16 games, edging the 2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers‘ 13-3 mark. On the other hand, James’ 27 field goal attempts without attempting a single free throw was the most shots he’s ever taken without earning a trip to the line, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information.

“It’s frustrating,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “LeBron’s going to the basket all night long. He took nine 3s, but he’s in the paint all night long. … When your guy’s attacking the basket the way he is and getting zero free throw attempts, it’s something that can be frustrating.”

Sixteen of James’ 27 attempts were in the paint, and after several animated debates with referees Aaron Smith and Jenna Schroeder throughout the game, he continued to plead his case with reporters.

“I’m living in the paint and if you look at my arm right here, these are four or five [scratches] that happened the last two games, and they weren’t called at all,” said James, who ended with a game-high 30 points on 14-for-27 shooting.

He averages 8.1 free throws per game for his career, but his 5.6 free throws per game average this season marks the fewest he’s ever taken. Saturday was just the 14th time in 1,214 career games that he didn’t take a fre

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‘Start Here’: Hill’s warning about Russia in testimony and Netanyahu’s indictment

‘Start Here’: Hill’s warning about Russia in testimony and Netanyahu’s indictment

It’s Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. Let’s start here.

1. Hill and Holmes

Dr. Fiona Hill, the former top Russia expert on the National Security Council, testified on Thursday that she had fears Rudy Giuliani’s actions in Ukraine “would probably come back to haunt us.”

She also warned lawmakers about conspiracy theories advancing the Russian agenda, debunking a theory backed by some Republicans that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, “This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves.”

Hill was joined by David Holmes, a U.S. diplomat in Kiev who claims he overheard a phone conversation between President Donald Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland where the president asked about an “investigation.”

ABC News Senior National Correspondent Terry Moran reflects on their testimony on “Start Here” today, “They sit down and really they take center stage in the final act of the drama of these hearings. They are the ones who wrap it all up.”

2. Netanyahu indictment

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been indicted on bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges, throwing the country deeper into political chaos.

ABC News’ Jordana Miller tells “Start Here” that Israel is facing the possibility of a third election in a year.

PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a meeting of the right-wing bloc at the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem, Nov. 20, 2019.Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a meeting of the right-wing bloc at the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem, Nov. 20, 2019.

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New wildfire breaks out in southern California – Global News

New wildfire breaks out in southern California – Global News

As Pacific Gas & Electric deliberately shut off power to homes and businesses to prevent wildfires, it has failed to communicate with California officials, given conflicting accounts about when the lights would go out and advised people to get information “the old-fashioned way, through calling on a landline.”

The behemoth power company is still struggling to get it right, weeks after it first started plunging millions of people into darkness to prevent strong winds from toppling its power lines and igniting fires.


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PG&E’s widespread power outages have come in waves in October, sparking reprimands from state officials and growing anger as the blackouts stretch on for days in Northern California.

Caught in the middle are millions of customers forced to endure without the needs of modern life. About 900,000 people remained in the dark Wednesday, some since Saturday.

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“Northern California residents are exhausted. They’re fried. And this is completely unacceptable,” said state Sen. Mike McGuire, a Democrat who represents vast swaths of areas still in the dark. “Californians deserve better from this utility.”

Winds calmed down Wednesday, easing the dangerous fire conditions and allowing PG&E to shift its focus to getting the electricity back on.

But the pain moved south, where several fires broke out amid howling winds in the Los Angeles area and forced evacuations. The utility in the region, Southern California Edison, shut off power to 178,000 people.






California governor provides update on conditions of wildfires


California governor provides update on conditions of wildfires

Two powerful windstorms have pounded Northern California in less than a week, prompting PG&E to shut off the lights three times in one week and four times this month. But its equipment still may have ignited a massive blaze in Sonoma County wine country that has destroyed 94 homes and forced more than 150,000 people to flee.

PG&E faced crushing condemnation for its poor execution in the first widespread blackout Oct. 9 _ its website failed, and customers couldn’t get through by phone. People were confused about when and where the power would go out.

Local governments complained about the lack of communication before the Oct. 9 outage and filed reports with regulators. In a response filed Wednesday with the Public Utilities Commission, PG&E acknowledged “various, and in some cases, extreme, shortcomings, including failure of the website, and co-ordination with state local and tribal governments” during the shut-off.

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But it said it has since updated its website “to provide helpful and useful information to the public.”

Many of its customers disagreed, saying it was difficult to get to a map of outages and find specifics on when the electricity would go off or come back on.

“I woke up in the middle of the night and smelled smoke. I wanted to use my phone to find if fire was nearby, but the battery was out, and without electricity, I couldn’t charge it,” Judy Keene said Monday.






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The Berkeley resident said her old-fashioned phone didn’t work either.

“I thought our landline would work,” Keene said. “That’s the reason we had a landline.”

Mark Quinlan, PG&E’s senior director of emergency preparedness and response, appeared stumped Tuesday night when asked how people should get information when the power is already out and many cellphone towers have stopped working.

“People could get the information from a website through family,” he suggested, “or they could just get it the old-fashioned way through calling on a landline.”


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Bronny James, Zaire Wade Help Sierra Canyon Top Cathedral Catholic 59-46

Bronny James, Zaire Wade Help Sierra Canyon Top Cathedral Catholic 59-46
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 09: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat son, Zaire Wade, introduces his father prior to the game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on April 09, 2019 in Miami, Florida. 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 Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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Sophomore forward Shy Odom posted 20 points and 11 rebounds as Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, California) moved to 3-0 on the year with a 59-46 victory over Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) on Saturday in the San Diego Tip-Off Challenge.

BJ Boston added 12 points for the Trailblazers, who are ranked eighth in the USA Today Super 25 poll. Obinna Anyanwu paced Cathedral Catholic with 13 points.

Zaire Wade, the son of retired 13-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade, scored six points. He hit a Eurostep to give Sierra Canyon a 40-27 third-quarter edge and followed that up with a step-back for a 44-30 Trailblazers lead. Wade also excelled on the defensive end, coming up with a few steals and blocks.

Bronny James, the son of the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, scored three points. His bucket from downtown came at a good time, as James opened the fourth-quarter scoring to give Sierra Canyon a 49-37 edge.

Cathedral Catholic started the game on a 12-0 run and ended the first quarter up 16-9. Full-Time Hoops credited its defense:

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‘Start Here’: Hill’s warning about Russia in testimony and Netanyahu’s indictment

‘Start Here’: Hill’s warning about Russia in testimony and Netanyahu’s indictment

It’s Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. Let’s start here.

1. Hill and Holmes

Dr. Fiona Hill, the former top Russia expert on the National Security Council, testified on Thursday that she had fears Rudy Giuliani’s actions in Ukraine “would probably come back to haunt us.”

She also warned lawmakers about conspiracy theories advancing the Russian agenda, debunking a theory backed by some Republicans that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, “This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves.”

Hill was joined by David Holmes, a U.S. diplomat in Kiev who claims he overheard a phone conversation between President Donald Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland where the president asked about an “investigation.”

ABC News Senior National Correspondent Terry Moran reflects on their testimony on “Start Here” today, “They sit down and really they take center stage in the final act of the drama of these hearings. They are the ones who wrap it all up.”

2. Netanyahu indictment

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been indicted on bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges, throwing the country deeper into political chaos.

ABC News’ Jordana Miller tells “Start Here” that Israel is facing the possibility of a third election in a year.

PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a meeting of the right-wing bloc at the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem, Nov. 20, 2019.Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a meeting of the right-wing bloc at the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem, Nov. 20, 2019.

“Start Here,” ABC News’ flagship podcast, offers a straightforward look at the day’s top stories in 20 minutes. Listen for free every weekday on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or the ABC News app.

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LeBron: Davis shows ‘grit’ playing through pain

LeBron: Davis shows ‘grit’ playing through pain

PHOENIX — Anthony Davis had a wrap on his right shoulder before the game and tape around his ribs by the end of it, but neither setback stopped him from putting up 24 points and 12 rebounds in the Los Angeles Lakers123-115 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

“He wants to play,” said LeBron James when asked about Davis after L.A. pushed its record to 8-2 to start the season. “He wants to play, and we just have to pick it up.

“For him, when he’s showing that grit when he’s playing with injuries, there’s no reason for any of us not to be out there as well. He’s been showing everything.”

Davis, who has been playing through right shoulder soreness, took a shot to the ribs in the first quarter, eventually retreating to the locker room between the third and fourth quarters to get taped up.

The Lakers said X-rays on his ribs came back negative and that he’ll be reevaluated Wednesday.

“Umm, thank you, LeBron,” Davis said when informed of James’ postgame remarks. “I just want to play. Like I said, it’s tough for me to lead from the sideline.

“The more I can do on the floor to help this team win, that’s what I try to do. I know what our goal is, I know what we’re trying to build. So the more I can try to stay on the floor, the more steps we move toward our goal.”

Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Davis was “playing through a lot of pain

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Dwight Howard’s ‘Thought About Dunk Contest,’ But Focus Is On Lakers

Dwight Howard’s ‘Thought About Dunk Contest,’ But Focus Is On Lakers

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Bleacher Report’s NBA All-Decade Awards

Bleacher Report’s NBA All-Decade Awards

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Just one of the seven contests in the 2016 Finals was decided by fewer than 11 points, so it’s not as though this series wins the award on the basis of consistently competitive games. But when you consider all the factors that went into the second of four straight Finals meetings between the Cavs and Warriors, and when you also weigh the fallout, it’s hard to find a playoff series that meant more.

For starters, we’re dealing with the 73-9 Warriors here. They blitzed the league all year, amassing the most wins we’ve ever seen in a season as Stephen Curry drilled a record 402 three-point shots—crushing the record for makes (286) he set the season before by an incomprehensible 116 more treys. Curry also set the record for offensive box plus/minus that season (which still stands) and became the league’s first unanimous MVP.

Despite such a dominant campaign, Golden State fell behind 3-1 against the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, only to surge back and a

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B/R NBA Digest: Can Anyone Stop LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the LA Lakers?

B/R NBA Digest: Can Anyone Stop LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the LA Lakers?

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Social Media Revenge Game Award

Kyrie Irving didn’t suit up for his new team’s first away game against his former team, the Boston Celtics, because of a shoulder injury.

That didn’t stop the Celtics faithful from booing him. And it didn’t stop Kyrie from adding fuel to the revenge-game fire by posting a long and winding essay on the meaning of life and sports on Instagram.

Marc Stein of the New York Times posted a screen grab of the post that read, in part:

“It happens all the time and Tonight just shows how Sports/Entertainment will always be ignorant and obtrusive. It’s one big SHOW that means Very VERY little in the real world that most people live in because there are Actually things that matter going on within it…Butttt, This Game of Sports entertainment matters more than someone’s mental health and well being right? Or the real life things that happen to people everyday but they still have to Perform for the NBA and its fans? Right? It’s all about doing it for the fans and organization that love you so much? Think again, It’s a GAME, and it’s promoted as a Fandom experience for ticket buyers a

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LeBron to help build housing for school’s kids

LeBron to help build housing for school’s kids

LeBron James opened his I Promise school in Akron, Ohio, over a year ago and now plans to provide transitional housing for students and families in need of safe shelter.

The LeBron James Family Foundation and Graduate Hotels announced plans for the I Promise Village by Graduate Hotels to help I Promise students whose families might be fighting challenges such as homelessness, domestic violence or other traumatic or unsafe situations.

“Initially, our work was focused on helping these kids earn an education,” James said in a statement. “But we’ve found that it is impossible to help them learn if they are struggling to survive — if they are hungry, if they have no heat in the freezing winter, if they live in fe

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LeBron rips ‘bad call’ during a video review

LeBron rips ‘bad call’ during a video review

NEW ORLEANS — Late in the Lakers114-110 win over the Pelicans in Anthony Davishomecoming Wednesday, LeBron James visited the ESPN broadcast table to express his disappointment with a call that was being reviewed.

With the Lakers leading the Pelicans 108-107 with 1:22 left in the fourth quarter, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was called for a shooting foul on New Orleans forward Brandon Ingram.

With Caldwell-Pope throwing his hands up in disbelief at the whistle, Frank Vogel used his coach’s challenge to prompt crew chief Zach Zarba to review the call.

James approached ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy courtside to share how incredulous he was with the review process.

“That’s a bad call,” James said, which was picked up on the game broadcast. “When the ref makes that call, he don’t never want to be

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#ThanksgivingWithBlackFamilies Is the Season’s Best Hashtag

#ThanksgivingWithBlackFamilies Is the Season’s Best Hashtag

On their own, the images kindle and spellbind. In the collective, however, they transform into something even more incandescent. There is Spike Lee, courtside at a Knicks basketball game, his hands placed at his hips as if to suggest a kind of self-satisfaction. And Prince in a pair of black sunglasses furiously sipping from a straw. Or the time Ebony avoided elimination on America’s Next Top Model and had an even more unforgettable reaction. There’s Drake overcome with intense excitement, and the cast of Empire looking on with white-hot suspicion. Come November on Black Twitter, these images are no longer just cultural ephemera, they are reframed into a kind of shared text for users who partake in #ThanksgivingWithBlackFamilies—far and away the season’s best hashtag.

If, as the artist Aria Dean suggests, “the internet is a prime condition for black culture to thrive,” then #ThanksgivingWithBlackFamilies is Black Twitter at its blackest. Which is to say it is black cultural production at the summit. The hashtag began its life on Twitter a few years ago, but soon spread to Instagram and Facebook. In 2015, it also spawned the equally-hilarious #ThanksgivingClapback—a dangerously accurate account of relatives dishing that good old holiday shade, which YouTuber Jay Nedaj captured perfectly in video form two years later. For me, the brilliance of the hashtag is how it threads together public life with one’s personal memories—it turns nostalgia into a rhapsodic hybrid; no longer are these just records of the past; the moments are updated and given currency in the now, the always.

Suddenly

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P.J. Tucker Will Continue to Wear Ultra-Rare Nike Kicks on NBA Courts

P.J. Tucker Will Continue to Wear Ultra-Rare Nike Kicks on NBA Courts

It’s official, NBA’s sneaker don P.J. Tucker, has officially signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Nike. The Houston Rockets forward’s previous deal with Nike expired last month, though most expected Tucker to re-sign with Nike.

Tucker made the announcement via LeBron James’ sports platform Uninterrupted. In an IGTV video Tucker revealed his love for the shoe game, from growing up to wearing shoes on the court “that were worth so much, I wouldn’t tell my mom,” before revealing he’s “signing back wit

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LeBron coaching Davis on return to former city

LeBron coaching Davis on return to former city

As Anthony Davis fielded questions about what his return to New Orleans on Wednesday might feel like, he stared across the Los Angeles Lakers‘ locker room at someone who already has answers about how to navigate an uneasy homecoming: LeBron James.

Of course James remembers the animosity in the air when he played his first game in Cleveland with the Miami Heat. He remembers it so well that he knows the date — Dec. 2, 2010 — as if it were a loved one’s birthday.

Nearly a decade later, James is trying to prepare Davis for what to expect when New Orleans Pelicans fans will surely pelt him with vitriol pent up from seeing their franchise player walk out the door. In the past week, a number of Lakers spoke about the issue.

“I talked to him,” James said, “because I know what it’s like going into a situation where you would call home for seven years. … He’s a kid when he got there, and he became a man along that seven-year journey, so it’s just going to be a different situation for him personally.”

Davis said he has already had a dress rehearsal. “[I] felt like I was on the other side,” he said, when he was booed at home in February in his first game after the trade deadline when he was still with the Pelicans despite requesting a trade. This time, he will actually be on the other side when he is introduced as a Laker.

“I got a little taste of it, but I know it’s going to be even worse,” Davis said last week.

A couple of days later, as the game drew closer, he was more blunt about what he expected.

“I’m pretty sure every time I catch the ball, it’s probably going to be boos and stuff like that,” Davis said. “Obviously they’re fans of the Pelicans. And I understand why they feel that way, but it’s all love on my end.”

Lining up for the Pelicans, if healthy, will be former Lakers Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart — only adding juice to the matchup.

“It’s going to be a great battle,” Davis said. “Those guys are going to try to take our heads off just to prove a point and — I don’t want to say I want to take their heads off, [but] I just want to win it.”

James might have played the most notable “reunion game” out of all the Lakers, but he is not the only one of Davis’ teammates to experience it firsthand.

“I’m pretty sure every time I catch the ball, it’s probably g

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Now we got bad blood: Davis latest to face wrath of jilted fans

Now we got bad blood: Davis latest to face wrath of jilted fans

On Wednesday night, Anthony Davis will make his highly anticipated return to his former home of New Orleans. Given the way in which he left — by announcing he would not re-sign with the Pelicans and demanding a trade — the odds of him receiving a warm welcome are, well, low.

In fact, there’s probably a greater chance of Golden State reclaiming the NBA title this season than there is of Davis being greeted with anything less than a resounding chorus of boos. Sorry to drag you into this, Warriors fans: It’s not your fault.

While there’s likely little The Brow can do to quell the hostile environment (aside from putting up ridiculous numbers to quiet the crowd), he can take solace in knowing that he is far from the first athlete to go from beloved to disdained by an organization’s entire fan base.

Seriously, if we included every contentious homecoming in sports, this article would start to drag on longer than that awkward conversation with the relative who corners you at Thanksgiving when all you wanted was for them to pass the mashed potatoes. So instead we’ll just regale you with some of the most memorable ones from over the years. … This one’s for you, AD.


LeBron James in Cleveland, 2010

LeBron James went from hailed as a hero to jeered as a villain quicker than the writers of “Game of Thrones.”

The environment was nothing short of combative as LeBron James returned to Cleveland for the first time as a member of the Miami Heat. The feelings of betrayal, disappointment and vitriol directed at him were tangible in the arena — and in the city as a whole.

LeBron wasn’t just the most popular sports figure in town, he was one of their own. So his departure for South Beach brought about a different level of anguish to the championship-starved city whose hopes and dreams rested upon his shoulders.

The “kid from Akron” was showered in boos and obscenities from former fans. Some of them threw things (including beverages and a battery) while others held signs reading things such as: “Quitness,” “Witnessed No Championship,” along with the more straightforward “I Hate LeBron.” According to the team, four fans were ejected and one was arrested that night.

King James powered through the animosity to score 38 points en route to a 118-90 Heat win.


Bryce Harper in Washington, 2019

From favored son to public enemy No. 1. Bryce Harper, who left the Nationals to sign a record-breaking 13-year, $330 million deal with National League East rival Philadelphia over the offseason, didn’t garner an exceptionally warm welcome when he returned to Nationals Park for the first time.

Fans showered him with boos during a pregame tribute video, then cheered loudly as ace Max Scherzer struck him out in his first at-bat. The heckling didn’t sit well with Harper as he called fans out after the game saying they “crossed the line.”

Some will argue this reception was petty as Harper simply went to the highest bidder; others will say loyalty should count for something.

We’ll just say this: The Nationals went on to win the World Series the season after he left.


Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City, 2017

Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: A game to live in NBA infamy. No departure had caused such a ruckus around the Association since King James was hounded for “The Decision.”

You didn’t have to spend much time in OKC to see just how much Kevin Durant meant to the city — the guy even had a restaurant named after him (the establishment closed in the wake of his departure but has since reopened with a different name

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Lakers News: LeBron James praises coaching staff for how well they prepare team – Silver Screen and Roll

Lakers News: LeBron James praises coaching staff for how well they prepare team – Silver Screen and Roll

The job of Lakers head coach hasn’t been a particularly secure one for most of this decade and with LeBron James and Anthony Davis now on the roster, the margin for error is slim — assuming it exists.

Luckily for the Lakers’ newest head coach, Frank Vogel, the team has gotten off to a tremendous 14-2 start, and he and his coaching staff are getting their due credit.

After the Lakers’ 109-108 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, James, who led all scorers with 30 points, praised the coaching staff for the work they’ve done this season:

“Our coaching staff prepares. They do a great scout. Give us great video throughout the course of the game, let us know what teams are running or what to be prepared for. And then we just trust our communication. We know what we’re doing coming out of a timeout, no matter if we’re up or down, and then we rely on that. We’ve been able to get stops at the end of the ball game two nights in a row and it’s worked toward wins.”

Prior to this season, Vogel hadn’t coached since the 2017-18 season. The same was true of one of his top assistants, Jason Kidd. But between Vogel, Kidd, Lionel Hollins and Phil Handy, the Lakers have enough experience on the sidelines to get them where they need to be by the time the postseason rolls around.

Obviously a lot of that falls on the players thems

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LeBron credits Spurs for his 3-point shot success

LeBron credits Spurs for his 3-point shot success

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James banked in his first 3-pointer of the night and swished his fourth to move past Peja Stojakovic for No. 18 on the career 3-pointers list in the Lakers114-104 win over the Spurs on Monday.

It turns out the Spurs are partly responsible for James’ 3-point shot improving the way it has.

“I just want to be able to not have any weaknesses, you know, and allow a defense to dictate what I do,” James told Spectrum Sports after the game. “Because of the Spurs, in a lot of my early years, [they are] part of the reason why my jump shot is a lot better today. My first Finals appearance in ’07, they went under on everything and I didn’t shoot the ball, I wasn’t comfortable with shooting the ball at that point in time in my career. So I give a lot of thanks to their scheme, a lot of thanks to a lot of other teams that I went against.”

James’ 33 points and 14 assists paced Los Angeles on a night when the entire team seemingly found its stroke, as the Lakers shot 14-for-33 (42.4%) from the outside, continuing a recent trend.

In their past five games, all wins, the Lakers are shooting 43% from 3 and 47% on open 3s, this after shooting 32% from 3 and 39% on open 3s through the first 12 games of the season.

“We’re continuing to commit to no-force offense,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “We’re going to keep the action moving and keep making the extra pass until it’s open. We have open looks, this team is going to knock them down. LeBron was being play

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NBA legend Alonzo Mourning says becoming a meme is ‘hilarious to sit back and watch’

NBA legend Alonzo Mourning says becoming a meme is ‘hilarious to sit back and watch’
  • NBA legend Alonzo Mourning has become one of the most ubiquitous memes on the internet thanks to a clip of him from 2006 that has gone viral.
  • During Miami’s season opener in 2006, Mourning and the reigning champion Heat trailed the Chicago Bulls by 30 points in the fourth quarter of the game.
  • The camera caught Mourning shaking his head in dismay and then slowly nodding, seemingly coming to terms with his team’s situation.
  • The video has become a popular reaction gif on social media.
  • In discussing the GuardianLife-sponsored HORSE shootout with a CUNY basketball player with a disability he participated in last week, Mourning reminisced about his mindset at that moment from 2006 that has since gone viral.
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Alonzo Mourning is undoubtedly an NBA legend. But among young people and internet savvy folks, he may be more famous for his starring role in a popular meme.

Mourning and the reigning champion Miami Heat were trailing the Chicago Bulls by 30 points in the fourth quarter of their 2006-2007 season opener when the cameras caught the eventual Hall of Famer in a somewhat compromised state. His jaw clenched, Mourning shook his head in dismay and frustration before slowly nodding, seemingly coming to terms with his team’s unfortunate start to the year.

The internet has co-opted the clip into

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LeBron James Calls 2019-20 Lakers ‘Resilient’ After Road Win Over Grizzlies – LakersNation.com

LeBron James Calls 2019-20 Lakers ‘Resilient’ After Road Win Over Grizzlies – LakersNation.com

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers managed to pull out yet another close game as they defeated the Memphis Grizzlies to move to 14-2 and achieve their second seven-game winning streak of the 2019-20 NBA season.

The Grizzlies opened up the game scorching from the field as they knocked down their first eight three-pointers of the game en route to an early double-digit lead. The Lakers were not sharp on either end as they often settled for poor jump shots and failed to get out to contest beyond the arc.

However, the second half was a different story as they came out much more focused and attentive and they began to generate good looks and recapture the momentum. Even with the game looking like it might slip away from them late, the Lakers remained calm and were able to execute down the stretc

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Dwyane Wade and wife Gabrielle Union went berserk courtside after big plays from son Zaire Wade and Bronny James in their first high school game

Dwyane Wade and wife Gabrielle Union went berserk courtside after big plays from son Zaire Wade and Bronny James in their first high school game

There’s no question that Dwyane Wade was an absolute legend throughout his 17-year career on the hardwood. But now that he’s retired, he’s taken on a new courtside role as cheerleader.

Wade’s son Zaire and LeBron James’ son LeBron “Bronny” James Jr. began their first high-school season this year at Sierra Canyon, a private school in California. Their first game was broadcast on ESPN on Thursday, and Wade and his wife, Gabrielle Union, featured prominently on the sidelines.

The duo got out of their seats and cheered

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NBA defenses have no clue what to do with Luka Doncic

NBA defenses have no clue what to do with Luka Doncic
  • Luka Doncic is on a historic offensive streak, averaging 37 points, 8 rebounds, and 11 assists per game over his last four games.
  • In his latest performance, Doncic consistently beat Houston Rockets defenders, getting to the basket for easy buckets or setting up open shots for teammates.
  • Doncic will begin seeing increased defensive attention, and how the 20-year-old superstar handles it will be among the biggest tests in his early career.
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No player in the NBA is hotter than Luka Doncic at the moment.

The 20-year-old Dallas Mavericks star is on a tear, averaging 37 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 11.8 assists per game while shooting 55% from the field and 44% from three over the last four games. He’s two-tenths of an assist shy from averaging a 30-point triple-double per game for the entire season.

Doncic’s latest outburst came on Sunday, when he scored 41 points on 15-of-29 shooting, to go with 6 rebounds and 10 assists in a 137-123 win over the Houston Rockets.

What makes Doncic’s run so incredible and so captivating

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South Beach Inspires Odell Beckham Jr.’s Week 12 Nike Pregame Cleats

South Beach Inspires Odell Beckham Jr.’s Week 12 Nike Pregame Cleats

Odell Beckham Jr. paid homage to one of his favorite Nike shoes in the latest models of his pregame cleats, taking inspiration from fellow star athlete LeBron James. Arriving in colorways of teal, pink and black and grey, black and pink, the wide receiver’s newest Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 3 OBJ Uptempo Cleat is heavily influenced by the LeBron 8 and LeBron 9 Elite “South Beach” — two iterations created when Jam

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Lakers Rumors: Latest Buzz on Andre Iguodala and LeBron Wanting Carmelo Anthony

Lakers Rumors: Latest Buzz on Andre Iguodala and LeBron Wanting Carmelo Anthony
Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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It’s Thanksgiving week in America, and the Los Angeles Lakers have plenty for which to be thankful. Their gamble on the Anthony Davis and LeBron James partnership appears to be working masterfully, the supporting cast is playing complementary basketball and L.A. sits at 14-2 as a result.

However, this doesn’t mean that the Lakers wouldn’t like to improve their roster. It’s a long season, and having additional talent on the bench would help ensure that Davis and James both make it to the proverbial finish line.

This is why Los Angles continues to be linked to former Finals MVP Andre Iguodala. Even at 35, Iguodala could be a valuable depth player who helps the Lakers continue to thrive with their second unit. The problem is that he is still a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Iguodala was traded to Memphis from the Golden State Warriors in the offseason. At the time, the prevailing thought was that Memphis would buy out his contract, as Iguodala was clear about not wanting to play for the organization.

Los Angeles was a logical landing spot.

“Best combination of ring chance and role,” one unnamed league executive told The Athletic’s David Aldridge in early November.

If the Lakers are interested in adding Iguodala, though, they’re apparently going to have to pony up some trade capital. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Memphis has made it clear that buying out Iguodala’s contract isn’t in the team’s plans.

“The message that Memphis has been delivering to the entire league, to teams who would love t

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Watch Bronny James highlights from this weekend’s games

Watch Bronny James highlights from this weekend’s games

Bronny James, Sierra Canyon High School’s prep phenom and the son of NBA star LeBron James, played three games in three days in the San Diego Tip-Off Challenge.

Here are his best plays.

First dunk:

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Bronny James Jr. flies to the basket and throws down a hammer dunk and then gives a smile for the camera.

First bucket:

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Bronny James pulls up and splashes a 3-pointer for his first career high school basket.

Teaming up with Wade:

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Bronny James Jr. and Zaire Wade throw down some nice dunks with a little help from their Sierra Canyon teammates.

Sierra Canyon will next play at Duncanville (Texas) High School on Nov. 30 as part of the Thanksgiving Hoopfest tournament.

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LeBron James Drops 30 to Power Lakers Past Grizzlies as Ja Morant Shines Again

LeBron James Drops 30 to Power Lakers Past Grizzlies as Ja Morant Shines Again
MEMPHIS, TN - NOVEMBER 23: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies on November 23, 2019 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. 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 Nikki Boertman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Los Angeles Lakers won their 14th game in 15 attempts as they beat the host Memphis Grizzlies 109-108 on Saturday at FedExForum.

The 14-2 Lakers, who own the NBA‘s best record, have won seven straight. The 5-10 Grizzlies have lost three consecutive games.

This win did not come easily for the Lakers, who fell behind by as many as 15 points in the second quarter and trailed 105-100 after a Brandon Clarke tip-in with 3:24 remaining.

However, Anthony Davis keyed a 9-0 Lakers run in response. The big man hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 105 and made a tip-in to end the run and extend L.A.’s lead to 109-105 with 54.3 seconds left.

A Dillon Brooks free throw and Ja Morant two-pointer cut the lead to 109-108, and the Grizzlies got the ball back with 1.3 seconds left following a missed three-pointer from LeBron James.

But the Grizz turned the ball over inbounding from their own end, effectively sealing the game.

James led all scorers with 30 points, and Davis dominated on the defensive end with five blocks and three steals.

For Memphis, Ja Morant continued his case to be named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year with 26 points, six dimes and five steals. Jae Crowder and Jaren Jackson Jr. complemented Morant’s efforts by combining for 41 points and 13 boards.

           

Notable Performances

Lakers G/F LeBron James: 30 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists

Lakers F Anthony Davis: 22 points, 5 blocks, 3 steals

Lakers G Rajon Rondo: 14 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds

Grizzlies G Ja Morant: 26 points, 6 assists, 5 steals

Grizzlies F Jae Crowder: 21 points, 6 rebounds

Grizzlies F Jaren Jackson Jr.: 20 points, 7 rebounds

    

Ja Morant Shines in Memphis’ Loss

The Lakers entered Saturday third in defensive rating, per NBA.com, but you wouldn’t have known that based on Morant’s performance Saturday.

The superstar rookie dominated, nearly helping the Grizz pull off a huge upset over the league’s best team.

One can use

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Lakers News: Rajon Rondo Fined $35,000 For Unsportsmanlike Physical Contact With Dennis Schroder – LakersNation.com

Lakers News: Rajon Rondo Fined $35,000 For Unsportsmanlike Physical Contact With Dennis Schroder – LakersNation.com

Rajon Rondo was fined $35,000 for unsportsmanlike physical contact with Dennis Schroder and verbal abuse of a game official, the NBA officially announced on Nov. 23.

In a rare home-and-home situation between the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder, Rondo and Schroder received double technicals early in the second quarter.

While the double technicals served as a warning to both players in the first half, Rondo later kneed Schroder in the groin area early in the fourth quarter. After review, the 33-year-old was assessed a flagrant foul two and was ejected.

Rondo also did not leave the court in a timely manner.

Despite being shorthanded at the point guard position without Rondo and Avery Bradley, the Lakers still defeated the Thunder 130-127 to begin their four-game road trip.

As Rondo was only fined and not suspended any games, he addre

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LeBron tweets he’s had to evacuate due to fires

LeBron tweets he’s had to evacuate due to fires

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James tweeted early Monday morning that he and his family had to evacuate their home because of the wildfires that are blazing throughout California.

Early Monday, a brush fire broke out along the west side of Interstate 405 in Los Angeles, north of Sunset Boulevard and near the Getty Center. As of 7:45 a.m. PT, the fire, which begin at 1:30 a.m. PT, was moving westward and had grown to more than 500 acres, with approximately 10,000 homes and commercial buildings under mandatory evacuation orders.

Said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti: “Get out when we say get out.”

The Los Angeles Fire Department called the fire “a very dynamic situation” due to high winds from 15-20 mph, and that approximately 500 firefighters are grappling with the blaze.

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The N.B.A., Amid Its Misery, Is Putting on a Show

The N.B.A., Amid Its Misery, Is Putting on a Show

Here is how strange the first month of the N.B.A. season has been: The Portland Trail Blazers, who have done O.K. offensively but poorly on defense, turned to Carmelo Anthony to solve their problems this week. They offered him a starting job right out of the gate, even though he is not known for defensive prowess and hasn’t played well in years.

There are scores of injured star players. Several teams that are usually in the playoff race have some of the worst records in the league. There is a player (James Harden) averaging nearly 40 — 40! — points a game, while shooting only 42.9 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from 3-point range. And speaking of unusual performances: Andrew Wiggins, in his sixth season, appears to be making the jump from disappointingly average to elite.

The strangeness of this season seems to be affecting viewership, with lackluster national television ratings so far. That is despite the largest field of championship contenders the N.B.A. has seen in decades. On paper, this parity should be interesting. Harden is putting together an offensive season that might be the greatest in more than 50 years. The Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks are outscoring opponents at a level unseen from any team last season.

Blame the standings. Blame the injuries to stars. Blame the most popular players’ being on the West Coast, making them less visible to much of the country (which is asleep when they play). Whatever the reason: The N.B.A. has some issues that aren’t going away.

But even a “meh” N.B.A. season has its share of showmanship and intriguing early trends. So I’m going to combine my love of theater with basketball to present to you a Broadway-themed version of takeaways for the first month of the season.

All figures are reflective of statistics going into Thursday’s games.

Before the season, it was unclear who the top-tier teams would be. After a month, two franchises are separating themselves from the rest of the pack: the Lakers and the Bucks, both of whom are outscoring teams by almost 10 points a game and have each won five games in a row.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee’s star, is somehow even better than he was last season, when he won the league’s Most Valuable Player Award. He’s averaging more points, rebounds, assists and steals while shooting better percentages. LeBron James, not to be outdone, is putting up some of the best numbers of his career with the Lakers, leading the league in assists per game (11.1) in his mid-30s. The last player to do that over an entire season was a 36-year-old Steve Nash in 201

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Anthony Davis has big 2nd half, Lakers beat Thunder – ABS-CBN News

Anthony Davis has big 2nd half, Lakers beat Thunder – ABS-CBN News
Anthony Davis has big 2nd half, Lakers beat Thunder

Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) grabs a rebound next to Oklahoma City Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-107. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

By The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 24 of his 33 points in the second half to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-127 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

Davis also had 11 rebounds and seven assists, and LeBron James added 23 points and 14 assists. The Lakers have won six in a row to improve the best record in the NBA to 13-2.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points and Steven Adams added 22 for the Thunder. They have lost five of six.

Los Angeles guard Rajon Rondo was ejected early in the fourth quarter after a kick to Dennis Schroder’s groin area.

CLIPPERS 122, ROCKETS 119

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard hit a go-ahead jumper with 15 seconds remaining to finish with 24 points and lift Los Angeles over Houston.

Russell Westbrook missed at the other end and Paul George got the rebound while getting fouled. He made both free throws with 1 second left to complete a wild finish and help the Clippers improve to 10-1 at home with their fourth win in a row overall.

James Harden couldn’t get a shot off on the Rockets’ final possession as time expired.

George scored 19 points in his second game playing with Leonard. Lou Williams led the Clippers with 26 — all in the second half. Montrezl Harrell added 18 points.

Harden had 37 points and 12 assists for the Rockets. Russell Westbrook added 22 points before f

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This High School Basketball Game With Sierra Canyon’s Zaire Wade And Bronny James Seems A Wee Bit Lopsided

This High School Basketball Game With Sierra Canyon’s Zaire Wade And Bronny James Seems A Wee Bit Lopsided

MIND OF THE MATTER

There’s no single answer to the question of why I lose my mind at the beginning of my sophomore year of college. There are just things that happ

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Bronny James, Sierra Canyon Beat Saint Augustine in Zaire Wade’s Absence

Bronny James, Sierra Canyon Beat Saint Augustine in Zaire Wade’s Absence
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 28: LeBron James Jr. shoots around after a game between the LA Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers on December 28, 2018 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 2018 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, California) coasted to a 75-54 win over Saint Augustine (San Diego) at the San Diego Tip-Off Challenge on Friday.

BJ Boston, a Kentucky signee who scored 22 points the day before, led the way with 23 more plus six rebounds Friday. Terren Frank, who’s headed to TCU, pitched in 22 points.

Per Full-Time Hoops, Chibuzo Agbo led Saint Augustine with 24 points and 11 boards.

Bronny James, the son of four-time NBA MVP LeBron James, contributed the play of the night with this ferocious slam to continue Sierra Canyon’s excellent second half:

Sierra Canyon earned a 17-9 lead after the first quarter, but Saint Augustine cut the deficit to three by halftime. However, the Trailblazers dominated the second half, outscoring their opponents 24-12 in the third before rolling to the 21-point win.

Sierra Canyon’s Z

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B/R Countdown: LeBron James Top 10 Career Triple-Doubles

B/R Countdown: LeBron James Top 10 Career Triple-Doubles

LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double against all 30 teams in the league. But which of his triple-doubles are the best? In this edition of B/R Countdown, we count down LeBron’s top 10 career triple-doubles.

Watch the video above for all of the highlights.

     

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Bronny James, Zaire Wade Make Sierra Canyon Debuts in 91-44 Rout over Montgomery

Bronny James, Zaire Wade Make Sierra Canyon Debuts in 91-44 Rout over Montgomery
CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 17: Zaire Wade and Dwyane Wade walk the tunnel prior to the 2019 NBA All-Star Game on February 17, 2019 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. 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 Chris Marion/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

While the basketball world may not get to watch LeBron James and Dwyane Wade play together anymore after the pair won two championships with the Miami Heat, their sons suited up for the same team Thursday.

LeBron James Jr., nicknamed Bronny, and Zaire Wade helped lead the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers to a 91-44 victory over San Diego’s Montgomery High School. It was James’ high school debut, although he has already made national waves at the AAU level.

While James came off the bench, his squad wasted little time turning heads.

Wade threw down an alley-oop in the first quarter for two of his six points, and the Trailblazers jumped out to an insurmountable lead before halftime. That gave the freshman an early opportunity to make an impact, and his first high school points came on a three-pointer from the wing.

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Lakers Rumors: Carmelo Anthony Had LeBron James’ ‘Blessing’ to Sign with LA

Lakers Rumors: Carmelo Anthony Had LeBron James’ ‘Blessing’ to Sign with LA
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20:  LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Houston Rockets wait for and inbound at Staples Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James reportedly gave the front office his “blessing” to sign Carmelo Anthony during the offseason, but the team chose to go in a different direction.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported the background details Friday and provided comments from Anthony about his extended stay on the free-agent market before signing with the Portland Trail Blazers this week:

“Honestly, I think it was more of, not intimidation, but it was more so teams not wanting to put themselves in that situation of having to deal with what role I was going to accept and questioning if I was going to accept my role and the media [attention] that’s behind it all. Just everything that comes along with bringing me in. Nobody knew where I was at, as far as what I was thinking. I think it was more so of everything else outside of basketball. I don’t think anybody thought, ‘Oh, he can’t play anymore. He can’t do this.’ It was everything that had to do with outside of basketball.”

There has been speculation about James and Anthony playing alongside each other on a consistent basis as two of the top three picks in the 2003 draft have b

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Cavs sign GM Altman to long-term extension

Cavs sign GM Altman to long-term extension

Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman has signed a long-term contract extension, the team announced Friday.

Owner Dan Gilbert tasked Altman with reshaping the roster and organization post-LeBron James, which has included the drafting of a promising backcourt — Collin Sexton and Darius Garland — and the hiring of well-regarded University of Michigan coach John Beilein.

“Koby has been a culture-driver and an innovator who has built a fresh, new foundation and environment for our front office and team that inspires everyone involved,” Gilbert said in a statement. “He is a passionate leader who is executing a very dynamic, strategic plan for the future of the team and our vision for growth and success. Koby’s collaborative approach has also extended beyond the team and had a consistent, positive impact across our entire organization. I look forward to seeing his hard work and creativity continue to m

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Rim protection from Anthony Davis won a game for the Lakers

Rim protection from Anthony Davis won a game for the Lakers

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James destroyed Nemanja Bjelica with a dunk in the first half on Friday. Obliterated him. Might as well have turned Bjelica’s No. 88 uniform on its side and sent him off to infinity, and beyond.

It was a career highlight reel-worthy throwdown for James on the same day he declared at shootaround that he, at 34, is like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, at 42: timeless.

“Me and Tom Brady are one in the same,” he said. “We’re going to play until we can’t walk no more.”

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LeBron James muscles by Nemanja Bjelica along the baseline and drops in a layup while drawing a foul.

But after the Los Angeles Lakers99-97 win over the Sacramento Kings, to bring Los Angeles’ record to 10-2, there were no questions posed to James about the jam.

You see, Anthony Davis, whose first-half line of three shots and two rebounds was, well, even less productive than Bjelica’s, kind of made everything else that happened in the first 47 minutes and 57.7 seconds of game action somewhat irrelevant when he swatted away Harrison Barnes‘ potential game-tying shot just before the final buzzer.

“Barnes came to the basket and AD’s as good as anybody in the world at making that play,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Made a terrific play to save the game.”

Vogel wasn’t being hyperbolic. It was Davis’ fourth blocked shot of the game, a tick above his average of 3.0 blocks, which is both a career best and also the best average in the NBA, which happens to be the best basketball league in the world.

“Just try to go straight up, go vertical,” Davis said when asked what it’s like to be the only guy between the ball and the basket with the game on the line. “Try to make them finish through contact. And once I saw that the ball was low, I had a pretty good instinct of blocking the shot. So I just wanted to make sure I went vertical first and made it tough on him, and if he made the shot, he made it. But the most importa

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LeBron James MAKES HISTORY! – NBA

LeBron James MAKES HISTORY! – NBA

LeBron James MADE HISTORY by becoming the first player in NBA history to have a triple-double against all 30 teams! He finished with 25 PTS, 11 REB & 10 AST to lead the Lakers to a 112-107 win over the Thunder.

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The keto diet makes mice better at fighting the flu — another clue about how the high-fat, low-carb plan changes the body

The keto diet makes mice better at fighting the flu — another clue about how the high-fat, low-carb plan changes the body
  • The keto diet is a trendy, high-fat plan that many people swear by for weight loss and improved focus, but some experts caution that it may not be for everyone.
  • There are very few rigorous studies of the keto diet in people, in part because it’s so difficult to adhere to.
  • A new study performed in mice suggests that the keto diet changes the way that immune cells in the lungs perform, and may help boost a body’s response to the flu. More research is needed to know if the same is true in people. 
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The keto diet is a trendy and exacting eating plan that involves almost entirely eliminating carbs, instead subsisting on high-fat foods like oils, avocados, cream, and bacon.

People adhere to keto for all kinds of reasons. The keto diet can help fend off tough-to-treat epileptic seizures in children, and holds some promise as a way to manage type-2 diabetes in adults. 

Now it appears there’s one more potential benefit: flu fighting-power. 

Research released Friday from scientists at Yale University, and performed in mice, showed that rodents who were fed a ketogenic, high-fat, low-carb laboratory diet for one week before they were exposed to the flu were more likely to survive than mice on regular lab diets. 

Keto mice may be slightly better flu-fighters because of how the immune cells in their lungs respond to running on fat. 

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In the study, researchers found that specific immune cells that help produce mucus in the linings of the lung are bolstered by being on a keto diet. More mucus production means more chances to trap the flu virus.

Mice on keto also maintained their weight better if they did get the flu, upping their chances of survival. The same wasn’t true of other mice, even if

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Magic Johnson lauds LeBron James, says he’s ‘playing as well as I’ve ever seen him play’

Magic Johnson lauds LeBron James, says he’s ‘playing as well as I’ve ever seen him play’
  • At the 29th Annual Achilles Gala — a celebration of disabled athletes through Cigna and Achilles International — Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson spoke about how impressed he’s been with LeBron James this season.
  • “Right now — this season — he’s playing as well as I’ve ever seen him play,” Johnson said of the 34-year-old superstar.
  • James is averaging 25 points and a league-leading 11.1 assists per game to start his 17th season in the league and second in Los Angeles.
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Even though Magic Johnson no longer holds a formal role with the Los Angeles Lakers, the legendary point guard still has a vested interest in his former franchise’s ongoing success.

And with LeBron James at the helm, it’s safe to say the purple and gold are in good hands.

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LeBron James is averaging 25 points and a league-leading 11.1 assists per game to start his 17th season in the league and second in Los Angeles.
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At the 29th Annual Achilles Gala — a celebration of disabled athletes through Cigna and Achilles International — Johnson spoke about how impressed he’s been with James’ play as of late.

“Right now — this season — he’s playing as well as I’ve

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Tanking Probably Won’t Make Your Team Better. Sorry.

Tanking Probably Won’t Make Your Team Better. Sorry.

We live in odd athletic times. Losing has never been this fashionable. Look no further than the 2019 Miami Dolphins, who, as the season was about to kick off, traded two starters for a haul of future draft picks. The Dolphins decided, in modern parlance, to “tank,” or sacrifice the present for the potential of a brighter future. The Fins suffered 59-10 and 43-0 shellackings in their first two games. Then they traded another starter.

Tanking is now an acceptable form of sports behavior, creating stark inequality in the standings. For only the second time ever, for example, four baseball teams lost more than 100 games in a single season. Not coincidentally, four teams won 100 games for the first time in history. The Cleveland Browns gutted their roster to finish 1-31 in 2016 and 2017. The Philadelphia 76ers won 19% of their games from the 2014 through 2016 seasons. “Trust the Process!” Sixers fans would chant, with some trademark Broad Street bitterness. Now, hoops pundits wait for the latest NBA bottom-feeders to emerge. Scouts for the dysfunctional New York Knicks and the injury-riddled Golden State Warriors will surely begin to rack up frequent-flier miles, as they scour the country for the top college prospects they’ll likely select in the 2020 draft.

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‘Pretty cool’ – LeBron James sets NBA triple-double record

‘Pretty cool’ – LeBron James sets NBA triple-double record
James scored his fifth triple-double of the season in the win over Oklahoma City Thunder

LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to score a triple-double against every team in the league as his LA Lakers side beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107.

James registered 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the win, for his 86th career triple-double.

“I r

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Lakers Post-Game Videos: Caruso Responds To His Mural, Says That Rondo Is The QB Of Their Offense – Lakers Nation

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Cheq raises another $16M to fight ad fraud

Cheq raises another $16M to fight ad fraud

Cheq, a startup focused on preventing ad fraud and ensuring that ads run in brand-safe environments, has raised $16 million in Series B funding.

When the company raised its $5 million Series A last year, CEO Guy Tytunovich contrasted Cheq’s approach with what he called “first generation solutions for ad verification” — rather than identifying fraud and other issues after an ad has already run, he said Cheq is more proactive and can block ads from being served in real time.

I caught up with Tytunovich yesterday, and he told me that this approach remains one of Cheq’s strengths.

At the same time, he also acknowledged that “refunds, rebates and make goods” are allowing advertisers to achieve a kind of retroactive prevention. So he’s increasingly focused on Cheq’s accuracy.

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Anthony Davis, LeBron James Dominant as Lakers Cruise Past Thunder

Anthony Davis, LeBron James Dominant as Lakers Cruise Past Thunder
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 19, 2019 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 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers continue to roll with a 112-107 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

James earned his fifth triple-double of the season and made history in the process:

He and Anthony Davis combined for 59 points Tuesday at the Staples Center to help the Lakers earn their fifth straight win to move to an NBA-best 12-2 for the season.

Los Angeles appeared set for an easy victory until Oklahoma City used a 9-0 run to cut an 11-point deficit down to two in the final minute. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope then came through in the clutch to secure the victory.

The Thunder (5-9) remain winless in six road games this year despite 31 points from Dennis Schroder off the bench.

     

Notable Stats

  • LeBron James, F, Lakers: 25 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists
  • Anthony Davis, F, Lakers: 34 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, G, Lakers: 13 points, 3-of-4 3PT
  • Dennis Schroder, G, Thunder: 31 points, 4 rebounds
  • Chris Paul, G, Thunder: 4 points, 10 assists
  • Danilo Gallinari, F, Thunder: 25 points, 6 rebounds

        

LeBron and AD Getting Comfortable Together

Some were concerned with Davis’ health after he missed one game with a shoulder injury and totaled just 31 points in the next two games combined. There weren’t any complaints after this game, as the All-Star went off with 34 points on 13-of-24 from the field.

The most surprising part of his performance was the outside shooting, finishing 3-of-5 from beyond the arc after shooting 25 percent from deep entering Tuesday.

Meanwhile, James wasn’t exactly quiet with some huge dunks throughout the game:

It’s of course not news that these two are elite players, but the important part is how well they played together.

James and Davis looked good on the fast break and were unguardable at times:

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Ranking the best teammates LeBron James has ever had

Ranking the best teammates LeBron James has ever had

During his 17 years in the NBA, LeBron James has played with a lot of teammates — 167 so far, to be exact. The former No. 1 overall pick had played with six other top picks — Shaquille O’Neal, Joe Smith, Andrew Bogut, Greg Oden, Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving — entering this season, and that group expanded to eight earlier this week when James played a regular season game with Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard for the first time.

But which players have been the best of James’ teammates? That’s the question we put to our expert panel, made up of seven of our writers and a former NBA player who spent multiple seasons playing alongside James. We asked them to focus on each player’s time alongside James, and to attempt to project where Davis will fall on that list. So you won’t see O’Neal or Rose — two players who won NBA MVP long before teaming up with LeBron — on this list. You also won’t seen names you might have forgotten like Edy Tavares (who played one game for the 2016-17 Cavaliers) or Eddy Curry (14 games for the 2011-12 Heat) or even Eddie House (56 games for the 2010-11 Heat).

What you will see are the players who, in the eyes of our panel, have made or will make the biggest on-court impact while playing alongside James.

Just missed the cut: Chris Andersen, Danny Green, Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes, James Jones, Mike Miller.

15. Udonis Haslem

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Miami Heat | 2010-14

Haslem ranks second behind only Dwyane Wade in games played in a Miami Heat uniform, and his willingness to take less money in 2010 helped bring James to Miami. Though he struggled because of injuries during the Heat’s four-year Finals run, he was an integral part of those teams, and — like James — is heading into his 17th season. The Heat lifer is Miami’s all-time leader in total rebounds, and averaged nearly six per game during his four seasons alongside James.


14. Carlos Boozer

Team
Cleveland Cavaliers | 2003-04

Though he played only one NBA season alongside James, Boozer remains one of only two players to average at least 15 points and 10 rebounds (Kevin Love in 2016-17 is the other). After Boozer’s contentious departure from Cleveland, he went on to play in two All-Star Games and the 2008 Olympics, leaving fans to wonder what might have been if he’d stayed.


13. Mario Chalmers

Team
Miami Heat | 2010-14

The frequent target of James’ ire during their time together, Chalmers was also the most consistent point guard during LeBron’s Heat years. He shot better than 38% from 3-point range, and his 242 games started are the most for any point guard who has ever played alongside LeBron (and sixth most overall).


12. Anderson Varejao

Team
Cleveland Cavaliers | 2004-10, 2014-16

One of two players to play alongside LeBron during both of his Cleveland stints (Mo Williams is the o





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UPDATE 5-Thousands told to evacuate as Los Angeles wildfire spreads to more than 500 acres

UPDATE 5-Thousands told to evacuate as Los Angeles wildfire spreads to more than 500 acres

(Adds smoke advisory issued for parts of Los Angeles, new investigation into utilities)

By Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Wind-whipped flames chased thousands of residents from wealthy Los Angeles neighborhoods and threatened the city’s famed Getty Center museum on Monday, the latest outbreak in a wildfire season that has triggered mass evacuations and power outages across California.

The new conflagration broke out at around 1:30 a.m. PDT near the Getty Center on the west side of Los Angeles, hundreds of miles (km) from where crews were fighting the state’s biggest and most destructive fire, the Kincade, north of San Francisco.

“I know this moment generates a tremendous amount of anxiety,” California Governor Gavin Newsom told a news conference, speaking of the two major blazes burning at opposite ends of the state.

The governor said he was confident that firefighters had secured enough perimeters around the Kincade fire that it no longer posed an imminent threat to two communities north of Santa Rosa, although he conceded the fight was not over.

“I’m not naive about shifting winds and shifting conditions so we are putting all the assets we have onto this fire,” said Newsom, who declared a statewide emergency on Sunday.

As of midday the Kincade Fire, which erupted on Wednesday night, had blackened 66,000 acres (26,709 hectares) across parts of Sonoma County’s picturesque wine country, destroying 96 homes and other structures.

More than 4,100 firefighters working to put out the blaze had built containment lines around only 5% of t

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That other Houston-Washington game: Everything to know from a 317-point night in D.C.

That other Houston-Washington game: Everything to know from a 317-point night in D.C.

While the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals were staging an epic World Series Game 7 in Houston, the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards were playing one of the most incredible NBA games in recent memory, packed with enough historic milestones to fill a record book.

In the end, James Harden‘s 59 points turned out to be just enough to lift the Rockets to a 159-158 victory on a night that few who witnessed the action will ever forget. Here are the stats, facts and figures you need to know.


Wizards tie ignominious scoring record

It’s not often that you see a team score 158 points in regulation and lose. In fact, prior to Wednesday, it had happened exactly once in NBA history: Nov. 2, 1990, when the Paul Westhead-coached Denver Nuggets fell to the Run-TMC Golden State Warriors 162-158.

This was the third non-OT game in NBA history in which both teams scored at least 155 points. It was the third game in NBA history in which both teams made at least 20 3-pointers. The Rockets’ 159 points were the fourth-most in regulation in a road game in NBA history.

The two teams combined for 89 points in the fourth quarter, the most in a fourth quarter since the Pacers and Celtics put up 90 on April 11, 1994. The Wizards led by 12 with 7:53 left, and the Rockets proceeded to outscore them 38-25 down the stretch. Harden and Russell Westbrook combined for more points (27) than the entire Wizards team in that span.

Oh, and for the gamblers in the audience, the over/under for the game was 234. Washington and Houston cleared that by 84 points.


Harden drops 50 again

Although his missed free throw with 2.2 seconds remaining left him one point shy of 60 — and snapped a streak of 38 consecutive made free throws — Harden completed his 19th career 50-point game. Only Wilt Chamberlain (118), Michael Jorda

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LeBron James Comes Up With Not-Embarrassing-At-All Save After Dwight Howard Leaves Him Hanging With High-Five

LeBron James Comes Up With Not-Embarrassing-At-All Save After Dwight Howard Leaves Him Hanging With High-Five

MISTAKES WERE MADE

At Tuesday’s National Transportation Safety Board’s hearing on the death of Elaine Herzberg, the woman struck and killed by Uber’s self-dri

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Trying to Trademark a Meme? OK Boomer

Trying to Trademark a Meme? OK Boomer

First came the “OK Boomer” memes on social media. Then came the T-shirts, phone cases and other merchandise emblazoned with the viral retort. Now, get ready for an all-out war at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and a possible television series using the phrase.

On Nov. 11, Fox Media filed a trademark application for a TV show called “OK Boomer,” one among a handful of applicants hoping to secure rights to the phrase hurled by Generation Z and millennials to older people who don’t understand their positions on various issues and anyone issuing condescending remarks. (This month, Chloe Swarbrick, a 25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker, even used it in Parliament to respond to a heckler during a debate on a zero carbon bill.)

At least five current trademark applications are pending for the phrase, according to the federal office’s online database. Fox Media said in its application that it wanted to use it for an “ongoing television series featuring reality competition, comedy and game shows.” A spokeswoman for Fox Media, Alex Gillespie, said on Tuesday that the company had no comment about the filing. A spokeswoman for the federal patent office, Julianne Metzger, said on Tuesday that the office “does not comment on trademark applications.”

Separate applications filed on Oct. 31 (by a man named Kevin Yen) and Nov. 14 (by the jewelry company Rust Belt Creations) described intentions to use the phrase on clothing items. Another application, filed on Nov. 12 (also by Rust Belt Creations), mentioned plans to sell decals and stickers. And an application filed on Nov. 13 (by William Grundfest, a TV producer known for “Mad About You”) referred to plans to use “OK Boomer” for live stage performances and lectures.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mr. Grundfest said he filed for the trademark

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Lakers’ LeBron James Calls Luka Doncic a ‘Bad MOFO’ After 40-Point Triple-Double

Lakers’ LeBron James Calls Luka Doncic a ‘Bad MOFO’ After 40-Point Triple-Double
DALLAS, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 01:  LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball against Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks in the first quarter at American Airlines Center on November 01, 2019 in Dallas, Texas.  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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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After Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic became the second-youngest player in NBA history to score 40 or more points while recording a triple-double, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James offered his endorsement:

The 20-year-old Doncic finished with 42 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in a 117-110 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, making him the second player in NBA history—along with James—to post such a line before the age of 21.

Earlier this month, Doncic called James his “idol,” and in just his second season, he is already following in LeBron’s footsteps.

Last season, Doncic averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game en route to being named Rookie of the Year. He has taken his game to another level this season with a

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Photographer Atiba Jefferson on the Essential ArmorATD Drive

Photographer Atiba Jefferson on the Essential ArmorATD Drive

While cameras are rightfully the most prized tool in a photographer’s kit, for those who shoot in extreme conditions or fast-moving situations, their accessories can impact the outcome of the image just as much. G-Technology’s ArmorATD portable drive for photographer and skater Atiba Jefferson is one such accessory. The rugged storage device comes in one-, two-, four- and five-terabyte versions, with each iteration super-portable and slender. It’s also rain-, dust-, drop- and pressure-resistant (up to 1,000 pounds).

For Jefferson, an acclaimed photographer with a rich catalog spanning the sports and entertainment industries, the sense of trust that comes with the ArmorATD is unmatched. On shooting individuals from both worlds, he says, “The similarities are you never have a lot of time. The difference is athletes tend to not want to sit and model, [and] celebrities are used to it. The speed of ArmorATD is great so I can get things done fast. After the shoot I give one drive to the client and then I keep the other.”

In an exclusive video announcing the partnership, Jefferson explains that getting shots taken and onto an external drive proves far more desirable than uploading them onto a computer—which could crash or die. The ArmorATD also affords portability that a laptop usually doesn’t. “I only shoot to external hard drives as I trust ArmorATD more than the internal drive that comes with the computer,” Jefferson tells CH.

“I always archive, that’s why G-Tech is so important,” he says. “I always look back because photos are like wine… some age well, some don’t.” Jefferson also carries two ArmorATDs with him—one for his personal archive and another for friends and clients. It’s a more concise delivery method than transferring files from camera to computer to a cloud-based drive—plus, the ArmorATD offers transfer speeds of up to 140MB/s via either a USB-C to USB-C cable or a USB-C to USB-A adapter.

For Jefferson, the drive is an essential part of past and future projects. Inside of each drive is several years’ worth of stills of entertainment icons (from Michael Jordan and Drake to LeBron James and Tony Hawk) and skateboarding newcomers (Rowan Zorilla and Tyshawn Jones) alike.

“For me it’s doing a full-on book! That’s my next goal,” Jefferson finishes. It’s a safe bet to imagine its contents are on a handful of his drives.

The G-Technology ArmorATD portable drive starts at $70 and is available online now.

Images courtesy of Atiba Jefferson

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Lakers’ early success surprising to LeBron, AD

Lakers’ early success surprising to LeBron, AD

For years, Hakeem Olajuwon tutored NBA stars in the art of the post-up, teaching his footwork and sorcery in the paint.

If he wanted to, Chris Bosh could coach up a different niche group: big men playing with LeBron James.

“Playing with LeBron was like buying a Ferrari,” Bosh said. “You know it’s the best in the world. It looks amazing when you see it. But you have no idea how powerful it is once you try to drive it. You can go right off the road.”

Bosh learned the hard way. He will walk into the Hall of Fame soon thanks to winning two titles with the Miami Heat and earning 11 All-Star selections, including four playing alongside James. But the only thing that allowed him to learn how to play with James was actually doing it.

For Kevin Love in Cleveland, playing with James meant figuring out not only where he was supposed to be on the court — Love got six fewer shots a game in his first season with James — but also how to avoid mass media and social media quagmires off of it.

When James first teamed up with Anthony Davis in Los Angeles, they sought to avoid those pitfalls by promising each other to try to stay on the same page. “What I’m seeing here is how much they spend time together away from the basketball court,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “And quite frankly, even in film sessions, in the locker room, it seems like the two of them are always together and just building that, that friendship. … I think LeBron’s just done everything in his power to make sure that he’s going out of his way to make sure Anthony’s comfortable with his new team.”

The two tried to keep expectations low for their early-season success because of the past issues James had merging with Bosh and Love. But James and Davis are playing fabulously together. Although you see them probing and developing their preferences, the union has exceeded even optimistic hopes for this early in the process.

“I didn’t think we were going to be able to connect this fast just because of the fact he had a lot of stuff going on this summer with ‘Space Jam [2],’ so we didn’t get a lot of time to work out together,” Davis said. “Then we hit a short training camp and had to go to China, and all that stuff, so I’m surprised that we’ve got a little connection right now.”

That’s what has surprised Bosh. James, Bosh and Dwyane Wade played with one another on Team USA for multiple sum

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USA TODAY’s Mark Medina and Jeff Zillgitt on NBA trash talk, bizarre stories, KD

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As the 2019-20 NBA season moves toward its second week, new duos such as LeBron James and Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, resurgent teams and disappointing starts have made headlines.

USA TODAY NBA reporters Mark Medina and Jeff Zillgitt answered questions about the new season during a Reddit AMA on Wednesday.

Below is a condensed and edited Q&A:

What’s been the best on-court trash talk you’ve ever heard? 

Mark Medina: Unfortunately, you don’t hear much given where our press seats are. But my favorite moments always happen in Memphis where reporters still sit on press row. I enjoyed seeing Warriors coach Steve Kerr and former Lakers coach Luke Walton interact with the officials. They offered a good dose of friendliness, playful sarcasm, frustration and words unsuitable for print.

What are your predictions for the NBA Finals this season?

Jeff Zillgitt: I went Bucks-Clippers with Clippers winning the title. But as history has proven, I’m much better at telling you what and why it happened rather than telling you what will happen. Predictions are not my thing.

Medina: Eastern Conference champion: Sixers; Western Conference champion: Clippers; NBA champion: Clippers.

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What is the most bizarre story, experience, situation, you have come across?

Zillgitt: The 2011 NBA lockout was pretty bizarre, waiting on New York City sidewalks or hotel lobbiesfor someone to give us a morsel of information that usually wasn’t very helpful. Though, (then-NBA commissioner) David Stern and (then-NBPA executive director) Billy Hunter provided great theater at times. Gregg Popovich was jogging on a city street when he stopped to talk to a bunch of reporters waiting outside a hotel. Two cameramen got into a fight in the street

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Which version of LeBron James was the best?

Which version of LeBron James was the best?

When he suited up for the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this week, LeBron James joined an exclusive club. Prior to this season, only 66 players had played at least 17 seasons in the NBA. Further, only seven have been All-Stars this deep into their NBA careers.

While we’ll have to wait until February to see if James will officially join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Karl Malone, Dirk Nowitzki and Shaquille O’Neal in that club, it’s a safe bet based on what he’s done in his previous 16 seasons. But which of those 16 seasons was his best? And, perhaps more importantly for the near future, was his most recent season — his first in a Lakers uniform — his worst?

That’s the question we posed to our expert panel, in addition to having them rank James’ best teammates. We had each of our panelist rank each of James’ previous 16 seasons, encompassing both the regular season and playoffs for each year, then compiled those rankings to determine when James was at his best, worst, and everything in between.

Record
35-47, missed playoffs

Stats
20.9 PPG | 5.5 RPG | 5.9 APG | 41.7% FG | 29.0% 3FG

What would’ve been a career year for most players from an individual standpoint was a near-unanimous pick by our panel as the worst of James’ career — and it was still good enough for him to win Rookie of the Year honors in 2004. At the time, James was just the third rookie in NBA history to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game. The two to do it before him? Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan.


15. 2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers

Record
37-45, missed playoffs

Stats
27.4 PPG | 8.5 RPG | 8.3 APG | 51.0% FG | 33.9% 3FG

James’ season changed on Christmas Day, when he suffered a strained groin that would keep him out for weeks and eventually lead to an early end to his first year in Los Angeles. He played a career-low 55 games, but still managed to do enough in those games to earn a 15th consecutive All-NBA nod. Only Abdul-Jabbar, Bryant and Duncan have made 15 All-NBA teams, and no player has made 16, something James can shoot for in 2019-20.


14. 2004-05 Cleveland Cavaliers

Record
42-40, missed playoffs

Stats
27.2 PPG | 7.4 RPG | 7.2 APG | 47.2% FG | 35.1% 3FG

James improved across the board in his second season, leading the league in minutes per game and finishing behind only Allen Iverson and Bryant in points per game. However, it wasn’t enough to lead the Cavaliers to the playoffs. Head coach Paul Silas was fired with 18 games left in the season, with the Cavs fifth in the East at the time. However, they skidded to an 8-10 finish, despite James upping his scoring to 30.3 points per game in that stretch.


13. 2005-06 Cleveland Cavaliers

Record
50-32, lost in Eastern Conference semifinals

Stats
31.4 PPG | 7.0 RPG | 6.6 APG | 48.0% FG | 33.5% 3FG

Averaging a career-high 31.4 PPG, James led the Cavaliers to the postseason for the first time and finished second in MVP voting behind Steve Nash. It was the first of 13 consecutive seasons in which he finished in the top five of MVP voting, a streak that only came to an end last year. James also earned All-Star Game MVP honors for the first time in his career. In the playoffs, James was electric in leading Cleveland to a 4-2 series win over Washington in the first round, posting a triple-double in his postseason debut and averaging 35.7 points per game in that series. The Cavs took a 3-2 lead over the top-seeded Detroit Pistons in the second round before eventually falling in seven games, one of just two times (in eight tries) that James has lost a Game 7.


12. 2007-08 Cleveland Cavaliers

Record
45-37, lost in Eastern Conference semifinals

Stats
30.0 PPG | 7.9 RPG | 7.2 APG | 48.4% FG | 31.5% 3FG

That other Game 7 loss? It brought this season to an end when James and the Cavs fell to the eventual champion Boston Celtics, despite James’ 45-point effort in Boston. It was a bitter end to a season that saw James lead the league in scoring for the first and only time in his career and saw the Cavs overcome a midseason roster shakeup to return to the postseason a year after coming up short in the NBA Finals. This was also the season in which James became the Cavaliers’ all-time leading scorer, passing Brad Daugherty despite having played 100 fewer career games.


11. 2006-07 Cleveland Cavaliers

Record
50-32, lost in NBA Finals

Stats
27.3 PPG | 6.7 RPG | 6.0 APG | 47.6% FG | 31.9% 3FG

During the regular season, James’ numbers dipped across the board, though he still led the Cavs to their second consecutive 50-win season. However, by the time the postseason rolled around, he was once again locked in. He led Cleveland to the conference finals for the first time since 1992, and there against the Pistons, he produced one of the most iconic games of his career. With the series tied 2-2, James put up 48 points in Game 5, including 29 of the Cavaliers’ final 30 points and their final 25 consecutively. The double-OT win helped propel Cleveland to its first NBA Finals appearance, where the Cavs were swept by the San Antonio Spurs.


10. 2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers

Record
53-29, lost in NBA Finals

Stats
25.3 PPG | 6.0 RPG | 7.4 APG | 48.8% FG | 35.4% 3FG

James’ first season back in Cleveland after his four-year run in Miami resulted in the Cavaliers’ first trip to the Finals sinc













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Doncic gets stitches; Mavs unhappy with refs

Doncic gets stitches; Mavs unhappy with refs

DALLAS — Mavericks star Luka Doncic needed three stitches to repair a laceration on his head suffered in a collision late in a 119-110 overtime loss to the Lakers on Friday night, but the team’s medical staff determined he did not have a concussion.

The laceration occurred when Doncic and Lakers center Dwight Howard collided while chasing a loose ball that was rebounded by Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith with 1 minute, 49 seconds remaining in regulation.

Doncic received treatment on the laceration from Casey Smith, the Mavs’ director of player health and performance, and iced his head during each of the three timeouts in the remainder of regulation. Doncic played the rest of the game with the exception of the final 6.4 seconds of regulation, when he was substituted out because of a defensive strategy.

“I felt a little bit weird a few minutes after the hit, but then it was OK,” said Doncic, who finished with 31 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in a thrilling duel with childhood idol LeBron James. “There was nothing to worry about. … It was a little headache. I had a little headache for a few minutes, but then it was over. I put some ice on it, and it was better.”

Doncic said he was twice evaluated for a concussion — once on the bench and again after the game.

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The ESPN Daily: The best trash talk in the NFL, the fall of a golfing legend, and the fiercest dunk ever

The ESPN Daily: The best trash talk in the NFL, the fall of a golfing legend, and the fiercest dunk ever

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Liftoff for the Rockets? … The Houston Rockets face the L.A. Clippers tonight — on ESPN! Pretty exciting! — and all the on-court questions surrounding Houston are about how James Harden and Russell Westbrook can coexist in their second go-round. So far, it’s going pretty well — Houston is 7-3 and Harden is averaging more than 37 points per game — but can it hold up over the course of a full season? In today’s ESPN Daily podcast, Mina Kimes talks to Kirk Goldsberry about how the Rockets’ Westbrook experiment is going … and what needs to happen for the team to bring home that elusive championship. You can listen to it right here.


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The most legendary trash talk ever … As the great Terry Tate once said, football is about mind games. What better way to let your opponents know they’ve got no chance of winning than with a little bit of trash talk? We’ve taken the best bits of sassing, dissing and all-around disrespect the NFL has to offer and put them into a quiz. Can you identify who said what? Take our quiz now!


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A return for Kaepernick? Colin Kaepernick’s three-year absence from the NFL might finally be coming to an end. NFL clubs

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Watch LeBron James high five himself after he’s left hanging

Watch LeBron James high five himself after he’s left hanging

LeBron James, NBA superstar and GOAT contender, was left hanging on the bench Sunday night when the Lakers faced off against the Atlanta Hawks. 

James didn’t seem bothered, but there’s surprisingly a lot happening in this little three-second clip.

First, the obvious: LeBron reaches out to teammate Dwight Howard for a standard high five. Howard, who is 6’10” and quite used to blocking shots, rejects LeBron in an entirely differen

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NBA Power Rankings: Rockets Rising Behind James Harden’s Brilliance – Sports Illustrated

NBA Power Rankings: Rockets Rising Behind James Harden’s Brilliance – Sports Illustrated

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James Harden’s brick fest to begin the season raised a modicum of concern throughout the NBA, but any worries have been completely silenced in the past seven games. The two-time scoring champ has poured in 43 points per game since Nov. 4, scoring the most points through 13 contests since Wilt Chamberlain in 1962. Houston’s superstar is firing on all cylinders entering Monday night. He’s burying 30-foot step-backs on a quarterly basis, and his floater improves by the season. Harden has seen every coverage–no gimmick fools him. He is the league’s most unguardable force, critics be damned. Harden’s scoring tear has vaulted the Rockets to 10–3. The No. 1 seed is within reach. A second MVP could be in his near future.

With just over 10 games now in the books, let’s dive into this week’s power rankings with notes on all 30 teams.

30. Warriors – Point Draymond has been instituted in Golden State due to a slate of injuries, but the experiment should go fairly smoothly. Green is an elite outlet passer, and his decision-making rolling downhill as a screener has always been superb. Those attributes will hold up even in an adjusted role.

29. Knicks – The state of the franchise remains, well, as low as can be, but Madison Square Garden was downright electric for Kristaps Porzingis’ return on Nov. 14. Imagine if the Knicks could produce a merely respectable roster rather than The Ghosts of Power Forwards Past? David Fizdale’s eventual scapegoating remains shameful.

28. Pelicans – Jaxson Hayes only plays 15 minutes per night, but the outline of a starting center are there. The Texas product is perhaps the best leaper in his class. He’s a mobile pick-and-roll defender. It’s questionable whether he can play next to Zion Williamson, though New Orleans should feel optimistic about their selection at No. 8.

27. Wizards – Rui Hachimura has shown significant promise as a rookie. He’s going to have to generate more chances at the free-throw line to become a true offensive force. Of the 130 players to attempt 100 shots this season, Hachimura ranks 128th in free throw rate, sandwiched between three-point specialists Buddy Hield and Doug McDermott. The Gonzaga product would be well served burrowing an extra step toward the tin on drives from the perimeter.

26. Pistons – Andre Drummond’s counting stats are impressive, yet it may be more valued if Detroit, well, stopped anyone. The Pistons rank No. 27 in defensive rating, and only three teams allow more shots at the rim per game. Drummond’s rebounding numbers mask his rotational shortcomings.

25. Cavs – John Beilein should be commended for his job thus far with the lottery-bound Cavs. The Cavs’ defense has jumped from last to No. 15, and Cleveland is allowing the least free throws, seventh-least threes and fifth-least offensive rebounds in basketball. That’s certainly a formula to remaining respectable.

24. Kings – De’Aaron Fox’s injury timeline is murky, so the more Buddy Hield long-balls the better until Sacramento’s point guard returns. Hield has dipped below 40% from three this year, but the volume is more important than the efficiency. Sunday’s 35-point explosion against Boston is certainly an encouraging step.

23. Bulls – Lauri Markkanen’s struggles to start the season should be of concern to Chicago fans. He’s shooting just 28.2% from three, and more importantly, he’s been less aggressive on the glass and near the tin than in 2018-19. Markkanen’s smooth stroke makes him consistently appealing as a stretch five. But some bully ball is in order for the Finnish big.

22. Grizzlies – Ja Morant likely has the deepest collection of finishes at the tin, and he’s just 20. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything like this finish against Utah. The heir to Mike Conley is off to a roaring start.

21. Hawks – Trae Young is embracing his ball-dominance to a striking degree in year two, seizing the reigns with a 34.5% usage rate in his second year. No player holds the ball longer per touch (6.39 seconds per NBA.com) and his 6.04 dribbles per touch trails only DJ Augustin among qualified players. Atlanta is deep at the wing and severely lacking behind Young at point guard. Expect the early-season trend to hold up

20. Hornets – Devonte’ Graham or James Harden? Check out the two clips below, featuring a running start and a very high screen for the two guards.

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LeBron, Lakers Nation show Kobe love in return

LeBron, Lakers Nation show Kobe love in return

LOS ANGELES — As much as the on-court product this season has been can’t-miss fodder for Los Angeles Lakers fans hungry for a winner, it was a courtside fan rooting on the Lakers’ 122-101 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday who stole the show.

The fan just so happened to be Kobe Bryant.

“That’s one of the greatest players to ever play this game, taking time out of his day on a Sunday,” said LeBron James, who put up 33 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds. “So I’m just trying to put on a show for him and give him a reason, like, ‘OK, we might come to another game.'”

Bryant, in the building to promote “Epoca: The Tree of Ecrof,” the children’s fantasy novel he created with author Ivy Claire, played the dual role of proud Laker alumnus and proud papa, as he attended the game with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria “Gigi” Bryant.

“He’s got one of the greatest female players that’s about to come up sitting next to him in Gigi,” James added.

Hawks star Trae Young was delighted to hear that though Kobe was there for the Lakers, Gigi was there for him.

“It was crazy because he told me his daughter is a huge fan of mine, and I’m one of her favorite players,” Young said. “It’s kind of crazy because I’ll be watching her highlights, too. They pop up on my timeline.”

There was a time when the idea of Bryant in Staples Center in 2019, embracing Dwight Howard back wearing the purple and gold, would have been unheard of. But Howard was one of the first Lakers to greet the future Hall of Famer.

“Were there ever any hard feelings? It doesn’t matter,” said Howard, who has taken to wearing Bryant’s signature Nike sneakers this season because he likes how they feel. “That’s the past. This is a new age, a new day. We’re all about positive vibes.”

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Kobe Bryant receives chants and an ovation from Lakers fans as he exits Staples Center near the end of the fourth quarter.

Even though it ended up being a warm encounter, Howard was surprised by Bryant’s presence at first.

“I didn’t even know who he was. Slapped me on the back of the neck

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Tom Brady’s trainer and business partner Alex Guerrero says the Patriots quarterback believes he could play until he’s 46 or 47

Tom Brady’s trainer and business partner Alex Guerrero says the Patriots quarterback believes he could play until he’s 46 or 47
  • Tom Brady’s longtime trainer and business partner Alex Guerrero recently said that the Patriots quarterback now believes he could play until he’s 47 years old.
  • Asked about Guerrero’s comments, Brady was a bit more cryptic, saying, “I am going to keep playing as long as I can.”
  • Brady has said for some time that his goal is to play until he is 45, but given his success in recent years, no one would be surprised if he continued to push that time frame back.
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Tom Brady is already the oldest quarterback in the NFL, but according to his longtime trainer and business partner Alex Guerrero, the Patriots legend has no plans to hang up his cleats anytime soon.

Brady, 42, has said in the past that his goal is to keep playing until he’s 45, but while speaking with WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” on Thursday, Guerrero teased that Brady has already set his sights further into the future.

“I certainly do believe that 45 is a very realistic goal. We talk about it all the time,” Guerrero told the show. “Every year, he just adds another year because he goes in and says, ‘I just feel so good still. I think I’m going to go to 45.’ And I’m like, ‘OK.’ And now he’s like, ‘Alex, I think I can

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Lakers News: Reactions to LeBron James’ Big Game with Kobe Bryant in the Crowd

Lakers News: Reactions to LeBron James’ Big Game with Kobe Bryant in the Crowd
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers high fives NBA Legend Kobe Bryant during a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks on November 17, 2019 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 2019 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LeBron James is always a productive player, but the Los Angeles Lakers superstar has recently played at an especially ridiculous level.

During a 122-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, LeBron amassed 33 points on 13-of-21 shooting with a 6-of-10 three-point clip.

And he did so with a legend watching closely.

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria sat courtside for the contest.

“That’s one of the greatest players to ever play this game, taking time out of his day on a Sunday,” LeBron said, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “So I’m just trying to put on a show for him and give him a reason, like, ‘OK, we might come to another game.'”

According to McMenamin, Kobe was in attendance to promote a children’s book he created with author Ivy Claire.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel enjoyed having Bryant in the crowd, too:

But as noteworthy as Bryant’s appearance at Staples Center was, LeBron still managed to steal the show.

In addition to his game-high 33 points, LeBron dished 12 assists and committed zero turnovers. According to Basketball-Reference, it marked only the 20th time in NBA history someone recorded a 30/12/0 line. LeBron is the only player to accomplish it twice.

James’ efficiency had Vogel in awe.

“Zero turnovers. 12 assists. I mean, are you kidding me?” the first-year coach said, per Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times.

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Lakers News: LeBron James Praises Kobe Bryant and His Daughter Gigi

Lakers News: LeBron James Praises Kobe Bryant and His Daughter Gigi
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers high fives NBA Legend Kobe Bryant during a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks on November 17, 2019 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 2019 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

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While they were once rivals on the court and have fervent fanbases that often argue the merits of their respective greatnesses against one another, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant share a mutual respect that was on display Sunday during and after the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 122-101 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Bryant attended the game with his daughter, Gigi, and James spoke glowingly of the pair after a 33-point, 12-assist, seven-rebound outing.

“That’s one of the greatest players to ever play this game, taking time out of his day on a Sunday,” James told reporters. “So I’m just trying to put on a show for him and give him a reason, like, ‘OK, we might come to another game.'”

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‘Daryl Morey Was Right.’ Shaquille O’Neal Weighs In On NBA-China Controversy

‘Daryl Morey Was Right.’ Shaquille O’Neal Weighs In On NBA-China Controversy

Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal has defended Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who sparked controversy earlier this month when he tweeted in support of protestors in Hong Kong.

O’Neal, a 19-year veteran of the NBA, is now an analyst for TNT. He spoke in support of Morey during a pregame show ahead of the NBA’s Opening Night on Tuesday.

“One of our best values here in America is free speech. We’re allowed to say what we want to say and we are allowed to speak up about injustices and that’s just how it goes,” O’Neal said. “Daryl Morey was right. Whenever you see something wrong going on anywhere in the world, you should have the right to say, ‘That’s not right’ and that’s what he did.”

While Morey’s tweet, which included an image that said “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong,” was quickly deleted, the Chinese government interpreted it as a challenge to its sovereignty over Hong Kong. The controversy has put the NBA’s business in China at risk, with Chinese stations halting broadcasts of pre-season NBA games and many Chinese companies cutting ties with the Houston Rockets.

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MacKinnon on Calvert injury: ‘I can only imagine if that was LeBron James’ – Sportsnet.ca

MacKinnon on Calvert injury: ‘I can only imagine if that was LeBron James’ – Sportsnet.ca

Colorado Avalanche star forward Nathan MacKinnon was left wondering what officials would do if NBA superstar LeBron James was left bleeding during a game after a controversial incident helped lead to a Vancouver Canucks goal on Saturday night.

MacKinnon’s teammate, Matt Calvert, was left bloodied on the ice late in the third period after blocking a shot by Canucks forward Elias Pettersson. The Canucks were down 4-2 at the time and were looking to bring the game closer with an extra attacker.

Calvert was sprawled out on the ice as the pla

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Canucks Extra: At the quarter pole, with the screws tightening – The Province

Canucks Extra: At the quarter pole, with the screws tightening – The Province

The Canucks have done well so far. It’s only going to get tighter from here on in: the margins for themselves, and from the opposition.

Let us take stock of these Vancouver Canucks.

After 21 games, they sit third in the Pacific Division.

Fourth-place Calgary actually have played one more game than the local heroes at present, so the Canucks are, truly, full value for their position.

They’ve scored 10 more goals than they’ve conceded.

Their power play remains one of the league’s better outfits. The penalty killing was never going to stay quite as dominant as they were when they burst out of the gates, but they’re still in the top 10.

The goaltending has been a bit of a mixed bag, but if you were told in the summer that the Canucks would be playing entertaining hockey and getting enough results to put themselves into a 50/50 position for a playoff push, you’d be pretty impressed.

As it stands, this is a team that does look like it can score its way out of problems. Saturday’s tilt with the Colorado Avalanche may have finished up as an overtime loss, but once again the Canucks’ offence pulled off some heroics.

Goals give you chances.

“That game tonight, it’s going to help us,” Sven Baertschi said of his club, who now head out on a six-game road trip, the longest of the season, one that features plenty of tough opposition and, if it goes disastrously right or disastrously wrong, could prove to be season defining.

“Coming back against them tonight and our big guys, I thought they really stepped up and that’s going to give you some confidence,” Baertschi added. “Getting that point tonight, it was important for us, you know. We’d probably go on the road right now with a little bit of a different feeling if we would’ve lost in regulation tonight, but I thought the effort was good at the end.”

It’s a big road trip. The Canucks have just one win in their last seven games.

Still, if they can play .500 hockey between now and Christmas, they’ll be setting themselves up well for the second half.


Marc-Andre Fleury and the Golden Knights aren’t currently in a playoff spot.

Tighten the screws

The West is getting so tight.

The Jets, who we’ve all been saying are in trouble because of the turnover on defence coupled with the loss of Dustin Byfuglien, are still sitting third in the Central.

The Stars and Flames are in the two wild-card spots, with the likes of Anaheim, Nashville, San Jose and Vegas nipping at their heels.

Heck, even Chicago, who looked very good in overcoming a solid road performance by the Canucks 10 days ago, are in the mix.

The West is going to be a street fight, complete with chains, tridents, homemade street batons and worse.

According to Micah Blake McCurdy’s projection system at HockeyViz.com, the Canucks came into Saturday with a 44 per cent chance of making the playoffs.

Before the season, the chances were roughly one in five. Just a couple weeks ago, they were above 60 per cent.

Life moves fast.


Vancouver Canucks #43 Quinn Hughes looks for the puck behind Colorado Avalanche #11 Matt Calvert at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, November 16 2019.

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LISTEN: The latest edition of the White Towel podcast is super-sized: Host Paul Chapman is joined by Canucks beat writers Patrick Johnston and Ben Kuzma plus columnist Ed Willes. The quartet take a look at Quinn Hughes’ ongoing growth as an NHL defencema

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Kevin Love Speaks on Cavaliers Trade Rumors and Playing with LeBron James

Kevin Love Speaks on Cavaliers Trade Rumors and Playing with LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love coaches during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is a veteran star on a rebuilding team. That makes him a prime trade candidate this season, a possibility Love acknowledged during an interview with Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times:   

“I know there’s talk about me possibly being the missing piece somewhere. There’s been constant chatter since I signed that I could be traded. It’s one of those things where I’m going to keep doing right by the team, by Cleveland and by the organization. If my number is called, so be it, but I’m going to stay true to my commitment and let the chips fall where they may.”

Love, 31, is having a solid season for the Cavaliers, averaging 18.7 points, 12.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from three. For contending teams seeking a solid rebounder and perimeter shooter, he is an appealing option.

Less appealing, however, is his cap hit over the next four years:

  • 2019-20: $28.9 million
  • 2020-21: $31.3 million
  • 2021-22: $31.3 million
  • 2022-23: $28.9 million

Those numbers aren’t prohibitive, though they also aren’t ideal for a player like Love wh

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HFR Links up with Nike for Another Lion-Emblazoned Lebron 17

HFR Links up with Nike for Another Lion-Emblazoned Lebron 17

Following a zesty yellow collaborative LeBron 16 earlier this year, esteemed Harlem’s Fashion Row has once again linked up with Nike for yet another silhouette from the basketball player’s line, this time opting for the LeBron 17.

Giving the iconic model a premium makeover, HFR’s take dresses the upper with a beige

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Bristol Studio & UNINTERRUPTED Unveil Special Sweatsuit Collaboration

Bristol Studio & UNINTERRUPTED Unveil Special Sweatsuit Collaboration

Following up on its recent collaboration with Nike, LeBron James and Maverick Carter‘s UNINTERRUPTED brand is releasing a special sweatsuit in collaboration with LA-based garment studio and basketball-lifestyle label, Bristol Studio.

The cozy two-piece grey set is fully reversible and can be paired together or mix-and-matched with more elevated items such as a blazer. Additionally each piece has been emblazoned with UNINTERRUPTED and Bristol Studio co-branding in blue and white, which can be seen running up the left portion of th

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Getty Fire: Authorities issue extreme red flag warning

Getty Fire: Authorities issue extreme red flag warning

Firefighters battle to protect the Reagan Library from the Easy Fire in Simi Valley, California on October 30, 2019Image copyright
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As several wildfires rage across California, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is under threat from a new blaze near Los Angeles.

The region is under a rare “extreme red-flag warning” from weather officials as gusts approach hurricane-level speeds, over 74mph (119km/h).

There is concern that the winds will also fan the nearby Getty Fire, which has scorched 745 acres.

Wildfires across California have led to mass evacuations and power cuts.

The latest fire broke out near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, about 40 miles north-west of Los Angeles. The blaze, dubbed the Easy Fire, has burned 1,300 acres so far.

Some library staff, including the executive director, are still on the property, which is now surrounded by the fire, local media report.

Hundreds of firefighters are on the scene, and they have asked staff to shelter in place.

The extreme weather alert covers Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties.

Winds are expected to pick up early on Wednesday and continue into Thursday, with forecasters warning that they could hit their highest speeds of the season.

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The Getty Fire has already burned through 658 acres

“This Santa Ana wind event will likely be the strongest we have seen so far this season,” the weather service said.

“These strong winds… will likely bring very critical fire weather conditions, making this an extreme red-flag warning event.”

At least 12 homes have been destroyed so far and five others damaged in the Getty Fire – named for the art collection close by. About 27% of the fire has been contained.

Some 1,100 firefighters are tackling the Getty fire and thousands of structures are at risk, authorities say.

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LeBron James-Produced Docuseries ‘Becoming’ Ordered By Disney+

LeBron James-Produced Docuseries ‘Becoming’ Ordered By Disney+

Disney+ has ordered 10 episodes of Becoming, a docuseries which focuses on the upbringing of world-class entertainers, musicians and athletes, from LeBron James and his Springhill Entertainment, ESPN Films, Spoke Studios and ITV America.

Becoming, originally created for Disney XD by ESPN Films, was spawned from the Becoming pilot that aired in 2014 and told the story of James

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Celebrities Go All Out for 2019 Halloween Costumes

Celebrities Go All Out for 2019 Halloween Costumes

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How to translate LeBron James into a design system and typeface for Nike

How to translate LeBron James into a design system and typeface for Nike

We use cookies on this website to analyse your use of our products and services, provide content from third

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The high school basketball team with the kids of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade is going to be on ESPN more than some NBA teams

The high school basketball team with the kids of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade is going to be on ESPN more than some NBA teams
  • LeBron James’ son Bronny and Dwyane Wade’s son Zaire high school team games will be broadcast frequently on ESPN in their first season playing high school basketball together in California.
  • The Los Angeles Times reported on Friday that ESPN will broadcast 15 of Sierra Canyon’s games this season, starting on Nov. 21.
  • The team also features top recruits other than the big-name sophomores, including Zaire Williams, one of the top uncommitted recruits in the senior class.
  • For more stories, visit Business Insider’s homepage.

For basketball fans longing for the LeBron James-and-Dwyane-Wade era of the Miami Heat, ESPN is broadca

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Lakers: Real or not? What our experts are buying and selling

Lakers: Real or not? What our experts are buying and selling

The Los Angeles Lakers enter November with a 3-1 record. After a humbling season-opening “road” loss against the LA Clippers, the Lakers bounced back with decisive home wins against the Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies.

As Los Angeles takes its show on the road for a Friday night matchup against the Dallas Mavericks (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN), it appears that Anthony Davis and LeBron James have the team on the right track. So what is real (or not) with the Lakers?


The Lakers’ defense will continue to resemble rejection row

Blocking 15.1% of opponent 2-point attempts, the league’s best rate

Dave McMenamin: Real. The swats that got the most attention might have been James’ chase-down blocks on Landry Shamet and Solomon Hill, but the Lakers’ defensive schemes are slightly more responsible than just relying on one of the best athletes in the sport’s history. L.A. has three proven shot-blockers in Davis, JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard to rotate in the middle, and coach Frank Vogel has instructed them not to switch, which keeps those bigs protecting the rim and the guards up pressuring. “The league’s modern-day offenses are designed to invert your defense to get switches and 7-footers guarding point guards and point guards guarding bigs down low,” Vogel said. “We want to resist that temptation.”


The primary Lakers starting lineup will continue to get heavy minutes

Avery BradleyDanny Green-James-Davis-McGee outscored by 8.2 points per 100 possessions

Ohm Youngmisuk: Not real. This probably will change as Kyle Kuzma nears his season debut. With Kuzma’s imminent return coupled with Rajon Rondo’s eventual health, the starting lineup Vogel has used also could be in flux on certain nights. But Vogel has already hinted at tinkering with different lineups and the potential to move a resurgent Howard into the starting five. Starting Kuzma would also all

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Cuban approves of load management in NBA

Cuban approves of load management in NBA

Amid the ongoing debate about resting players in the NBA, count Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban among those openly willing to support load management, calling it “the best thing to ever happen to the league.”

“The problem isn’t load management, per se,” Cuban told reporters in Boston on Monday. “I think teams have to be smarter about when to load manage. I’m all for load management. Worse than missing a player in a [regular-season] game is missing him in the playoffs.”

The load management topic has received the most scrutiny this season in the LA Clippers‘ handling of Kawhi Leonard. The reigning NBA Finals MVP has been held out of two nationally televised games that were part of back-to-backs, though the NBA also revealed a patella tendon injury for Leonard in announcing that it had approved his absence from those contests.

Cuban, whose Maverick

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LeBron, Schwarzenegger Among Evacuees…

LeBron, Schwarzenegger Among Evacuees…

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger were among the thousands ordered to evacuate their homes Monday morning.

Just before 4 a.m., James tweeted that he and his family were driving around, looking for accommodations after being displaced by the Getty Fire.

As of 8 a.m., over 10,000 structures were under mandatory evacuation orders.

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LeBron James and Savannah Bring In ‘Project Runway’ Star for Halloween Costumes

LeBron James and Savannah Bring In ‘Project Runway’ Star for Halloween Costumes

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AD sparks Lakers as center: ‘Don’t mind doing it’

AD sparks Lakers as center: ‘Don’t mind doing it’

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis earned six All-Star selections with the New Orleans Pelicans by playing power forward, but he earned his first win with the Los Angeles Lakers by playing center.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel moved Davis from the 4 to the 5 at halftime on Friday night, sparking a 95-86 win over the Utah Jazz. Davis finished with a hearty line of 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 blocks and 2 steals, and he left his imprint on both ends of the floor with the help of the lineup adjustment.

“Anthony and I talked about it, and he was all for it and wanted to do it,” Vogel said.

“If it makes sense, then obviously I don’t mind doing it. And it made sense tonight,” added Davis, who had declared his preference for playing the 4 at his introductory news conference in July.

L.A. shot just 34.8% in the first half with Davis playing alongside JaVale McGee in the middle, which fed into Jazz center Rudy Gobert‘s hands.

“Rudy is a problem for any offense going against their defense,” Vogel said. “If you have another center out there where he is rolling to the basket, [Gobert] can kind of play center field and clog things up.”

With Davis shifting to the 5, Vogel also inserted Alex Caruso with the first group at the 1, giving L.A. a smaller lineup with another playmaker on the flo

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The Nike LeBron 17 “Red Carpet” Provides Premiere-Ready Style

The Nike LeBron 17 “Red Carpet” Provides Premiere-Ready Style

With the spotlight shining as brightly as ever on LeBron James this NBA season, he’s looking to lead his Los Angeles Lakers to an Oscar-worthy championship finish — and his Nike LeBron 17 is ready for the journey with a new “Red Carpet” colorway. A successor to the Nike LeBron 7 “Red Carpet” in both name and inspiration, LeBron’s 17th signature shoe has quite literally gone Hollywood, thanks to its premiere-ready tonal palette.

Although the sobriquet and motive behind this LeBron 17 may be the same

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The ESPN Daily: The case for robot umpires, how the Patriots’ defense dominates, and Week 1’s best NBA kicks

The ESPN Daily: The case for robot umpires, how the Patriots’ defense dominates, and Week 1’s best NBA kicks

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Stay in the know: Today’s newsletter covers everything from the trade deadline to robot umpires. If you know a friend who wants to keep up to date on the latest NFL moves OR is terrified of the upcoming robot uprising (or both!), why not send them this newsletter? You can do so right here.


LISTEN UP

Calling all robo-umps … The World Series is back in Houston for Game 6 tonight, but fans are still talking about Game 5 — specifically a blown call that robbed the Nationals of a potential game-tying opportunity. In today’s episode of the ESPN Daily podcast, MLB insider Jeff Passan joins host Mina Kimes to make the case for an electronic umpire system, and what the dawn of the “robo-ump” could mean for the future of baseball. You can listen to the full episode right here.


COP OR DROP?

Week 1’s hottest kicks … The NBA is back, and with it the return of some of the best sneakers you’ll ever see. From Jayson Tatum’s green Air Jordans to Kelly Oubre’s reference to the famous “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” painting of Mount Fuji (to go along with his “Wave Papi” nickname), we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to footwear. Which one was your favorite? Cast your vote now! Read more


THINGS TO CARE ABOUT

A case for robot umps? The whole robot thing has us feeling conflicted — in part because of the apprehension of becoming obsolete, and in part because of the very real fear of robots rebelling and destroying us all. For MLB, however, it looks like the reality of robot umpires might be approaching faster than anyone could have dreamed. Just look at one blown strike call in Game 5 of the World Series, Jeff Passan writes, and yo

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LeBron James compared himself to Tom Brady after being asked how he wants to end his career

LeBron James compared himself to Tom Brady after being asked how he wants to end his career
  • LeBron James doesn’t plan on retiring any time soon.
  • Asked about his plans for the final years of his career, James said he didn’t have any at the moment, and compared himself to Tom Brady, saying both would likely play as long as they possibly could.
  • James said in the past that his ultimate goal is to stay in the league long enough to play with his son, Bronny James.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

LeBron James doesn’t plan on leaving the NBA any time soon.

With Carmelo Anthony returning to the league at age 35 after signing with the Portland Trail Blazers, James was asked if he had made any plans regarding how he’d like to end his career.

“Not really. Not the way I feel right now,” LeBron said, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “Me and Tom Brady are one in the same. We’re going to play until we can’t walk no more.”

It’s not the first time James has expressed a good amount of faith in his longevity. For years, James has insisted that hi

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Bronny James, Zaire Wade Sierra Canyon Team to Appear on ESPN Networks 15 Times

Bronny James, Zaire Wade Sierra Canyon Team to Appear on ESPN Networks 15 Times
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 28: LeBron James Jr. stands on the court before the LA Clippers game against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 28, 2018 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 2018 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Basketball fans who miss the LeBron James-Dwyane Wade pairing will get many looks at what the next generation of that collaboration looks like. 

Per Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times, Sierra Canyon High School, featuring Bronny James and Zaire Wade, will have 15 basketball games air on the ESPN family of networks this season. 

Sierra Canyon is regarded as one of the nation’s best men’s high school basketball teams in the country, and expectations are high heading into the 2019-20 season. 

Last year’s squad finished with a 32-3 overall record and will open this year ranked No. 12 in the nation by USA Today

The school’s profile was raised exponentially in May when Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reported James’ sons, Bronny and Bryce, would be enrolling for the 2019-20 academic year.

Bronny will be eligible to attend college in 2023-24, with 247Sports‘ crystal ball predic

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LeBron James Holds the Lakers’ Longest Triple-Double Streak in 32 Years

LeBron James Holds the Lakers’ Longest Triple-Double Streak in 32 Years

LeBron James is currently holding the Los Angeles Lakers record for most consecutive triple-doubles, following the team’s win against the Chicago Bulls.

The NBA superstar finished with 30 points (on 10-for-19 shooting), 10 rebounds and 11 assists, officially giving him his third consecutive game with a triple-double. On top of being James’ personal best, he’s the first Laker in 32 years to achieve three straight triple-doubles —

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NCAA clears way for athletes to earn money from names, likenesses

NCAA clears way for athletes to earn money from names, likenesses

The NCAA Board of Governors broke with the long-held tradition of forbidding student-athletes from earning income on Tuesday by voting unanimously to allow them to profit from their names, images and likenesses.

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The board, which framed the historic vote as part of its continuing effort to “support college athletes,” also said it would direct each of the NCAA’s three divisions to “immediately consider updates to relevant bylaws and policies for the 21st Century,” Michael Drake, chairman of the board and president of Ohio State University, said in a statement.

“We embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” Drake added. “Additional flexibility in this area can and must continue to support college sports as part of higher education.”

PHOTO: Michigan players celebrate a touchdown in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Notre Dame in Ann Arbor, Mich., Oct. 26, 2019.Tony Ding/AP, FILE
Michigan players celebrate a touchdown in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Notre Dame in Ann Arbor, Mich., Oct. 26, 2019.

The board’s vote came after California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law in September a measure allowing college athletes in his state to profit from their names, images and likenesses.

Illinois lawmakers also were considering similar legislation.

“This modernization for the future is a natural extension of the numerous steps NCAA members have taken in recent years to improve support for student-athletes, including the full cost of attendance and guaranteed scholarships,” Drake said.

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Fucked Up

U.S. Women’s Soccer Fucked Up

Imagine if Lebron James decided to leave whatever team he’s on this month to play for an entirely different league. That is essentially what is happening in women’s soccer—or as I like to call it, “soccer”right now.

Sam Kerr—Australian national, attacker for the Chicago Red Stars, lead goal scorer and MVP for the 2019 NWSL season—announced earlier this month that she would be leaving the Red Stars to explore options in Europe. The three-time Golden Boot winner has now signed a two-an-a-half year contract with Chelsea FC, marking a huge step forward for the women’s English Premier League.

The loss of the 26-year-old phenom to the Brits is a huge blow to the U.S soccer program on several levels. The Chicago Red Stars finished second overall in NWSL standings this season (there are nine teams total) in large part thanks to Kerr, who scored 19 goals this season. While the Red Stars still have big-name players, like Alyssa Naher and Julie Ertz, Sam Kerr’s exit could signal the beginning of a significant exodus of younger talent.

While it can be argued that Chelsea FC is not as prestigious a team as Chicag—Chelsea did not qualify for its season’s Champions League while the Red Stars played in the final game of the NWSL Championships—the real draw for any footballer to go abroad is money. Kerr’s new contract with Chelsea is “reportedly worth $600,000 a season.” The NWSL and U.S Soccer Federation are notorious for underpaying their players in comparison to players who operate under the MLS (men’s soccer) or players in European leagues. This is why U.S Soc

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‘Master of the game’ Harden scores 47 points in Rockets win

‘Master of the game’ Harden scores 47 points in Rockets win
Harden was NBA MVP for the 2017-18 season

James Harden was called a “master of the game” after his 47-point haul helped the Houston Rockets beat the Los Angeles Clippers.

Former NBA Most Valuable Player Harden also added six rebounds and seven assists in the 102-93 win.

The Rockets were

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LeBron James Shows Love To Kyler Murray At NBA Game, Nothing For Bellinger?!

LeBron James Shows Love To Kyler Murray At NBA Game, Nothing For Bellinger?!

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LeBron James defends Ohio State football player amid suspension

LeBron James defends Ohio State football player amid suspension

LeBron James on Saturday voiced support for Ohio State defensive star Chase Young, who was suspended by the university and later said it was because he borrowed money from a family friend.

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Young said Friday on Twitter that he would not be playing this week “because of an NCAA eligibility issue.”

The junior defensive end called his decision to accept the loan “a mistake” and said he repaid it in full last summer.

Sources told ESPN that money from Young’s loan was used to help fly his girlfriend to attend the Rose Bowl.

PHOTO: In this Oct. 18, 2019, file photo, Ohio State defensive end Chase Young looks at the scoreboard during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern, in Evanston, Ill.Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo
In this Oct. 18, 2019, file photo, Ohio State defensive end Chase Young looks at the scoreboard during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern, in Evanston, Ill.

James, a former Cleveland Cavalier and Ohio native, defended Young and criticized the National Collegiate Athletic Association in a series of tweets.

“The fact Chase Young even had to borrow money from a family member just so his girlfriend could come see him play in one of the biggest games of his life (Rose Bowl) should tell you all you need to know,” James wrote in a tweet. “And since y’all always wanna know more he paid it back to his family member.”

In another post, James

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Recap: Toronto Raptors stun Los Angeles Lakers, 113-104, with total team effort – RaptorsHQ

Recap: Toronto Raptors stun Los Angeles Lakers, 113-104, with total team effort – RaptorsHQ

With Kyle Lowry out for the next two weeks and Serge Ibaka out indefinitely, the Toronto Raptors were shorthanded coming into Sunday night’s game against the Lakers. On top of that, LA entered the contest on a seven-game winning streak behind Anthony Davis and LeBron James after dropping their opening night game against the Kawhi-led Los Angeles Clippers. The stage was set for a disaster for Toronto.

Before the game, coach Nick Nurse had some choice words when discussing the injuries and the bench as reported by Josh Lewenberg:

Boy, Nurse might be liking a few more guys on his squad after this game.

The Raptors started out hesitant and looked out of sorts, falling behind early. Of course, this made sense given the new starting lineup and absence of Lowry. Yet, the Lakers looked timid at times too, with LeBron seemingly looking for assists over points. Despite the slow start with some turnovers, the Raptors somehow only trailed by a point after the first quarter courtesy of folk hero, Matt Thomas, who finished the quarter with a very timely five points.

At the end of the first quarter, the Raptors had ten bench points to the Lakers’ four, which would be a sign of things to come. The Raptors mostly trailed the Lakers in other significant categories, especially points in the paint, with LA up on the Raptors 22 to eight thanks to efforts from Davis, JaVale McGee, and even Dwight Howard.

Starting in the second quarter, Fred VanVleet kept the Raptors in the game for a short while, but the Lakers picked up the pace and garnered a larger lead. Toronto needed Fred, who finished with 23 points, ten assists, and seven rebounds, because Pascal Siakam was extremely cold to start this game and entered halftime only 3-of-13 from

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LeBron James’ teammate says the Lakers superstar’s chest bumps are painful and that ‘he doesn’t understand the physics of that’

LeBron James’ teammate says the Lakers superstar’s chest bumps are painful and that ‘he doesn’t understand the physics of that’
  • Through the first two weeks of the NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers are the best team in basketball.
  • LeBron James has been his dominant self once again, but the team is also getting help from its role players, including rotation guard Alex Caruso.
  • After making a big play, Caruso often receives a celebratory chest bump from James, and on Wednesday he revealed it’s not all that easy to keep your balance when James is coming for you.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have plenty to celebrate through the first few weeks of the season.

After losing their opening game of the season against the Clippers, the Lakers have torn through six straight wins and stand atop the Western Conference.

The Lakers surge has been fueled by yet another astonishing stretch of play from LeBron James, who is averaging 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 11 assists per game, including three straight triple-doubles.

Fellow Laker Alex Caruso is also having himse

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LeBron: If I’m not hurt, no load management

LeBron: If I’m not hurt, no load management

LOS ANGELES — Amid a renaissance start to the season for both the Los Angeles Lakers as a successful franchise and LeBron James as a dominant player, James says he has no plans to miss games due to load management in anticipation of a postseason run.

“If I’m hurt, I don’t play. If not, I’m playing,” James told ESPN as he knocked on the wooden façade of his locker after the Lakers’ 95-80 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night. “That’s what has always been my motto.”

Load management is a hot topic in the NBA after James’ Staples Center cohabitant, Kawhi Leonard of the LA Clippers, sat out a nationally televised game for the second consecutive week on Wednesday.

James, six years Leonard’s senior and coming off the first major injury of his 17-year career last season when he suffered a torn groin, remains committed to suiting up whenever possible.

Both games that Leonard sat out were part of a back-to-back situation, with Leonard playing the other leg.

James did not want to address how his plan differs from that of Leonard, whom the league determined had a legitimate reason to sit out as he continues to manage an ongoing injury to the patella tendon in his left knee.

“LeBron’s healthy, LeBron’ll play. That’s all I’ll talk about,” James said. “I don’t talk about nobody else but me.”

James had 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, with six assists and four rebounds in Friday’s win.

The Lakers, off to a 7-1 start thanks in large part to James’ influence, are schedul

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With the Warriors crumbling, there’s officially a new most hated team in the NBA

With the Warriors crumbling, there’s officially a new most hated team in the NBA

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

To say that the Golden State Warriors — once seen as the NBA’s juggernaut after winning five straight Western Conference titles and three championships in a four-year span — have struggled to start the season would be a bit of an understatement. Head coach Steve Kerr lost star Kevin Durant in free agency, while two-time league MVP Steph Curry and five-time NBA All-Star Klay Thompson are both sidelined to recover from serious injuries. Given all of this, the Warriors have started the season at a dismal 2-6.

Without its flashy stars and winning ways, Golden State does not attract the same level of ire from opposing fandoms as it did mere months ago, vacating the much-coveted title of “most hated franchise in the NBA.”

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Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
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The league’s newest villains, according to sportsinsider.com‘s extensive Twitter analysis, are none other than the Los Angeles Lakers.

Headlined by superstar LeBron James and offseason acquisition Anthony Davis— who have combined for a whopping 15 All-NBA First Team honors in their careers — the Lakers have more firepower than virtually a

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Dwight Howard is having the NBA’s unlikely comeback season 2 months after nearly falling out of the league

Dwight Howard is having the NBA’s unlikely comeback season 2 months after nearly falling out of the league
  • Dwight Howard is having a resurgence with the Los Angeles Lakers after nearly falling out of the league.
  • The Lakers signed Howard as injury insurance in August, and he has come off the bench to play high-level defense, rebound, and finish around the basket without demanding too many touches on offense.
  • Howard is playing the type of role that he’s refused in recent years, to his detriment, and it appears the Lakers may have gotten a bargain by signing him so late in the offseason.
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While LeBron James and Anthony Davis are the faces of the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers, the most surprising contributor has been Dwight Howard. This resurgence comes just two months after it appeared he was falling out of the league

The Lakers signed Howard in late August after DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL. It was a surprise reunion for both player and club, as Howard left the Lakers in free agency in 2012 after one tumultuous season.

The signing marked Howard’s sixth team in four years — he was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Atlanta Hawks for the 2016-17 season, then to the Charlotte Hornets for 2017-18, then to the Brooklyn Nets, who bought him out immediately in 2018.

Howard signed with the Washington Wizards for 2018-19 but was limited to just nine games because of a back injury and subsequent back surgery. Howard was then traded to the Memphis Grizzlies this offseason in a salary-dump. He was promptly bought out again, leaving him on the free-agent market, where he didn’t seem to draw much interest until the Lakers gave him a tryout out of necessity.

A new, productive role

At the Lakers’ media day in late September, Howard, 33, told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, “I never thought in a million years that me and LeBron would be on the same team.”

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LeBron James and Dwight Howard.
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Now the two aging stars are united, after a decade that saw their careers go in opposite directions. With the Lakers, Howard has assumed a different role than anyone could have imagined 11 years ago when he was competing

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Penske buying IndyCar is like LeBron buying the NBA

Penske buying IndyCar is like LeBron buying the NBA

The most stunning part of it all? The one photograph.

Don’t get me wrong. There was plenty of stunning to go around on Monday morning. As the American motorsports world boarded various aircraft to return home from Fort Worth, Austin and Las Vegas and the huge late-season NASCAR, Formula One and NHRA events held in those cities, every row on every plane emitted gasps as their social media timelines filled with the news.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series is being purchased by Roger Penske.

This isn’t a retired Michael Jordan buying the Charlotte Hornets. This is more like LeBron James buying the entire NBA while he’s still playing for the Lakers. Or New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft buying the NFL while he still has Tom Brady behind center and is still winning the Super Bowl every year.

That’s why most of the jokes being thrown around after Monday’s announcement were something along the lines of “What’s the big deal? Doesn’t Roger Penske already own Indianapolis?” accompanied by photos of the team owner they call The Captain posing with his 18 Indy 500 trophies, 18 Indy 500 pole positions, 15 IndyCar/Champ Car Series championships and his 2018 Brickyard 400 trophy.

Now he will work to add to that trophy case by competing on a playground that he actually does own. He becomes only the fourth person to have his name on the deed of the fabled 110-year old Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the first new owner since 1945, when Tony Hulman saved the shuttered, weed-covered Brickyard from extinction after World War II.

Which brings us to that stunning photograph.

The image is Roger Penske shaking hands with Hulman’s grandson, Tony George, as they pose for a smiling, symbolic gesture to make the purchase official in the eyes of the public. There they are, on the frontstretch where so many of The Captain’s cars have taken checkered flags and Hulman used to giddily ride on the back of a convertible with his arm around just-crowned Indy 500 champions

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Kuzma takes over in 4th, keys Lakers’ comeback

Kuzma takes over in 4th, keys Lakers’ comeback

CHICAGO — With LeBron James catching his breath after playing nearly the entire third quarter and Anthony Davis sitting on the bench right beside him, saddled with four fouls, the Los Angeles Lakers relied on an unlikely lineup to key a fourth-quarter comeback against the Chicago Bulls.

When Kyle Kuzma, Quinn Cook, Alex Caruso, Dwight Howard and Troy Daniels stepped onto the court to begin the fourth Tuesday, L.A. trailed by 13. Three minutes and 48 seconds of game time later, the Lakers led by 3. L.A. used the 16-0 surge to guide them to a 118-112 win, their sixth victory in a row.

“That’s the Kuz we know,” James said of the Lakers’ third-year forward who pumped in 11 of his 15 points in the final frame.

Kuzma was playing in just his third game this season after being sidelined for nearly three months with a stress reaction in his left ankle suffered during USA Basketball training camp.

He sprung to life Tuesday night by making a 3 on the Lakers’ first possession of the fourth.

Up to that point, he was 1-for-13 from 3 on the season. He finished the fourth quarter by making five of his eight shots in the period.

“Just confidence,” Kuzma said. “Anytime, at least for me, shots go in, I get more and more confidence, and I feel like that’s kind of the gist of what happened tonight.”

In Kuzma’s first two games back, he totaled just 14 points on 5-for-15 shooting. The first half was going in the

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17 celebrities who are slaying their Halloween 2019 costumes

17 celebrities who are slaying their Halloween 2019 costumes

The celebs are out in full force costuming it up for Halloween 2019, and boy, they did not come to play. 

Some are dressing as other celebs, and some are legitimately trying to give us the spooks. From pop stars to sports legends to actors, celebrities are out here giving it their all. And why shouldn’t they? If you’re going to have a ridiculous amount of money, you better slay us with your Halloween costume. Sorry, we didn’t make the rules. 

Here are 17 celebs serving spooky season realness this season.

1. Ciara and Russell Wilson as Beyoncé and Jay-Z

2. Kevin Hart as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the ’90s

17 celebrities who are slaying their Halloween 2019 costumes

3.  Ariana Grande as a Twilight Zone pig person

4. LeBron James as Edward Scissorhands

5. Tyler Oakley as Ashley O

6. Tom Brady as a stormtrooper

7. Chrissy Metz as Beetlejuice

8.

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From LeBron James and Lindsey Vonn to Gritty, check out 2019’s best Halloween costumes in the world of sports

From LeBron James and Lindsey Vonn to Gritty, check out 2019’s best Halloween costumes in the world of sports
  • People across the sports world gave their A-game for Halloween this year.
  • From LeBron James as “LeDward Scissorhands” to DeAndre Hopkins as Genie from “Aladdin,” athletes were fully invested in dressing up to celebrate the spooky holiday. 
  • A number of mascots even got in on the action, with Gritty dre

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4 people are reportedly dead after a mass shooting at a California Halloween party held in an Airbnb

4 people are reportedly dead after a mass shooting at a California Halloween party held in an Airbnb
  • Law enforcement in California said they are investigating a “multiple shooting” after emergency crews were called to a Halloween party in the Bay Area.
  • “Orinda Police Department and Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff are working a multiple shooting in Orinda. Investigation is active,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Twitter.
  • Four people are dead, with several others wounded, local news outlet KTVU reported, citing law enforcement.
  • Police are yet to give details about the number of casualties from the shooting.
  • The party was reportedly held in an Airbnb rental home.
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A multiple shooting at a Halloween party in the Bay Area city of Orinda, California on Thursday left at least four people are dead, according to local media reports.

Bay Area TV station KTVU, citing law enforcement officials, reported that four people were killed in the shooting, with several others wounded.

Police confirmed on Twitter that a “multiple shooting” had taken place, but did not publicly share any details of the number of ca

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At 14, He Stayed Away From Trouble. But a Bullet Flew 100 Yards.

At 14, He Stayed Away From Trouble. But a Bullet Flew 100 Yards.

“He was nothing but joy,” said his friend Daja, 15, who declined to give her surname.

Aamir liked to dance and play video games. But he defined himself through basketball.

He had been a chubby child, round cheeks, short stature. It didn’t matter. He played as if he were tall and lithe, always working drills, challenging friends, entering tournaments. He walked around with a basketball tucked in the crook of his arm, and passers-by knew to ask him about his game. He idolized Kyrie Irv

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Washington Nationals win first World Series

Washington Nationals win first World Series
  • The Washington Nationals are world champions for the first time in franchise history.
  • The Nationals defeated the Houston Astros in Game 7 on Wednesday night, completing a series in which every game was won by the road team.
  • It is the first World Series championship for a team from Washington, DC, since the Senators in 1924.
  • Pitcher Stephen Strasburg was named MVP of the series.
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The Washington Nationals are world champions for the first time in franchise history.

The Nationals completed their season-long comeback with a 6-2 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. For the first time, the road team won all seven games in a World Series.

Howie Kendrick, Anthony Rendon, and the Washington Nationals completed their amazing comeback journey, fittingly, with one final, late rally on the road.

In Game 7, no less.

Kendrick and Rendon homered in the seventh inning as the Nationals overcame a two-run deficit.

With all eyes on Max Scherzer and his remarkable recovery after a painkilling injection, these Nationals truly embraced their shot.

Even more against the odds: Juan Soto and Washington rallied from behind to win five elimination games this postseason, an unprecedented feat.

Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin, and the Nats brought the first World Series championship to the nation’s capital since ol’ Walter Johnson delivered the crown for the Senators in 1924.

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Stephen Strasburg was named World Series MVP.
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Strasburg was named the MVP of the World Series. He was the winning pitcher in Games 2 and 6, allowing four runs in 14 1/3 innings with 14

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Anthony Davis proved he was worth the massive price the Lakers paid for him with a performance the NBA hasn’t seen since Wilt Chamberlain

Anthony Davis proved he was worth the massive price the Lakers paid for him with a performance the NBA hasn’t seen since Wilt Chamberlain

It’s no secret that Anthony Davis is a lethal weapon on the basketball court.

Still, whether or not he was worth the steep price the Los Angeles Lakers paid for him during this past offseason — which included dealing Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks to the New Orleans Pelicans — was certainly up for debate.

But Davis’ 40-point, 20-rebound performance Tuesday night that featured 26 points from the charity stripe — a stat line only registered by one Wilt Chamberlain during his record-smashing 100-point game — may have been enough to silence his doubters.

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Anthony Davis drives to the basket in the Lakers Tuesday night contest against the Memphis Grizzlies.
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In just 31 minutes on the floor, the 6-foot-10 power forward went 7-of-17 from the floor and missed only one of his 27 free throw attempts on the night, becoming the first Laker to register a 40-20 game since Shaquille O’Neal achieved the feat in 2003. In addition to his eight offensive rebounds and 12 grabs off the glass on the defensive end, Davis tacke

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Southern California will get lashed by its worst fire weather yet

Southern California will get lashed by its worst fire weather yet

NBA star Lebron James fled his Los Angeles home early Monday morning as the wind-whipped Getty Fire consumed the city’s dry brush. 

But even more severe wind-driven fire conditions will likely hit burning Los Angeles and the greater Southern California region on Tuesday night, lasting through Wednesday and Thursday. These winds blowing in from the vast eastern desert, called Santa Ana winds, will be the strongest of the season in some areas and at least as potent as the vigorous wind events of last week, explained National Weather Service meteorologist Alex Tardy in a video briefing Tuesday night. 

“This presents itself as very high fire danger,” Tardy said. 

“Strong, damaging winds, long duration of low humidity and dry vegetation will make this a very critical event!” emphasized the National Weather Service’s Los Angeles office. 

Though these California winds can grow exceptionally intense, they are common in the fall and winter, and continually blow dry air on already parched vegetation during each wind event, leading to ever more dryness. Then, all you need is a spark. And in a region rife with human activity, wind-whipped power lines, car fires, or the innocuous use of a hammer are readily available to throw a hot spark on the cracked, parched brush. 

What’s more, the Santa Ana winds — which get amplified as they swoop down mountains and through canyons — often arrive before the onset of California’s rainy season, which at its earliest begins in October. Critically,

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LeBron James sent a taco truck to the base camp of first responders fighting the California wildfires

LeBron James sent a taco truck to the base camp of first responders fighting the California wildfires
  • LeBron James sent a taco truck to first responders fighting the Getty Fire in California.
  • James had tweeted that he and his family had to evacuate their LA home on Monday morning because of the fire.
  • James on Tuesday told reporters that he appreciated the bravery of first responders and fire fighters.
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LeBron James on Tuesday showed his appreciation to the first responders fighting the Getty Fire in California.

According to reports, James sent a taco truck to firefighters who are trying to control the blaze, which broke out at the Getty Center around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning and has spread across 656 acres in Los Angeles.

James tweeted on Monday that he and his family had to evacuate their LA home because of the fires. James said they drove ar

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Wildfires and blackouts in California: The situation so far – The Globe and Mail

Wildfires and blackouts in California: The situation so far – The Globe and Mail

A meteor streaks across the sky in Knights Valley, east of Healdsburg, Calif., on Oct. 30 as gusty winds create an ember cast on a valley oak tree burned by the Kincade Fire.

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The latest

  • More than one million Californians were in the dark on Wednesday in the third wave of blackouts by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., a utility facing rising public anger over its desperate efforts to prevent its equipment from triggering more fires. Some residents have been without electricity for four days due to a previous shutoff over the weekend.
  • In the northern wine country, firefighters on Tuesday coped with gusts of 48 kilometres an hour while tackling the Kincade Fire, which has burned 189 homes and other structures and charred an area more than twice the size of San Francisco. Meanwhile, ferocious Santa Ana winds returned to Southern California, where a fire that erupted Monday in the tony Brentwood area of Los Angeles has destroyed a dozen homes.
  • Northern Californians have been getting used to an annual exodus in recent years as destructive wildfires become the new normal in the state. California officials told The Globe and Mail’s Tamsin McMahon that previous fire seasons have improved firefighters’ tactics and they were better prepared for this year, but when it comes to the Kincade fire, they’re not out of the woods yet.

Where the fires are

Firefighters have made progress in containing many of the more than 300 wildfires that erupted in just 24 hours over the weekend. But some fires are too large to easily control, and others have brought devastation to Los Angeles and its environs. You can check the California forestry department’s latest map of the fires here.

The largest blaze so far is the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County north of San Francisco, which, as of Wednesday, had burned 189 homes and structures and was 15 per cent contained. Utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. acknowledged last week that the Kincade Fire broke out near a damaged PG&E transmission tower at about the time a live high-voltage line carried by that tower malfunctioned.

The latest fire broke out Tuesday near the Getty Center museum on the west side of Los Angeles. The Getty Fire forced evacuations in Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and other neighbourhoods. That fire was sparked when strong winds drove a tree branch into a power line and caused it to arc, the state Department of Water and Power says.

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Where the power’s out, and why

Millions of Californians get their power from PG&E, whose equipment malfunctions have been blamed for several of the fires that have destroyed homes and killed scores of people in recent years. The company is facing billions of dollars in claims that drove it into bankruptcy this past January.

This year, it’s tried to contain the risk of more fires by shutting off large areas of the state’s power grid when fire-provoking winds are expected. PG&E’s latest blackout, its third so far, started Tuesday and affected 605,000 customers – about 1.5 million people – in 30 counties. Some of those people had never had electricity restored after the previous round of blackouts, which shut power to more than 2.5 million people starting on Saturday.

PG&E’s drastic measures have been sharply criticized by Governor Gavin Newsom, who has argued that corporate greed and mismanagement kept PG&E from upgrading its infrastruct

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Announcement on student-athlete benefits greeted with muted exuberance

Announcement on student-athlete benefits greeted with muted exuberance

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NCAA board votes to allow student athletes to endorse brands, accept sponsors

(Reuters) – U.S. college athletes can profit from brand sponsorships and endorsement deals under a new rule approved on Tuesday by the governing board of the NCAA, the organization that regulates U.S. collegiate sports.

The unanimous vote follows growing pressure on the National Collegiate Athletic Association to lift restrictions on athletes that have kept them from sharing in the financial rewards generated by their performances.

The change will likely benefit athletes in high-profile sports such as football and basketball, which drive billions of dollars in advertising and revenue for media outlets, schools, coaches and the NCAA itself.

“Its a beautiful day for all college athletes going forward from this day on!” Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James wrote on Twitter.

James, who bypassed college basketball and went straight from high school to the National Basketball Association, cautiously applauded the move as “not a victory but a start.”

California has already approv

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Hundreds of Thousands Have Fled Their Homes as Wildfires Explode Across California

Hundreds of Thousands Have Fled Their Homes as Wildfires Explode Across California

California’s wildfire season arrived with a fierceness earlier this month and conditions have once again become dangerous up and down the Golden State. On Monday, residents near Los Angeles, including basketball star LeBron James, awoke to mandatory evacuation orders as the Getty Fire exploded. Fires also continue to burn in Northern California, including the Kincade Fire that forced roughly 200,000 to evacuate their homes as well.

The Getty Fire started on Monday near the 405 freeway early on Monday. It stood at 50 acres when the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) first began fighting it. Less than two hours later, the department reported that the fire ballooned more than eight-fold in size. The infamous Santa Ana winds—hot, dry winds that can create explosive fire conditions—are helping push the fire farther west.

So far, the LAFD has confirmed at least two structures have caught on fire. Some 3,300 homes were under mandatory evacuation orders in West Los Angeles though that number is expected to increase. While the recent change in winds and fire direction is awful news for the residents in that area, it may benefit UCLA, which is also in the mandatory evacuation zone but sits further easts. Officials are urging residents in the area who are not yet under any evacuation orders to prepare.

“If you’re in the mandatory evacuation zone and you’re watching this, you’re an idiot,” Paul Koretz, the city council member who represents the area, said at a press conference. “Get the hell out. As soon as you get an evacuation order, follow it.”

A red flag warning remains in place in Los Angeles and the surrounding area with the National Weather Service calling for winds of 40-50 mph in wind-prone areas with even high gusts in the mountains. The National Weather Service also called for humidity dropping to “minimum values between 5 and 10 percent” on Monday, which could affect how fast the Getty Fire spreads (or any others that ignite for that matter).

The winds haven’t been forgiving in the northern part of the state either. The Diablo Winds—the Northern California equivalent of the Santa Anas—reached 70 mph over the weekend. The gusty conditions helped the Kincade Fire nearly double in size overnight Saturday into Sunday. The Kincade Fire, which broke out Thursday, is only 5 percent contained and has burned more than 54,000 acres. The 200,000-person evacuation is the largest evacuation order that the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department has seen.

In response to the Kincade Fire as well as the Tick Fire in Southern California, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Friday. The Tick Fire is 70 percent contained, but it has destroyed some 22 structures since starting last Thursday.

A structure being burned by the Kincade Fire.
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While parts of California light up in flames, other regions remain in the dark. Literally. PG&E, the state’s largest utility whose infrastructure has been the cause of some 1,500 wildfires in the past, has shut off power to some 940,000 customers. The hope is that by cutting off power, the company can prevent the wind

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LeBron James, family among evacuees as LA fire grows – Sports Interactive Network Philippines

LeBron James, family among evacuees as LA fire grows – Sports Interactive Network Philippines

Basketball star LeBron James was among evacuees as a fire that erupted early Monday in Southern California grew to more than 70 acres.

The Los Angeles Lakers player tweeted just before 4 a.m. that he was trying to find rooms for his family after having to “emergency evacuate” his house, calling the fires “no joke.” He later tweeted that he found accommodation, said he was praying for those affected and advised people to get to safety.

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LeBron James has multiple DVRs and says he can watch every NBA game at once so he can study his opponents

LeBron James has multiple DVRs and says he can watch every NBA game at once so he can study his opponents
  • LeBron James said he has multiple DVRs to record and watch every NBA game.
  • James said he can watch every game at the same time and then focus in on particular games when something interesting is happening.
  • James said watching NBA games isn’t for “entertainment” but for strengthening his mind, comparing it to reading a good book.
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LeBron James doesn’t allow himself to miss much NBA action.

While speaking to reporters before the Los Angeles Lakers’ Friday night game against the Utah Jazz, James said he DVRs every NBA game. He didn’t say exactly how many DVRs he has, but he smiled and s

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LeBron James says the California wildfires forced his family to evacuate their home and drive around looking for shelter all night

LeBron James says the California wildfires forced his family to evacuate their home and drive around looking for shelter all night
  • LeBron James says the California wildfires drove his family from their Los Angeles home on Monday night.
  • “Man these LA [fires] aren’t no joke. Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms,” James tweeted at 3:50 a.m. local time.
  • On Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department enforced a mandatory evacuation for residents west of the 405 freeway. James’ $23 million Brentwood home is in the affected area. 
  • James tweeted at 4:11 a.m. to say he and his family had finally found a place for the night, and urged people to get to safety. 
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Basketball star LeBron James has said that the California wildfires forced his family to evacuate their home in western Los Angeles and drive about all night to find shelter.

“Man these LA [fires] aren’t no joke. Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No luck so far!” James tweeted at 3:50 a.m. local time on Monday.

A series of deadly wildfires are currently burning throughout California, including eight in the greater Los Angeles region. Affected regions in Los Angeles include the Pacific Palisades, Saddleridge, and the area around the Getty Center.

The

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‘Man These LA Aren’t No Joke.’ LeBron James Forced to Evacuate Amid California Wildfires

‘Man These LA  Aren’t No Joke.’ LeBron James Forced to Evacuate Amid California Wildfires

NBA star LeBron James was forced to evacuate his home near Los Angeles because of wildfires raging in the region, the basketball star said on Twitter.

James said he was faced with a shortage of rooms as he drove around with his family looking for accommodations.

Officials said the Tick Fire, which has burned more than 4,600 acres near Lo

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With California Ablaze, Firefighters Strain to Keep Up

With California Ablaze, Firefighters Strain to Keep Up

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LOS ANGELES — At one smoldering end of California, Capt. Alex Arriola and hundreds of other firefighters charged up flaming hillsides in the middle of the night Monday to battle a brush fire that exploded on the tinder-dry edge of West Los Angeles.

As helicopters doused the hills to protect the priceless artworks at the nearby Getty Center and homes went up in flames, the fire crews on the ground began attacking the blaze to keep it from leaping across the street and taking out other multimillion-dollar houses.

“It was pretty much chaos,” said Captain Arriola, a 34-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Four hundred miles to the north, an army of 4,150 firefighters and support teams raced to take advantage of a brief lull in the scorching winds to contain a fast-growing wildfire that has spread across thousands of acres. As a yellow haze curtained the barns and pumpkin farms of Sonoma County on Monday, firefighters sat through briefings before trudging back into a moonscape of charred homes and smoking roads.

The two blazes raging through dry vegetation at opposite ends of California fueled fears that the state’s vicious wildfire season was rapidly pushing its limit, straining the resources of fire departments that are already spread out battling 16 fires across the state and pushing fire crews beyond the brink of exhaustion.

“It’s all starting to blend together,” said Joe Augino, a firefighter with the Arcadia Fire Department in Southern California who had just finished battling a wildfire in the canyons north of Los Angeles last week when his company was summoned eight hours north to help fight the Kincade fire in Sonoma County.

With no rain in the forecast, a brief break in the whipping winds on Monday offered Mr. Augino’s crew and other firefighters a tiny but crucial window to try to gain control over the fast-spreading fires. But forecasters warned that the respite would not last and that wind gusts would grow to 50 or 60 miles per hour by Tuesday.

On a winding road near the front lines of the Kincade fire, where about 156,000 people remained under mandatory evacuation orders on Monday, Mr. Augino and his fellow firefighters were extinguishing spot fires with water and hand tools.

The Kincade fire grew to more than 74,000 acres and was 15 percent contained on Monday night, according to Cal Fire. California’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric, cut power to millions of people as the fires approached over the weekend, and Gov. Gavin Newsom said that 880,000 were still without power, adding to the strain and anger as residents search for safe shelters and answers about whether their homes are endangered.

PG&E, whose equipment is suspected as the cause of the Kincade fire, also told state regulators on Monday that its lines, poles or transformers might have been involved in three other blazes.

On the ground, firefighters have coalesced from rural and urban California, from northern and southern corners of the state to battle the Kincade, one of the many wildfires that are being mad

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LeBron James and Arnold Schwarzenegger are among thousands of LA residents fleeing a fire near the Getty museum. Here are the latest updates.

LeBron James and Arnold Schwarzenegger are among thousands of LA residents fleeing a fire near the Getty museum. Here are the latest updates.
  • LeBron James and Arnold Schwarzenegger are among thousands of Los Angeles residents evacuating their homes due to a fire near the Getty Center.
  • The fire broke out early Monday morning and has spread to over 600 acres. At least 13 structures have burned and another 10,000 are threatened. 
  • Santa Ana winds have fueled the fire’s westward spread, aided by dry conditions across California. 
  • As the climate warms, California’s wildfire season is getting longer, and weather conditions that bring a high risk of wildfires are becoming more common.
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A fire that broke out near the Getty Center around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning has spread across more than 600 acres in Los Angeles.

The blaze, called the Getty Fire, has forced thousands to flee their homes, including LeBron James and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The flames led parts of the 405 freeway to close as they pushed westward, fueled by powerful Santa Ana winds.

The brush fire has already destroyed at least eight structures and damaged at least five. The blaze threatens another 10,000 structures. The fire was 0% contained as of Monday morning, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, so officials expect to see more damage as the day progresses. 

“Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms,” James said said on Twitter at 3:53 a.m. local time. “No luck so far!” Eighteen minutes later, however, he said they’d found accommodations.

 

In a press conference, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned residents to “get out when we say get out,” and never to fight flames with garden hoses.

“The only thing you cannot replace is you and your family,” he added.

Schwarzenegger echoed the warning, tweeting: “If you are in an evacuation zone, don’t screw around. Get out.”

Affected residents can find shelter at the Westwood Recreation Center, the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Recreation Center, the Stoner Recreation Center, the Palisades Recreation Center, and the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center. The West Valley and West LA animal shelters are also open to pets, and the Hansen Dam Rec Area is accepting large animals.

Though flames are visible from the Getty Center, the museum itself is safe for now.

“Many have asked about the art — it is protected by state-of-the-art technology,” the museum said in a statement on Twitter. “The safest place for the art and library collections is inside.”

Santa Ana winds are spreading fires quickly across California

Getty Fire

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Celebrities who have evacuated or lost their homes as wildfires spread across California

Celebrities who have evacuated or lost their homes as wildfires spread across California

Arnold Schwarzenegger left his house and urged others to not “screw around.”

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Celebrities flee fire threatening wealthy Los Angeles neighborhoods

Celebrities flee fire threatening wealthy Los Angeles neighborhoods

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A fast-moving wildfire on Monday destroyed at least five multimillion-dollar homes in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles and forced celebrities to flee in the middle of the night.

Among neighborhoods under evacuation orders was the posh area of Brentwood, a section on the west side of the city that became world famous in 1994 when former football star O.J. Simpson was accused of killing his ex-wife and a waiter there.

Today Brentwood is home to basketball superstar LeBron James, A-list Hollywood actors, wealthy producers and media company executives.

James, who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, said he and his family had to drive around in the early morning hours looking for a place to stay after fleeing the home he shares with his wife and three children.

“Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms,” James wrote on Twitter around 4 a.m. He later added that he found a pl

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Fast-moving Los Angeles wildfire destroys homes, prompts evacuation orders

By Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Wind-whipped flames chased thousands of residents from wealthy Los Angeles neighborhoods and threatened the city’s famed Getty Center museum on Monday, the latest outbreak in a wildfire season that has triggered mass evacuations and power outages across California.

The new conflagration broke out at around 1:30 a.m. PDT near the Getty Center on the west side of Los Angeles, hundreds of miles (km) from where crews were fighting the state’s biggest and most destructive fire, the Kincade, north of San Francisco.

“I know this moment generates a tremendous amount of anxiety,” California Governor Gavin Newsom told a news conference, speaking of the two major blazes burning at opposite ends of the state.

The governor said he was confident that firefighters had secured enough perimeters around the Kincade fire that it no longer posed an imminent threat to two communities north of Santa Rosa, although he conceded the fight was not over.

“I’m not naive about shifting winds and shifting conditions so we are putting all the assets we have onto this fire,” said Newsom, who declared a statewide emergency on Sunday.

As of midday the Kincade Fire, which erupted on Wednesday night, had blackened 66,000 acres (26,709 hectares) across parts of Sonoma County’s picturesque wine country, destroying 96 homes and other structures.

More than 4,100 firefighters working to put out the blaze had built containment lines around only 5% of the flames following a wind-fanned flare-up on Sunday.

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Massive evacuations underway in LA as Getty fire explodes to 400 acres

Massive evacuations underway in LA as Getty fire explodes to 400 acres

The Getty Fire in Los Angeles erupted early Monday and is forcing thousands of residents to flee their homes as winds reach extremely dangerous levels in Southern California.

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Getty Fire

Burning in the hills north of Los Angeles’ famous Getty Center, the Getty Fire, which started just before 2 a.m. local time, has consumed over 600 acres. The Getty Center and Getty Villa are safe, but many houses were ablaze.

Mandatory evacuations are in effect in Los Angeles from the 405 freeway to the ocean — which spans some of the most expensive real estate in the city. Southbound lanes of the 405 freeway, the busiest highway in the country, are now closed.

PHOTO: A firefighter watches as flames approach the Mandeville Canyon neighborhood during the Getty fire, Oct. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles.Christian Monterrosa/AP
A firefighter watches as flames approach the Mandeville Canyon neighborhood during the Getty fire, Oct. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles.
PHOTO: The Getty Fire burns next to the 405 freeway in the hills of West Los Angeles, Calif. Oct. 28, 2019. Gene Blevins/Reuters
The Getty Fire burns next to the 405 freeway in the hills of West Los Angeles, Calif. Oct. 28, 2019.

In Los Angeles’ upscale Brentwood neighborhood, fire crews put out fires on multiple homes early Monday as the sky glowed orange from the flames and dense smoke.

LeBron James said he was among those forced to evacuate from his home overnight.

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he also evacuated in the middle of the night.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s parents also evacuated, and the mayor Monday morning urged anyone in an evacuation area to leave immediately. He said multiple homes were destroyed.

“We’ve seen fires and tragedies were people have believed they could stay,” Garcetti said. “Do not do that. The only thing you cannot replace is you and your family.”

Roughly 25,000 people live in the evacuation zone, the mayor said.

Natalie Rodriguez, a nursing student at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, said she woke up to the smell of smoke just before 2 a.m.

“Even inside the dorms it was very smoky and it was hard to breathe,” Rodriguez told ABC News. “You could feel the heat from the flames that were so close to us on the other side of the mountain.”

PHOTO: A firefighter gets in position to hose down flames as a home burns in the Getty fire area, Oct. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
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Disney+ Orders ‘Becoming’ Docuseries Produced by LeBron James

Disney+ Orders ‘Becoming’ Docuseries Produced by LeBron James

A new docuseries produced by NBA star LeBron James and his SpringHill Entertainment company is coming to Disney+. The streaming service has ordered 10 episodes of Becoming, a project that takes a closer look at the upbringing of some of the world’s most famous entertainers, musicians and athletes.

Created with ESPN Films, Spoke Studios and ITV America, each episode of the docuseries will visit a celebrit

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Stronger winds whip California fires as power cut and homes evacuated

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Wind-driven wildfires burned largely uncontrolled in tinder-dry California early on Tuesday, as firefighters battled blazes threatening thousands of homes in a race against time with even stronger gusts expected later.

An air tanker is seen through high voltage transmission lines in Geyserville, California, U.S. October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Thousands of residents have already fled and hundreds of thousands of others were left in the dark with power companies cut off electricity to try to prevent more fires being sparked by snapped cabling in the brushland.

“I know this moment generates a tremendous amount of anxiety,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Monday about the two major blazes burning at opposite ends of the state.

The latest fire broke out near the Getty Center museum, housing priceless artworks, on the west side of Los Angeles, hundreds of miles from where crews were fighting the biggest and most destructive fire, the Kincade, north of San Francisco.

Los Angeles Lakers basketball great LeBron James, “Terminator” actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well other celebrities, said on Twitter they had been forced to leave their homes.

Weather forecasters are forecasting there could be worse to come.

“The worst of this (weather) is coming later today and tonight,” Marc Chenard, a forecaster with the National Weather Serv

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LeBron James and Anthony Davis Combine for 53 PTS In First Win On Lakers – Bleacher Report

LeBron (32 PTS, 10 REB, 7 AST) and AD (21 PTS, 7 REB, 5 BLK ) lead the Lakers to their first win of the season against the Utah Jazz

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LeBron James’ UNKNWN Launching Thom Browne Collaboration

LeBron James’ UNKNWN Launching Thom Browne Collaboration

LeBron JamesMiami boutique and brand UNKNWN has just confirmed an upcoming collaboration with American fashion designer Thom Browne and his eponymous label, reports WWD.

The basketball superstar is a known fan of Browne, having been spotted numerous times wearing a Thom Browne suit on the NBA catwalk. LeBron even purchased and suited his whole Cavaliers team with Thom Browne suits during the 2018 playoffs. Along with the aforementioned, and Thom Browne being

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LeBron James Should Just Recap Your Crappy Team’s Games From Memory

LeBron James Should Just Recap Your Crappy Team’s Games From Memory

Thursday’s Lakers media scrum afforded LeBron James yet another opportunity to showcase his impeccable memory for the press. As he explained his habit of watching every NBA game during his off-days, James rattled off several plays from Wednesday night’s Timberwolves-Nets OT thriller.

The play-by-play confirms his retelling, although he did gloss over some boring possessions in between Karl-Anthony Towns’s game-tying three and that Kyrie Irving-Jarrett Allen pick-and-roll. We get it: The man can just rewind and replay this stuff in his head like a movie. He also has a lot of DVRs.

James is describing a compelling NBA game here—even though it did include Andrew Wiggins—but here’s a different idea: Why couldn’t we put this great mind to use to help out despairing fan bases? Hornets “fans” would probably rather see LeBron recite the plays of their team’s last game from memory than sit down and watch the actual accurse

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Nike’s LeBron James Building Designed by Olson Kundig in Oregon

Nike’s LeBron James Building Designed by Olson Kundig in Oregon

Nike’s LeBron James Building Designed by Olson Kundig in Oregon

Nike has announced that the latest building in its World Headquarters (WHQ) campus expansion will be named after LeBron James. The new building is designed by Olson Kundig and will be home to Nike’s Beaverton-based Advanced Innovation team. The project will include a state-of-the-art Sport Research Lab and explore the future of sports science.


Courtesy of Olson Kundig
Courtesy of Olson Kundig

As Lebron James said, “It’s so surreal,” says James. “It’s been an honor to be a part of such a great company for the last 18 years. And to know that a building with my name will reside on campus — it’s truly an honor, and I feel truly special.” The new Nike Sport Research Lab (NSRL) will be five times the size of the team’s current space, and the project include a full NBA-size basketball court, a 200-meter endurance track, a 100-meter straightaway and an artificial turf training pitch. The design will also feature a waffle pattern concrete slab that is visible under the fourth floor cantilever, where the NSRL will sit. This engineered, structural approach was selected for functional properties, and the waffle pattern is a nod to Nike’s innovation legacy.

A central feature of the design is a 15.63 percent inc

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LeBron James’ UNKNWN Confirms Collab With Thom Browne

LeBron James’ UNKNWN Confirms Collab With Thom Browne

LeBron James‘ Miami boutique and brand UNKNWN has confirmed a collaboration with Thom Browne. LeBron has been a HUGE fan of Browne’s suits, even buying them for the whole Cavaliers team during the 2018 playoffs. The brand has also been stocked in UNKNWN for years.

The collection will consist of nine pieces, but UNKNWN has not yet divulged any product breakdown. It’ll release online and in-store upon the opening of UNKNWN’s new store in the Wynwood district of Miami.

This isn’t Browne’s only foray into the world of sports. His brand also collaborate

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Kawhi Leonard has added yet another weapon to his arsenal, and the Clippers look like a force to be reckoned with

Kawhi Leonard has added yet another weapon to his arsenal, and the Clippers look like a force to be reckoned with
  • Kawhi Leonard has been doing more play-making and excelling at it for the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Though it’s only been two games, Leonard is averaging a career-high seven assists per game, running the pick-and-roll more often, and showing off chemistry with his Clippers teammates.
  • While it’s still very early in the season, the Clippers look as good as the NBA world expected and will only be more fearsome if their best player has added a new skill to his game.
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Through two games, the Los Angeles Clippers look to be worthy of the offseason hype, as they’ve raced out to a 2-0 start with impressive wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors.

Several things have stood out about the Clippers: a deep bench, a seemingly endless supply of competent defenders, and three-point shooters, a defense that has held its two opponents to a combined 41% shooting.

But one noteworthy development has been Kawhi Leonard becoming far more of a playmaker than he’s shown before.

Leonard has never averaged more than 3.5 assists per game in his career and averaged 3.3 per game last year with the Toronto Raptors.

Assists, of course, are not the end-all, be-all of passing statistics, but Leonard is averaging seven assists per game to begin this season — double what he’s ever averaged before.

Through much of the 2018-19 regular season, the Raptors ran two offenses — the Raptors offense and the “Kawhi offense.” The latter,

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Shaq weighed in on the NBA’s ongoing feud with China and defended Daryl Morey just minutes before the first game of the season tipped off

Shaq weighed in on the NBA’s ongoing feud with China and defended Daryl Morey just minutes before the first game of the season tipped off
  • Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal supported the Houston Rockets’ general manager, Daryl Morey, for his tweet expressing support for protesters in Hong Kong that ignited backlash in China against the NBA.
  • The NBA legend’s comments came Tuesday night during a broadcast of “Inside the NBA” on TNT just minutes before the first game of the 2019-2020 NBA season tipped off.
  • O’Neal said “one of our best values here in America is free speech” and defended Morey’s right to “speak up about injustices.”
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Just minutes before the first game of the 2019-2020 NBA season tipped off, Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal publicly defended the Houston Rockets’ general manager, Daryl Morey, for his tweet expressing support for protesters in Hong Kong that ignited backlash in China against the NBA.

During a broadcast of “Inside the NBA” on TNT on Tuesday night, the legendary center and current sports television analyst said “Daryl Morey was right.”

“We, as American people, do a lot of business in China,” O’Neal began. “And they know and understand our values and we underst

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China doesn’t air NBA openers; protests in LA

China doesn’t air NBA openers; protests in LA

Chinese state television did not air the NBA’s opening night games Tuesday, and the league’s streaming partner, Tencent, reduced its schedule and showed just the LakersClippers contest.

Outside that game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, a group of protesters chanted and offered fans T-shirts that read: “Fight For Freedom Stand For Hong Kong.” A smattering of fans wore them inside Staples during the game.

CCTV has customarily shown the league’s opening night games but has pulled all NBA broadcasts in the wake of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet on Oct. 4 supporting anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Tencent has reduced its schedule but did stream some preseason games.

Tencent is a media partner of ESPN and the NBA. The NBA declined comment.

In a commentary over the weekend, CCTV said NBA commissioner Adam Silver will face “retribution sooner or later” for saying last week that Chinese officials made it clear they wanted Morey fired. The Chinese government denied Silve

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Michael Jordan raised eyebrows in the NBA world by saying Stephen Curry is ‘not a hall of famer yet’

Michael Jordan raised eyebrows in the NBA world by saying Stephen Curry is ‘not a hall of famer yet’

Michael Jordan — a six-time NBA champion and five-time MVP widely considered one of, if not the, greatest player in the history of basketball — took a jab at one of the sport’s current megastars.

In an appearance on NBC’s “Today” Monday morning, Jordan claimed that Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry is not, at this point, a lock for the Hall of Fame.

“He’s still a great player,” Jordan said. “Not a Hall of Famer yet, though.”

MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin, who was conducting the interview, laughed heartily as Jordan smiled and added: “he’s not.”

 

Curry — who has won two regular-season MVP awards of his own — is already almost certain to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer upon eligibility. The face of the Warriors franchise, Curry led Golden State to three championships victories in four years. And in that off-year, when the Warriors fell to LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in a grueling seven-game series, Curry shattered the record for most three-pointers by draining 402 triples on the season.

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NBA ’19-20: Suspense returns; LA teams seek Hollywood ending – ABS-CBN Sports

NBA ’19-20: Suspense returns; LA teams seek Hollywood ending – ABS-CBN Sports
NBA '19-20: Suspense returns; LA teams seek Hollywood ending

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 5: LA Lakers forward Anthony Davis, during the preseason on October 5, 2019 at Oakland Arena in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press

For five years the NBA Finals have returned to the same spot, the longest run ever in one Western Conference location.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis want to bring them back to Los Angeles.

So do Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

With the Warriors weakened and powerhouse pairs popping up all over the place, the 2019-20 NBA season, unlike many in recent years, is a suspense story.

Both L.A. teams will try to give it a Hollywood ending.

When a whirlwind of player movement was finished, the real winner, as James noted, was Staples Center, which is now home to two title contenders in the Lakers (the way it used to be) and Clippers (the way it’s never been.)

“I agree with what Bron said,” George said. “The Staples Center is where you want to be with the team we got and with the team they have.”

The finals’ Western Conference headquarters had moved north in recent years, with Golden State building a dynasty in the Bay Area. But Kevin Durant is gone, Klay Thompson is injured, and even Stephen Curry’s sharpest shooting might not be able to keep the run going

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LA rivalry, Zion Williamson and China disputes – the big talking points before new NBA season

LA rivalry, Zion Williamson and China disputes – the big talking points before new NBA season
Kawhi Leonard won an NBA title with the Toronto Raptors last season before moving to the Los Angeles Clippers in the summer

It has been a little over three months since the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 4-2 to win their first NBA title.

The Raptors, led by Finals Most Valuable Player Kawhi Leonard, prevented the Warriors from claiming their third straight title in the process.

Summer moves and draft picks followed as each of the 30 teams restocked to go again next season.

With the 2019-20 campaign beginning this week, BBC Sport looks at the big talking points before another NBA season.

Battle for LA

This season the two favourites for the NBA title share not just the city of Los Angeles, but the same building – the Staples Center.

The Lakers are basketball royalty, have LeBron “The King” James and added another of the league’s best players in Anthony Davis to their roster.

For the majority of their existence the Clippers would barely qualify as noisy neighbours; entering their 50th season, they have never reached a Conference Finals. The Lakers have won the whole thing 11 times in that period.

But that dynamic has shifted in the past decade, culminating in July when the Clippers pulled off a massive coup by persuading reigning Finals MVP Leonard to sign with them instead of the Lakers. Alongside Leonard, another superstar Paul George joined via a trade. They’re ready to win now.

The NBA have scheduled the LA pair to meet on the first night of the season – Tuesday in the US, Wednesday morning (03:30 BST) in the UK – and Christmas Day. Set your alarms.

After the Gold

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Opinion: Zion Williamson’s knee injury deflates Pelicans, NBA season before it begins

Opinion: Zion Williamson’s knee injury deflates Pelicans, NBA season before it begins


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USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt breaks down the expectations surrounding top pick Zion Williamson in New Orleans.
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NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans tried to slow the Zion Williamson Hype Train.

A troublesome right knee brought it to a screeching halt.

Not only will Williamson miss the Pelicans’ season opener Tuesday at Toronto (8 p.m. ET, TNT), he will miss about six-to-eight weeks after undergoing surgery Monday to address a torn right lateral meniscus, the team said in a news release late Monday afternoon.

So what was billed as a marquee lid-lifter features the defending champion Raptors without NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and the Pelicans without the most touted rookie since LeBron James.

Williamson’s absence puts a damper on opening night and the first two months of the season. He was already a must-see attraction and his debut will have to wait until sometime near Christmas.

The Pelicans’ growth will also be stunted because Williamson is such a big part of their present and future, and though the Pelicans still have talent to win games, the excitement around their season crashed before it even began. In the deep Western Conference, New Orleans is a borderline playoff team, and without Williamson even for six-to-eight weeks, it makes postseason goals that much more difficult.

But for the Pelicans, Williamson means more than one season. Yes, they want him on the court as much as possible, but his long-term health – and we’re talking multiple seasons – is far more important than two months worth of games. New Orleans needs to be cautious. There’s no other way around it. There’s just too much at stake.

Everyone involved in the NBA wanted to see his debut Tuesday, the most anticipated since James played his first game for Cleveland in 2003. That includes networks TNT and ESPN. The Pelicans are on national TV, including NBA TV, nine times the first five weeks.

Williamson will eventually play, but this absence invites larger questions about his health. He was injured at Duke, was held out of summer league games as a precaution after sustaining a bruised left knee and now this. Individually, each issue is not a big deal. Collectively, though, are these signs of the potential for long-term health problems?

He is an explosive big man (6-6, 285) who puts pressure on his knees and feet and that has resulted in lingering health problems for other players. Greg Oden is the extreme example and Amar’e Stoudemire is an example of a player who had knee injuries but forged a productive career. Then, there’s James, who has been relatively injury free despite his combination of size, power and quickness.

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NBA 6 milestones to watch for in 2019-20 NBA season – ABS-CBN Sports

NBA 6 milestones to watch for in 2019-20 NBA season – ABS-CBN Sports

NBA.com staff report

The 2019-20 season is set to begin and there’s no shortage of notable stats and numbers to know before basketball begins. Here are six you should keep in mind once the regular season tips off…

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LeBron could soon pass Kobe

The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James begins his 17th season needing 1,101 points to pass Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Based on his career average, James (32,543 points) would need 41 games to pass Bryant (33,643) and settle in behind No. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and No. 2 Karl Malone (36,928).

The potential scoring milestone is just the start for James in 2019-20. He is poised to climb closer to the top in several major categories. Based on his career averages, here are some of his projected all-time regular-season rankings by the end of this season.

On another scoring note, James is on the verge of becoming the third player to record at least 1,000 games of 20 or more points.

Westbrook on cusp of history

With his next triple-double, Westbrook will pass Magic Johnson for sole possession of second place

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NBA forecast: An LA team will win title – and it’s not the Lakers – Sports Interactive Network Philippines

NBA forecast: An LA team will win title – and it’s not the Lakers – Sports Interactive Network Philippines

CHICAGO – The best team in the upcoming 2019-20 NBA season is in Los Angeles. And it’s not the Lakers.

The best player is also in Los Angeles. And it’s neither LeBron James nor Anthony Davis.

It’s the L.A. Clippers and Kawhi Leonard, respectively. And when you add one with the other, it equals to a championship next June.

Don’t worry, I’m not about to plant a flag of originality or singular boldness in making this unadventurous prediction.

The USA Today, ESPN (54.5 percent probability), Bleacher Report and Westgate odds makers in Las Vegas (plus 350 favorites) all think the Clippers have what it takes to crush all comers.

Forty-six percent of the league’s 30 GMs also forecast the Clippers to win their first title in franchise history. This is the nugget I take the most stock of because an NBA GM’s pick comes from a very learned place, possessing all the inside info, X’s and O’s, and the esoteric details that make a team tick or tank.

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I’m not here to ride on some established persons or organizations’ bandwagon. I’m just here to provide the “here’s why” such conclusion was arrived at.

Kind of like the stats detective collecting all the clues while in the manic throes of uncovering a mystery.

The Clippers finished last season at 48-34, eighth in the Western Conference, They were 9th in offensive rating and 21st in defensive rating. They were fifth in points scored per game (115.1) and 25th in points allowed (114.3).

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NBA Reveals Actual Heights of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and More

The NBA recently decided to get more serious when it comes to recording players’ ages and heights in an effort to avoid purposeful inflation and deflation of the important statistics. Players will often exaggerate their height to stay within a certain position’s range, but back in September, NBA spokesman Mike Bass confirmed to The New York Times that a new vetting process would be enacted in the near future. “A consistent process has been created to ensure the integrity and accuracy of the data on team rosters,” he outlined.

Kevin Durant previously admitted to the Wall Street Journal that he changes his height based on the situation. “For me, when I’m talking to women, I’m 7 feet,” he jokingly explained. “In basketball circles, I’m 6’9”. But really, I’v

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LeBron James Jersey Worn on ‘Sports Illustrated’ Cover Sold for Over $180K USD

LeBron James Jersey Worn on ‘Sports Illustrated’ Cover Sold for Over $180K USD

LeBron James is currently entering his 17th season in the NBA, which is no small feat for a professional basketball player. Fans and collectors realize that the superstar’s career is likely reaching its last legs, resulting in somewhat of a mad rush to buy up all of his merchandise before he exits the league. As a result, the jersey worn by James on his first Sports Illustrated cover has just been sold for a staggering $187,500 USD in a Goldin Auctions event.

The faded gold and gre

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LeBron James talks favorite 1980s movies, attempts to list every LA sports team | NBA on ESPN – ESPN

LeBron James talks favorite 1980s movies, attempts to list every LA sports team | NBA on ESPN – ESPN

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James speaks to reporters after practice on Sunday morning. LeBron talks about the team’s first regular-season game on Tuesday against the LA Clippers and how different it is playing at Staples Center when the Lakers aren’t the home team. LeBron then somehow pivots to his favorite 1980s movies, including The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. He then goes on to discuss the Los Angeles sports scene and attempts to list every professional sports team in LA.

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