Nepotism Is Everywhere, Trevor Noah Says

“That’s how the world works. A lot of people get opportunities because of who their parents are. Cindy Crawford’s daughter is now a model. Andrew Cuomo’s father was the governor of New York before him. And do you think Harry Potter would have gotten all that attention if it wasn’t for his famous wizard parents?” — TREVOR NOAH

“Donald Trump Jr. just got paid $50,000 to give a speech at a college. If he wasn’t Donald Trump’s son, why else would they be asking him to speak, huh? To share his expertise on bad beards?” — TREVOR NOAH

“Even with their dad in office, the Trumps are still growing their business in places like India, Philippines, Indonesia, Uruguay — they’re all over the world. It’s like ‘The Amazing Race’ with no running and no chins.” — TREVOR NOAH

“I know for a fact, I know, the only reason I got to where I am today is probably because my great-great-grandfather built the ark.” — TREVOR NOAH

The White House shared a letter that President Trump sent to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey last week, urging him not to invade Syria. It began, “Dear Mr. President: Let’s work out a good deal!” “As if he

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Any Interest In Watching This LeBron James No-Look Pass On Loop Every Second Of Every Day Until You Die?

Any Interest In Watching This LeBron James No-Look Pass On Loop Every Second Of Every Day Until You Die?

This year’s Golden State Warriors roster is fairly unrecognizable. That is true in the sense that the team is different from last year’s, but mostly in the sense that the average basketball fan will recognize very few people on it. Juan Toscano-Anderson? Is that someone you know? Ah well, all the easier for LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the Lakers to demolish them, which they did in a preseason game tonight, 123-96. The Lakers had lots of fun with it, too, case in point: LeBron’s absurd no-look, over-the-head, behind-the-back, spin move, in-transition pass to Danny Green in the corner:

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LeBron James Rocks ‘No Clout’ Shirt to Dinner After Lakers Game

LeBron James Rocks ‘No Clout’ Shirt to Dinner After Lakers Game

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Come On, LeBron

Come On, LeBron

James was playing politics when he spoke—the politics of the NBA, not global politics. When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke to members of the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, who were playing exhibition games in China, James grilled him, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. He reportedly asked what consequences there would be for Morey. The former vice president of the NBA Players Association, James was concerned about the league’s treatment of players: “James, to paraphrase, told Silver that he knew that if a player caused the same type of uproar with something he said or tweeted, the player wouldn’t be able to skate on it.” In other words, if a player had done something that resulted in millions of lost revenue, there would b

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Christian Dior becomes latest western company to apologize to China

Christian Dior becomes latest western company to apologize to China

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A Chinese salesgirl waits for customers at Christian Dior cosmetics counter in Guangzhou.

French luxury goods group Christan Dior became the latest western company to apologize to China, over using a map that didn’t include Taiwan as part of the second-largest economy.

China claims sovereignty over Taiwan, which rules itself.

According to reports from Reuters and the BBC, Dior used a map of China excluding Taiwan during a recruitment presentation at a university. Dior apologized and said it “always respects and upholds the one China principle, strictly safeguards China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and treasures the feelings of the Chinese people.”

Asia excluding Japan represented 31% of Dior’s controlling shareholder LVMH’s

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LeBron James Faces Backlash Unseen Since ‘The Decision’

LeBron James Faces Backlash Unseen Since ‘The Decision’

Speaking at practice on Tuesday, James said he was aware of some negative reaction toward him but did not feel a need to connect with every global geopolitical issue.

“I think when the issue comes up, if you feel passionate about it or you feel like it’s something you want to talk about, then so be it,” James said. “I also don’t think that every issue should be everybody’s problem.”

The scope of the backlash, compared with “The Decision,” is different for several reasons. One issue holds global importance, and involves a nexus of politics, sports and business. The other played out mostly among basketball fans, though it changed the way that star N.B.A. athle

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Hong Kong protesters trample, burn LeBron James jersey: ‘People are angry’ – USA TODAY

Hong Kong protesters trample, burn LeBron James jersey: ‘People are angry’ – USA TODAY

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Published 9:52 a.m. ET Oct. 15, 2019 | Updated 4:55 p.m. ET Oct. 15, 2019



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HONG KONG – When the ball smashed into a photo of LeBron James‘ face stuck above the hoop and dropped into the basket, the Hong Kong protesters cheered.

They also trampled on jerseys bearing his name and gathered in a semicircle to watch one burn.

James’ standing among basketball fans in Hong Kong took a hit because of comments the NBA star made about free speech. Fans gathered on courts amid Hong Kong’s high-rise buildings Tuesday to vent their anger.

The player for the Los Angeles Lakers touched a nerve among protesters for suggesting that free speech can have negative consequences. They have been protesting for months in defense of the same freedom that James said can carry “a lot of negative.”

Opinion: LeBron James undermines values he’s espoused in most disgraceful moment of career

‘Freedom is not free’: Celtics’ Enes Kanter responds to LeBron James’ China, Daryl Morey comments

The protesters chanted support for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, something of a hero among demonstrators in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory for having tweeted in support of their struggle, infuriating authorities in China.

What the crowd of approximately 200 people chanted about James wasn’t printable.

“People are angry,” said James Lo, a web designer who runs a Hong Kong basketball fan page on Facebook. He said he’s already received a video from a protester that showed him burning a No. 23 jersey bearing James’ name.

He expects more, given the backlash from protesters who’ve been regularly hitting the streets of Hong Kong and battling police because of concerns that the international business hub is slowly losing its freedoms, which are unique in China.

“Students, they come out like every weekend. They’ve got tear-gassed and then they got gunshot, like every weekend. Police beating students and

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LeBron James’s Big Miss on China – The Wall Street Journal

LeBron James’s Big Miss on China – The Wall Street Journal

LeBron James botched it. There’s no use soft-pedaling it, or claiming otherwise. The NBA star has shown himself to be a considerate person,

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Debate, Brexit, Fort Worth: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Debate, Brexit, Fort Worth: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.)

Good evening. Here’s the latest.

For one, the impeachment inquiry into President Trump is advancing. Voters will be eyeing how the candidates balance attacks on Mr. Trump with questions about Joe Biden’s role in the overseas business interests of his son Hunter.

For another, Mr. Trump’s decisions on Syria have thrown U.S. foreign policy a curveball. And interest will beis high in Bernie Sanders’s performance after his heart attack two weeks ago.

Here’s our live briefing, where you can also watch the debate live-streamed beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern. (Separately, enjoy our deconstruction of the architecture of memorable zingers.)


3. Congress is back from recess.

Democratic leaders plan to huddle with their caucus this evening to give updates on the state of the impeachment inquiry and discuss the possibility of holding a floor vote to authorize it.

During the day, House investigators questioned a State Department Ukraine expert, George Kent, whoabove in the bow tie.

He — like some others who’ve testified so far — had deep concerns about the issue at the heart of the inquiry: the pressure being exerted on Ukraine by President Trump and his private lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, to investigate Mr. Trump’s political rivals.

Mr. Giuliani refused to comply with a congressional subpoena for documents. LINK TKVice President Mike Pence and Mr. Giuliani are refusing to hand over documents to the panel.


4. How close is a Brexit deal?

Hopes for a breakthrough are surging, lifting the pound. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still frantically trying to bridge a gap over the thorny issue of how to handle Northern Ireland’s border with Ireland in time for an E.U. summit this week. Above, Mr. Johnson today.

If he manages it, he’ll still need to win over Parliament. “There is a robust trade-off here,” said one person briefed said. “Technically, the deal can be done, but can the politics deliver?”

The appetite for a new referendum revisiting Brexit is growing. Labour members of Parliament say they will push to attach a new vote to whatever agreement the prime minister brings back from Brussels.


5. “I was basically on the verge of death.”

Gregory Rodriguez, a college student, is one of the nearly 1,300 people in the U.S. who have become victims of vaping.

Like him, about 70 percent are young men. And like him, many vaped THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana — but most have not told their stories. Mr. Rodriguez says he slipped into doing it constantly, inhaling enormous amounts of THC and craving more.

HAnd then he woke up in a hospital, with machines breathing doing the job of his lungs, which had stopped working.. His mother shared the cellphone photo above.


6. Hong Kong protesters are targeting Starbucks. Apple could be next.¶

They are targeting businesses they see, rightly or wrongly, as sympathetic to with the authoritarian Chinese Communist Party for boycotts and sometimes vandalism.¶

“All corporations here are walking on eggshells when it comes to what they say, whether it’s about Hong Kong or about the mainland,” said David Webb, a shareholder activist in the territory. ¶

Also, LeBron James is getting some backlash via social media for suggesting that an N.B.A. team official’s pro-Hong Kong tweet could have imperiled American basketball players in China. Like many of the league’s star players, he has business interests in China through sponsors like Nike.¶

And here’s what we know about “phase 1” of the limited China-U.S. trade deal President Trump announced Friday.


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6. More on the Fort Worth shooting.¶

This is an undated photo of Aaron Dean, the po

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Hong Kong protesters burn LeBron James jersey after his response to Daryl Morey’s controversial tweet

Hong Kong protesters burn LeBron James jersey after his response to Daryl Morey’s controversial tweet
  • LeBron James is facing criticism from all sides after his response to Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
  • At the protests, the Associated Press photographer Mark Schiefelbein captured images of protesters in Hong Kong burning James’ jersey.
  • Asked to follow up on his comments on Tuesday, James reiterated his belief that it was a complex issue and indicated that he didn’t plan on commenting further on the matter.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more.

LeBron James came under harsh criticism both in the US and abroad after his comments on the controversy between the NBA, China, and the protests in Hong Kong.

The firestorm started when the Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of the ongoing Hong Kong protests, a move that was not appreciated by the NBA’s business partners in China.

Morey apologized and deleted the tweet, but the initial damage was done. The state broadcaster China Central Television and the livestreaming platform Tencent Sports both said they would no longer broadcast Rockets games.

The NBA then went into damage control, with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver putting out two statements in an attempt to clarify the league’s position and their relationship with China.

Read more: The NBA is trying to play both sides of the controversial Hong Kong tweet and hoping their long history in China will help

On Monday, James spoke with reporters for the first time about the ongoing controversy, staying on a similar line that the league took and saying that Morey hadn’t considered the ramifications of his words.

“We all talk about this freedom of speech,” James said. “Yes, we all do have freedom of speech, but at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, and you’re only thinking about yourself. I don’t want to get in a word sentence feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he

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LeBron: Won’t talk NBA-China dispute again

LeBron: Won’t talk NBA-China dispute again

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — LeBron James said Tuesday he had not seen reports of protesters in Hong Kong trampling on his jerseys, and even watching one burn, following his comments about Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet that sparked turmoil and tension between China and the NBA.

A day after saying he believed Morey “wasn’t educated” on the ramifications and impact that sending out a tweet in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong would have, James was asked whether he had a sense of how his own comments would be felt in Hong Kong among protesters.

“No, I had a sense of [how] what I said felt for me,” James said after the Los Angeles Lakers‘ practice. “And like I said yesterday, when I speak upon things, I speak from a very logical standpoint on things that hit home for me. Yesterday, obviously, I gave thoughts on what I felt and how I saw things that transpired from that week that we were [in China].”

Saying this would be the last time he addressed the turmoil between China and the NBA that resulted from Morey’s Oct. 4 tweet, James said he hopes tension between the parties will subside over time.

“I plan on being here and being a captain of this team and trying to figure out how we can win a championship,” James said when asked whether he plans to learn more about the anti-government protests in Hong Kong. “That’s my main goal right now. I feel like I talked about it yesterday. I tweeted out responses to people not understanding my knowledge and where it came from with my brain and learning from the situation. I’m talking about it now. I won’t talk about it again.

“I’d be cheating my teammates by continuing to harp on something that won’t benefit us. We’re trying to win a championship. That’s what we’re here for. We’re not politicians. It’s a huge political thing. But we are leaders and we can step up at times. I’m not saying at this particular time, but if you don’t feel like you should speak on things, you shouldn’t have to.”

On Tuesday in Hong Kong, fans

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LeBron jerseys are lit. Literally.

LeBron jerseys are lit. Literally.


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LeBron James is under fire. Felicity Huffman is behind bars. And Taco Tuesday is ruined. Here’s the news everyone’s talking about today.

But first, taco-bout issuesTaco Bell recalled about 2.3 million pounds of seasoned beef

Hong Kong protesters are legit burning LeBron James jerseys

NBA superstar LeBron James (some of you may know him) spoke publicly Monday for the first time since the league’s dispute with China began over Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s pro-Hong Kong protest tweet. And he made a lot of people very angry. LeBron said Morey was “misinformed” about how China would react to the tweet and “a lot of negative things” can come from freedom of speech. Yikes. Our sports columnist Dan Wolken dubbed Lebron’s comments the “most disgraceful moment” of his career. Hong Kong protesters are angry, too, and some even burned his jerseys. Stay tuned for more, because it doesn’t seem like this saga will slow down anytime soon. 

Cuba Gooding Jr. has a total of 14 sexual misconduct accusers

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. pleaded not guilty Tuesday to an indictment alleging two instances of sexual touching. Prosecutors announced they want to call 12 other women who allege groping misconduct as witnesses against Gooding. But we may not hear from them: The judge could allow all of them to testify, none of them or some of them. The indictment adds another charge to the original “forcible touching” charge stemming from an encounter with a woman in a Manhattan bar in June. The second charge is sexual abuse, involving an accuser who said Gooding pinched her buttocks at a Manhattan nightclub in 2018. 

What everyone’s talking about

Maybe they can play ‘Desperate Housewives’ reruns in prison?

Actress Felicity Huffman officially reported to prison Tuesday, becoming the first parent sentenced in the nation’s college admissions scandal to begin serving time. Huffman, 56, is incarcerated at a low-security federal correctional institution for female inmates in Dublin, California, USA TODAY confirmed. She’ll do time for 14 days for paying $15,000 to Rick Singer, the mastermind of the admissions scheme, to have someone correct answers on her daughter’s SAT test. 

Hundreds of police have been labeled liars, but testimony still helps send people to prison

Thousands of police officers are on what are called Brady lists – lists o

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LeBron James addresses ‘tough situation’ after China backlash

LeBron James addresses ‘tough situation’ after China backlash


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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Los Angeles Lakers’ star coined the catch phrase, “More than an Athlete” as part of his business portfolio. Yet, there are times even LeBron James believes he should shut up and dribble.

James faced immediate backlash after admonishing Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for saying he was “misinformed” for tweeting support for the Hong Kong protesters. James tried to clarify to reporters and on Twitter that he believed Morey was misinformed on the ramifications it would have during and after the NBA’s preseason trip there last week than the actual protest. Nonetheless, James did not share support for the Hong Kong protesters, or question China’s human-rights record.

Why not?

“When the issue comes up and you feel passionate about it and you feel like it’s something you want to talk about, then so be it,” James told reporters following practice Tuesday at the Lakers’ facility. “I also don’t think every issue should be everybody’s problem as well. When things come up, there’s multiple things that we haven’t talked about that have happened in our own country that we don’t bring up.”

As for the public backlash he faced after his initial comments and tweets Monday?

“I haven’t been paying attention to it much besides what I said and what we’re trying to do here,” James said.

The Lakers’ star has criticized Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric. He has spoken out in recent years when police officers have killed unarmed black men. In the past eight years, his family foundation has completed various projects to help the less fortunate in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. 

“I’m trying to make sure the inner-city kids that grow up in my hometown can have a brighter future and look at me as an inspiration to get out of the hellhole of the inner city,” James said. “We don’t talk about those stories enough. We want to talk about so many other things as well. There’s issues all over the world. So I think the best thing we can do is if you feel passionate about it, talk about it. If you don’t have a lot of knowledge about it or quite understand it, I don’t think you should talk about it because it puts you in a tough position.”

WAR OF WORDS: Are LeBron and the rest of the NBA right to bow to China?

WHAT’S AT STAKE? NBA, players have plenty to lose

OPINION:LeBron undermines values he’s espoused 

OPINION: LeBron’s stance on China weakens his voice

James has already put himself in a tough position because of his stance. 

Shortly after speaking with reporters before Monday’s exhibition against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center, James clarified his comments further in two separate Twitter posts because he believed his criticism of Morey was taken out of context. James also wrote that Morey “could have waited a week to send it.”

Perhaps then, the NBA would not have faced as much backlash from the Chinese government. Various charity or sponsorship events wouldn’t have been cancelled. NBA players wouldn’t have become vulnerable to any loss of Chinese endorsement deals.

“Hindsight is 20/20 at this point. We don’t know the landscape of the situation if a week would’ve went by and a tweet would’ve happened,” James said. “It’s easy to say. But we have no idea. It was a challenging trip for all of us that were in China. If you were not there, then you just can’t relate.”

Either way, the landscape still appeared t

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Opinion: LeBron James’ stance on China uproar weakens his voice on other issues

Opinion: LeBron James’ stance on China uproar weakens his voice on other issues


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USA TODAY Sports’ Dan Wolken breaks down LeBron’s recent comments regarding Daryl Morey’s tweets about China.
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Because LeBron James has not clarified his clarification or taken his talents to a pro-democracy PR agency, we are left with his criticism of a fellow American’s laudable support of the protests in Hong Kong as his final answer in the NBA’s ongoing China nightmare.

Because James’ horrible words and ridiculous tweets still stand, uncorrected and untouched, nearly 24 hours after he first uttered them, we now know something very important about him:

He is not the man we thought he was.

What this means, exactly, is still entirely unclear. We can check back in a year or so and see, but, outwardly, it’s possible little is likely to change. James will continue to play basketball and build out his brand and make lots of money. He will speak out anytime he wants while the protesters he ignores cannot without fear of retribution. Irony eludes him.

OPINION: LeBron James undermines values he’s espoused in most disgraceful moment of career

WAR OF WORDS: Are LeBron James and the rest of the NBA right to bow to China?

But in other nuanced ways, everything has changed for him. We thought James was a different kind of athlete, more Ali than Jordan, more Billie Jean than Tiger. We thought he did in fact care about Hong Kong, that he did care about Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s right to speak out, that he did care about how the NBA might even begin to force change on China’s repressive regime.

Why did we think that? Because of the way James has spent a career constructing an authentic and authoritative presence not just in sports, but in our culture. He was smart about his role in our lives and the wider world of American politics. In these fraught times, he was consistently positioned right where we thought he would be. His tweet calling Donald Trump “u bum” was an instant classic. He wasn’t ever going to shut up and dribble no matter who told him to, and

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Furious Hong Kong protesters burn LeBron James jersey over free speech comments

Furious Hong Kong protesters burn LeBron James jersey over free speech comments
Demonstrators in Hong Kong burn a LeBron James basketball jersey in protest at his comments over free speech: AP
Demonstrators in Hong Kong burn a LeBron James basketball jersey in protest at his comments over free speech: AP

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have burned and stamped on LeBron James jerseys after the basketball star said free speech could have negative consequences.

The demonstrations in the semi-autonomous region of China, which have lasted months and seen fierce clashes with riot police, opened an unexpected new front in the US this month when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of protesters.

His tweet caused outrage in China, reflecting Beijing’s sensitivity over criticism of its efforts to quell the pro-democracy movement.

Los Angeles Laker player James this week appeared to side against the protesters.

Asked if Morey should be punished for his tweet, James – one of the world’s richest sportsmen – said: “Yes, we do have freedom of speech.

“But at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, when you only think about yourself.”

He added: “So many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and what we say and wh

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LeBron James, One Day After Tossing Daryl Morey Under A Bus: “I Won’t Talk About It Again”

LeBron James, One Day After Tossing Daryl Morey Under A Bus: “I Won’t Talk About It Again”

LeBron James finally spoke on Monday about the outsized controversy surrounding Daryl Morey’s deleted tweet supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. LeBron’s position was weak and transparently cynical, and he took a justified beating for sharing it, and ultimately spent part of his Monday night trying to clean things up. After making another half-hearted effort on that front Tuesday afternoon, LeBron says he is now resolved to discuss the matter no further.

There’s a lot of argle-bargle in LeBron’s clean-up statements from Tuesday, and more than a little smarm about his I Promise School in Akron, but the gist is this: He resents being put in a position where he has to answer questions about a thorny political situation halfway around the world, and would very much prefer to move off the topic and back to standard basketball stuff.

The point LeBron seems to want to make, more than any other, is that Morey wasn’t sufficiently invested in the conflict between Hong Kong protesters and the authoritarian Chinese government to call down this level of chaos on the entire league and everyone in it. It’s a line of criticism Morey invited with his own weak-ass apology, when he said he’d merely voiced “one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event,” and had subsequently benefited from the opportunity “to hear and consider other perspectives.” The implication is that Morey both underestimated the backlash his tweet would receive from a wildly defensive China, and lacked a complete understanding of the various perspectives involved. Morey’s backpedaling seems to have formed the basis for players’ concerns that there’d be stiff penalties from the league for such careless commentary from one of their own. LeBron hit Adam Silver with exactly this line of questioning during an emergency meeting in China, according to a report from ESPN’s Dave McMenamin:

His question was related to Morey — and the commissioner’s handling of the Rockets’ GM. James, to paraphrase, told Silver he knew that if a player caused the same type of uproar from something he said or tweeted, the player wouldn’t be able to skate on it. There would be some type of

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More impeachment testimony, Pence in Turkey, post-debate action: 5 things you need to know Wednesday

More impeachment testimony, Pence in Turkey, post-debate action: 5 things you need to know Wednesday

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Ex-State official to testify in impeachment inquiry

A newly resigned former senior adviser to the secretary of State is scheduled to appear in a closed session Wednesday as part of the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. P. Michael McKinley resigned from his post just last week after a career that spanned decades and included posts as U.S. ambassador to Brazil and Afghanistan. The Washington Post reported that his resignation came amid low morale within the State Department and worries that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was not supporting those wrapped up in the controversy over Ukraine, allegations Pompeo has denied. McKinley’s testimony Wednesday will come after a busy day Tuesday that included Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, ignoring a subpoena and refusing to turn over documents related to the inquiry. Also, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi publicly rejected calls by Trump and his GOP allies to hold a full vote on whether to authorize the inquiry. The impeachment probe is looking at whether Trump abused his office for his own political gain and whether he used military aid to pressure Ukraine to gather dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden. 



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Pence, Pompeo head to Turkey, hope to get ceasefire deal

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Turkey Wednesday to try to reach a ceasefire deal, according to President Donald Trump.  Pence will lead a delegation that will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and they will meet Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey pressed on with its incursions into Syria on Tuesday despite the Trump administration’s demands for a ceasefire and the United States’ imposition of economic sanctions and a threat to punish Turkish officials. The crisis began last week when Erdogan told Trump he planned to invade Syria and Trump announced the withdrawal of a small contingent of U.S. troops stationed on the Syria-Turkey border. Trump’s decision sparked a bipartisan backlash and international outrage, largely because it seemed to give Erdogan a green light to attack the Kurdish fighters that have been key U.S. allies in the fight against Islamic State terrorists.



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President Donald Trump says Vice President Mike Pence will be traveling to Turkey on Wednesday to try to reach a ceasefire deal. (Oct. 15)
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Some Democrats head back on the campaign trail after Tuesday’s debate

There is no rest for the weary for four of the Democratic presidential candidates who were at the party’s debate in the key battleground state of Ohio Tuesday. Former Vice President Joe Biden; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Sen. Kamala Harris will all attend campaign events in Iowa on Wednesday. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar will start a two-day swing in New Hampshire before making her own trip to Iowa this weekend.  Looking back at the fourth Democratic debate, the stage hosted a record 12 candidates battling it out over a series of key issues, including, for the first time, the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Another notable development saw the focus of shots and attacks shifting away from Biden and more to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, which is surely in response to her mounting support in recent national polls.     



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Twelve Democratic presidential contenders debated in

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PR advice for celebrities on how to deal with China

PR advice for celebrities on how to deal with China

Starting with Lebron James, that is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column.  Here is one bit:

Third: Preface your “no comment” remarks with a patriotic platitude.

If someone asks James about the situation in China, it seems a little abrupt and dismissive for him to simply utter, “No comment.” Instead, it would be better for him to say something like this: “I am an American and I love my country. I do not have any comment on

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‘Start Here’: Rudy Giuliani won’t comply with congressional subpoena

‘Start Here’: Rudy Giuliani won’t comply with congressional subpoena

It’s Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Let’s start here.

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Add Start Here Morning Briefing as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Start Here Morning Briefing news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

1. Rudy rebuffs subpoena

President Donald’s Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told ABC News on Tuesday he is not complying with a congressional subpoena.

Tuesday was the deadline three House committees had set for Giuliani to turn over documents related to the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

ABC News Senior Editorial producer John Santucci tells the podcast that the ball is now in Congress’ court: “they have to decide whether or not they are going to go to court and seek to enforce this subpoena of Rudy Giuliani.”

2. Democrats debate in Ohio

12 Democratic candidates shared the stage last night in Westerville, Ohio for the 4th presidential debate, hosted by CNN and the New York Times.

ABC News Political Director Rick Klein joins the show from Ohio and says Elizabeth Warren was attacked like a frontrunner.

3. Cuba accused again

Cuba Gooding Jr. returned to court in New York Tuesday and learned he is facing two additional counts of forcible touching.

Gooding’s attorney Mark Heller said “we are shocked, outraged, and absolutely dumbfounded that the district attorney’s office has wasted the taxpayer’s money, resources, and time in charging Cuba with these two incredulous cases.”

Gooding Jr. pleaded not guilty in the original case, where he’s accused of groping a woman at a bar.

ABC News’ Adrienne Bankert tells “Start Here” that there could be more even more claims coming: “prosecutors are also citing twelve more instances where they say women they have talked to claim Gooding Junior inappropriately and unwittingly touched them as well.”

PHOTO: Actor Cuba Gooding Jr., (C) arrives for his trial on his sexual assault case on Oct. 10, 2019, in New York City.Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images
Actor Cuba Gooding Jr., (C) arrives for his trial on his sexual assault case on Oct. 10, 2019, in New York City.

4. LeBron fuels China controversy

LeBron James said Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey “wasn’t educated” when he posted a tweet supporting pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong.

“I don’t want to get into a [verbal] feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke,” James said before a gam

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China threatened unspecified “strong countermeasures” if the U.S. Congress enacts legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters, in a sign of the deepening strain between the world’s two largest economies as they attempt to seal a trade deal.

China’s foreign ministry issued the warning Wednesday after the U.S. House passed a package of measures backing a pro-democracy movement that has rocked the former British colony for more than four months. Among them was the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which subjects the city’s special U.S. trading status to annual reviews and provides for sanctions against officials deemed responsible for undermining its “fundamental freedoms and autonomy.”

QuickTake: How the U.S. Congress Is Riling China on Hong Kong

While the legislation must also pass the U.S. Senate and be signed by President Donald Trump to become law, it already has strong bipartisan support in the Republican-run upper chamber. The Hong Kong measures were passed by the Democrat-controlled House by unanimous voice votes Tuesday.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang warned American lawmakers to stop meddling in China’s internal affairs “before falling off the edge of the cliff,” without specifying how it would retaliate. The House action “fully exposes the shocking hypocrisy of some in the U.S. on human rights and democracy and their malicious intention to undermine Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability to contain China’s development,” Geng said.

Both Trump and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have so far prevented the international uproar over Hong Kong from scuttling their trade talks. The two sides

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Sasse slams LeBron James: ‘You’re parroting communist propaganda’ – Washington Examiner

Sen. Ben Sasse tore into LeBron James after the NBA superstar went after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for defending Hong Kong freedom protests.

“@KingJames — you’re parroting communist propaganda. China is running torture camps and you know it,” the Nebraska Republican said Monday night on Twitter.

Earlier, James told reporters that Morey was not educated about the Hong Kong freedom protests and that freedom of speech could have negative ramifications.

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Good morning.

We’re covering an interview with Hunter Biden to be broadcast this morning, the murder charge against a police officer in Fort Worth, and LeBron James’s criticism of an N.B.A. executive who upset China.

Rudy Giuliani’s work to pressure Ukraine for information that could damage President Trump’s political opponents so alarmed John Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers.

That aide, Fiona Hill, testified privately to House impeachment investigators on Monday.

Three people who heard her testimony told The Times that Ms. Hill had quoted Mr. Bolton from another conversation: “Giuliani’s a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.”

Background: Ms. Hill was the first former White House official to testify in the impeachment inquiry. She left her post before the July phone call in which Mr. Trump asked Ukraine’s president to investigate Democrats.

What’s next: Investigators are scheduled today to interview George Kent, a State Department official and Ukraine expert. This week is also the deadline for responses to document requests from figures including Mr. Giuliani, Vice President Mike Pence and the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney. The White House has vowed not to cooperate.

The Daily: Today’s episode is about the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.


President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops has turned a relatively stable part of Syria into a new battleground. Here’s what’s at stake:

• Who will control northeastern Syria?

• How will this turn out for the Kurds?

• How are civilians affected?

• Will ISIS come back?

Much is uncertain, but the answers to these questions will help determine the next stage of Syria’s eight-year war.

Kurdish-led fighters attempted today to retake a strategic border town from Turkish-led forces.

Yesterday: After essentially greenlighting Turkey’s incursion into Syria, Mr. Trump urged an immediate cease-fire during a phone call with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Vice President Mike Pence. Mr. Trump also announced sanctions against Turkey.

News analysis: Mr. Trump’s reliance on his instincts and relationships led him to ignore the consequences of a move that has emboldened Russia, Iran and the Islamic State, our national security correspondent writes.


The son of Joe Biden acknowledged that he probably wouldn’t have been named to the board of a Ukrainian gas company if his last name weren’t “Biden,” but he rejected suggestions by President Trump that he and his father had engaged in wrongdoing.

Hunter Biden’s interview, to be broadcast this morning on ABC, comes hours before his father appears in the fourth Democratic presidential debate.

The details: The debate includes 12 candidates and is being hosted by The Times and CNN. Watch it live on our website beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern, with real-time analysis from Times journalists.

Go deeper: We asked debate veterans what each candidate needs to do to succeed.

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A $4,254 bottle of French wine. Luxury golfing trips. Hiring the children of the well-connected.

Deutsche Bank has conducted a campaign of charming and enriching China’s political elite to become a major player in the country. Over 15 years, it used expensive gifts, nepotism and questionable consultants to do so.

Its strategy worked: By 2011, the German company was ranked as the top bank for managing initial public offerings in China.

How we know: Confidential documents prepared by the company and its lawyers were obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared with The Times as part of a joint investigation.

The details: The documents show that the bank’s top leadership was warned about the activity but did not stop it. Here are our key findings.

Wine producers around the world are working to keep their sensitive crops flourishing despite hotter summers, warmer winters and droughts. Above, a vineyard in Australia.

In the first of a four-part series, The Times’s wine critic, Eric Asimov, explores how the industry is adapting.

Murder charge for officer: The Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot a woman through her bedroom window resigned before his arrest. The officer, Aaron Dean, had been with the department since April 2018.

LeBron James enters China fray: The Los Angeles Lakers star said he believed an N.B.A. executive’s choice to post about the Hong Kong protests could have endangered traveling players.

Violent meme from Trump allies: A video that showed a fake President Trump killing journalists and political opponents was played at a meeting of a pro-Trump group.

Snapshot: Above, the Nautilus, a research vessel, towing an underwater vehicle that was used to hunt for the airplane of Amelia Earhart, w

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LeBron James Says Executive Was ‘Misinformed’ in China Tweet

LeBron James Says Executive Was ‘Misinformed’ in China Tweet

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James on Monday night sharply criticized Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, for his recent tweet in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters. The tweet set off a furor for the N.B.A. last week while James and the Los Angeles Lakers were in China.

“I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke,” James said, referring to Morey. “So many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually.”

James was making his first public comments since the team’s trip to China, where the Lakers played a pair of preseason games against the Brooklyn Nets. But Morey’s tweet — a picture with the slogan, “Fight for freedom, stand for Hong Kong,” which he later deleted — shaped the backdrop for the entire trip.

The fallout was swift, as Chinese companies pulled their sponsorships and enacted a media boycott of the N.B.A., which included canceling the local broadcasts of both games between the Lakers and the Nets. The N.B.A. has spent decades cultivating the Chinese market, but suddenly felt the full force of a geopolitical storm — all seemingly caused by a single tweet.

At a news conference last week, N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver defended Morey’s right to publicize his views, saying, “We will protect our employees’ freedom of speech.” And while the league acknowledged the offense the tweet had caused, it stopped short of apologizing to the Chinese government.

On Monday, James waded back into the maelstrom by holding a seven-minute news conference before the Lakers

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LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters – Sportsnet.ca

LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters – Sportsnet.ca

HONG KONG — When the ball smashed into a photo of LeBron James‘ face stuck above the hoop and dropped into the basket, the Hong Kong protesters cheered.

They also trampled on jerseys bearing his name and gathered in a semicircle to watch one burn.

James’ standing among basketball fans in Hong Kong took a hit because of comments the NBA star made about free speech. Fans gathered on courts amid Hong Kong’s high-rise buildings Tuesday to vent their anger.

The player for the Los Angeles Lakers touched a nerve among protesters for suggesting that free speech can have negative consequences. They have been protesting for months in defence of the same freedom that James said can carry “a lot of negative.”

The protesters chanted support for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, something of a hero among demonstrators in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory for having tweeted on Oct. 4 in support of their struggle, infuriating authorities in China.

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James says Morey was misinformed on ramifications of Hong Kong tweet – Sportsnet.ca

James says Morey was misinformed on ramifications of Hong Kong tweet – Sportsnet.ca

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James believes Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey “was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation” regarding the potential consequences of his actions when he tweeted in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests.

In his first public comments since the Los Angeles Lakers returned home from a strange weeklong tour of China immediately after Morey’s incendiary tweet , James’ lengthy answer to a question about whether Morey should be punished for his tweet didn’t appear to specifically address the merits of Morey’s support of Hong Kong sovereignty.

The Lakers superstar instead characterized the international incident caused by Morey’s tweet as a cautionary tale about the power of social media.

“Yes, we do have freedom of speech,” James said. “But at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, when you only think about yourself. I don’t want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke. So many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and what we say and what we do. Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, it can be a lot of negative that comes with it.”

When asked to clarify his thoughts, James went further.

“I believe (Morey) was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation, and if he was, then so be it,” James said. “But I have no idea. That’s just my belief. When you say things or do things, you’re doing it and you know the people that can be affected by it, and the families and the individuals and everyone that can be affected by it. Sometimes things can be challenging as

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Lakers star LeBron James believes Rockets GM Daryl Morey was misinformed in China tweet – ClutchPoints

Lakers star LeBron James believes Rockets GM Daryl Morey was misinformed in China tweet – ClutchPoints

Los Angeles Lakers superstar small forward LeBron James believes Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was misinformed about his China tweet.

Morey voiced support on Twitter for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. A lot of damage has already been done because of Morey’s tweet.

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri wrote a letter asking NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to cancel exhibition games in China. The Lakers and Brooklyn Nets still played in China, although players didn’t speak to the media.

As of February in 2018, NBA China was valued at more than $4 billion, or $133 million in value for each of the 30 teams, according to Mike O

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LeBron James weighs in on the NBA-China dispute – CNN Philippines

LeBron James weighs in on the NBA-China dispute – CNN Philippines

(CNN) — Basketball star LeBron James has finally weighed in on the ongoing NBA-China dispute, criticizing Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey as being misinformed about the situation.

The league is embroiled in a standoff with China after Morey tweeted his support for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. Although Morey quickly apologized and deleted his original tweet, the damage was done. The league’s Chinese partners suspended ties, state broadcaster CCTV halted all broadcasts of preseason matches, and the Chinese government said the NBA needed to show “mutual respect.”

Speaking to reporters on Monday before a game in Los Angeles, James, who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, called it “a very delicate situation, a very sensitive situation.”

When asked whether Morey should be reprimanded for his tweet, James responded, “I think when we all sit back and learn from the situation that happened, understand that what you could tweet or could say, and we all talk about this freedom of speech — yes, we do all have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others

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LeBron James no longer King James in Hong Kong

LeBron James no longer King James in Hong Kong

Basketball player Lebron James’ standing among basketball fans in Hong Kong took a hit because of comments the NBA star made about free speech. (Oct. 15)
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Protesters in Hong Kong burn LeBron jerseys

Protesters in Hong Kong burn LeBron jerseys

Protestors in Hong Kong cheered when a ball dropped into the basket after smashing into a photo of LeBron James‘ face that was placed above the hoop.

They also trampled on jerseys bearing his name and gathered in a semicircle to watch one burn.

James’ standing among basketball fans in Hong Kong took a hit after his comments about the ongoing protests and free speech. Fans gathered on courts amid Hong Kong’s high-rise buildings Tuesday to vent their anger.

The Los Angeles Lakers star touched a nerve among protesters for suggesting that free speech can have negative consequences. Anti-government protesters have gathered for months in Hong Kong, partly in defense of free speech, which James said can carry “a lot of negative.”

The protesters chanted support for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who tweeted on Oct. 4 in support of the anti-government protesters in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

What the crowd of some 200 people chanted about James wasn’t fit for print.

“People are angry,” said James Lo, a we

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LeBron James says Rockets GM Daryl Morey ‘misinformed’ on China tweet, then clarifies remark

LeBron James says Rockets GM Daryl Morey ‘misinformed’ on China tweet, then clarifies remark


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SportsPulse: LeBron James had some critical words for Daryl Morey when he addressed the media on Monday night, calling the Rockets GM ‘ misinformed’.
USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES — As LeBron James spoke, the frustration in his tone and body language increasingly grew.

The Los Angeles Lakers star spent the past week on a preseason trip in China, and the concerns went beyond basketball. It also included the Chinese government and citizens taking offense to Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeting out support for Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters just before the trip started.

“I don’t want to get in a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey. But I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke,” James said before the Lakers’ preseason game against the Golden State Warriors on Monday at Staples Center. “So many people could have been harmed, not only physically or financially, but emotionally and spiritually. Just be careful what we tweet, what we say and what we do. We do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative things that come with that too.”

James stressed that he did not consider Morey to be “misinformed” about his understanding of the Hong Kong protests. Instead, James believed Morey remained “misinformed” on how China would react to his tweet. James reiterated that message in a pair of tweets shortly after speaking to reporters. 

“I believe he was misinformed or not really educated on the situation,” James said of Morey. “If he was, so be it. I have no idea, but that’s my belief. When you say things or do things, you’re doing it and know the things that can be affected by it and the families and individuals that can be affected by it. Sometimes it can be changed as well. Sometimes social media is not a proper way to go about things as well. That’s just my belief.”

In a statement, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sounded sympathetic for those in China that were offended by Morey’s tweet and stressed that his remarks did not capture the league’s views. Still, Silver also defended Morey’s freedom of speech.

China did not like the NBA’s reaction. CCTV, a Chinese state-run television station, declined to broadcast the Lakers-Nets games in Shanghai and Shenzhen. Telecom company Tencent canceled Rockets coverage and all NBA preseason games. The Chinese government pressured the NBA to cancel an NBA Cares event with the Nets. Various Chinese companies have announced they will end partnerships with various NBA stars. Although the NBA still played a pair of preseason games, the league did not

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LeBron James Sounds A Lot Like Chinese Propaganda in Critique of “Misinformed” Pro-Democracy Tweet

LeBron James Sounds A Lot Like Chinese Propaganda in Critique of “Misinformed” Pro-Democracy Tweet

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How LeBron James Reignited the NBA-China Conflict Just Days Before Tipoff

How LeBron James Reignited the NBA-China Conflict Just Days Before Tipoff

Ever since Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey unwittingly sparked an international incident with his tweet in support of protestors in Hong Kong — which compelled China to pull NBA sponsorships and cancel broadcasts of last week’s exhibition games in the country between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers — fans and commentators have been awaiting a response from LeBron James. The NBA superstar hasn’t been shy about wading in political waters. He’s been a fierce critic of President Trump, a vocal supporter of payments for college athletes, and has spoken out on police violence and other issues. He also stars in an ESPN TV show called “More Than An Athlete.”

While James was in China last week, the NBA cancelled media availabilities for the teams. “They have been placed into a complicated and unprecedented situation while abroad and we believe it would be unfair to ask them to address these matters in real time,” the league said. So James could avoid answering uncomfortable questions on Chinese soil.

But back in the U.S., just as China-NBA tensions were dissipating and fans’ attention was turning towards the Oct. 22 season tipoff, James spoke up. And his startling comments put China right back at the center of basketball.

James said he believed Morey “either was misinformed or not really educated on the situation” and that “many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically. Emotionally. Spiritually.” Any reasonable observer could have interpreted James’ remarks as tacit support for the Chinese government, which reacted angrily to Morey’s pro-Hong Kong tweet, over Morey’s right of free expression.

James later backtracked, saying on Twitter that he wasn’t talking about the “substance” of Morey’s tweet, but its impact. “I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet,” James said. He said Morey “could have waited a week” to send it, implying that he objected to Morey potentially putting players in harm’s way while they were in China.

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LeBron James says GM who supported Hong Kong protesters ‘wasn’t educated’

LeBron James says GM who supported Hong Kong protesters ‘wasn’t educated’

LeBron James said that the NBA general manager who posted a tweet in support of the democratic protesters in Hong Kong “wasn’t educated on the situation at hand.”

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The comments by the basketball star add fuel to the ongoing fire over the NBA’s ties to China and free speech.

“I don’t want to get into a [verbal] feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke,” James said Monday, referencing the Houston Rockets general manager who posted the tweet in support of the protesters.

“And so many people could have been harmed not only financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and say and we do, even though, yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that, too,” James said to reporters before a game on Monday night.

When pressed about those comments, James said that he was basing his thoughts on his belief.

“I believe he was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation, and if he was, then so be it. I have no idea, but that is just my belief,” he said.

“Because when you say things or do things, if you are doing it and you know the people that can be affected by it and the families and individuals and everyone that can be affected by it, sometimes things can be changed as well. And also social media is not always the proper way to go about things as well, but that’s just my belief,” James said.

PHOTO: LeBron James speaks to the media about the tweet by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong that damaged relations between China and the NBA, Oct. 14, 2019.KABC
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Ex-inmate Cyntoia Brown-Long argues for redemption in memoir

Ex-inmate Cyntoia Brown-Long argues for redemption in memoir

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cyntoia Brown-Long, now 31 years old, knows as much about life in prison as she does about being free.

At 16, she was arrested for robbing and killing a man she says picked her up for sex and later was sentenced to life in prison. But two months ago, Brown-Long walked out of a Tennessee prison after successfully petitioning the governor for her clemency.

Brown-Long’s story has mostly been framed by other people — attorneys, the makers of a documentary film and celebrities such as Rihanna, Kim Kardashian West and LeBron James, who called for her release. Her case became a hashtag, sparking discussions about child trafficking and juvenile justice reform, and Netflix announced plans to release a documentary about her.

But now she’s speaking for herself in her memoir, “Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System,” released Tuesday, that goes deep into the patterns of sexual and drug abuse, predatory men and a childhood raised in the juvenile justice system.

“You’re kind of tethered to the worst moment of your life. And we’re so much more complex than that as human beings,” Brown-Long told The Associated Press. (She married her husband, Jamie Long, while in prison and now goes by the name of Brown-Long.)

Her birth mother has admitted drinking heavily while she was pregnant, which Brown-Long’s attorneys argued led to her problems with anger as a young child. Although she was smart and had stability in her adoptive family, she lashed out at other children and teachers.

By age 13, she was in and out of juvenile facilities, often trying to run away from being held in custody. In her book, she describes a mostly segregated judicial system that punished her when she wouldn’t follow the rules but provided little academic or mental health support.

“I can’t recall a time where people at school or people in the court system actually listened to me and (asked) why I felt how I did,” Brown said.

She r

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LeBron Made His Choice, And He Chose LeBron

LeBron Made His Choice, And He Chose LeBron

For whatever his faults may be (not being on your favorite team, hubris, brazenly studying the room without trying to hide it, etc.), LeBron James has consistently been a voice of progressive reason, but he has also been relentlessly acquisitive. Thus, no one ought to be nearly so surprised, shocked, or offended that he wanted to protect any personal financial impact from the NBA’s China Syndrome. After all, he may want to own a franchise someday, and besides, all the other principals were trying to protect their own as well.

This is in direct opposition to the Chinese government, which has held, currently hold and will continue to hold all the cards here. In a room full of gamblers, China is the house.

(To those who want a strident defense of the interests of the Hong Kong protestors here, please take it as implied. Geopolitics aren’t nearly so complicated if you view the world’s issues as matters of right or wrong based on even the most elemental moral and ethical base.)

Enter money and power, though, and it all goes to hell, because while the species can do the moral and ethical thing, it always seem to prefer the cash and the big chair because, well, it’s easier. In this case, the NBA wants access to China’s population and the money and influence that reasonably should flow from same, but to get it, the league has been forced to acknowledge that the Chinese supply includes Chinese demands. That’s how Daryl Morey got caught in a trap nobody foresaw—expressing mild indignation about the plight of pro-Democracy protesto

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LeBron James Finally Takes Question About China, Responds By Licking The Boot

LeBron James Finally Takes Question About China, Responds By Licking The Boot

LeBron James has been silent on the matter of China throwing a massive temper tantrum over Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeting and deleting a limp slogan in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. With the NBA spasming and losing bowel control around him, the world’s most visible basketball player managed to go more than a week without so much as uttering a “no comment” on record, which is no small feat. LeBron broke that silence Monday night, and in a way that perfectly captures the NBA’s own queasy, craven, profit-driven equivocation on the subject.

“We all talk about this freedom of speech—yes, we all do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative, that can happen, um, when you’re not thinking about others, or you’re only thinking about yourself. So, I don’t believe—I don’t want to get into a word or a sentence feud with Daryl, with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke. And so many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet, what we say, and what we do, even though, yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that, too.”

At first blush it sounds very much like LeBron bought into Joseph Tsai’s bullshit—probably because it’s a convenient way of avoiding commenting directly on the conflict between protestors and the Chinese government—and when he says “educated,” he means that Morey is not sufficiently knowledgeable about the Qing dynasty to have feelings about Hong Kong protestors having their eyeballs shot out by cops. Just to reiterate the point, you absolutely do not need to know any Chinese history whatsoever to support the prerogative of citizens of a semi-autonomous state to resist authoritarian rule. For that matter, Daryl Morey could have a PhD in Chinese History and have

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LEBRON BOWS TO COMMUNISTS

LEBRON BOWS TO COMMUNISTS

Los Angeles (AFP) – Basketball superstar LeBron James was accused of turning a blind eye to Chinese repression on Tuesday after he criticized a Houston Rockets executive for angering China with a “misinformed” tweet supporting protesters in Hong Kong.

James told reporters that Rockets general manager Daryl Morey “wasn’t educated” on Hong Kong and should have kept his mouth shut, as the outspoken Lakers forward waded into a charged debate that other high-profile NBA figures have shied away from.

“So many people could have been harmed not only financially but physically, emotionally and spiritually. So just be careful with what we tweet, and we say, and we do,” James told reporters when asked for comment in Los Angeles after returning from the NBA’s annual China tour.

His remarks drew praise from Chinese social media users, who have savaged Morey for butting into the country’s affairs, but the US reaction on Twitter was swift and harsh.

“@KingJames — you’re parroting communist propaganda. China is running torture camps and you know it,” said Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, referring to China’s reported incarceration of up to one million Muslim Uighurs in prison-like camps.

The backlash in China against Morey’s comments has cast a cloud over the NBA’s lucrative broadcasting, merchandising and sponsorship interests in the country, where it has legions of fans.

But the NBA also is under pressure from US politicians and media outlets who have urged the league not to buckle under the Chinese criticism.

Following his initial comments to reporters, James — who has a lucrative lifetime endorsement deal with Nike, which does big business in China — attempted to clarify his stance with a pair of subsequent tweets.

“Let me clear up the confusion. I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of (Morey’s) tweet. I’m not discussing the substance. Others can talk About that,” he wrote.

James’s Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets were thrust into the whirlwind when they arrived in China last week for a pair of pre-season exhibition games after Morey had tweeted: “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”

– Difficult week –

The former British colony, now a semi-autonomous Chinese territory, has been rocked by months of demonstrations by citizens who accuse Beijing of chipping away at its freedoms.

China, however, portrays the protesters as violent separatists and bristles at any foreign interference in the matter.

James complained in his subsequent tweets on Tuesday that Morey’s comments put the Lakers through a “difficult week” in China.

Twitter users pounced, s

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Enes Kanter Appears To Take Shot At LeBron James’s China Comments, Says “Freedom Is Not Free”

Enes Kanter Appears To Take Shot At LeBron James’s China Comments, Says “Freedom Is Not Free”

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On the most generous possible read, the NBA-China news cycle has revealed just how little players and coaches have ever considered the ethical stakes of doing business with an authoritarian state. The more cynical read is that they understand these stakes well enough but have decided there’s way too much money on the table to describe them out loud. (On Monday, LeBron James, with his oblique references to physical violence, did more or less just that.)

While their inability to burp up the most watery support of “free speech”—let alone pay lip service to the underlying civil rights issues—is disappointing, it’s on some level understandable. On a bleak worldview, all they have is cash to lose; the people at issue are far away and unlikely to be affected by any remarks they make; and the politics are all unfamiliar—which is not to say they’re too complicated to grasp on the TIME-for-Kids level required to respond to reporters’ questions. It’s just not worth it to them. There are bags to be secured.

So it is heartening to tune out all the canned responses and read the words of one NBA player who is intimately familiar with and outspoken on authoritarianism. Enes Kanter has spent years denouncing the regime of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in his native Turkey, at great personal cost. Monday night he indirectly signaled that he was sickened and disappointed by James’s comments, before writing this:

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LeBron James Says Daryl Morey Wasn’t ‘Educated’ On Hong Kong Tweet

Weighing in on Daryl Morey’s since-deleted tweet supporting anti-government protestors in Hong Kong, LeBron James said, “I don’t want to get into a feud with Daryl but I believe he wasn’t educated about the situation at hand and he spoke.”

LeBron also said, “Just be careful what we tweet… even though, yes, we do have freedom of speech. But there can be a lot of negative that comes with that too.”

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LeBron James Breaks Silence on Daryl Morey, ‘He Wasn’t Educated On China’

LeBron James Breaks Silence on Daryl Morey, ‘He Wasn’t Educated On China’

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LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters

LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters

LeBron James’ standing among basketball fans in Hong Kong took a hit because of comments the NBA star made about free speech. (AP Photo)

When the ball smashed into a photo of LeBron James’ face stuck above the hoop and dropped into the basket, the Hong Kong protesters cheered. They also trampled on jerseys bearing his name and gathered in a semicircle to watch one burn.

James’ standing among basketball fans in Hong Kong took a hit because of comments the NBA star made about free speech. Fans gathered on courts amid Hong Kong’s high-rise buildings Tuesday to vent their anger.

Fans trample on jerseys bearing LeBron James’ name. (AP Photo)

The player for the Los Angeles Lakers touched a nerve among protesters for suggesting that free speech can have negative consequences. They have been protesting for months in defense of the same freedom that James said can carry “a lot of negative.”

The protesters chanted support for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, something of a hero among demonstrators in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory for having tweeted on October 4 in support of their struggle, infuriating authorities in China.

What the crowd of approximately 200 people chanted about James wasn’t printable.

“People are angry,” said James Lo, a web designer who runs a Hong Kong basketball fan page on Facebook. He said he’s already received a video from a protester that showed him burning a No. 23 jersey bearing James’ name.

He expects more, given the backlash from protesters who’ve been regularly hitting the streets of Hong Kong and battling police because of concerns that the international business hub is slowly losing its f

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LeBron James Wades Into NBA Controversy Even As China Resumes Streaming Games

LeBron James Wades Into NBA Controversy Even As China Resumes Streaming Games

Basketball superstar LeBron James has added fuel to the fire of the controversy engulfing the NBA over its self-censorship in line with China’s political interests — just as China appeared poised to quietly move toward defusing the issue with a resumption of online streaming for most games after a ban last week.

James was criticized Tuesday for appearing to toe Beijing’s party line after he said the Houston Rockets’ general manager, Daryl Morey, should have kept quiet instead of tweeting a message last week in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters that angered Beijing.

“I don’t want to get into a feud with Daryl, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke,” James said in an interview upon his return to Los Angeles after a China tour. “Yes, we all have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others and you’re only thinking about yourself.”

The NBA has seen 12 of its 25 sponsorship deals with Chinese companies canceled or suspended in the wake of Morey’s tweet. James has a lucrative lifetime endorsement deal with Nike, which counts China as an enormous key market.  He also is the star and producer of Warner Bros.’ $100 million “Space Jam 2,” which is set to hit theaters in 2021 and will certainly be seeking to do big business in the Middle Kingdom.

“So many people could have been harmed — not only financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet, what we say, and

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LeBron: Morey ‘misinformed’ on China situation

LeBron: Morey ‘misinformed’ on China situation

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James believes Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey “wasn’t educated” before he sent the tweet in support of antigovernment protesters in Hong Kong that damaged relations between China and the NBA.

Speaking to the media for the first time since Morey’s tweet on Oct. 4 set off a firestorm, James declined to comment about the politically tense situation between China and the NBA but did talk about Morey’s tweet and how it has jeopardized the relationship between China and the league, owners, teams and players.

“I don’t want to get into a [verbal] feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke,” James said before the Los Angeles Lakers played the Golden State Warriors in a preseason game at Staples Center. “And so many people could have been harmed not only financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and say and we do, even though, yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that, too.”

When asked why he thinks Morey wasn’t properly informed about the unrest in Hong Kong before he tweeted support for protesters, James said it is “just my belief.”

“I believe he was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation, and if he was, then so be it,” James said. “I have no idea, but that is just my belief. Because when you say things or do things, if you are doing it and you know the people that can be affected by it and the families and individuals and everyone that can be affected by it, sometimes things can be changed as well. And also social media is not always the proper way to go about things as well, but that’s just my belief.”

Soon after speaking with reporters, James took to social media to “clear up the confusion.”

“I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequen

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Lakers Pregame: LeBron James Questions Daryl Morey In First Comments Since China Trip – Lakers Nation

Lakers Pregame: LeBron James Questions Daryl Morey In First Comments Since China Trip – Lakers Nation

Lakers Pregame: LeBron James Questions Daryl Morey In First Comments Since China Trip

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LeBron James breaks his silence on NBA-China dispute – CBS This Morning

For the first time, LeBron James is taking on the standoff between the NBA and China. On Monday night, the basketball star said Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was “misinformed” or “not really educated” when he sent a tweet last week in support of Hong Kong’s anti-government movement. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

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‘LeBron James Is The One Who Seems Misinformed About The Situation In Hong Kong,’ Human Rights Professor Says

‘LeBron James Is The One Who Seems Misinformed About The Situation In Hong Kong,’ Human Rights Professor Says

LeBron James, not Daryl Morey, is the one who’s misinformed about the situation in Hong Kong.
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LeBron James tweets to try clarifying his comments about Daryl Morey – msnNOW

LeBron James on Monday finally spoke about the NBA’s situation with Hong Kong and China, and his comments were met with such negative reception that he felt the need to immediately i

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No longer King James for Hong Kong protesters…

No longer King James for Hong Kong protesters…

HONG KONG (AP) — When the ball smashed into a photo of LeBron James’ face stuck above the hoop and dropped into the basket, the Hong Kong protesters cheered.

They also trampled on jerseys bearing his name and gathered in a semicircle to watch one burn.

James’ standing among basketball fans in Hong Kong took a hit because of comments the NBA star made about free speech. Fans gathered on courts amid Hong Kong’s high-rise buildings Tuesday to vent their anger.

The player for the Los Angeles Lakers touched a nerve among protesters for suggesting that free speech can have negative consequences. They have been protesting for months in defense of the same freedom that James said can carry “a lot of negative.”

The protesters chanted support for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, something of a hero among demonstrators in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory for having tweeted on Oct. 4 in support of their struggle, infuriating authorities in China.

What the crowd of approximately 200 people chanted about James wasn’t printable.

“People are angry,” said James Lo, a web designer who runs a Hong Kon

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LeBron James says Daryl Morey ‘clearly misinformed’ about China – The Mercury News

LeBron James says Daryl Morey ‘clearly misinformed’ about China – The Mercury News

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LOS ANGELES — Speaking with the media for the first time since Rockets general manager Daryl Morey sent a since-deleted tweet supporting protests in Hong Kong, Lakers forward LeBron James made it clear he thought Morey’s actions were reckless.

“I believe he was either misinformed or not educated on the situation,” James said in a rare press conference setting before the Lakers preseason game against the Warriors.

When asked if he thought the league should reprimand Morey, James said that would be up to the league office, but added that he believed Morey was acting selfishly.

“So many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually,” James said. “Be careful what we tweet, what we say, what we do. Even though, yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that.”

Shortly after, James used

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LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters

LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters

HONG KONG (AP) — When the ball smashed into a photo of LeBron James‘ face stuck above the hoop and dropped into the basket, the Hong Kong protesters cheered.

They also trampled on jerseys bearing his name and gathered in a semicircle to watch one burn.

James’ standing among basketball fans in Hong Kong took a hit because of comments the NBA star made about free speech. Fans gathered on courts amid Hong Kong’s high-rise buildings Tuesday to vent their anger.

The player for the Los Angeles Lakers touched a nerve among protesters for suggesting that free speech can have negative consequences. They have been protesting for months in defense of the same freedom that James said can carry “a lot of negative.”

The protesters chanted support for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, something of a hero among demonstrators in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory for having tweeted on Oct. 4 in support of their

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LeBron James draws scrutiny for comments critical of Daryl Morey’s Hong Kong tweet – The Washington Post

LeBron James draws scrutiny for comments critical of Daryl Morey’s Hong Kong tweet – The Washington Post

In his first comments since the Los Angeles Lakers returned from playing two exhibition games in China, the four-time MVP told reporters at Staples Center that Morey was “misinformed or not really educated” when he posted a graphic on Oct. 4 that read “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” The tweet was met with immediate anger from Chinese authorities, which deepened when both Morey and the NBA refused to issue a formal apology.

“I don’t want to get into a … feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke,” James said before the Lakers hosted the Golden State Warriors for a preseason game. “So many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually. Just be careful what we tweet, what we say and what we do. Yes, we have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negatives that come with that as well. … Sometimes social media is not always the proper way to go about things as well.”

James, who has been an advocate of professional athletes expressing their political opinions, said he personally did not feel sufficiently informed about the Hong Kong protests to discuss them in detail last week. He added that the situation in China was “very delicate [and] very sensitive,” and that he appreciated NBA Commissioner Adam Silver meeting with the players in China to discuss the unfolding controversy, which included numerous events canceled and led Chinese broadcasters and sponsors to quickly cut ties with the Rockets.

“I’m not here to judge how the league handled the situation,” James said. “When you’re misinformed or not educated about something, and I’m just talking about the tweet itself, you never know the ramifications that can happen. We can all see what that did, for our league and for all of us in America, and people in China as well. Sometimes you have to think through things that may cause harm not only for yourself but for the majority of people. … It was a tough situation for Adam as well, having to put out such a fire that he didn’t create and he didn’t start.”

James is the second NBA superstar to make headlines for commenting on the Morey situation and the sec

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We’re covering the latest developments in Syria, Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate and a fatal shooting by a police officer in Texas.

Syrian troops entered Kurdish-controlled territory today for the first time in years after a deal between the government and Kurdish leaders.

The agreement came in the face of a Turkish invasion and President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops who had long fought alongside the Kurds against the Islamic State. Here are the latest updates.

The American pullback effectively cedes control of the region to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria — who is supported by Iran and Russia — and jeopardizes hard-won gains against ISIS.

Related: The Kurds have operated detention sites in northern Syria that held about 11,000 ISIS fighters, whose fate is now unclear. The U.S. had been working to get dozens of high-value detainees out of northern Syria, but has extracted only two.

The Daily: Today’s episode is about the commander of the Kurdish-led militia.

Another angle: The Russian Air Force has repeatedly bombed Syrian hospitals to crush resistance to Mr. Assad, according to a video investigation by The Times.


Two weeks after having a heart attack, the Vermont senator will be trying to convince voters that he has the strength to run a forceful campaign when he joins the Democratic debate on Tuesday.

Yesterday: In an acknowledgment that his overseas business dealings have become a political liability for his father, Hunter Biden intends to step down from the board of a Chinese investment fund manager, his lawyer said. Hunter Biden also said he would agree not to work for foreign-owned companies if Joe Biden became president.

Another angle: Last week, Trey Gowdy, the former South Carolina congressman known for leading investigations of Hillary Clinton, was named to President Trump’s impeachment defense team. That arrangement has fallen apart.

The Weekly: The latest episode of The Times’s TV show is about Rudy Giuliani, who was hailed as “America’s Mayor” after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and is now at the center of the impeachment inquiry. Read behind-the-scenes notes about the episode, which is available on FX and Hulu.


E-cigarettes and vaping devices, with $7 billion in annual sales, have become a part of daily life for millions of Americans, particularly teenagers. The federal government has repeatedly delayed or weakened efforts to regulate the devices.

In interviews with The Times, federal officials and public health experts blamed an intense lobbying effort, fears of a political backlash in tobacco-friendly states and a late reprieve by an F.D.A. commissioner who had served on the board of a chain of vaping lounges.

Quotable: “If this was romaine lettuce, the shelves would be empty,” a woman whose daughter nearly died after vaping told a House panel last month. Manufacturers and retailers say their products offer a potentially safer alternative to traditional cigarettes.

Go deeper: John Steffen, a 68-year-old from Nebraska, tried e-cigarettes in an effort to quit smoking. He is one of at least 29 people who have died of a vaping-related illness.


Another angle: An interim trade deal between the U.S. and China came together as both countries’ leaders faced mounting political pressures and rising economic worries.

Today is Columbus Day, a federal holiday to honor the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. But the day was also central to the process through which Italians became fully ratified as white in the U.S.

Our Opinion section tells how racial hierarchies changed, a

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NBA: Anthony Davis hurt as Nets finish sweep of Lakers in China – Manila Bulletin

NBA: Anthony Davis hurt as Nets finish sweep of Lakers in China – Manila Bulletin

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Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers did not get out of China unscathed.

Davis will have tests Sunday to determine the full severity of a right thumb injury, which the Lakers have initially diagnosed as a sprain. He got hurt in the first quarter of the Lakers’ 91-77 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday at Shenzhen in the finale of the NBA China Games series.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in front of forward Anthony Davis (3) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in front of forward Anthony Davis (3) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Caris LeVert scored 22 points on 8 for 11 shooting for Brooklyn, which swept the two matchups between the clubs in China. Taurean Prince scored 14 for Brooklyn, and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 11 rebounds in 19 minutes.

Avery Bradley led the Lakers with 14 points. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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6 full-body exercises you can do with almost no equipment

6 full-body exercises you can do with almost no equipment

Then we did reverse lunges, but with a twist. On the way up, we lifted our knees up and forward to work on balance, small stabilizing muscles, and our glutes.

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The NBA Is Going to Have to Choose

The NBA Is Going to Have to Choose

But criticizing China is a different story. As a result of Morey’s tweet, the Rockets—who have been highly visible in China ever since they drafted the Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming in 2002 —lost many of their sponsors from China and are banned from being shown in the country. The Chinese Basketball Association, the high-profile league that Yao now leads, is suspending its relationship with the Rockets. Morey has since backpedaled. For the NBA, smoothing things over with Chinese officials means capitulating in a way that compromises the values it regularly espouses—values that have endeared the league to many of its fans in America.

The league put out an abject statement on Sunday that read: “We recognize that the views expressed by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable. While Daryl has made it clear that his tweet does not represent the Rockets or the NBA, the values of the league support individuals’ educ

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LeBron James And Nike Just Released The LeBron Witness 4

LeBron James And Nike Just Released The LeBron Witness 4

It’s new shoe season for LeBron James, and after the official reveal of his Nike LeBron 17, the King’s budget-friendly Nike LeBron Witness line has gained a new member as well: the LeBron Witness 4. Offering a stripped-down look that sits somewhere in between the LeBron 17 and LeBron 16, the fourth model in the Witness family offers a woven textile/mesh upper with black, white, and grey tones. A plastic heel clip offers both additional support with its sturdy construction, and style with its three-dimensional lion head graphic. A striking white Swoosh is present on the lateral forefoot, and Bron-specific branding hits the tongue tab. Down below, the white midsole offers an Air-Sole unit in the heel and two indep

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Lakers, Nets head home after second game in China ends without incident – ESPN Philippines

Lakers, Nets head home after second game in China ends without incident – ESPN Philippines

SHENZHEN, China — With a couple of minutes remaining in pregame warm-ups, LeBron James made his way from the court to the Los Angeles Lakers‘ bench. He sat down, closed his eyes and let out a deep breath.

After a long week in China, where the NBA’s burgeoning business in the Far East was tested nearly to its breaking point, it was time, quite simply, to play a basketball game.

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s since-deleted tweet supporting Hong Kong protesters sparked the turmoil that exists between the league and China.

The second of the league’s two preseason exhibitions between the Lakers and Brooklyn Nets tipped off about 30 miles from Hong Kong, but one wouldn’t know anything was amiss inside the Shenzhen Universiade Centre.

A sellout crowd of 17,396 was in the arena, and the section of seats immediately behind the Lakers’ bench featured fans proudly draped in NBA gear — not just Lakers and Nets jerseys but also garb supporting the Spurs, Raptors, Magic, Celtics and Kings.

There was hardly a reminder that the games were in jeopardy, outside of the photographers on the baseline wearing official vests for the event printed with “NBA SHENZHEN GAME 2019 Presented by,” with a piece of black

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As impasse over pro-Hong Kong tweet simmers, what’s at stake for the NBA in China?

As impasse over pro-Hong Kong tweet simmers, what’s at stake for the NBA in China?


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SportsPulse: Former NBPA Executive Director Charles Grantham lends his expertise while dissecting the situation between the NBA and China that has dominated the headlines in recent days.
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In the late 1980s, when the NBA began making inroads into China, the league sent CCTV NBA games on videotape and told the state-run TV station it could air games at no cost. By 1992, the league had opened an office in Hong Kong, and by 2004, the NBA was playing preseason games in China. 

Today, the NBA has billion-dollar deals in China.

And its business relationships are in tumult after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey sent a pro-Hong Kong tweet that offended China and ignited a geopolitical crisis between the league and the communist country. As commissioner Adam Silver has apologized while underlining the league’s stance on free speech, CCTV has pulled the plug on showing the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers preseason games in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

At stake in the standoff: billions of dollars for both sides and a strong four-decade-long relationship that began with a Washington Bullets exhibition game in 1979. It is a relationship that has multiple layers including Chinese-related business partnerships with NBA players in the millionsa friendship with Basketball Hall of Famer and former NBA All-Star Yao Ming, who is the president of the Chinese Basketball Association and is a vital goodwill ambassador for the NBA in Asia, and millions of fans.

“If all of a sudden China decided it was no longer going to broadcast the NBA, clearly that would hurt CCTV and Tencent [an Internet conglomerate offering multiple e-services], but it would hurt the NBA more,” Syracuse University professor John Wolohan, who specializes in sports law and U.S.-China sports relations, told USA TODAY Sports. “If one of these sides is going to lose, it’s going to be the NBA.”

NBA revenue from China — and a conservative estimate puts that at $500 million annually based on deals that are publicly known — is part of basketball-related income which impacts the salary cap and how much money is available to players on an annual basis. 

In July, China’s Tencent reached a five-year, $1.5 billion deal to remain the league’s exclusive digital partner in China, and it is the NBA’s largest partnership outside of the U.S. CCTV has a lucrative financial partnership with the NBA televising multiple games live each week, including coverage of the playoffs. 

NBA China, a separate business arm of the NBA, was valued at $5 billion by Sports Business Journal last month.

Separate from the NBA’s partnerships in China, players are invested in the country, too. Several of them, including stars LeBron James and Steph Curry, make annual visits to sell apparel products from Nike and Under Armour.

Chinese apparel companies have also signed NBA players to endorsement deals: Klay Thompson and Gordon Hayward with Anta, CJ McCollum with Li-Ning and Lou Williams with Peak. Thompson’s deal with Anta could reach $80 million over 10 years, according to ESPN. Williams has said he earns more from his endorsement deal than he does playing.

This controversy comes against the backdrop of a much larger issue: the trade war between China and the United States and human rights abuses in China.

On Monday, the U.S. blacklisted 28 Chinese entities because they have been “implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups in the XUAR,” according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The NBA is not alone when it comes to China’s heavy-handed negotiating tactics. Gaming company Activision Blizzard banned an e-sports player for a year on Tuesday after he expressed support for Hong Kong, and in August, high-end fashion brand Versace apologized fo

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Changing the business model of college sports – KGO-TV

Changing the business model of college sports – KGO-TV
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) — Basketball great, LeBron James was among the first to tweet about Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision allowing college athletes to be paid. The announcement was made on his HBO show.

“This is the number one reason why we’ve created this platform,” said James on the show.

RELATED: California becomes 1st state to let college athletes make money, defying NCAA

LeBron then tweeted, “It will change the lives for countless athletes who deserve it.”

For many, allowing these athletes to be compensated is a matter of


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Is Kawhi or Giannis the best basketball player in the world?

Is Kawhi or Giannis the best basketball player in the world?

Who is the best player in the NBA?

Fresh off an MVP season, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was selected No. 1 in NBArank heading into the 2019-20 season. NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is right behind him at No. 2.

What’s the best case for each player to be No. 1 overall? And how does LeBron James fit into this debate at age 34?

The ESPN Hoop Collective crew of Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Kirk Goldsberry debate those questions, with a little help from Andrew Han and Kevin Pelton. Watch the full video here on ESPN’s YouTube channel.

Disagree with the rankings? Vote on your own top five here.

This transcript has been edited for clarity and length.

More: NBArank 100-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1


Take your pick: Giannis or Kawhi?

Windhorst: I was thinking: It’s 2019. It’s not 2016. It’s not 2012. It’s a new day in the NBA.

MacMullan: OK.

Windhorst: Who’s the best player in the NBA?

MacMullan: Kawhi Leonard.

Goldsberry: No, Jackie. That’s incorrect. The best player in the NBA is Giannis Antetokounmpo. And it’s not particularly close.

There are three reasons why it’s Giannis. No. 1, he’s a better offensive player than Kawhi. No. 2, he’s a better defensive player than Kawhi. And No. 3, he’s 24 years old and just won the MVP.

MacMullan: I’ll give you that last one. That’s all.

OK. So let’s take them one by one. Better offensive player. Really? Are we sure? What metric are you using?

Goldsberry: Giannis scored more points. He did it at a more efficient rate and he’s the best interior scorer we’ve had since somebody named Shaquille O’Neal was in his absolute prime. He led the league in paint points and put up more paint points than anybody since Shaq in ’03-04 or something in there.

MacMullan: Kirk, you just spent all morning telling me that paint points no longer matter in the NBA. We spent a lot of time talking about how the game is going out to the perimeter. And listen, I think Giannis will be the best player. He’s just not there yet because he only shoots 25% from the 3-point line. As you know, Kawhi Leonard, one of your former players, shoots around 33.3%.

But be that as it may, Brian, let’s just talk about what happened, shall we, last season in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. OK? The Toronto Raptors are down two-to-nothing. Nick Nurse says: You know what? I’ve got to do something. I’m going to put Kawhi on Giannis. And Kawhi Leonard then proved why he’s a better defensive player than Giannis — or maybe a better defensive player than anyone.

Would you like to know what happened?

Windhorst: Yes. Remind me.

MacMullan: OK, in 41 matchups —

Windhorst: It was a pretty damn big important moment.

MacMullan: It kind of was.

In 41 matchups, Giannis took 12 shots, scored four points and had an effective field goal percentage (eFG) of 16.7%. Let us just say that swung things the other way. Now as it went along, Giannis got a little better at being guarded by Kawhi, until it came to the all-encompassing Game 6, which is when the best player should shine. I think we agree. Three shots, four points for Kirk’s best player in the NBA.

Goldsberry: As you know from your playing days, basketball is a team game. And the Raptors need to be commended for building a superb postseason team that included Marc Gasol — world champion Marc Gasol. It included Kyle Lowry; Serge Ibaka, a phenomenal defender; Pascal Siakam, a phenomenal defender; Danny Green, a phenomenal defender. Give head coach Nick Nurse and all those dudes credit, they shut down Giannis in that series. Nobody deserves more credit than Kawhi. He is a marvelous on-ball perimeter defender.

The two stats that make me think that Giannis is an even better defender than Kawhi are the following: Out of 38 players who defen

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Skip Bayless laughs at LeBron’s comments that he’s been ‘quiet’ this offseason

Skip Bayless laughs at LeBron’s comments that he’s been ‘quiet’ this offseason

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Skip Bayless reacts to comments from LeBron James claiming that his offseason has been quiet because he’s locked in on having a comeback season.

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Shannon Sharpe explains how LeBron James has changed the dynamic of the NBA

Shannon Sharpe explains how LeBron James has changed the dynamic of the NBA

Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless weigh in on LeBron James being ranked the #1 NBA superstar in the world heading into the 2019-2020 season.
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Shannon Sharpe doesn’t think it’s fair to compare Zion Williamson to LeBron

Shannon Sharpe doesn’t think it’s fair to compare Zion Williamson to LeBron

Shannon Sharpe doesn’t want to hear any comparisons between Zion Williamson and LeBron James, claiming that they are not starting their careers on equal footing.
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Lakers’ Davis suffers thumb sprain in China game

Lakers’ Davis suffers thumb sprain in China game

SHENZHEN, China — Anthony Davis sprained his right thumb in the first half of the Los Angeles Lakers‘ preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday and did not return to the game.

Davis will receive diagnostic tests when the team returns to Los Angeles on Sunday.

He suffered the injury swatting at the ball midway through the first quarter. He started at center as the Lakers employed a small-ball lineup, surrounding him with LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Danny Green.

Davis initially stayed in the game, getting the thumb

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Elena Delle Donne powered through a broken nose and 3 herniated discs to bring the Washington Mystics their first championship

Elena Delle Donne powered through a broken nose and 3 herniated discs to bring the Washington Mystics their first championship
  • The Washington Mystics defeated the Connecticut Sun on Thursday night to win their first WNBA title.
  • The Mystics were led by league MVP Elena Delle Donne, who played through several injuries to help her team take the championship.
  • After the game, one of Delle Donne’s teammates revealed that her injuries were even worse than people knew.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Elena Delle Donne was already playing through pain.

The Washington Mystics superstar played in a knee brace through the 2019 season after suffering a brutal injury in the postseason last year. This year she donned a mask to protect a recently broken nose. She was forced to exit Game 2 of the Finals due to a herniated disc but returned for Game 3 to play 26 minutes in a 94-81 Mystics win.

As it turns out, fans still didn’t have the full run-down of Delle Donne’s injuries. After the Mystics’ 89-87 win in a decisive Game 5 on Thursday night, her teammate Natasha Cloud broke the news.

“I’m about to drop this bomb on y’all,” the Mystics guard said during the post-game press conference. “Elena not only has one herniated disc. She has three.”

“The medical staff is gonna kill you right now,” Delle Donne said with a laugh.

It hurt. While describing the herniated discs to reporters after Game 3, Delle Donne said she was struggling to sleep because the pain was so severe.

“There’s only two positions I can lay in where I’m not in pain,” Delle Donne said. “It’s just a lot of moving arou

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Hating Comic Sans Is Not a Personality

Hating Comic Sans Is Not a Personality

From its inception, the font attracted eye rolls and outright pitchfork attacks. Mr. Connare’s boss, Bob Norton, wasn’t a fan of it and axed it from the ill-fated program, called Microsoft Bob. But the font lived on in a Windows 95 Plus! pack. Paige Shelton, author of the mystery “Comic Sans Murder,” set in a fictional typewriter repair shop, said that when the font was released “all Helvetica broke loose.”

Comic Sans is what Ms. Shelton calls “a fun-times font,” manspreading across paper in strokes thicker than fair Cambria or no-nonsense Garamond. (Mr. Bierut said Helvetica, by contrast, is a “a call from H.R.”) The spacing, or kerning, between its letters is uneven because it wasn

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China NBA: How one tweet derailed the NBA’s China game plan

China NBA: How one tweet derailed the NBA’s China game plan

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Yao Ming made the Houston Rockets “China’s team”

Last Sunday night, Daryl Morey, the General Manager of the Houston Rockets, sat in his hotel room in Tokyo, where the Rockets were playing two pre-season games against the current NBA champions, the Toronto Raptors.

Mr Morey – in a move that would reverberate around the sporting world and beyond – then fired off a tweet expressing support for the protestors in Hong Kong who have been taking to the streets for the past four months.

While he hasn’t explicitly admitted as much, it’s safe to say he now regrets hitting that send button.

Close to a week later, the fallout from that single, quickly-deleted tweet – which included the words “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong” – is still dominating the news cycle.

We’ve seen posts from Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, an explanation of sorts from Mr Morey, and not one, but two statements on the matter by the National Basketball Association (NBA), none of which appears to have appeased Chinese fans and sponsors, who were furious that an outsider was stirring up an issue many there regard as non-negotiable.

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Daryl Morey is regarded as an innovative figure in the NBA

Freedom of speech, they argued, doesn’t apply in certain areas and it wasn’t Mr Morey’s place to comment in the first place.

To top it all off, the league’s handling of the situation simultaneously managed to spark a backlash back at home, with US fans and politicians alike calling out the league for pandering too much to China.

Hong Kong protests – key facts

US basketball is a big deal in China

The timing could not have been worse: the LA Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets are in China right now to play two pre-season games, but national broadcaster CCTV refused to broadcast them. Once the state-run channel had made that decision, online streaming partner Tencent had little choice but to follow suit.

Admittedly, preseason games don’t quite get pulses racing in the way that regular season games do, but this has become something of a tradition in China, where basketball rivals football a

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Rockets Flack Tells Reporter To Stick To Sports After She Asks Players About Political Expression

Rockets Flack Tells Reporter To Stick To Sports After She Asks Players About Political Expression

Russell Westbrook and James Harden each dropped 22 points in the Rockets’ preseason victory over the Raptors in Saitama, Japan. In the postgame presser, CNN’s Christina Macfarlane asked a question of the two players:

The NBA has always been a league that prides itself on its players and its coaches being able to speak out openly about political and societal affairs. I just wonder after the events of this week and the fallout we’ve seen, whether you would both feel differently about speaking out in that way in the future.

A flack off-screen can be heard urging “basketball questions only” and telling Macfarlane that “it’s been answered.” Macfarlane insists that her question is a new wrinkle on the topic of the week, but is met with silence. The conference moves on and Westbrook fields a question about his relationship to Japan.

To reiterate: This game didn’t even take place in China.

Both the NBA and the Houston Rockets specifically have some potential financial incentive to quash this question. Only the league, however, is run by a commissioner who said earlier this week that the NBA “will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues. We simply could not operate that way.” It’s since been reported that the directive came from a Rockets employee, who the NBA said in a statement acted “inappropriately”:

During today’s Houston R

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UNKNWN and New York Sunshine Craft Construction-Inspired “Demolition Unit” Collection

LeBron James-backed boutique UNKNWN is opening a new location in Wynwood, Miami just in time for Art Basel this fall; as part of the festivities, it’s tapped John Margaritis’s New York Sunshine — who also helped design the store — for a co-branded collection dubbed “Demolition Unit.”

Taking its theme from the store’s construction process, the four-piece capsule consists of a hoodie, vest, T-shirt, and helmet, providing a literal interpretation of wearable workwear.

The relaxed fit hoodie presents a schematic on the front and a sizable hammer graphic on the back, nodding to the hard work that goes into any major construction project. The tee looks to dynamite, another construction staple, stamping a detonator on the front and a colossal fireball on the rear for a cheeky before-and-after effect. The vest and helmet take the collaborative theme quite literally, with the former offering co-branded motifs and high-vis reflective detailing, while the latter features a sublimated carbon fiber print and graphics on the front/sides.

The entire collection will release via UNKNWN.com on Friday, October 11 at 10 a.m. EST. The store hasn’t revealed its official opening date yet, but as mentioned above, it’ll likely coincide with the start of Art Basel Miami 2019.

In more LeBron-related news, check out the Uninterrupted x Nike Air Force 1 “More Than An Athlete.”

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Anthony Davis found out LeBron James was gifting him the No. 23 with a surprise gift in a to-go bag at a fancy restaurant

Anthony Davis found out LeBron James was gifting him the No. 23 with a surprise gift in a to-go bag at a fancy restaurant
  • LeBron James took Anthony Davis out to dinner in Los Angeles shortly after the Lakers traded for the All-Star big man.
  • According to a report, James wrote Davis a card and put a No. 23 “Davis” jersey in a to-go bag to give Davis his jersey number.
  • Nike ended up squashing the number exchange, and Davis chose No. 3 instead, but said the gesture still resonated with him.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

After the Los Angeles Lakers traded for Anthony Davis, LeBron James was so excited that he took Davis out to dinner to woo him and present him with a gift, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

According to McMenamin, James took Davis to a trendy Italian restaurant in L.A. called Jon & Vinny’s, where James was such a frequent visitor the chef began making

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NBA games in China in doubt

Stadium signage has been removed and players reportedly are growing uneasy with playing games amid growing tensions in China, where the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are scheduled to play Thursday.

A Chinese national flag flutters near a partly-removed banner advertising an NBA China game between Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, outside a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Shanghai, China October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

An event in Shanghai scheduled for Wednesday to benefit the Special Olympics featuring the Lakers was canceled hours before it was to begin.

Another fan experience event also was pulled from the schedule of events around the appearance of the Lakers in China, the latest maneuver from the hosts underlining the depth of the fallout from Houston

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A Brief Interview With A Man Who Faithfully Recreates LeBron’s Instagram As If He Were A Giraffe

A Brief Interview With A Man Who Faithfully Recreates LeBron’s Instagram As If He Were A Giraffe

An artist who goes by “Maso Rich” has produced hyper-faithful, parallel-universe versions of the Instagram accounts of LeBron James and Steph Curry. In these universes, LeBron is a giraffe and Steph, in an inspired bit of casting, is a bush baby. Deadspin spoke with Maso Rich on the phone to understand where these images are coming from, and why.

The following conversation has been lightly edited for clarity.

Deadspin: I’ll start out simple. Where did you get the inspiration to depict LeBron James as a giraffe and Steph Curry as a bush baby?

Maso Rich: I’m from Miami, so I’ve been a LeBron fan for a long time. He inspired me really to get more into basketball and all these things back when he was on the Heat. And then I moved to L.A. And then LeBron came here. I’ve just always been a fan. I appreciate the things that he does for people, that he opened a school. He’s always been a great role model. He doesn’t get in trouble. He’s a family man. He’s honestly a person that you can get behind, doesn’t matter who you are. Similar for Steph Curry, but I just was like, after having fun with LeRaffe, I was like, Steph would be fun to do. And then basically I just look at the people. And LeBron was decided before everyone as LeRaffe because I wrote a TV show in 2011 called Animal Friends and one of the episodes was about LeBron. So that’s a different story, though it’s unrelated to 2019, when I just wanted to have an Instagram for fun.

DS: How do you decide on these specific animals? What is your casting process like?

MR: I look at the photo and I’m like, well—LeBron, he was just a generic basketball player in my mind originally, and basketball players are tall. So giraffe. Then I looked at Steph Curry and I was like, Oh he looks like, you know, kind of like a bush baby. I have Shaun Livingston, if you go to the Steph Curry account, as a donkey. He looks like a donkey. It is what it is. So I’d just look at their faces and I’d do my best. There’s not really a process—I just, like, look into my soul and see what comes out.

DS: Right. So LeBron is a giraffe, and Savannah James appears to be a big cat, maybe a puma

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76ers say fans who held up signs supporting the protests in Hong Kong were ejected for verbal confrontations and ‘disrupting the fan experience’

76ers say fans who held up signs supporting the protests in Hong Kong were ejected for verbal confrontations and ‘disrupting the fan experience’
  • The NBA is still managing the fallout of Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
  • On Tuesday, the controversy made its way into the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where two 76ers fans were escorted out of the arena after holding up signs and cheering in support of the protests.
  • In a statement, the Wells Fargo Center described the scene as a “situation that was disrupting the live event experience of our guests,” and said that several warnings were given before the fans were ejected.
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The NBA is still attempting to navigate its way through a controversy that began with a tweet last week.

On Friday, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a message supporting the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. The tweet was immediately met with criticism from the NBA’s business partners in China, who pulled out of events as the Rockets front office and league commissioner Adam Silver went into damage control.

Read more: The NBA has already felt ‘economic impact’ from Daryl Morey’s pro-Hong Kong tweet — Here all the moves that have been made by China

On Tuesday night, the debate surrounding free speech in regard to the protests in Hong Kong came to a head at the Philadelphia 76ers exhibition game against the Guangzhou Loong-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association — a tune-up ahead of the start of the regular season.

At the game, two fans held up signs that read “Free

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Drake is speaking out after his father’s headline-making claim that the rapper lied about their relationship to sell records.” data-reactid=”31″>Drake is speaking out after his father’s headline-making claim that the rapper lied about their relationship to sell records.

“I had a conversation with Drake about that,” Graham began. “I have always been with Drake. I talk to him if not every day, every other day and we really got into a deep conversation about that, ‘I said Drake, why are you saying all this different stuff about me, man like this is not cool.’ He goes, ‘Da


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UPDATE: BEIJING PUNISHES NBA…

UPDATE: BEIJING PUNISHES NBA…

SHANGHAI—A day before a scheduled tipoff of a Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers game in Shanghai, a crisis for the National Basketball Association appeared no closer to resolution.

A player meet and greet was canceled, and a media event was postponed, a spokeswoman for the league said late Wednesday. The teams did practice and some players participated in a Special Olympics-related NBA Cares event, though one planned for Tuesday didn’t go ahead.

A tweet last week from an executive with the Houston Rockets—which are popular in China but not in the country this week—set off a political storm as it praised antigovernment protesters In Hong Kong. Chinese broadcasters and sponsors then suspended some aspects of cooperation with the NBA when its commissioner said he wouldn’t apologize for the tweet by Rockets general manager

Daryl Morey,

though the league also said it was regrettable that it upset Chinese fans.

Backlash against the NBA sparked by a tweet in support of Hong Kong protesters shows how tricky it is to do business in China—and the difficult line companies must tread. Photo Composite: Crystal Tai

The NBA spokeswoman said she had no information about Thursday’s planned game in Shanghai.

Half-hour media events with players from the Nets and Lakers were delayed late Wednesday with no indication of whether or when they would take place. The Nets are owned by a co-founder of Chinese online merchant

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

,

Joe Tsai.

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  • Zion Williamson put on a show in his first NBA preseason game on Monday.
  • Williamson finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists in 28 minutes, throwing down three jaw-dropping dunks in the process.
  • While the New Orleans Pelicans have tried to calm the hype around Williamson, the NBA’s most anticipated prospect in years, it seems Williamson is indeed going to electrify crowds this season.
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It’s been months since basketball fans have seen Zion Williamson on the court, and he did not disappoint in his NBA debut on Monday.

In his first NBA preseason game, Williamson went for 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists in 28 minutes as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Atlanta Hawks, 133-109.

Williamson opened the game by scoring the Pelicans’ first five points, first on a hanging, and-one basket, then on a thunderous, driving dunk.

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues new statement on China: ‘Sports can be a unifying force’

NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues new statement on China: ‘Sports can be a unifying force’


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The tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey in support of Hong Kong protesters has caused the NBA to enter damage control, with China being one of its largest markets and the Rockets being a favorite team in the country. 

That led to an initial statement from the league that appeared to have a different meaning when translated to Mandarin, although a league spokesman said the English version was the NBA’s official stance. Early Tuesday, commissioner Adam Silver once again attempted to clarify the league’s position. 

“We recognize that our two countries have different political systems and beliefs,” Silver said in another statement. “And like many global brands, we bring our business to places with different political systems around the world. But for those who question our motivation, this is about far more than growing our business.” 

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Silver went on to say that diversity is one of the league’s strengths and that he believes sports can make a positive impact in the world. However, he stopped short of saying basketball is capable of solving the world’s issues. 

“It is inevitable that people around the world — including from NBA and China — will have dif

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The NBA is trying to play both sides of the controversial Hong Kong tweet and hoping their long history in China will help

The NBA is trying to play both sides of the controversial Hong Kong tweet and hoping their long history in China will help
  • The NBA is attempting to balance competing interests in the wake Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeting in support of the protests in Hong Kong.
  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver called offense to fans in China by Morey’s tweet “regrettable,” but said the NBA supports “individuals educating themselves and sharing their views on matters important to them.”
  • Numerous companies in China have already cut ties with the NBA in the wake of Morey’s comments and Silver’s initial response.
  • Silver added that he believed “in the power of sports to make a difference,” and told reporters that he hoped to meet with officials in Shanghai to put both his and Morey’s remarks in context and “find a mutual respect for each other’s political systems and beliefs.”
  • The NBA has a reputation as a progressive league, but that may be difficult to hold on to as they try to find a middle ground with their financial interests in China.
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The NBA is attempting to thread a difficult needle right now.

On Friday, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of the ongoing Hong Kong protests, a move that was not appreciated by the NBA’s business partners in China.

Morey apologized and deleted the tweet, but the initial damage was done. State broadcaster China Central Television and the livestreaming platform Tencent Sports both said they would no longer broadcast Rockets games.

Read more: China says it will stop broadcasting NBA games after Commissioner Adam Silver defended Daryl Morey’s freedom to support Hong Kong protests

In the wake of the initial controversy, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has attempted to balance the league’s values of free expression with its financial interests in spreading the game abroad.

In the NBA’s first statement on the matter, Silver tried to split the difference, saying that Morey’s comments causing offense to fans in China was “regrettable,” but clarifying that while they do not represent the feelings of the league or the Rockets, it “supports individuals educating themselves and sharing their views on matters important to them.

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Amid China Backlash, NBA Commissioner Says League Will Support Freedom of Speech

Amid China Backlash, NBA Commissioner Says League Will Support Freedom of Speech

(TOKYO) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after China’s state broadcaster CCTV canceled plans to show a pair of preseason games in that country later this week.

Silver, speaking Tuesday at a news conference in Tokyo before a preseason game between the Rockets and NBA champion Toronto Raptors, went as far as to say that he and the league are “apologetic” that so many Chinese officials and fans were upset by Morey’s tweet and comments that followed — but insisted that Morey has the right to freedom of expression.

“Daryl Morey, as general manager of the Houston Rockets, enjoys that right as one of our employees,” Silver said. “What I also tried to suggest is that I understand there are consequences from his freedom of speech and we will have to live with those consequences.”

Among those consequences: CCTV said it would not show the games between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, who will play Thursday in Shanghai and Saturday in Shenzhen. Basketball is wildly popular in China and those two teams — largely because of LeBron James starring for the Lakers and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s co-founder Joe Tsai now owning the Nets — would have almost certainly been a huge television draw.

“We’re strongly dissatisfied and oppose Adam S

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Korea”,”url”:”/south-korea-national-football”,”id”:”south-korea-national-football”},”spain”:{“title”:”Spain”,”url”:”/spain”,”id”:”spain”},”sweden”:{“title”:”Sweden”,”url”:”/sweden”,”id”:”sweden”},”switzerland”:{“title”:”Switzerland”,”url”:”/switzerland”,”id”:”switzerland”},”tunisia”:{“title”:”Tunisia”,”url”:”/tunisia”,”id”:”tunisia”},”turkey-national-football”:{“title”:”Turkey”,”url”:”/turkey-national-football”,”id”:”turkey-national-football”},”ukraine”:{“title”:”Ukraine”,”url”:”/ukraine”,”id”:”ukraine”},”united-states”:{“title”:”USMNT”,”url”:”/united-states”,”id”:”united-states”},”united-states-womens-football”:{“title”:”USWNT”,”url”:”/united-states-womens-football”,”id”:”united-states-womens-football”},”uruguay-national-football”:{“title”:”Uruguay”,”url”:”/uruguay-national-football”,”id”:”uruguay-national-football”},”venezuela-national-football”:{“title”:”Venezuela”,”url”:”/venezuela-national-football”,”id”:”venezuela-national-football”},”wales-national-football”:{“title”:”Wales”,”url”:”/wales-national-football”,”id”:”wales-national-football”},”mlb”:{“title”:”MLB”,”url”:”/mlb”,”id”:”mlb”,”subLists”:[“al-east”,”al-central”,”al-west”,”nl-east”,”nl-central”,”nl-west”],”subLinks”:[“mlb”,”fantasy-baseball”,”mlb/archives”,”https://www.stubhub.com/mlb-tickets/grouping/81/?gcid=chDIG-_-geoUS-_-genMLB-_-dt170201-_-cmpBR_Gen-_-partBleacherReport-_-mktgrBRAND”]},”al-east”:{“title”:”AL East”,”id”:”al-east”,”subLists”:[“baltimore-orioles”,”boston-red-sox”,”new-york-yankees”,”tampa-bay-rays”,”toronto-blue-jays”]},”baltimore-orioles”:{“title”:”Baltimore”,”url”:”/baltimore-orioles”,”id”:”baltimore-orioles”},”boston-red-sox”:{“title”:”Boston”,”url”:”/boston-red-sox”,”id”:”bost

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LeBron James’ high school jersey up for auction

LeBron James’ high school jersey up for auction

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A sweat-stained jersey LeBron James wore while playing Ohio high school basketball and during his first Sports Illustrated magazine cover shoot as a teenager in 2002 is being auctioned.

The online auction listing says the gold me

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Bleacher Report’s All-Time Player Rankings: NBA’s Top 50 Revealed

Bleacher Report’s All-Time Player Rankings: NBA’s Top 50 Revealed

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Per Game: 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.3 steals, 0.8 blocks

Per 75 Possessions: 30.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.4 steals, 0.8 blocks

Relative True Shooting Percentage: +3.7

Net Rating Swing: N/A

Box Plus/Minus: 8.1

Win Shares per 48 Minutes: 0.250

In baseball, there’s a simple analytical concept known as Black Ink. MLB.com’s Joe Posnanski explained:

“…Black Ink simply refers to the times when a player leads the league in a category (you know how they will show that number in bold letters in the stats…that’s Black Ink).

“Bill James came up with Black Ink but it’s one of his less involved, more fun inventions. He thought it would be a cool way to predict Hall of Fame chances. He’d give players four points for every time they led the league in something people thought was hugely important, like batting average, homers or RBIs. He’d give three points for something a little bit less regarded like runs scored or hits, two points for stuff like doubles or stolen bases, and one point for the baseline stuff like games played.”

Let’s talk about Jordan’s Black Ink for a moment, shall we?

He led the NBA in points per game 10 times, steals per game three times, minutes per game twice, box plus/minus five times, wins over replacement player seven times, win shares per 48 minutes eight times and win shares nine times.

Phew…

Head over to MJ’s Basketball Reference page and you’ll see loads of Black Ink (boldface type in our fancy digital age).

As far as career leaderboards go, Jordan is first in points per game (30.1), usage percentage (33.3) and win

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Factbox: NBA taking flak in China, a valuable market with 500 million fans

Factbox: NBA taking flak in China, a valuable market with 500 million fans

(Reuters) – The National Basketball Association (NBA) came under fire on Monday for its response to a tweet by a Houston Rockets official supporting protests calling for democracy in the Chinese-ruled city of Hong Kong.

Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey apologized on Monday for his tweet, which he quickly deleted over the weekend, but his support for the demonstrations in the Chinese-ruled city angered China’s government and others in the world’s No. 2 economy.

In a statement, the NBA said it recognized that the views expressed by Morey had “deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable.” A Chinese-language version issued by the league appeared to go further, saying the NBA was “extremely disappointed” in Morey’s “inappropriate remarks.”

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Harden apologizes as rift grows: ‘We love China’

Harden apologizes as rift grows: ‘We love China’

Houston Rockets star James Harden has offered an apology as the controversy over general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet of support for Hong Kong protesters continues to grow at a crucial time for the NBA in China.

Harden spoke while standing with teammate Russell Westbrook at a practice in Tokyo on Monday, three days after Morey posted a now-deleted tweet that read: “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”

“We apologize. You know, we love China. We love playing there,” Harden said. “For both of us individually, we go there once or twice a year. They show us the most important love.”

The incident has come at a particularly awkward moment for the league, whose players have often been outspoken about social issues in the United States.

China has teams playing preseason games in the U.S. this week, the Rockets are about to play two games in Japan and the Los Angeles Lakers — with one of the biggest global sports stars, LeBron James — are set to play the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday in Shanghai and Saturday in Shenzhen, China.

“We appreciate them as a fan base,” Harden said. “We love everything there about them, and we appreciate the support that they give us individually and as [an] organization.”

The strong reactions to Morey’s tweet underscore Beijing’s sensitivity about foreign attitudes toward the ongoing Hong Kong protests that have lately grown into violence in the semiautonomous territory. China has accused foreign parties in the United States and elsewhere of encouraging the demonstrations.

The protests were sparked by a proposed extradition law that would have allowed suspects to be sent to China to face trial. Activists saw that as a threat to the legal rights that Hong Kong residents have under the current “one country, two systems” framework.

Nets owner Joe Tsai, a co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, posted a 736-word open letter on his Facebook page late Sunday night saying that Morey stepped on what he described as “a third-rail issue” when it comes to China and Hong Kong.

“By now I hope you can begin to understand why the Daryl Morey tweet is so damaging to the relationship with our fans in China,” Tsai wrote. “I don’t know Daryl personally. I am sure he’s a fine NBA general manager, and I will take at face value his subsequent apology that he was not as well informed as he should have been. But the hurt that this incident has caused will take a long time to repair.”

The NBA, when it weighed in on the controversy Sunday night, said it hopes the league can help to unify people and cultural divides while maintaining an openness to a flow of ideas. Fostering strong relationships with China has been a priority for the league for at least three decades. The NBA has a China office and just announce

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The NBA is facing a clash between its business interests and brand identity in China

The NBA is facing a clash between its business interests and brand identity in China

Yesterday, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted—then quickly deleted—an image that said “fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,” in support of the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The Rockets are one of the most popular NBA teams in China, so Morey’s tweet did not go over well with the government there, many fans, and the team’s Chinese sponsors and business partners. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta quickly responded with a tweet of his own.

Even Morey himself followed up his deleted tweet up with a clarification.

But significant damage had already been done. The Chinese Basketball Association quickly severed ties with the Rockets, and such sponsors as the sports apparel company Li-Ning and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank (SPD Bank) Credit Card Center suspended work with the Rockets. The team’s games were dropped by China’s state broadcaster, and according to The Wall Street Journal, China’s streaming platform Tencent Sports has also dropped its Rockets broadcasts—after paying $1.5 billion to extend its NBA streaming deal in July—and offered fans the chance to dump the Rockets as their “home team” in the company’s league pass package. As The New York Times reported, 490 million people watched NBA hoops on Tencent’s platforms last year, including 21 million fans who watched Game 6 of the 2019 Finals, compared to the 18.34 million American viewers on ABC. Brooklyn Nets owner and Alibaba cofounder Joseph Tsai wrote in a lengthy post on Facebook outlining some of the reasons why Morey’s tweet was offensive to many in China, stating, “The hurt that this incident has caused will take a long time to repair.”

For its part, the NBA put out a statement that attempted to walk the fine line between appeasing its Chinese business partners while not alienatin

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‘The NBA is kowtowing to Beijing to protect their bottom line’: The NBA is under fire for its response to Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting protesters in Hong Kong

‘The NBA is kowtowing to Beijing to protect their bottom line’: The NBA is under fire for its response to Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting protesters in Hong Kong
  • On Friday, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey published a tweet supporting protests in Hong Kong.
  • Morey was criticized by Chinese citizens, and several Chinese companies suspended operations with the Rockets and the NBA, which has devoted significant resources to growing basketball in China.
  • While Morey apologized, the NBA released a statement acknowledging that Morey’s tweet may have offended Chinese citizens.
  • The NBA has since been criticized in the political sphere and sports world for appearing to appease the Chinese government while caring more about the league’s bottom line.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The NBA finds itself in the midst of an international controversy that began with a tweet.

On Friday, in a since-deleted tweet, Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted an image that read “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” The tweeted featured the symbol of Stand With Hong Kong, an activist group that has been behind calls for foreign government intervention in Hong Kong amid escalating protests.

Morey’s tweet drew criticism from Chinese social media users. 

In response, the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), whose president is former Rockets center Yao Ming, announced it was suspending its relationship with the team. Several Chinese companies, including the state broadcaster China Central Television and the livestreaming platform Tencent Sports, announced they would not broadcast Rockets games.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the CBA canceled a planned G League game between the Rockets’ affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the Texas Legends.

The response from China hits the league hard. According to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, the NBA signed a five-year deal with Tencent in June worth at least $500 million. China has been one of the league’s growing markets, with nearly 500 million viewers watching NBA games on Tencent last season. The NBA has invested time and money into growing the Chinese fan base. The Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers, and Brooklyn Nets are all set to play preseason games in China over the next week.

Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta responded in a tweet saying Morey’s views don’t

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Snoop Dogg expects LeBron and the Lakers to make the playoffs this season

Snoop Dogg expects LeBron and the Lakers to make the playoffs this season

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Snoop Dogg joins today’s show to discuss the LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Snoop Dogg expects LeBron to have a bounce back season and the Lakers to make the playoffs.

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NBA: James, Davis shine in Lakers preseason opener – ABS-CBN News

NBA: James, Davis shine in Lakers preseason opener – ABS-CBN News
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) is congratulated by forward LeBron James (23) against the Golden State Warriorsat Chase Center. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James scored 15 points in limited playing time and his new sidekick Anthony Davis finished with 22 as the Los Angeles Lakers rolled over the Golden State Warriors, 123-101, in their preseason opener on Saturday.

This was the first tas

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Warriors show they desperately need big man help on roster – NBCSports.com

Warriors show they desperately need big man help on roster – NBCSports.com

SAN FRANCISCO – When the Warriors we’ve come to know splintered in July, coach Steve Kerr decided to get risky. Partly out of principle, partly out of circumstance.

Kerr likes to play small. Loves to play small. Flood the floor with versatile players capable of defending multiple positions on one end, for easy switching, while also being a scoring threat on the other. This approach served the Warriors well, five consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, with three championships.

That success came largely on the efforts of Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Shaun Livingston and, the last three years, Kevin Durant. They had experience, length, intellect and anticipation. Steph Curry did his part, too, but as an ultra-dangerous scorer at the point, he was spared some of the broad defensive responsibilities.

Kerr and the Warriors were trendsetters, to a degree. Other coaches, Don Nelson and Mike D’Antoni to name two, have relied on similar strategy, but none has succeeded as Kerr has.

With Iguodala, Livingston and Durant gone, all replaced by younger but unaccomplished players, it’s risky to stay small. Without a legitimate rim protector behind the new crew, it’s downright hazardous.

The Warriors opened the preseason against the Lakers on Saturday with 6-foot-9, 275-pound Omari Spellman, scrapped after one season by the lowly Hawks, starting at center. His backup was 6-10, 240-pound Marquese Chriss, a 2016 lottery pick discarded by three teams in three years. Both are listed as forwards but were forced to m

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Tyler Cameron’s Incredible NYC Bachelor Pad Is $7k Per Month

Tyler Cameron’s Incredible NYC Bachelor Pad Is $7k Per Month

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Justin Bieber Uses His Wedding as an Excuse to Buy an Exquisite Watch

Justin Bieber Uses His Wedding as an Excuse to Buy an Exquisite Watch

Welcome to Watches of the Week, where we’ll track the rarest, wildest, and most covetable watches spotted on celebrities.

A wedding registry is an amazing thing: just a long list of stuff the to-be-wedded want you to buy for them. Typically, that means an infinitely unspooling inventory of Le Creuset pots, pasta makers, Kitchenaid Stand Mixers in that color they’ve been eyeing, and a fancy decanter that will literally never be used. Some things just aren’t acceptable for a wedding registry, though—like a vintage watch worth tens of thousands of dollars. So, in celebration of his wedding to Hailey Baldwin, Justin Bieber bought himself a watch worthy of the moment. The piece is an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak reference 5402BA, a watch that is at least two-plus decades old and somehow still in pristine condition. Seems as if Bieber made two lifetime commitments this week. And what a week it was for watches: LeBron James wore a Richard Mille, Jimmy Butler took his talents to his South Beach and wore not three, not two, but just one really good watch, and Will Smith—no further explanation necessary!

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Justin Bieber’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Bieber bought his wedding present from Beverly Hills jeweler Jadelle. A representative there wasn’t able to say much about the watch beyond the fact it’s “a vintage rare watch”—no duh—from the early 1980s that still has its original paperwork. Bieber displayed great taste with this purchase: this is an incredibly simple watch, with just a date display at the 3 o’clock marker and the watch’s signature Grande Tapisserie dial—that goosebump effect on the watch’s face—in a concrete grey. TMZ reported that in the lead-up to the wedding, the Biebers ordered $1,200 worth of organic fruit drinks for their guests, referring to the beverages as “nuptial juice.” I’d argue that Bieber’s really got that nuptial juice now, though.

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LeBron James’s Richard Mille RM 11-03 “Jean Todt”

Most sports-related watches are named after the incredible athletes involved: the Rafael Nadal, the Lionel Messi, the LeBron James! Richard Mille is not like most other watch brands, though. A couple years ago, the watchmaker released a special-edition model of its RM 11-03 in honor of Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile president Jean Todt, who oversees motorsport organizations like Formula One. James is either a secret fan of how the FIA is run—Adam Silver, take notes—or he was drawn to this rare one-of-150 sapphire-colored Richard Mille.

Lil Uzi Vert’s Patek Philippe Nautilus

Lil Uzi Vert’s collection of Patek Philippe watches is growing stronger every day. During his recent GQ photoshoot, the rapper wore a reference 5205 with an annual calendar and moon phase complication. Retail price: nearly $50,000. This week, the rapper showed off the deeply beloved Nautilus model in rose gold with a chronograph (stopwatch) function. If it could be found at retail—it can’t—the price would be $88,000. Collecting Pateks is not a cheap hobby, but it is sort of an obligation for a rapper who made a whole song, “New Patek,” about acquiring these pieces.

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Jimmy Butler’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Rainbow”

There’s been a lot of Jimmy Butler talk this week—mostly owing to the fact that his former teammate Joel Embiid lamented the absence of his BFF and the 76ers’ one reliable closer. Another thing Embiid probably misses? Butler’s great watch collection. T

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Lakers experiment with LeBron at 1, Davis at 5 – ESPN Philippines

Lakers experiment with LeBron at 1, Davis at 5 – ESPN Philippines

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Coach Frank Vogel instructed the scoreboard operator to put two minutes on the clock and have the score read 99-96 in the reserves’ favor. It was time for the Los Angeles Lakers to test their crunch-time lineup with LeBron James at the point and Anthony Davis at center on Day 5 of training camp Thursday.

At times it looked sloppy: James had several turnovers, including one where he had his pocket picked in the backcourt by Danny Green.

At times it looked efficient: Davis was a ready recipient of touches at the high post that he converted into face-up jump shots.

At times it looked tried and true: James hit a deep pull-up 3 to tie the score with six seconds remaining.

All of it was a work in progress.

“We have so many different lineup packages that we can probably go to throughout the course of the season,” James said. “So we’re just trying out a few things now in practice — going with smaller lineups, going with bigger lineups, going with quicker lineups, going with slower lineups. But that’s the luxury of having our personnel — we have the ability to do multiple things. So that’s what practice is all about, being able to work on those

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Lakers News: LeBron James Plays PG, Anthony Davis Center in Crunch-Time Lineup – Bleacher Report

Lakers News: LeBron James Plays PG, Anthony Davis Center in Crunch-Time Lineup – Bleacher Report
LeBron James (L) and Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers arrive for a photo shoot during Lakers Media day in El Segundo, California on September 27, 2019. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Los Angeles Lakers practiced late-game situations with LeBron James running the point and Anthony Davis handling the 5 on Thursday, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

James offered his comments after the session.

“I mean, we have so many different lineup packages that we can probably go to throughout the course of the season.

“So we’re just trying out a few things now in practice — going with smaller lineups, going with bigger lineups, going with quicker lineups, going with slower lineups. But that’s the luxury of having our personnel, we have the ability to do multiple things. So, that’s what practice is all about, being able to work on those things.”

Per McMenamin, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel pitted the starters and reserves in a late-game scenario in which the backups led 99-96 with two minutes left.

James committed a few turnovers during that stretch, but a few bright spots appeared. Notably, Davis got the ball numerous time

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How Zion Williamson Is Lifting The Trading Card Industry

How Zion Williamson Is Lifting The Trading Card Industry

He’s the biggest rookie basketball has seen since since LeBron James.
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LeBron James among riskiest early-round fantasy basketball picks

LeBron James among riskiest early-round fantasy basketball picks

There are many ways to win at fantasy basketball, and strategies vary from league to league based on numerous factors, but there is at least one constant: In order to win your league, you can’t botch one of your early-round picks.

Any time that happens, be it because of injury, poor play or other factors, the chances of finishing the season on top become very remote. Usually it takes a monster season by one of your other top picks or a waiver wire pickup who becomes a star or a blockbuster trade that goes in your favor.

More often, though, winning becomes all too difficult and losing becomes all too normal.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the players you should think long and hard about before drafting this season.


LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers (5.5 ADP)

It pains me to write this, but a wise person once said that Father Time is undefeated, and King James turns 35 in December after playing a career-low 55 games last season. Even LeBron can’t stay at the pace he’s been at forever.

Dig a little deeper, and you see that not only does LeBron lead all active players in regular-season minutes played (46,235), he is already the all-time NBA leader in playoff minutes played (10,049). Add those up, and you arrive at 56,284 all-time minutes played, which ranks sixth behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (66,297), Karl Malone (62,759), Kobe Bryant (57,278), Dirk Nowitzki (57,263) and Tim Duncan (56,738).

Now, it’s never wise to count out LeBron, but it’s also hard to argue against the idea that there is some risk involved here. Even if he stays healthy all season, there’s a very real chance he could get a good dose of DNP rest nights. While that may be well deserved, it’s also something fantasy managers may want to avoid altogether by taking someone like Stephen Curry, Nikola Jokic or Joel Embiid

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James Harden showed off his highly anticipated new move in a preseason game, and it’s unlike anything else in the NBA

James Harden showed off his highly anticipated new move in a preseason game, and it’s unlike anything else in the NBA
  • James Harden showed off a move in a preseason game that he teased during the offseason — a running, one-legged three-pointer.
  • After the game, Harden said the move is already natural to him, though he said he doesn’t even need it in his arsenal.
  • While the move needs practice, it seems less controversial than his patented step-back and different than any other move in the NBA today.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

James Harden has added a new move to his arsenal, and it may be the most unique move in the NBA.

This offseason, Harden teased a new move, saying

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Uninterrupted & Nike Team up on Exclusive “More Than An Athlete” Air Force 1 & Apparel Collection

Uninterrupted & Nike Team up on Exclusive “More Than An Athlete” Air Force 1 & Apparel Collection

To celebrate the launch of its first ever e-commerce store, LeBron James and Maverick Carter‘s Uninterrupted brand is releasing a special collaborative Nike Air Force 1 silhouette alongside a range of co-branded apparel items.

Having already been teased late last month, we now have a closer look at the forthcoming Air Force 1 Low model geared towards empowering athletes to be “More Than an Athlete.” Crafted from premium white leather, the model has been embellished with “I AM UNINTERRUPTED” accents which frames the the upper midsole, while hits of “Lapis Blue” then comes in on the outsole, laces and tongue tabs. Additionally, the white reflective heel counter allows you to write your very own “More Than” statement.

Along with the collaborat

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LeBron and ‘Governor Gav’: Newsom cashes in on college sports law rollout

LeBron and ‘Governor Gav’: Newsom cashes in on college sports law rollout




Gov. Gavin Newsom | Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo

Newsom knows how to make a statement. And he likes to do it his own way. | Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo

SACRAMENTO — When Gov. Gavin Newsom signed state legislation that could change the landscape of college sports, it came as an early Monday morning surprise to many inside California’s Capitol building.

But not to LeBron James.

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The NBA star was sitting beside the governor in a barber’s chair as Newsom, wearing blue jeans and sneakers, picked up a pen and signed the bill during a taping of James’ HBO show “The Shop” last Friday. A clip from the show ran on Twitter as part of Newsom’s unorthodox bill signing rollout three days later as many Californians were still asleep, and as Washington woke up to the latest in the impeachment drama.

“Let’s do it man, alright,” a grinning Newsom says in the clip, showing off the piece of paper adorned with his signature to James and others applauding in the room — the Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi, former NBA player Ed O’Bannon, former gymnast Katelyn Ohashi, agent Rich Paul and media personality Maverick Carter. “It’s now law in California.”

The policy news at hand was the enactment of legislation authored by state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), to allow student athletes in California to be paid for their names, images and likenesses despite NCAA regulations prohibiting such compensation. Given California’s massive university system, that’s a big deal; as Newsom put it, the NCAA “can’t afford to lose the state of California.”

But the celebrity rollout also gave people across the country a new glimpse at a laid-back Newsom, the liberal A-list leader of the world’s fifth largest economy, chumming it up with one of the country’s most i

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California Will Let College Athletes Sign Endorsement Deals

California Will Let College Athletes Sign Endorsement Deals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Defying the NCAA, California opened the way Monday for college athletes to hire agents and make money from endorsement deals with sneaker companies, soft drink makers, car dealerships and other sponsors, just like the pros.

The first-in-the-nation law, signed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and set to take effect in 2023, could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge.

Newsom and others cast it as an attempt to bring more fairness to big-money college athletics and let players share in the wealth they create for their schools. Critics have long complained that universities are getting rich off the backs of athletes — often, black athletes struggling to get by financially.

“Other college students with a talent, whether it be literature, music, or technological innovation, can monetize their skill and hard work,” the governor said. “Student athletes, however, are prohibited from being compensated while their respective colleges and universities make millions, often at great risk to athletes’ health, academics and professional careers.”

Newsom predicted other states will introduce similar legislation.

The NCAA — which had called on him to veto the bill, arguing that it would destroy the distinction between amateurs and pros and give California an unfair recruiting advantage — said it is considering its next steps. It did not elaborate.

In a statement, the NCAA said it is working to revise its rules on making money off a player

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‘Madam C.J. Walker’: Cornelius Smith Jr., Keeya King & J. Alphonse Nicholson Join Netflix Limited Series

‘Madam C.J. Walker’: Cornelius Smith Jr., Keeya King & J. Alphonse Nicholson Join Netflix Limited Series

EXCLUSIVE: Scandal alum Cornelius Smith Jr, Keeya King (Van Helsing) and J. Alphonse Nicholson (P-Valley) are set for recurring roles opposite Octavia Spencer and Tiffany Haddish in Madam C.J. Walker, an eight-episode limited series starring and executive produced by Oscar winner Spencer and executive produced by LeBron James.

Written by Nicole Asher based on the book On Her Own Ground by A’Lelia Bundles, Madam C.J. Walker tells the untold and highly irreverent story of black hair-care pioneer and mogul Madam C.J. Walker (Spencer) and how she overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and some trifling family to become America’s first self-made black female millionaire.

Smith will play W.E.B. Dubois, Americ

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LeBron James hosted California Gov. Gavin Newsom as he signed into law a bill allowing college athletes to be paid

LeBron James hosted California Gov. Gavin Newsom as he signed into law a bill allowing college athletes to be paid
  • On Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 206, also known as the Fair Pay to Play Act, a bill that gives student-athletes the ability to earn money from the use of their names, images, and likenesses.
  • Newsom appeared on LeBron James’ HBO show “The Shop” to sign the bill and discuss its potential impact moving forward.
  • James had been a prominent supporter of the bill.
  • James believes college athletes should be able to market themselves to earn money while still in school.
  • The bill is scheduled to go into effect in 2023 but is expected to face a legal challenge from the NCAA.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom joined LeBron James on his HBO show “The Shop” to sign SB 206.

Also known as the Fair Pay to Play Act, the bill gives student-athletes the ability to earn money from the use of their names, images, and likenesses. It passed through California state legislature unanimously.

On Monday, Newsom brought out the paperwork and a pen to sign the bill in a clip that James shared on social media.

Read more: LeBron James might be America’s most visible labor activist right now — and he’s garnering support from Bernie Sanders

James and Newsom discussed the bill, its significance, and what i

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California Governor Signs Bill Allowing College Athletes To Profit

California Governor Signs Bill Allowing College Athletes To Profit

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In a move that puts California on a collision course with the NCAA, Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill effectively allowing college athletes in the state to earn compensation for the use of their likeness, sign endorsement deals and hire agents to represent them. The governor signed the measure in a segment released Monday by Uninterrupted, a sports programming company co-founded by LeBron James. Newsom proclaimed the move as “the beginning of a national movement — one that transcends geographic and partisan lines.”

California is the first state

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Governor signs law allowing college athletes to profit from endorsements

Governor signs law allowing college athletes to profit from endorsements

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Monday legislation to allow college athletes to earn income for the first time from their names, images and likenesses.

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The California Assembly overwhelmingly passed legislation earlier this year, a move that was praised by NBA star LeBron James.

“Colleges reap billions from student athletes but block them from earning a single dollar. That’s a bankrupt model,” Newsom tweeted on Monday morning, announcing he had signed the legislation, making California “the first state to allow student athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness.”

The law, also known as the Fair Pay to Play Act, will prohibit California colleges and universities from enforcing NCAA rules preventing student-athletes from being compensated for the use of their names, images and likenesses and from endorsements and sponsorships.

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Wide receiver Devon Williams of the USC Trojans holds on to pass as he breaks loose from cornerback Obi Eboh of the Stanford Cardinal for a first down in the first half of the game on September 7, 2019, in Los Angeles.

The state Assembly passed the bill earlier this month in a 73-0 vote. An earlier version was approved by the state Senate on May 22 and the amended bill was passed by the state Senate, sending it to Newsom’s desk.

The law will go into effect in 2023.

The Assembly voted on the bill after LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers tweeted his support for the legislation.

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LeBron James of the LA Lakers and Team LeBron dribbles down court during the first quarter of the NBA All-Star game on February 17, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“California can change the game,” James, a frequent critic of the NCAA who went straight to the NBA from high school, said in his tweet.

In a statement released on Monday, NCAA officials predicted the law will create confusion throughout the nation as more states follow in California’s footsteps.

“As a

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LeBron James Explains How New California Law Is ‘Personal’ to Him

LeBron James Explains How New California Law Is ‘Personal’ to Him

LeBron James called for support of the new California law that will allow college athletes to be paid for use of their name, image and likeness very early on.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law on James’s The Shop and James posted the video on Twitter Monday.

After Lakers practice Monday, he spoke with reporters and explained why this new law was “personal” to him even though he never played in college.

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California Passes Law Allowing College Athletes To Make Money

California Passes Law Allowing College Athletes To Make Money

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has signed into law a bill allowing college athletes to hire agents and sign endorsement deals, setting the stage for a likely clash with the NCAA and potentially reshaping college athletics entirely.

The first of its kind Fair Pay to Play Act is set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2023, against the urging of the NCAA Board of Governors.

In a Sept. 11 letter to Newsom, the board predicted the legislation would “wipe out the distinction between college and professional athletics.” California schools might be banned from NCAA-sanctioned competitions over the “unfair recruiting advantage” offered by the bill, the group warned.

Newsom wasn’t persuaded. 

“Colleges reap billions from student athletes but block them from earning a single dollar,” he said in a statement Monday. “That’s a bankrupt model.”

The governor signed the bill surrounded by athletes who advocated for the measure’s adoption. That included Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, three-time WNBA champion and four-time Olympic gold medalist Diana Taurasi, and retired NBA star Ed O’Bannon, whose 2009 lawsuit against the NCAA presented the first real legal challenge to the pay structure this new law hopes to change.

Newsom said the new law presents “a major problem for the NCAA.”

“It’s going to initiate dozens of other states to introduce similar legislation,” he predicted,

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Drake is lending his $185 million, custom plane, ‘Air Drake,’ to the Sacramento Kings for a preseason trip to India

Drake is lending his $185 million, custom plane, ‘Air Drake,’ to the Sacramento Kings for a preseason trip to India
  • Drake is lending his $185 million custom plane to the Sacramento Kings for a preseason trip to India.
  • The plane, which is called “Air Drake,” has a bedroom, two living rooms, sofas, but apparently, no WiFi.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The Sacramento Kings will play a preseason game in Mumbai, India, this week, and to get the team there, they have received help from rapper and music mogul Drake.

According to reports, Drake is lending the team his custom plane, “Air Drake,” to fly to India. The plane is a Boeing 767 that was used to haul cargo that Drake spent $185 million to have cu

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Bills defender accuses NFL of double-standard over Tom Brady after vicious hit on Josh Allen

Bills defender accuses NFL of double-standard over Tom Brady after vicious hit on Josh Allen
  • Buffalo Bills safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer called out the officials in Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots after quarterback Josh Allen took a big hit.
  • Hyde and Poyer agreed that if a similar hit was thrown at Tom Brady, the result would have likely been a penalty and an ejection from the game.
  • In an interview with WEEI, Brady said that such hits are a part of the risk that comes with being a mobile quarterback, and recalled a similar shot he took when playing against the Bills 18 years ago.
  • Patriots head coach Bill Belichick also said that the team was playing by the book and that Allen was a tough guy to take down.
  • The teams will play a closely watched rematch in Week 16 in Foxboro.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The Buffalo Bills were not at all happy after watching quarterback Josh Allen take a brutal hit in their 16-10 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

The hit in question came in the fourth quarter as the Bills attempted to mount a comeback against their divisional rival. After Allen scrambled for a seven-yard gain, he was first met by Patriots safety Duron Harmon, who teed Allen up for a devastating hit to be delivered by cornerback Jonathan Jones.

The Bills secondary didn’t shy away from criticizing the officials no-call on the hit.

After the game, Bills safety Micah Hyde called out the officials for what he perceived as a double-standard in how hits are called against his quarterback and his opposition, Tom Brady.

“That’s the first thing that came out of my mouth on the sideline: If one of us did that to 12, we wouldn’t have been in the game anymore,” Hyde said after the game. “There’s no way. There’s no way we would’ve continued to play in that game.”

 

Jordan Poyer, Hyde’s partner in the Bills secondary, agreed.

“I’d think you’d be probably thrown out of the football game. I’m just g

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LeBron James’ High School Jersey, Used in Iconic Sports Illustrated Shoot, Up for Auction

LeBron James’ High School Jersey, Used in Iconic Sports Illustrated Shoot, Up for Auction
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California Passes “Game Changer” Law Allowing College Athletes To Make Money From Name & Likeness

California Passes “Game Changer” Law Allowing College Athletes To Make Money From Name & Likeness

There was a real-world vibe on LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s Uninterrupted talk show The Shop today as California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that gives the state’s college student-athletes the ability to benefit financially from their name, image and likeness.

The Fair Pay to Play Act (SB 206) is the first of its kind in the U.S. It addresses the NCAA’s longstanding ban on student athletes earning compensation from their association with college sports even though their respective school can make millions from their athletic performance.

Newsom signed the legislation live on The Shop alongside James — a vocal proponent of the bill — Carter, UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi, WNBA star Diana Taurasi, former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon, James’ agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group and the bill’s co-sponsor, state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley).

“This is the No. 1 reason why we created this platform,” James said on The Shop, “to have moments like this.?

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No. 1 Clemson is clearly *not* the best college football team right now

No. 1 Clemson is clearly *not* the best college football team right now


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CLEMSON IN TROUBLE?

Clemson beat North Carolina to move its winning streak to 20. That’s good! However, the Tigers only beat the Tar Heels – a so-so team in Mack Brown’s first season back – by a 21-20 margin, needing a stop on a two-point conversion in the final 90 seconds to preserve the victory. That’s less good! 

The game was certainly a wake-up call, but also makes this obvious through one month of play: Clemson is the country’s No. 1-ranked team, but it is not actually the best – and with a strong field this year the margin for error to reach the College Football Playoff is incredibly slim

Other highlights from college football’s Week 5:

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There’s no way around it: Ohio high school football player Zac Clark, 16, is a hero. When his neighbor’s car fell off a jack, crushing the man, Clark lifted the car off him, saving his life. In Zac’s words: “The adrenaline kicked in, I got the car up a little bit and we got him out.”

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We know. Look, he does newsworthy things! What do you want from us?! Anyway, the former receiver had an eventful week:

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Magic Johnson isn’t walking through that door. Kobe Bryant isn’t walking through that door. But LeBron is. Anthony Davis is. And the Lakers:

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LeBron’s high school jersey up for auction

LeBron’s high school jersey up for auction

AKRON, Ohio — A sweat-stained jersey LeBron James wore while playing Ohio high school basketball and during his first Sports Illustrated magazine cover shoot as a teenager in 2002 is being auctioned.

The online auction listing says the gold mesh jersey from the NBA star’s days with the St. Vincent-

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Lakers won’t ‘overdo’ LeBron’s preseason reps

Lakers won’t ‘overdo’ LeBron’s preseason reps

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The five-man team on which LeBron James and Anthony Davis played together so thoroughly dominated the second day of Los Angeles Lakers training camp Sunday that James was pulled to rest before the day’s scrimmages were over.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel plans to do more of that with James this preseason.

When asked how much he figures he’ll play James, entering his 17th season, during the Lakers’ six-game exhibition slate, Vogel said, “not a ton.”

“We want to be intelligent,” he continued. “We want to get him enough reps to get him familiar with his teammates and get everybody on the same page, some cohesiveness. But certainly going to be intelligent and not overdo it in the preseason.”

James, 34, registered career lows in games played (55) and minutes per game (35.2) last season in his debut with the Lakers.

Vogel said he plans to maximize James’ camp by pairing him as much as possible with Davis so the two can breed familiarity in one another’s games. Vogel is also toying with various complementary pieces to fill out the starting lineup next to them. Sunday, they were joined by Dwight Howard, Avery Bradley and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, which spelled trouble for L.A.’s reserves.

“We saw a mismatch in LeBron and Anthony’s team really sort of had their way with the other teams,” Vog

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Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis on free agency: ‘I just want to focus on this year’

Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis on free agency: ‘I just want to focus on this year’


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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Even before he wore his Los Angeles Lakers uniform, Anthony Davis seemed comfortable.

LeBron James reiterated that the offense should run through Davis. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka allowed James and Davis to exert some influence in the team’s front-office decision making. Davis even spent part of his summer filming “Space Jam 2.”

So far, the Lakers seemingly have everything Davis would want. And why not? After all, his representatives publicly requested the New Orleans Pelicans to trade Davis leading into last season’s trade deadline. So there is no way Davis would want to leave the Lakers after he becomes a free agent next summer, right?

“I just want to focus on this year,” Davis said at the Lakers’ media day on Friday. “Coming here, the Lakers definitely welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like this was home. But at the same time, it’s about what we can do this year. We have a special team, special unit, special coaching staff and we’re going to do whatever we can to focus on this year and try to come out victorious.”

Safe to say that the Lakers’ NBA championship fortunes would factor in Davis’ decision. After all, Davis became increasingly frustrated during his seven-year stint with the New Orleans Pelicans. Despite landing six NBA All-Star appearances and three spots on the All-NBA first-team, the Pelicans reached the playoffs in only two of those seasons. Never did they advance past the second round. Hence, Davis’ reps demanded a trade after making it clear to the Pelicans’ front office he had no plans to sign an extension this summer.

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Beyond winning, the Lakers are trying to make Davis comfortable in other ways.

The biggest component involves Davis’ role itself. James reiterated that Lakers coach Frank Vogel needs to make Davis the primary focus in his system after averaging a 23.7 points on 51.7 percent shooting and 12.0 rebounds per game during his seven seasons with the Pelicans. James praised Davis for having a “beautiful young mind” that should not go to waste.

“If we are not playing through Anthony Davis while he is on the floor, there’s no sense to have him on the floor,” James said. “He’s that great. It doesn’t mean every time down, we throw it to him, we throw it to him, we throw it to him. But we have the ability of doing it.”

James’ words starkly contrast what Kobe Bryant said about Dwight Howard prior to the 2012-13 season. Just like the 34-year-old James wants to reduce his workload and transition the 26-year-old Davis into the Lakers’ next star, the 34-year-old Bryant had similar plans for the 27-year-old How

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LeBron James on Team USA’s FIBA Run: ‘The Rest of the World Is Better’

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gave credit to international basketball squads Saturday after Team USA’s seventh-place showing at the FIBA world cup earlier this month.

“The rest of the world is better,” James told reporters after practice. “But we continue to get better as well as Americans.”

Team USA featured a talented crew that included Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, but many of the game’s best players—including James—did not play in the tournament.

James also noted that having more star talent doesn’t guarantee success.

“No,” James said. “It doesn’t because you still have to go out there and work and play the game. But it does strengthen our team, and it does give us a very good chance going into the worlds if we we

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B/R Top 50 NBA All-Time Finale: Who Is the Greatest Player Ever, MJ or LeBron?

B/R Top 50 NBA All-Time Finale: Who Is the Greatest Player Ever, MJ or LeBron?
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Prepare for a lukewarm take in a hot-take world: There really isn’t a wrong answer in the debate over LeBron James and Michael Jordan.

By the time he’s done, few, if any, will be able to touch LeBron’s longevity argument. He’s already the only player in NBA history with 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists. You have to drop the qualifiers all the way down to 30,000, 7,000 and 6,300 to add Kobe.

On the other hand, Jordan’s nearly unparalleled statistical resume is backed by a 6-0 Finals record in an era that included Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, John Stockton and Clyde Drexler, just to name a few.

Both had immense cultural impacts on the game and the world. Both were the best players in basketball for over a decade. Both have legitimate claims to the throne.

But, spoiler alert, that didn’t prevent us from picking one for Bleacher Report’s All-Time Player Rankings: NBA’s Top 50 Revealed.

Putting MJ at No. 1 there deserved a more thorough explanation, especially in the wake of fans choosing LeBron in three separate blind polls.

The first featured career regular-season numbers:

Then, the decision was between the 10-year peaks of each:

And finally, the playoff numbers of LeBron and Jordan were pitted against each other:

As has been the case with every “A vs. B” article this summer, the polls aren’t enough to make the call. Instead, we’ll look at each in five categories: scoring, shooting, playmaking, defense and accolades.

So, now that the table is set, it’s time to dig in to this series’ grand finale; the biggest either/or in basketball…

     

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Michael Jordan’s 30.12 points per game is the highest career scoring average of all time, barely edging out the 30.07 points per game Wilt Chamberlain posted in an era when the game was played at a much faster pace.

And, as pointed out by Thinking Basketball’s Ben Taylor, Jordan played at a time when the rules governing defensive players allowed more contact. And not just a little more contact:

Hand checks, flat-out grabbing players off the ball. The game was much more physical in Jordan’s day. But none of that could slow him down. He led the NBA in scoring in 10 seasons, including seven straight from 1986-87 to 1992-93.

When Taylor adjusted all seasons across history for pace and playing time, Jordan claimed four of the top 10 scoring averages (James Harden‘s 2018-19 was first). No one else in the top 10 made more than one appearance.

Oh, and he did all this prior to the popularization of the three-pointer. He dominated from two-point range like a big man:

“There are 6 seasons in NBA history in which a player took 100 or fewer 3PA, had a .600+ TS% & had a 30+ USG%.

“3 of those seasons belong to Karl Malone (6’9″), Yao Ming (7’6″) & Shaquille O’Neal (7’1”).

“The other 3 belong to Michael Jordan.”

“I have the greatest respect for Michael,” Larry Bird said in a career retrospective the league produced for Jordan. “You know, just watching him dribble up that court and looking you right in the eye and not knowing what he’s going to do is the scariest thing you’ ever want to be involved in.”

Jordan struck that fear into the hearts and minds of countless defenders over the years, and with a staggering level of consistency.

In the playoffs and regular season combined, Jordan totaled 671 30-point games, over 100 more than second-place Wilt’s 557. Perhaps even more impressive, 671 is over half of Jordan’s total of 1,251 games.

If you lower the threshold to 20-point games, Jordan’s 1,099 rank fifth. That’s behind LeBron’s 1,207, but Jordan got to 20 in 87.8 percent of the NBA games he played. LeBron’s mark there is 84.0 percent.

Jordan also holds a comfortable lead over LeBron in relative points per game (a player’s average minus the league average for the time): plus-18.83 to plus-16.21.

And finally, there’s individual offensive rating, a metric developed by Dean Oliver.

“Individual offensive rating is the number of points produced by a player per hundred total individual possessions,” Oliver wrote, per Basketball Reference. “In other words, ‘How many points is a player likely to generate when he tries?'”

MJ edges LeBron there in the regular season (118 to 116), 10-year peaks (121 to 119) and the playoffs (118 to 116).

LeBron is undoubtedly one of the greatest scorers of all time. One might even argue that his superior efficiency (he holds the relative true shooting percentage in each of the comparisons found in the blind polls) should earn him this category.

But, beyond the numbers and context already provided, LeBron never dominated the league as a scorer the way Jordan did.

Ten scoring titles to one is quite a gap.

LeBron 0, MJ 1

       

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There is no way to know how much different Jordan’s game might have been had he developed in this era. It stands to reason that he would have taken more threes. He likely would’ve spent more time working on that aspect of his game.

But all we have is the data available to us, and LeBron has some decent leads there.

Beyond just having a better career two-point percentage (54.8 to 51.0) and three-point percentage (34.3 to 32.7), LeBron also has seven seasons in which he was over 35.0 percent from deep. Jordan has four such seasons, and that came on significantly lower volume.

LeBron’s career three-point attempt rate (percentage of attempts that came from downtown) of 21.4 is significantly higher than Jordan’s career-high 15.7.

Now, there are some who would argue free-throw percentage is a better indicator of pure shooting than threes. Jordan leads there, 83.5 to 73.6. And Jordan certainly hit his fair share of mid-rangers, but this category goes to LeBron.

LeBron 1, MJ 1

     

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Following a 2018 playoff game, LeBron said, “I think my passing’s right up there with Earvin [Johnson],” per CelticsBlog’s Greg Brueck-Cassoli.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s 11.19 assists per game is the best career average of all time. While LeBron may not have that kind of volume as a creator, his comment really isn’t outlandish.

At 6’8″, he can survey the floor in a way few others can. And his unselfishness led to thousands of assists on plays when he might have been able to score. He’s been particularly effective as a kick-out passer, finding three-point shooters along the perimeter when he drags entire defenses into the paint with him.

“It was something I knew I had when I first started playing the game of basketball,” LeBron said, per the Washington Post‘s Ben Gollive

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Google Images just made it more difficult to find the photo you’re looking for

Google Images just made it more difficult to find the photo you’re looking for

The origin story of Google Images is a bit unusual and, believe it or not, can be traced all the way back to the iconic green dress Jennifer Lopez wore at the February 2000 Grammy Awards. In the hours and days following the event, the number of searches for Lopez’ dress absolutely skyrocketed, with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt a few years ago noting: “At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen.”

The problem, though, was that Google’s search results at the time were nothing more than a collection of links. In turn, Schmidt and Google’s search time quickly realized that they had “no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted.” And so, Google Images was born.

Since then,

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We tried 5 protein powders and LeBron James’s brand got a perfect taste score, but still didn’t come out on top

We tried 5 protein powders and LeBron James’s brand got a perfect taste score, but still didn’t come out on top

Buying protein powder can be an intimidating task even for savvy supplement shoppers.

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The supplement aisle can be dizzying.
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With the many brands, types, labels, and ingredients, it’s hard to know what to look for, or even if you need one at all. (Hint: Most people don’t.)

If you’re new to supplements, a good first step is to find a protein powder that’s drinkable so you know you’ll actually want to use it. 

Read more: 11 of the top protein powder brands, and how much sugar and protein they actually contain

To help, I rounded up five very different kinds of protein powders and mixed each with 8 ounces of water in a blender bottle for consistency.

Then, I called in my health team colleagues, Anna Miller and Julia Naftulin, for a taste test. I use protein powder frequently, and they were less familiar with the products.

Although we all had different preferences, there was a clear winner.

 

We set up shop in our New York offices, after gathering protein powders from various places, including the vitamin shop around the street and samples we’d gotten in the mail.

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Our protein-packed afternoon.
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The powders we tasted were Humming Hemp’s hemp protein powder, Pure Protein’s plant protein blend, Trader Joe’s Designer whey protein, BSN Syntha-6, and a plant blend backed by LeBron James called Ladder.

I use protein powder regularly, before and after workouts, and have tried a lot of them. My health team colleagues, Anna Miller and Julia Naftulin, are less familiar with them. We all tried the different types and each rated them on a scale of 1 to 5 based on three criteria. 

  • Taste: Does it have a pleasant, but not overwhelming flavor? Is it delicious, or do we have to suffer through it? 
  • Texture: How does it feel? Is it drinkable or hard to choke down?
  • Appearance: How appetizing does it look? Does it make me excited to drink it or apprehensive?

First up: Raw hemp protein, the only unflavored powder we tried.

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Hemp protein is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 20 essential amino acids. It’s also vegan and full of vitamins.
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Protein extracted from hemp seeds is full of vitamins and amino acids. The brand we tried, from Humming Hemp, is pure, raw hemp protein with nothing else added.

 

 

We used a blender bottle for all our tests, since our office doesn’t have an electric blender. This was a challenge for the hemp protein — it took a lot of shaking to mix it.

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After some of the tastings, Julia’s smile faded.
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While the taste of the hemp powder was better than we expected, it quickly separated into a muddy-looking liquid and a thick sludge.

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This wouldn’t have happened if we’d mixed it in a smoothie.
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I was hesitant to try the hemp protein powder since it had a vaguely muddy appearance. 

But the mildly nutty taste wasn’t as bad as we were all bracing for, especially given that this was the only unflavored powder we tried.

Still, Julia’s review (1 out of 5 on all measures) wasn’t great: “It’s not horrible, but it’s not good either,” she said. 

Despite its downsides, I would use this protein powder again due to its strong nutrition profile and lack of chemicals and artificial ingredients.

I do recommend, however, adding it to something other than water — try it in a fruit smoothie or use it in baked goods. 

The product sells for $14 for a pound online

We all thought it was satisfying to drink because of the thicker consistency. The chocolate flavor, however, was “way too sweet, especially the after taste,” according to Anna, who still gave it a 3 in taste and a 4 in the other measures.

protein shake

This was the most fun to pour. It has an appealing chocolatey color and consistency.
Anna Miller

Although the Pure Protein powder actually sweetened with stevia and monk fruit, both Anna and Julia thought the sweetness was too much and tasted “like fake sugar.”

It was smoother than the pure hemp, but still had a little bit of graininess, and Julia said it felt “a bit chalky,” probably from the pea protein, which tends to feel a little sludgy if you’re not used to it. 

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Despite its critiques from my colleagues, I’d definitely drink the Pure Protein blend after a workout.

You can buy it for $19 per 1.5 pound cannister online.

 

Our first whey protein of the test was from Trader Joe’s. We were hopeful this one would take the cake, because who doesn’t love Trader Joe’s?

trader joes

Trader Joe’s sells affordable protein powders.
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The Designer Whey Protein from TJ’s blended quickly, but after pouring the samples, bits of powder separated on the surface. That left it with an uneven look that wasn’t very attractive, if we’re being picky.

designer whey protein

You can see bits of separated powder on the surface.
Julia Naftulin

The Trader Joe’s taste was promising though. It was like chocolate milk — sweet, but not overpowering.

designer whey trader joe's

This sells for $12 per 1 pound-canister at Trader Joe’s or online.
Gabby Landsverk

Julia still tasted fake sugar, but liked this one better. 

It’s thin texture was a bit of a disappointment though. It felt more like drinking chocolate skim milk than a chocolate milkshake, like the previous plant protein. 

The more watery texture also made it less filling and satisfying, in my opinion, than some of the other powders we tried.

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However, for people who don’t drink a lot of shakes, it could be an approachable introduction to protein powders.  

BSN Syntha-6, a blend of whey proteins, was next. Since I use it at home regularly and it has a similar ingredient list as the Trader Joe’s option, I wondered if it would taste no different than TJ’s and I’d learn of a new alternative.

Syntha-6 Protein

My personal stash.
Gabby Landsverk

The powder is a blend of whey isolate and casein, a slower-absorbing protein. 

It did not taste like Trader Joe’s. It was better. We all loved its texture, and thought it tasted more natural and not overly sweet. Anna, who’d only had one or two sips of the other powders, easily gulped this one down.

Sytha-6 Whey protein

We tried the “Chocolate Milkshake” version, but it also comes in flavors like banana, peanut butter, and cookies and cream.
Julia Naft

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For LeBron’s Second Season, the Lakers Make A Lot More Sense

For LeBron’s Second Season, the Lakers Make A Lot More Sense

The Lakers’ circus is over after a year of dysfunction, clearing the way for LeBron James and Anthony Davis to chase a championship with a hand-picked supporting cast.

The Lakers somewhat officially(?) kicked off their 2019–20 campaign Friday with media day, echoing all the same optimism the franchise had last year when LeBron James was in his first season with the team, Magic Johnson ran the basketball operations, and Anthony Davis was still a Pelican. So much has obviously changed since then, both for the Lakers and the rest of the league. L.A.’s biggest rival has moved south, from the Bay Area to across the hall. Davis is wearing the purple and gold. And Rob Pelinka, who survived last season’s disappointment, has made it clear last year’s failures have turned into lessons.

For example, when discussing the remade roster Friday, Pelinka admitted to looking for more shooting, a concern that followed the Lakers immediately after they filled out the roster post-LeBron. This season, L.A. is putting guys like Danny Green and Avery Bradley around James and Davis, in addition to holdovers like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso. Pelinka also m

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Lakers Media Day 2019: LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Top Interviews, Videos

Lakers Media Day 2019: LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Top Interviews, Videos
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Anthony Davis (L) and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers laugh while attending Game Four of the 2019 WNBA Playoff semifinals between the Washington Mystics and the Las Vegas Aces at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on September 24, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Mystics defeated the Aces 94-90 and won the series 3-1. 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 Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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The Los Angeles Lakers fell short of expectations during the first year of the LeBron James era. They posted a 37-45 record amid an injury-plagued season and missed the NBA playoffs by 11 games in the stacked Western Conference. 

It led to an offseason of change in L.A. The front office acquired Anthony Davis in a blockbuster trade with the New Orleans Pelicans and made a series of high-profile free-agent signings, highlighted by Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Quinn Cook and DeMarcus Cousins, who later suffered a torn ACL.

The roster reconstruction provided the backdrop for Friday’s 2019 Lakers media day.

“I’m very motivated. I’m just not in talk about it mode,” James told reporters. “… My mother always told me. ‘Don’t talk about it. Be about it.'”

The three-time NBA champ also raved about Davis, who he said will control the offensive flow:

The newest Lakers superstar noted his arrival to the Lakers was driven solely by a desire to chase a championship and he’s confident the team can do “something special:”

“I’m excited just to get started,” Davis said. “I can’t wait until tomorrow.”

Along with the new players, the Lakers also have a new head coach in Frank Vogel, who was hired to replace Luke Walton. Vogel has compiled a 304-291 record across eight years as an NBA head coach (six with the Indiana Pacers and two with the Orlando Magic).

“When the belief is strong at the outset, it’s about focusing in on the work, and we’re looking forward to getting after it,” Vogel told reporters.

General manager Rob Pelinka added: “When the starting point of your roster is two of the best pla

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The NBA Is Sleeping On LeBron James And The Lakers

The NBA Is Sleeping On LeBron James And The Lakers
Washington Mystics v Las Vegas Aces - Game Four

LeBron James is no longer the best player in the NBA.

That is according to ESPN. It might even be according to many of you out there who are partial to freaky Greek players or stoic superstars who now player for the Clippers.

At 34, LeBron is nearly geriatric in this sport. And it’s downright difficult to get motivated at an advanced age. The body creaks. Chairs seem lower to the ground than they once did. Music is louder and tacos just don’t taste the same, even on Tuesdays.

But if ever there were one more season to harness the power of myriad detractors, it would be this one.

The great thing about the NBA is its parity, and that extends from the teams to their superstars.

ESPN recently unveiled nearly all of its 2019-2020 Top 100 Players, unveiling most of the top 10 concluding with player No. 3, LeBron James.

As ESPN states, “This is the first time since the debut of NBArank before the 2011-12 season that LeBron isn’t No. 1.”

It was bound to happen. Seasons change. Players grow old. Injuries happen.

James suffered his most arduous season from a physical standpoint with a groin injury that saw him play only 55 games.

In explaining the No. 3 ranking, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin states, “Though James’ averages of 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists while playing a career-low 35.2 minutes per game last season suggest he is still in dominant form, his VORP (value over replacement player) and PER (player efficiency rating) were both the lowest they’ve been since his rookie season.”

James was indeed good but he wasn’t great. He was commendable considering the injury to his groin, the lack of shooters on the team and the front office turmoil taking place throughout.

But he wasn’t the King of the NBA.

So it makes perfect sense that the brand would take a bit of a hit. But you can also see how the upcoming season is particularly intriguing given a healthy James.

He has perhaps one of his best supporting casts with a roster that is filled with shooters, albeit light on the prototypical point guard playmakers.

He also has who might be his best running mate in Anthony Davis, a big man who is just now entering his prime.

LeBron no longer has to be the lone superstar to shoulder heavy minutes and nightly scrutiny.

James is also well rested thanks to a groin injury that had him miss five weeks. The Lakers were also nice enough to stink up the joint just enough to get the King an early recess from the remainder of the season.

And, thanks to even the smallest of snubs, the King now has proper motivation to kick off the season.

As a follow-up to their rankings, ESPN corralled a few of their writers to opine on James and what he is at the moment. Lauding him for his social media acumen, Jackie MacMullan also expounded on James’ ability to turn criticism into fuel: “The beauty of LeBron is his ability to take slights, real or imagined, and channel them into a frothy lather that will display his undeniable talents yet again.”

James isn’t just out to prove that he remains the best player on the planet. More important is the need to prove the Lakers are the best team in the league.

According to some, the Lakers aren’t even the best team in their own city.

Earlier in the week the subject of th

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LeBron: If not playing through AD, why have him?

LeBron: If not playing through AD, why have him?

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Oddsmakers in Las Vegas might consider them the favorites, and desire to repent for the 2018-19 debacle of a season might be palpable, but LeBron James is doing his best to keep the burden of expectations off the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

“I’m very motivated, but I’m right now not in talking-about-it mode,” James said Friday at the team’s annual media day. “Been very quiet this summer, for a reason. My mother always taught me, ‘Don’t talk about it, be about it.’ That’s where I’m at. As a team, me myself, need to get the Lakers back to what they’ve been accustomed to every year, so excited about that.”

The 16-time champions have been in a rut lately, missing the playoffs for a franchise-worst six consecutive years. The joy surrounding James’ arrival last summer was short-lived as injuries, trade speculation and Magic Johnson’s shocking resignation sabotaged the four-time MVP’s inaugural campaign.

Yet optimism floated through the Lakers’ practice facility on the eve of training camp, with Anthony Davis, acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans in a June trade, donning the purple and gold as the centerpiece of a new-look roster.

“We do all know how good Anthony Davis is, and if we are not playing through Anthony Davis while he is on the floor, then there’s no sense to have him on the floor,” James said. “He’s that great. It doesn’t mean every time down, we throw it to him, we throw it to him, we throw it to him. But we have the ability of doing it.”

Davis, an All-Star in six of his seven seasons in the league, was taken aback by James’ praise. “Aw, he said that?” Davis asked, almost blushing. “Very kind of him. We’re going to feed off each other tremendously. I think we’re two guys who are very selfless and just want to

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Media day 1: Westbrook, Durant, Irving, Davis in new colors

Media day 1: Westbrook, Durant, Irving, Davis in new colors

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving appeared in the black uniforms of the Brooklyn Nets. Anthony Davis wore the Los Angeles Lakers‘ home gold uniform. Russell Westbrook donned Houston Rockets‘ red for the first time.

New season, new looks.

The first five media days of the new NBA year took place Friday with the Lakers, Nets, Rockets, Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings holding the annual prequels to the first practice. And in Miami, where media day isn’t officially until Monday, Jimmy Butler did his first interviews wearing a new Heat jersey — one he famously said years ago that he’d never wear.

Clearly, Day 1 of camp season wasn’t hurting for star power.

“We want to be able to compete every single night and obviously we know what the long-term goal is,” three-time NBA champion LeBron James said at Lakers’ media day. “But it’s all about the process of today.”

James and the Lakers are entering a season of massive expectations, largely because of Davis coming to L.A. James said he wants the Lakers to run offense through Davis much in the same way he wanted it run through Irving when they were teammates in Cleveland — citing the potential for such a ploy to create mismatches and opportunities for others.

“It’s exciting to have such a beautiful young mind,” James said.

But expectations are high elsewhere as well.

In Houston, Westbrook and James Harden will form a backcourt that consists of two of the last three NBA MVPs. Westbrook talked about how he and Harden have been close and stayed close going back to their time as teammates together in Oklahoma City.

“The bigger picture obviously in the NBA is the championships and MVPs and all that nonsense,” Westbrook said. “But for me,

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If LeBron isn’t the best player in the NBA anymore, what is he?

If LeBron isn’t the best player in the NBA anymore, what is he?

LeBron James has been the No. 1 player in ESPN’s NBArank since the beginning. He had just disappointed and somewhat disappeared in the 2011 NBA Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks, yet he was still recognized as the game’s greatest all-around performer later that year. For eight seasons we asked ESPN’s basketball experts to predict the best player in the game, and for eight seasons LeBron has been undeniable.

Now, there’s someone else at No. 1. Our panel has James as the No. 3 player for 2019-20.

Every LeBron James season is its own kind of unprecedented experience. This one might carry the most unknowns. In the modern game, there’s really no case of lead shot-creators like James making All-NBA at age 35. He looked mortal in his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s adjusting to a remodeled roster and an elite big man in Anthony Davis.

So, is the ranking right? And if LeBron isn’t the best player in the NBA anymore, then what is he?

Four of our NBA experts look into the big questions and expectations surrounding his upcoming season.

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Doubts, drama and dominance

Jackie MacMullan: What should we expect from LeBron James this season? Another season filled with intrigue and drama. Let’s be honest: He can’t help it!

Perhaps there will be veiled passive-aggressive tweets. Maybe his physical response to a game gone awry will include a tell. Either way, it won’t take much guesswork to figure out how LeBron feels about the Lakers’ season, because he’ll let us know.

Has any other athlete ever used social media so effectively? James transformed Taco Tuesday into a national phenomenon, and then he had the good sense to attempt to trademark it. He invites us into his world on his terms, whether it’s sharing a glimpse of his punishing workouts in the gym or endearing clips of his sons playing basketball in the yard before the sun comes up. These windows into his soul have enhanced his standing as one of the most popular players in NBA history.

There’s nothing more confounding for elite athletes to confront than their own mortality. LeBron already experienced this on a smaller scale because of a strained left groin that shut down his 2018-19 season.

Perhaps he will carve out his own version of load management this time around. James has already conceded he conserves his energy on the defensive end during meaningless regular-season contests. And yes, there has been a decline in his lateral quickness. But are you going to be the one who declares he’s trending downward?

In his maiden voyage with the Lakers last season, which ended in disappointment and frustration from all sides, he still submitted 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists a game. The beauty of LeBron is his ability to take slights, real or imagined, and channel them into a frothy lather that will display his undeniable talents yet again. There’s no denying he zeroed in on the doubters during this long offseason with laser focus, and that he will emerge recentered and highly motivated to reclaim his throne.

So LeBron will bully on, mowing over coaches and teammates and pundits and general managers and owners and anyone else in his way who dares to defy his method of grasping for that elusive fourth ring. Most of the time amid that pursuit, he will be a force of nature, a runaway locomotive, the epitome of a champion. But every once in a while, his biggest strength — his undisputed reign as the king of player empowerment — will reveal itself as his most glaring weakness.

Glass of cabernet, anyone?


What will well-rested LeBron look like?

Kevin Arnovitz: Andre Agassi’s autobiography, “Open,” eloquently shares the physical and mental anguish of the aging athlete. On the first page of the introductory chapter, Agassi introduces himself as a heaping bundle of bones, muscles and joints who now wakes up every morning as a “stranger to myself.”

“I’m a young man, relatively speaking,” Agassi writes. “Thirty-six. But I wake as if ninety-six. After three decades of sprinting, stopping on a dime, jumping high and landing hard, my body no longer feels like my body, especially in the morning. Consequently my mind doesn’t feel like my mind.”

Though LeBron Ja

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Kyle Kuzma Waiting on MRI on Foot Injury, Out Indefinitely

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Kyle Kuzma is not cleared for full practice or game participation and will not have his status updated until after the Lakers return from China, the team announced Thursday.

Kuzma is dealing with a stress reaction in his left foot that he sustai

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Ranking the NBA’s best players, from No. 10 to LeBron

Ranking the NBA’s best players, from No. 10 to LeBron

For the ninth season in a row, ESPN.com is predicting the top players in basketball with NBArank.

Who will be the best player this season? To get the final prediction, we asked our expert panel to vote on pairs of players.

LeBron James vs. Kawhi Leonard. Zion Williamson vs. Luka Doncic. Devin Booker vs. D’Angelo Russell.

We asked, “Which player will be better in 2019-20?” To decide, voters had to consider both the quality and the quantity of each player’s contributions to his team’s ability to win games in the regular season and postseason.

Here are Nos. 10 to 3. Nos. 1 and 2 drop on Friday.

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NBArank: 10 to 3


One big question: How healthy is he? After George required surgeries to repair both shoulders, the Clippers will surely take things slow with him, which could delay how quickly he and Kawhi Leonard become comfortable and adjust to playing with one another. After averaging career highs of 28 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game in 2018-19, George will have to get healthy again while learning what his role will be like with Leonard. — Ohm Youngmisuk


One big question: From the moment he entered the league as a mystery guest from Weber State, Lillard established himself as a fearless, durable floor general with an uncommon stage presence. His big-game shot-making rivals any of his contemporaries, and he’s a first-rate culture-setter who quietly agreed to a supermax extension over the summer that will keep him in Portland well into his 30s. Lillard has publicly stated that he’s uninterested in building a superteam or serving as a recruiter in a league where such machinations are bigger than the game itself. Yet Lillard’s independence poses a challenge: Without the concentration of star power present on the rosters of most NBA contenders, how far can Lillard lift the Trail Blazers in an unforgiving Western Conference? — Kevin Arnovitz


One big question: Will Embiid hold up for a deep postseason run? A year removed from jumping 23 spots up to No. 9, Embiid receives a slight bump despite an improvement across the board statistically. Playing a career high 34.3 MPG, Embiid dominated when he was on the court, averaging 27.5 points and 13.6 rebounds in 64 games. Battling an illness last spring and having his fitness questioned, Embiid saw his production on both ends of the court decrease in the playoffs, eventually leading to the 76ers falling in the second round. — Bobb

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LeBron James’ Uninterrupted Teases Nike Air Force 1 Collab

LeBron James’ Uninterrupted Teases Nike Air Force 1 Collab

Uninterrupted, LeBron James and Maverick Carter‘s media platform for athletes, is about to get its own Nike Air Force 1. The brand is out here teasing the collaboration in a series of Instagram posts, and so far all we’ve seen is the heel.

Handwriting on the heels reads: “I am more than my body. I am the message. I am ‘the source.’ And I have a story to tell. I am more than an athlete.” A ribbon over the midsole also says, “I am Uninterrupted.”

No word yet on a r

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The Margin: Fox News host Laura Ingraham is called out for ‘monstrous behavior’ by her own brother after she mocked Greta Thunberg

The Margin: Fox News host Laura Ingraham is called out for ‘monstrous behavior’ by her own brother after she mocked Greta Thunberg

Fox News apologized Monday for airing what it described as a “disgraceful” segment in which Daily Wire host Michael Knowles called 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has Asperger’s syndrome, a “mentally ill Swedish child” after she delivered a moving speech at the United Nations.

But that didn’t stop Fox New’s Laura Ingraham from mocking Thunberg on her show, “The Ingraham Angle,” later that same day:

The president’s Twitter account also got in, with apparent sarcasm, on the act:

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Take a First Look at the Upcoming Under Armour Curry 7

After a very fruitful year for the Golden State WarriorsSteph Curry and his Curry 6, Under Armour has unveiled the latest evolution for the NBA point guard’s line: the Curry 7.

Debuting in an “UNDRTD” colorway, the new Curry 7 sneakers retain certain design elements of its predecessors, opting for a low-top cut. Unlike the Curry 6, however, the “SC” logo previously located on the outsole has shifted up towards the rear lateral of the shoe, emblazoned

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NTWRK Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary With Off-White™ x Nike “The Ten” Collection Drawing

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NTWRK, the mobile e-commerce platform co-signed by Drake and LeBron James, is celebrating its one year anniversary with the latest drawing, offering up the full Off-White™ x Nike “The Ten” collection. The series of highly sought after Nike silhouettes designed by Virgil Abloh will b

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LeBron James Teases Upcoming Uninterrupted x Nike Air Force 1 Collab

LeBron James Teases Upcoming Uninterrupted x Nike Air Force 1 Collab

Keeping busy during the NBA offseason, LeBron James and business partners Maverick Carter recently teased an upcoming Uninterrupted x Nike collaboration.

Revealed on Instagram, the media platform has put together its take on the iconic Air Force 1 Low model. Although not much has been revealed, we do know that the shoe will feature premium white leather construction accented by an “I AM UNINTERRUPTED” taping frame separating the up

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LeBron James’ Jersey From ’02 SI Cover Hits Auction Block, Could Get $300K+

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NBA Rumors: ‘Big Gap’ in Kawhi, Clippers’ Title Chances over LeBron, Lakers

NBA Rumors: ‘Big Gap’ in Kawhi, Clippers’ Title Chances over LeBron, Lakers
Kawhi Leonard attends a press conference in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Nearly three weeks after the native Southern California superstars shook up the NBA by teaming up with the Los Angeles Clippers, the dynamic duo makes its first public appearance. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Ringo H.W. Chiu/Associated Press

How much of a gap is there between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers when it comes to winning a title this season?

According to NBA executives polled by Ethan Strauss of The Athletic, a significant one in favor of the Clippers:

“In league circles, Lakers skepticism has burbled about for some time, before and after Anthony Davis awkwardly made his way to Los Angeles. Questions of fit and chemistry persist, and many are noting just how many games LeBron James has played up to this point. Like the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers are also lacking in perimeter defense, in a league where it seems to matter more than ever. Much as you would expect some ‘It’s LeBron’ faith, that faith appears to be wavering after the last disastrous season. Even flanked with Davis, no one I spoke with believes LeBron and the Lakers are better than the upstart Clips.”

One executive added of the gap between the teams: “There is a big gap in likelihood of winning the title. Not sure about regular season wins.”

The Clippers can ma

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Fantasy NBA mock draft: 10-team, head-to-head points

Fantasy NBA mock draft: 10-team, head-to-head points

It takes a special breed to know what season it is right now.

Fall? Nope. Football season? Nope. Baseball postseason? Nope.

C’mon! If you’re reading this, you are the right breed. The kind of person who knows it is … fantasy basketball season!

NBA training camps and preseason games will get underway soon, but for the hardcore fantasy ballers who want to win their leagues, it’s time to get a jump on the competition by prepping early for your drafts.

With that in mind, we officially tipped off the 2019-20 fantasy basketball campaign by gathering our experts for our first mock draft, a 10-team head-to-head points format.

Regardless of whether you are a rookie or a grizzled fantasy hoops veteran, it is a wise move to take part in at least a couple of mocks of your own to work out the kinks and ace your real drafts. Head to our Mock Draft Lobby and give it a try.

In the meantime, you can check out the results of our mock and read key takeaways from our analysts below.

The participants in our 10-team points mock, in order of draft position, were: Austin Tedesco, André Snellings, Joe Kaiser, Jim McCormick, Marc J. Spears, Preston Johnson, Tom Carpenter, Kyle Soppe, Matt Williams, John Cregan.


Austin Tedesco: Maybe don’t take Darius Garland in the sixth round — and maybe don’t try to drop a player into your queue when it’s your turn to draft, either — but there’s still a lot to like here. Garland loves the most important shot in the NBA. He can create out of pick-and-roll. He’ll play big minutes.

I have no idea if he’ll even moderately succeed at all of his hypothetical skills as an NBA rookie, which is why I didn’t intend to take him this early. Now that I’m looking back over the draft … I’m more optimistic about his fantasy points than a lot of the dudes in the seventh round. Let it fly, Darius. (And please give him the ball, Collin Sexton).

André Snellings: I had something come up last minute, so my team was autodrafted until the latter rounds, and it gives you a good look at what that can look like. The autodraft clearly reflected the tendency of the points leagues toward big men having the advantage. I think that’s a good thing for the autodraft because a real person would be less likely to hammer the big men like that in favor of bigger names, possibly to their detriment.

As I mentioned in the draft chat, there is a lot of talent this season. I was still drafting guys I consider starting-quality in the last few rounds. I didn’t even get to draft some of my favorite sleepers (thinking of Brandon Clarke and Zach Collins, among others).

Joe Kaiser: Having the No. 3 pick in a 10-team draft is a great spot to be because you’re guaranteed a top-tier player like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis or James Harden and you still are set up to get a strong pick with the No. 18 overall pick in Round 2.

The guy I had my eyes on was Bradley Beal, who put up monster numbers once John Wall went down last season. And with Harden already in the fold, I would have set myself up with two of the very best SGs in fantasy hoops, with Harden also qualifying at PG. The problem is, Jim McCormick swiped Beal one pick before me and left me with Deandre Ayton. That one hurt.

Jim McCormick: I was happy to land Steven Adams in a points format, given I believe he’s going to enjoy a sizable leap in rebounding volume and efficiency sans Russell Westbrook. Keeping with this theme of underrated big men ideal for this format, I also like the value I netted on Bam Adebayo. I might be a bit light on guard depth, but it’s worth remembering points leagues are ideal for volume rebounders.

Preston Johnson: The scoring format in points leagues often disregards the efficiency of a player, but I like that the ESPN format accounts for it to some degree still. Subsequently, I found that my player projections valued big men more heavily than ESPN’s projections.

I wound up drafting Joel Embiid and Rudy Gobert with my first two selections picking in the sixth spot, and I have both projected to be top-10 players this season. In later rounds I was able to add some of my favorite value picks in the draft with Derrick Favors, Thomas Bryant, Larry Nance Jr, Kevon Looney and Alex Len.

If you’re drafting using solely the ESPN player projections, my one piece of advice is to target big men earlier than they recommend (Adebayo was another I was hoping for, but I got sniped in the middle rounds). Oh, and if Trae Young falls to you in the fourth round, draft him.

Tom Carpenter: I like the early rounds of my draft, as I build a pretty well-balanced lineup, and I took some good upside fliers in the later rounds. Still, I have a habit this early in the preseason of drafting too many guys who have health questions (Paul George, Dejounte Murray) and too many rookies (RJ Barrett, Rui Hachimura, Coby White).

I’m always looking for upside and value, which they all present in mid-September. However, as I get closer to the regular season and real drafts, I’ll be limiting my exposure to that much risk.

Kyle Soppe: During the first mock of the season, I was reminded of just how much value is placed on rebounding in a points-based environment. The first round consisted only of players who are true threats to pull down 10 boards on a nightly basis, and that’s something that may not come naturally to most drafters.

We all have fun watching Kyrie Irving dance or Devin Booker put up massive (garbage time) scoring totals, but the fantasy world is one that revolves around consistency and the ability to rebound provides just that. Look at the double-double leaderboard and you’ll understand. There were eight players who double-doubled at least 54 times last season, with all of them getting there in at least 70% of their games played.

Stabilize your roster with “safe” rebounders in the early going, and you give your team a nice scoring floor to pair with your upside steals in the later rounds.

Matt Williams: Coming out of the draft, I was pleased to get Stephen Curry at 12th overall. Is it a risk? Of course, as Curry is the main offensive option for the Warriors with Kevin Durant now in Brooklyn and Klay Thompson out for most of the season. But there is hope based on last season, as Curry averaged 42.7 points per 36 minutes when Durant and Thompson were off the floor (271 minutes of game time). While he will not average that for an entire season, it gives an indication of what Curry is capable of when on the court alone.

The one player I wanted and did not get? De’Aaron Fox. Fox increased his scoring average by 5.7 points from his rookie season. He also dramatically improved his 3-point shooting percentage, going from 30.7 3FG% to 37.1 3FG%. That 6.4% jump from 2017-18 to 2018-19 was fifth-highest among 148 players to attempt at least 150 3-pointers in each season.

John Cregan: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander offers great value as an endgame pick. Even if he ends up playing the 2 alongside Chris Paul, SGA’s fantasy outlook is trending up in OKC. I was hoping Buddy Hield was going to drop to me at the end of the seventh round. Hield has top-50 upside in points leagues. I may regret picking DeMar DeRozan at 31. There’s a lot of value at SG later in drafts this fantasy season (especially points leagues). DeRozan was a safe pick, but I thought hard about taking Pascal Siakam (and his enhanced upside) instead.

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Is LeBron James a Top 5 shooter of all time? Skip and Shannon discuss

Is LeBron James a Top 5 shooter of all time? Skip and Shannon discuss

Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe discuss whether LeBron James is one of the NBA’s all time great shooters.
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Official Trailer for ‘Unlikely’ Doc About the University Drop Out Crisis

Official Trailer for ‘Unlikely’ Doc About the University Drop Out Crisis

Official Trailer for ‘Unlikely’ Doc About the University Drop Out Crisis

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Unlikely Doc Trailer

“That’s a problem – it’s perpetuating inequality.” Three Frame Media have debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Unlikely, which is opening in select US theaters starting next month. The documentary sheds light on the underbelly of the higher education system — the student drop out crisis. Not everyone knows this, but the US has ones of the worst college completion rates in the entire world – less than 50% of students who start college ever finish. Set in the cities of Akron, Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles, the film investigates America’s college dropout crisis through the lives of numerous students navigating the broken higher education system and the innovators working to close the opportunity divide. Featuring interviews with LeBron James, Howard Schultz, and many others. This looks like it takes a very hard-hitting look at the problem, examining why it’s not working, but also focusing on how to improve and fix what’s broken.



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LeBron James’ ‘I Promise’ School Delivers Results For Underprivileged Students

LeBron James’ ‘I Promise’ School Delivers Results For Underprivileged Students

A follow-up to last year’s opening (video above) of the LeBron James’ “I Promise” school in Akron, Ohio.

Students at the “I Promise” school have made astonishing strides in their learning in just one year. According to The New York Times,

Unlike other schools connected to celebrities, I Promise is not a charter school run by a private operator but a public school operated by the district. Its population is 60 percent black, 15 percent English-language learners and 29 percent special education students. Three-quarters of its families meet the low-income threshold to receive help from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Its students went from scoring in the 1st percentile (1%) in reading to 9th (9%) or 14th (14%), depending on their grade. In math, they moved from 1st to 18th percentile (3rd grade) and 2nd to 30th percentile (4th grade) in one year. And the even better measure of their learning is th

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Is Blake Griffin Already a Hall of Famer?

Is Blake Griffin Already a Hall of Famer?
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 95-92. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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We don’t talk nearly enough about Blake Griffin.

From the beginning, Griffin has set the basketball world on fire with his high-flying nature. He jammed on overmatched opponents during his two-year career at Oklahoma then ushered in the Lob City Era as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. While the “just a dunker” criticisms were always a bit unjust, he was more comfortable Mozgov-ing people than getting buckets against set defenses.

Today’s Griffin can still put you in the torture chamber, but he’s an entirely different player. He isn’t just a walking highlight reel; he’s one of the most skilled players in the NBA. In fact, a strong case can be made that he’s one of the best players the sport has ever seen and already worthy of Hall of Fame consideration.

A common misconception about today’s NBA is that it’s a game of specialists. It’s easy to focus on the league’s collective shift to three-point shooting and fall into that trap. Teams are taking (and making) more threes than ever. Players, especially big men who can’t knock them down, are seemingly getting phased out.

Threes are crucial, but versatility reigns supreme. More specifically, having the counters needed to flummox defenses is what turns a good offensive player into a great one. In the case of LeBron James, his shift from slasher supreme to half-court virtuoso allowed him to become (more) transcendent instead of great. Even the best players in the sport have to evolve. 

Griffin has done just that.

His rare blend of size, power and skill has set him apart from most of his peers, both physically and statistically. He may not be LeBron, but he’s on track to wind up in the same place: Springfield, Massachusetts, home of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

        

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CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 16: Kyrie Irving #11 of Team LeBron and Blake Griffin #23 of Team Giannis smile and laugh in the locker room before the 2019 NBA All-Star Practice and Media Availability on February 16, 2019 at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, Nor

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Griffin is coming off one of the most well-rounded seasons by a big man in NBA history.

He posted a career-high 24.5 points per game with a 46.2/36.2/75.3 shooting split while also adding 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists per contest. He was one of four players to average at least 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists last season, joining LeBron, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George

Griffin, Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Nikola Jokic and Ben Simmons were the only players 6’9″ or taller to average at least five assists last season. Of that group, only Griffin and Durant shot 35 percent or better from three-point range.

Put those per-game numbers and three-point proficiency together—24/7/5 while shooting 35 percent or better from deep—and you’re looking at nearly unprecedented production. Joining Griffin on that list are LeBron, Durant, Larry Bird, Tracy McGrady and DeMarcus Cousins.

In other words: two Hall of Famers (Bird and McGrady), two surefire future Hall of Famers (LeBron and Durant) and a four-time All-Star who could be on a similar trajectory if not for awful injury luck.

If you set some benchmarks around Griffin’s season totals—let’s say 1,800 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists and 150 threes—the only other player to meet that criteria last season was James Harden. All-time? It’s Harden, Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton, and Antoine “Shimmy On ‘Em” Walker.  

Those numbers may seem arbitrary, but they speak to just how much Griffin does on the court.

       

Creating From Everywhere

Griffin has made the rare shift from play-finisher to play-initiator at the 4.

Via Synergy, he led all bigs with 464 possessions as the pick-and-roll ball-handler (passes included). That mark was nearly double the amount posted by Giannis (253) and more than three times as many as Jokic’s 137. 

Griffin’s 1.004 points per possession (PPP) ranked 25th among the 72 players to log at least 400 such possessions. He edged out stars such as Mike Conley (1.003), Bradley Beal (1.00), George (0.997) and Westbrook (0

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SMB not rushing Fajardo, Cabagnot back for Terrific 12 semis vs Liaoning – Sports Interactive Network Philippines

SMB not rushing Fajardo, Cabagnot back for Terrific 12 semis vs Liaoning – Sports Interactive Network Philippines

MACAU – San Miguel is not rushing the return to active duty of starters June Mar Fajardo and Alex Cabagnot ahead of the semifinals of the East Asia League Terrific 12 on Saturday.

SMB coach Leo Austria said both Cabagnot and Fajardo remain day to day heading to the team’s highly-awaited encounter against the Liaoning Flying Leopards.

Cabagnot is still recovering from the flu while Fajardo’s sprained ankle which he suffered during the FIBA world cup has yet to fully heal.

Both players however, joined the Beermen in practice at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion on Friday during the tournament break.

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Here’s Your First Official Look at the Nike LeBron XVII

Here’s Your First Official Look at the Nike LeBron XVII

The NBA season kicks off in a little more than a month, and now we’re getting our first look at the kicks LeBron James will rock for the season. Nike has officially announced the LeBron XVII, which features the largest Air Max heel unit in a LeBron yet.

“If you look at the evolution of LeBron’s line, you’ll see how he loves Max Air, and we felt like the volume of Air in the 17 was the next solution in providing the stabilization and support he needs,” designer Jason Petrie said.

The new signature sneaker also features two independent Air Zoom Pods on the forefoot and a Knitposite upper

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Nike Unveils the LeBron 17, Introducing New “Knitposite” Technology

Nike Unveils the LeBron 17, Introducing New “Knitposite” Technology

Almost two weeks away from the start of the NBA Preseason, Nike and LeBron James unveil the LeBron 17, introducing an all-new Swoosh technology, Knitposite.

Evolving from the LeBron 16‘s Battleknit 2.0 upper, LBJ’s 17th signature sneaker combines Nike’s popular Flyknit construction with heat-molded yarns, enhancing durability, support and stretch-resistant; it also allows for fun coloring options.

“We wanted to blend the knit on the 15 and the strength of the Battleknit on the 16. The result is amazing. Once the heat is applied to the knitting process, you g

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Dwyane Wade Talks LeBron James, Anthony Davis’ Lakers Entering 2019-20 Season

Dwyane Wade Talks LeBron James, Anthony Davis’ Lakers Entering 2019-20 Season
EL SEGUNDO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 13: Anthony Davis (R) talks with LeBron James as Davis is introduced as the newest player of the Los Angeles Lakers during a press conference at UCLA Health Training Center on July 13, 2019 in El Segundo, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade believes the Los Angeles Lakers have a lot of upside heading toward the 2019-20 NBA season, but he said it could take a while for the team to reach its potential.

The Lakers front office responded to a disappointing first season of the LeBron Era in L.A. by bolstering the roster with a series of additions, led by Anthony Davis, Danny Green, Avery Bradley and Dwight Howard, who replaced DeMarcus Cousins after the latter suffered a torn ACL in an offseason workout.

“The talent and the roster is great top to bottom,” Wade told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson of Heavy. “It’s just going to take some time to get it together and get the continuity together.”

He added: “If they get it together, obviously they’re going to be a very good team. LeBron, [Rajon] Rondo and those guys, their veteran leadership is going to try and get that continuity together early on and try to get it together and going fast.”

Wade retired following last season after a 16-year career that included three NBA championships, 1

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The ‘Old Town Road’ Music Video Director is Taking Over the ‘House Party’ Remake

The ‘Old Town Road’ Music Video Director is Taking Over the ‘House Party’ Remake

house party remake

Calmatic is the latest music video director to make the move to feature film directing. Fresh off his nomination for video of the year at the MTV VMA’s for Lil Nas X’s wildly popular “Old Town Road,” Calmatic has been tapped to direct New Line’s remake of House Party, the 1990 teen comedy starring Kid and Play of the popular hip hop duo Kid ‘n Play. Calmatic will be working as the House Party remake director in collaboration with LeBron James, who is developing the film through his SpringHill Entertainment banner.

Collider broke the news that Calmatic has been tapped as the House Party remake director by New Line. The director is best known for directing the viral sensation “Old Town Road,” which has racked up more than 327 million views on YouTube. Calmatic also directed the video for Anderson Paak’s “Bubblin” and has worked with artists ranging from Kendrick Lamar to Lizzo, but H

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The three superstars who defined this NBA decade

The three superstars who defined this NBA decade

Which players defined the past 10 NBA seasons?

We posed this question to a panel of ESPN’s NBA experts: Who was the player of the decade? Voters ranked their top three picks in order — considering the 2009-10 season through 2018-19 — and here are the results.

LeBron James was an overwhelming pick at No. 1, with a tight race between former teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant for Nos. 2 and 3.

Three members of our panel — Kirk Goldsberry, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps — highlight what made each of these three players a defining superstar of the 2010s.


1. LeBron James

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Buzzer-beaters, poster dunks and incredible passes highlight LeBron James’ most spectacular plays in 11 years with the Cavaliers.

Teams

  • Cleveland Cavaliers: 2009-10

  • Miami Heat: 2010-14

  • Cleveland Cavaliers: 2014-18

  • Los Angeles Lakers: 2018-19

Kirk Goldsberry: LeBron James is the defining player of the 2010s, and it’s not close. The only people who have had better NBA decades than 2010s LeBron are Michael Jordan in the 1990s and Bill Russell in the 1960s. Neither of those guys played in a league as deep or as competitive as the one James dominated over these past 10 seasons.

James was clearly the best on-court performer we watched this decade. In case you might disagree, consider these facts:

  • He led all scorers this decade … by a lot

  • He ranked fourth in total assists and 10th in total rebounds

  • He was the only player in the top 10 in points, rebounds and assists

James is the greatest basketball player since Jordan, and most of his prime fell squarely in the 2010s. He began this decade as a 25-year-old NBA superstar with one Finals appearance and zero championships. He will end it as a 35-year-old global icon with nine Finals appearances, three titles and three Finals MVP awards. When we look back at his incredible career, we will look back mostly at the 2010s.

Not only did James appear in the NBA Finals every season between 2011 and 2018 but he also was arguably the best player in every one of those series. In addition, the dude racked up more than 1,500 more buckets than Stephen Curry and James Harden and 500 more than Kevin Durant.

LeBron received nearly every first-place vote available from our panel, and that’s how it should be. Don’t get me wrong — Durant and Curry are marvelous, game-changing megastars, but neither of them controlled this decade nearly as much as James. He is deeply intertwined with every major trend this decade on and off the court.

Although the rise of 3-point shooting is the definitive on-court trend of the 2010s — and Curry is the definitive shooter of our time — that’s only part of the story. Curry made an astronomical 2,483 3-pointers during the 2010s. Harden ranked second with 2,025. But, in that same time period, James assisted on 2,107 triples, by far the most in the NBA. So while Curry might deserve all the credit in the world for changing how we look at long-range shooting this decade, James deserves some for changing the way we look at long-range shot creation. His play is integral to the tactics driving the trend.

Durant is a better pure scorer than James, and Curry is a better pure shooter, but James is a more complete superstar. When you consider his playoff success and the stat totals, it’s virtually impossible to argue any other player was as dominant on the court.

Oh, and James has made First-Team All-Defense three times this decade, too. Neither Curry nor Durant has ever done that.

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Check out the best of LeBron James during his four-year stretch in South Beach.

James wasn’t simply the league’s most impactful player on the court. Off the floor, he reshaped how we look at superstardom and player movement in pro sports. If you’re searching for the origin of contemporary player empowerment in the NBA and beyond, look no further than July 8, 2010, in Greenwich, Connecticut. His televised free-agency decision might have been kind of clumsy, but it was unquestionably the seminal moment for a decade in which dozens of the game’s biggest talents all seemed to switch teams, demand trades and join forces in ways we’d never seen before.

Before King James shocked the world in 2010 and took his talents to South Beach, July was a sleepy month on the NBA calendar. Nowadays the league sets its phones on fire for two straight weeks with breaking news bombs in ways that would be incomprehensible to basketball fans in the pre-LeBron era.

In the end, it’s the overwhelming breadth and relentlessness of James’ greatness that make him the most definitive player of the 2010s.


2. Stephen Curry

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Steph Curry has left his mark on the NBA Finals for three years running.

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Kevin Pelton: When the 2010s began, LeBron James was an easy choice as the decade’s best player. He had already led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals and won his first MVP before celebrating his 26th birthday. Stephen Curry’s future was far less clear. Back when the calendar turned from 2009 to 2010, Curry was a rookie who was averaging 11.8 points p

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Former College football star Tim Tebow says he’s against paying college athletes

Former College football star Tim Tebow says he’s against paying college athletes
  • Just a few days after the California Senate unanimously passed a bill that would allow student-athletes to make money from endorsements, former NFL player and current MLB minor league player Tim Tebow has spoken out against it.
  • In an interview with ESPN’s “First Take“, Tebow said that he would not have wanted to make money off of endorsements while he was in college.
  • Tebow said that by making money, student-athletes were “changing what’s special about college football,” and are making it more about themselves.
  • Tebow’s comments come one week after NBA stars LeBron James and Draymond Green both expressed their support for the bill.
  • Many criticized Tebow for not being realistic about the financial challenges facing student athletes.

Days after the California state senate unanimously passed legislation that would allow student-athletes to make money, one of the NFL’s most polarizing personalities spoke out against it. Tim Tebow, the former University of Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, who went on to play with the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets, appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” to voice his displeasure with college players getting paid, arguing that doing so takes away from the team element of the sport.

“I know we live in a selfish culture where it’s all about us, but we’re just adding and piling on to that,” Tebow said on “First Take.” “We’re changing what’s special about college football. We’re turning it into the NFL.”

Tebow went on to say that he believed he had the

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Want To Beat LeBron James In A Pickup Basketball Game? Think Like A Startup

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In the startup world, the Golden Rule is not, “Those who have the gold, make the rules.” Rather, it is, “Those who make the rules, get the gold.”
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LeBron James Honors Nipsey Hussle with Custom Crenshaw Jersey

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NBA 2K20 MyCareer: The Kotaku Review

NBA 2K20 MyCareer: The Kotaku Review

NBA 2K20 is one of the best sports games I’ve played in a long time. It’s also a giant scam that is perpetually gross, and sometimes even terrifying, to be around.

This might sound weird considering this is a sports game, but 2K’s basketball titles are some of the hardest things I ever have to review for this site. What I perceive to be the “good” and the “bad” of each entry in the series aren’t things that can be easily separated. In 2K20 they’re intertwined, everything good about it undermined by—and indivisible from—everything bad.

Wait, is this a review of NBA 2K20?

Nope. As we always do, this is only a review of 2K20’s MyCareer mode, not the entire game. I think its scope, coupled with the focus 2K places on it in terms of creating and selling their game, make it interesting enough to warrant this focus.

I’ve spoken so much about this game’s obsession with microtransactions at this point that I don’t want to bore you again here. Suffice to say, NBA 2K20—a full-priced retail game—is rotten with attempts to get you to spend real money on everything from players to clothing to player stats. Some game modes, like MyTeam, are built entirely around this thirst, but even in MyCareer’s singleplayer you’re being hounded.

For years 2K’s MyCareer storylines have been a disaster, saddled with ludicrous paths to the NBA and downright embarrassing attempts at “hello fellow kids” humour. That’s all been replaced in 2K20 with the earnest tale of a college kid who takes a principled stand against organisational hijinx, only to see his draft stock plummet.

An unexpectedly topical jab at the NCAA, this year’s MyCareer story has you play a handful of college games before embarking on a journey towards the NBA that includes invitational tournaments, the Draft Combine (complete with mini-games for stuff like vertical leap) and Summer League.

It’s a lightning-fast introduction, which you’ll blow through in only a few hours, but it’s also by far and away the most authentic career path the series has ever managed. Like FIFA’s The Journey, while this certainly has its hokey moments, it’s sincere with most of what it’s attempting, and slots in nicely alongside your actual NBA play as a result. It’s wil


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“Old Town Road” video director Calmatic is remaking House Party

“Old Town Road” video director Calmatic is remaking House Party

Fresh off of making the award-winning music video for “Old Town Road”—the greatest and most popular song of all time—director Calmatic is getting ready to make his feature directing debut. According to Deadline, New Line has tapped him to make a remake of ‘90s Kid ‘N Play comedy classic House Party. This is the same remake we heard about la

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Don’t Expect Fireworks For The Lakers In 2021

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“eat a W” pregame speech, in which he attempted to fire up his horrified teammates by shouting and chomping on his own fingers. Perhaps Winston is aware of what his legacy is shaping up to be, and perhaps that explains this awkward moment from last night’s game against the Panthers:

Winston’s problem here is not barking what amounts to no

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LeBron James Tries To Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday,’ Proving He Understands Trademarks Better Than Ohio State

LeBron James Tries To Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday,’ Proving He Understands Trademarks Better Than Ohio State

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While the legal community and the world at large have spent the last several weeks snickering at Ohio State’s bumbling effort to trademark the word “The” for the purpose of dangling another merchandise license in front of a crowded market, LeBron James has quietly embarked on his own wacky adventure with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Ohio. Os on both ends and in the middle you have to be high to think these are protectable marks. But the big difference is LeBron knew exactly what he was doing.

Ohio’s favorite native son — except from 2010-2013 — attempted to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesdays” which he’s taken to using in a number of fora. This might sound just as stupid and quixotic as Ohio State’s attempt to lockdown a definite article, but scratching beneath the surface, the King James application actually makes a lot more sense.

The USPTO rejected the “Taco Tuesday” application, as one might expect, as too commonplace to deserve trademark protection. And that’s exactly what James wanted. As ESPN explains:

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LeBron James was denied the trademark for ‘Taco Tuesday’ but says the outcome was still a victory

LeBron James was denied the trademark for ‘Taco Tuesday’ but says the outcome was still a victory

LeBron James’ effort to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesday” has failed.

According to ESPN, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office refused James’ application, saying that “Taco Tuesday” is “a commonplace term.”

Still, James was reportedly pleased with the outcome. “Finding ‘Taco Tuesday’ as commonplace achieves precisely what the intended outcome was, which was getting the U.S. government to recognize that someone cannot be sued for its use,” a spokesperson for James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

James applied for the trademark after he began posting Taco Tuesday posts on his social media channels, showing his family enjoying, you guessed it, tacos on Tuesdays.

Read more: LeBron James won’t be in the NBA Finals for the first time in 9 years, but he is super excited about Taco Tuesday

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LeBron James’ Attempt to Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’ Has Been Denied

LeBron James’ Attempt to Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’ Has Been Denied
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LeBron James’ latest business venture gets rejected – cleveland.com

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – LeBron James can keep pushing “Taco Tuesday” on his social media accounts. But he won’t be making any money off of it in terms of exclusivity.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied James’ application to trademark the term “Taco Tuesday” through his company LBJ Trademarks. Not surprisingly, the USPTO deemed the

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LeBron James’s ‘Taco Tuesday’ Trademark Request Denied

LeBron James’s ‘Taco Tuesday’ Trademark Request Denied

“Taco Tuesday” got bad news on Wednesday.

More specifically, the United States Patent and Trademark Office turned down the basketball superstar LeBron James’s attempt to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesday.”

The patent office said that the phrase was “a commonplace term, message or expression widely used by a variety of sources that merely conveys an ordinary, familiar, well-recognized concept or sentiment.”

It cited several news articles that showed that “Taco Tuesday” is used widely “to express enthusiasm for tacos by promoting and celebrating them on a dedicated weekday.”

The patent office also pointed to the similarity of “Taco Tuesday” to another trademark already in existence, “Techno Taco Tuesday,” which is held by an entertainment company in Las Vegas. The office said “merely omitting some of the wording from a registered mark may not overcome a likelihood of confusion.”

A spokesman for Mr. James said Wednesday night that his lawyers were still looking over t

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Kobe Bryant criticized after calling out one of his girls youth basketball players for missing a game for a dance recital

Kobe Bryant criticized after calling out one of his girls youth basketball players for missing a game for a dance recital

Kobe Bryant is not a fan of participation trophies.

On Tuesday, Bryant shared an image of the fourth-place trophy the youth girls basketball team he coaches won two years ago, writing in the caption that the players all wanted to “throw it away” after their disappointing finish. Bryant told them to keep the trophy as motivation.

On Wednesday, Bryant went a step further, sharing an image of the team after winning the trophy. In the original caption that accompanied the post, Bryant wrote, “Here’s our fourth place ‘winners’ picture lol six of the kids in the picture stayed with me and worked every single day to get better and continue to work to this day. The 7th player (not in pi

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Kobe Bryant dunks on the children he coached because they made fourth place

Kobe Bryant dunks on the children he coached because they made fourth place

Kobe Bryant continues to make regrettable life decisions. 

The NBA star turned youth basketball coach was not happy about his team taking home fourth place two years ago, so he brought it up again on Instagram. The Mamba League doesn’t look particularly happy either. 

To celebrate the Mamba League’s 115-27 victory, he decided to remind everyone of the time they lost against the team they had just won against. Bryant posted what can only be described as a perfect snapshot of prepubescent disappointment on Instagram: a group photo of the team holding their fourth place trophies. 

His original caption was impossibly passive aggressive, and called out one player for missing the game for a dance recital.

“So that should tell you where her focus was at this time,” he snarked. “The beauty of coaching is growing the players from the ground up.”

The beauty of coaching also includes dunking on your young mentees, apparently. Here’s the original caption, as immortalized in a Sports Illustrated screenshot

Here’s our fourth place “winners” picture lol six of the kids in the picture stayed with me and worked every single day to get better and continue to work to this day. The 7th player (not in pic) missed this game for a dance recital so that should tell you where her focus was at this time. From the original 7 we have added a player TWO years YOUNGER (6th grade now), a player who’s team in our area folded and a player who’s family moved here from Tennessee. The beauty of coaching is growing the players from the ground up. That journey continues #Mambas

After backlash for being, for lack of a better phrase, kind of a dick, he clarified that “doing a dance to miss the game isn’t a bad thing.”