LeBron James sat out for “load management”, but it may not have been basketball related

The NBA season is beginning to enter its playoff decision-making stages heading into March and the Los Angeles Lakers, who have not been to the playoffs since 2013, are currently the 11th seed and as of now are not slated to make the playoffs with a dire 22 games left in the regular season.

Last summer, when the announcement was made that Lebron James would be joining the team, there were certainly mixed emotions. But no one expected the always passionate and focused leader’s attention to be deterred from basketball.

Well, it looks like some folks were wrong.

After sitting out for a career high 17 games due to a groin strain he suffered on Christmas Day, James returned on January 31 against the Los Angeles Clippers and played 40 minutes in the Lakers 120-123 OT win. It seemed like the King was back.

projects he’s taken on in the entertainment industry lately, is working with 2 Chainz as A&R for his new record “Rap Or Go To The League,” due out September 10. The two are seen in the video appearing to work on the record, drinking wine and seemingly having a good time. But considering that it was announced that James was sitting just 80 minutes prior to the game the next day, it seems a little suspect.’ data-reactid=”26″>James, aside from other projects he’s taken on in the entertainment industry lately, is working with 2 Chainz as A&R for his new record “Rap Or Go To The League,” due out September 10. The two are seen in the video appearin

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LeBron James Passes Michael Jordan On Scoring List, Now 4th All-Time

LeBron James Passes Michael Jordan On Scoring List, Now 4th All-Time

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Where Lakers and Celtics can look for inspiration

Where Lakers and Celtics can look for inspiration

ON FEB. 1, the Indiana Pacers woke up in Miami with a four-game losing streak, All-Star Victor Oladipo was recovering from season-ending surgery, they’d slipped to fifth place in the Eastern Conference and there were no firm plans for help to come at the trade deadline.

For every NBA team in every season, a little rain must fall. Sometimes it’s a lot. Sometimes it’s a deluge.

Handling adversity is a skill, especially in a league with a seven-month regular season. It’s something that can be taught. It’s something that can be learned. And the Pacers have put on a clinic recently.

Even with a disappointing loss Monday in Detroit, where officiating upset them, the Pacers are 8-2 in February. They’re back in third place in the East. They’re second in defensive rating in the league for the month. (Speaking of teams you probably haven’t been paying attention to, the Orlando Magic are first.)

Coach Nate McMillan has sold his team on role definition, which is hard enough with your average NBA squad. Considering McMillan has six key players who will be free agents this summer and another, Domantas Sabonis, playing for an extension, that’s a stacked deck that he has been able to manage.

McMillan, president Kevin Pritchard and general manager Chad Buchanan have an open-door policy when discussing free agency internally. If a player wants to talk about it, management is unafraid. They run a business, and in Indiana it’s not a bottomless-money business, but they’ve tried to be transparent when the topic arises.

Whether that’s a secret to success or not, the Pacers don’t play like a team full of guys worried about their next paycheck. They happily play an egalitarian offense that spreads it around with seemingly minimal ego or agenda issues. They’ve had at least five double-figure scorers 52 times in 61 games, the highest number in the league. They’ve had seven players in double figures 12 times; they’re 11-1 in those games.

They have veterans who are leaders, Thaddeus Young especially, according to those around the team, and players who seem to be agreeable to platooning — particularly their point guards and big men — depending on matchups. And if they aren’t, it hasn’t become public.

Their March schedule is brutal, and they might not hang on to the No. 3 seed until the wire. But their professionalism during some challenges has been exemplary. And frankly, it could be an example to some of their peers out there.

Namely, one of the teams that’s eating their dust at the moment is Boston. The Celtics have been anything but together for so much of this season. A root has been Kyrie Irving and some of his younger teammates, who have grated on one another as they’ve looked to work toward opposite purposes repeatedly during the season.

Irving’s free agency, meanwhile, has been an on-and-off distraction. Even when he tried to eliminate it as a topic with a preseason betrothal, his midyear reversal only magnified the situation and might have made it worse than if he’d said nothing at all.

Coach Brad Stevens has struggled at times to get his talented team to buy into certain roles, much of it emanating from the return of Gordon Hayward, who has been sluggish. Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier, two players with contractual situations at the end of the season, have visibly languished in adapting to lesser roles. The uber-talented Jayson Tatum has gone off script at times, with Stevens being forced into in-game discipline by yanking him, whatever being said off the court not seeming to get through.

Stevens and the Celtics have lived in a world of lowered expectations over the past several seasons, but it was due to LeBron James‘ presence in the East or a latitude given during rebuilding. Last season’s Celtics were experts in managing adversity, overcoming injuries to Hayward and Irvi

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Where can the Lakers go with their final roster spot? – Silver Screen and Roll

Where can the Lakers go with their final roster spot? – Silver Screen and Roll

The buyout market is officially set, at least for teams still aiming for the playoffs like the Los Angeles Lakers.

Friday marked the last day that a player could be waived and still be eligible to sign with a playoff team. For example, Pau Gasol was waived by the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, so he is able to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks and play for them in the playoffs. If he was waived a day later, his best chance at a championship would be with his former team in Barcelona.

The Lakers will look at the pool of players that were waived before Friday’s deadline for their last roster spot. Unfortunately for them, the market is bleak.

All of the players that would have moved the needle for the Lakers, like Wayne Ellington, Wesley Matthews, Jeremy Lin and Markieff Morris, signed with different teams last month. Of the players that were expected to become available, like Dewayne Dedmon, Robin Lopez, DeAndre Jordan and J.R. Smith, all are still with their respective teams.

With all of that being said, where do the Lakers go from here?

On Tuesday, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported that Los Angeles was interested in adding another big man to their roster. As it stands, the Lakers have have four players that have spent the majority of their season playing center, according to Basketball Reference, but none of them are particularly good at it.

If only they had a promising young center on their roster.

There are a handful of centers that are still looking for NBA homes, like Brandan Wright and Greg Monroe, but their fits with this Lakers roster are questionable at best. Marcin Gortat would be a legitimately interesting option for L.A., but he reportedly has his eyes set on joining the Golden State Warriors.

Outside of Gortat, there aren’t any names that jump out as clear fits for the Lakers.

Tim Frazier would be nice, but he’d be nothing more than a stopgap until Lonzo Ball returns from injury. The same could be said of Michael Carter-Williams, Wade Baldwin IV and Milos Teodosic. In other words, the market is filled with guys worthy of a 10-day contract, but not anyo

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Why LeBron James Chose 2 Chainz’s Rap or Go to the League as His Hands-On Musical Project

Why LeBron James Chose 2 Chainz’s Rap or Go to the League as His Hands-On Musical Project

At N.B.A. All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, LeBron James is probably relieved, for a change, to just talk about music. He sits with me for a rare one-on-one chat in a private room off the set at the Shear Excellence barbershop, where he will eventually join 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Maverick Carter, Jamie Foxx, Anthony Davis, Antonio Brown, and Jerrod Carmichael to tape the latest episode of The Shop, his Uninterrupted-co-produced show which airs on HBO. LeBron’s presence is massive, and not only because he is a tall, muscular man; his charisma just fills the room. Wearing a red-and-blue parka, navy sweatpants, Nike Air Max2 Light shoes, and a black durag, his eyes light up and he looks like a kid when he talks about the hip-hop music he loves, and his role as executive producer on the celebrated rapper 2 Chainz’s new album, Rap or Go to the League.

Lisa Robinson: Why did you want to be involved with this record?

LeBron James: Anything I do has to be organic to me, and I wouldn’t be who I am today without music. My love for music, my love for hip-hop music . . . what it does for me in my training, what it’s done for me in my life . . . There are days I’ve gotten through because of music—great artists who’ve been able to use their penmanship to get me through days. So this was just organic to me.

2 Chainz titled the album Rap or Go to the League. Were those the only choices you felt you had growing up, in order to get out of bad neighborhoods?

Yeah, at times you definitely felt that way. And Biggie Smalls kind of said it best when he said, “Either you’re slinging crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot.” It was crazy. You didn’t really know what that meant until you got a little bit older; then it was like, Wow, there’s not many options for us African-American kids in this community. It was like, Which road do I take? And thank god the game kind of chose me to go in the direction I went.

When you won one of your M.V.P. awards you thanked your mother, Gloria James; you said she always put food on the table. You said you didn’t know how she did it, and you didn’t want to know how she did it. One of 2 Chainz’s recent lyrics is, “Tryna make my momma proud.” Do you still want to make your mother proud?

Absolutely, absolutely. Everything I do, I’m still trying to make my mom proud. I want her to smile at everything I do, because what she did for me . . . There were things I knew that I could see, there were things I couldn’t see—but I never questioned. I didn’t want to know. She’s incredible. Her strength, her power. So for me to be in the position I’m in today—for me to be able to uplift her and make her proud—is something I think about all the time.

You’ve been politically outspoken, and with your I Promise School in Akron, you’re showing kids that there are so many things they can aspire to be: doctors, lawyers, politicians . . . Would you describe this album as a political album?

I think it hits on all different facets. I think it has a spiritual stand; it has a very passionate stand; it has a hood-excellence stand. I think the position that we’re in as African-Americans, to be able to continue to push our culture . . . that’s why I’m happy to be a part of this. I’m all about pushing the African-American culture. I’m doing this piece with 2 Chainz. I’m doing a TV series with Octavia Spencer. I’m doing Space Jam with Ryan Coogler. So for me to be able to push all this, and let these kids know that we have so much to tell—so many great stories. We just need to continue to support one another. For me, being in this position means a lot.

How did you did you and 2 Chainz come to know each other?

I’ve been a fan of his music for a long time. I was the one always going around saying how hard he was, how dope he was, when all my friends were saying he was terrible . . . They just didn’t like his flow, but

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LeBron and the Lakers are officially done, front office changes to come – Stephen A. | First Take – ESPN

Stephen A. Smith, Jalen Rose and Max Kellerman debate whether LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers’ season is finished after a crucial loss to the LA Clippers.

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It’s Time For The Lakers To Tank

It’s Time For The Lakers To Tank

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have played themselves into an interesting predicament. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Getty

When life hands you lemons you stop trying immediately and hope for a solid draft selection.

It would be nice if life worked the way the NBA operates. Much like tanking, you could lay on the couch in sweats as they accumulate leftover-food stains until a better job came along.

Unfortunately, this only seems to work for the occasional basketball team. And it’s time for the Lakers to give up on life for the next few weeks.

Not that L.A. is getting better even when they try to win games. They are so doomed that basketball pariah Carmelo Anthony wants to chill on negotiating with the Lakers because they might be a bad career move for him.

The Lakers are now 30-34 after losing to the skinnier, sexier, healthier, hotter L.A. team, the Los Angeles Clippers.

That means they will have to go 4-14 the rest of the season to just equal last year’s record of 35-47. As for what it would take to make the playoffs, a DeLorean with a flux-capacitor would be useful.

At the moment, LeBron James is at the throwing-balls-off-the-backboard portion of his career. The team’s vets can’t be counted on for much more than the nightly certainty of disappointment.

As for the young core, they are nursing more ailments than a golfing foursome of retirees. Lonzo Ball is still out with an ankle injury. Josh Hart remains vigilant but hobbled from a nagging knee issue. Brandon Ingram recently missed time thanks to a shoulder problem and Kyle Kuzma could miss up to a week after suffering an ankle sprain.

As Rachel Nichols points out, the Lakers could very well catch the Wizards and see their odds of sneaking into a top-four pick skyrocket to 32%.

Los Angeles is now a 1% chance of making the playoffs, according to FiveThirtyEight. There is nothing more to play for, Angelenos.

And, really, it’s not like the Lakers need to try and lose games. They are now 3-7 over their last 10 games, a duration that included losses to the Suns, Grizzlies, Pelicans and Hawks.

Let us also consider that the Lakers always believed this season to be the icing on the proverbial cake, a campaign that would help LeBron acclimate with this young core before signing a second star this summer.

As silly as that plan seems now that guys like Melo want to steer clear of the Lakers, there are some advantages to dropping the anchor now.

James isn’t getting any younger. He recently missed 18 games thanks to a groin injury and sometimes plays as much defense as Jack Nicholson during games.

Ball will return at some point but at what cost? He is currently doing basic shooting drills and would seemingly be out for longer than the few days it will be before he is reevaluated.

Josh Hart is one player who would do well to sit and rest a knee that just isn’t getting better with the continued grind of the season.

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Embiid, Marjanovic both ruled out for OKC game

Embiid, Marjanovic both ruled out for OKC game

All-Star center Joel Embiid and backup center Boban Marjanovic are both out for the 76ers’ game Thursday against the Thunder in Oklahoma City, the team announced Tuesday.

Embiid is in Philadelphia for rehab on his sore left knee and has not yet been re-evaluated. The Sixers said they expect they will have an update before Saturday’s game against the Golden State Warriors in Philadelphia.

Last Wednesday, the Sixers announced that Embiid would be out at least a week with left knee soreness.

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LeBron James shows resolve as his team tops Team Giannis in All-Star Game

LeBron James shows resolve as his team tops Team Giannis in All-Star Game

  • LeBron James #23 of the LA Lakers and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets both of Team LeBron look on as they play against Team Giannis in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • Team LeBron’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates a basket against Team Giannis during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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  • Team LeBron’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates a basket against Team Giannis during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Rapper J. Cole performs at halftime during NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Team LeBron’s Swayne Wade, of the Miami Heat, works against Team Giannis during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Team LeBron’s Swayne Wade, of the Miami Heat, works against Team Giannis during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Rapper J. Cole performs at halftime during NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Team LeBron’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, shoots over Team Giannis’ Joel Embiid, of the Philadelphia 76ers, during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Team Giannis’ Dirk Nowitzki, of the Dallas Mavericks, shoots a three-point shot against Team LeBron during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Rapper J. Cole performs at halftime during NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors and Team LeBron drives the ball against Team Giannis in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics and Team LeBron drives the ball against Team Giannis in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks and Team Giannis reacts as they take on Team LeBron in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors and Team LeBron shoots against Team Giannis in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • President of the Miami Heat Pat Riley sits with his wife Chris Rodstrom Riley ahead of the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Team Giannis’ Joel Embiid, of the Philadelphia 76ers, speaks with Rapper 2 Chainz ahead of the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: Rapper Meek Mill peforms during the pregame ceremony before Team LeBron faces Team Giannis during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • Rapper Meek Mill performs ahead of the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Director Spike Lee speaks with a person on the court ahead of the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Rapper Meek Mill performs ahead of the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: Rapper Meek Mill peforms during the pregame ceremony before Team LeBron faces Team Giannis during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • Team Giannis’ Dirk Nowitzki, of the Dallas Mavericks, celebrates his three-point shot against Team LeBron during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Team Giannis’ Kyle Lowry, of the of the Toronto Raptors, moves past Team LeBron’s Damian Lillard, of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Team LeBron’s Swayne Wade, of the Miami Heat, moves toward the ball against Team Giannis during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Team LeBron’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, speaks with rapper 2 Chains during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Team LeBron’s Karl-Anthony Towns, of the Minnesota Timberwolves, heads to the hoop against Team Giannis’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors and Team LeBron goes up for a shot in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: LeBron James #23 of the LA Lakers and Team LeBron dribbles down court during the first quarter of the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors and Team LeBron defends Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks and Team Giannis during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and Team Giannis reacts as they take on Team LeBron in the second quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Team Giannis celebrates a shot against Team LeBron in the second quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: LeBron James #23 of the LA Lakers and Team LeBron dunks against Team Giannis in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors and Team LeBron drives to the basket against Team Giannis in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans and Team LeBron reacts against Team Giannis in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: LeBron James #23 of the LA Lakers and teammate James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets and Team LeBron react against Team Giannis during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors and Team LeBron reacts in the second quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and Team Giannis reacts to contact from Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors and Team LeBron during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Hornets and Team Giannis reacts against Team Lebron in the second half during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and Team Giannis reacts against Team LeBron in the fourth quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Team LeBron won 178-164. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: D’Angelo Russell #1 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles upcourt against Team LeBron in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Hornets, takes part in a ceremony honoring the 2020 NBA All-Star game during a break in play as Team LeBron take on Team Giannis in the fourth quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Team LeBron won 178-164. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: LeBron James #23 of the LA Lakers and Team LeBron reacts in the first half during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17

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Lakers fans won’t stand for LeBron shutting it down – Jalen Rose | Get Up! – ESPN

Lakers fans won’t stand for LeBron shutting it down – Jalen Rose | Get Up! – ESPN

Jalen Rose breaks down why LeBron James talking about reducing his minutes as the Los Angeles Lakers slide out of 2019 NBA playoff contention could insult the fans.

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NBA Rundown: Dwyane Wade sizzles for Heat, LeBron James’ torrid week, Trae Young shines and more

NBA Rundown: Dwyane Wade sizzles for Heat, LeBron James’ torrid week, Trae Young shines and more

With the 2019 NBA All-Star done and dusted, a host of teams are battling to stay in playoff contention in the business end of the NBA regular season. When proceedings got underway after a mini-vacation, legends turned back the clock, rookies rose up to the occasion and champions continued to falter.

Dwyane Wade’s last dance

Dwyane Wade’s last dance is in full flow. The Miami Heat legend turned back the clock against two-time defending champions Golden State Warriors and how! Miami had blown a 24-point lead against the visiting Warriors and were staring at a seventh-successive loss. However, Heat turned things around to come within two points of the Warriors with just a second to go. Enter Dwyane Wade.

With just a second to go, the three-time NBA champion drained a stunning three-pointer off one leg to beat the buzzer and cap a memorable 126-125 comeback victory.

The 37-year-old thanked Lakers legend Kobe Bryant for his ‘Mamba Mentality’ referring to Bryant draining a similar buzzer-beater against Wade more than a decade ago.

Wade’s farewell journey next took him to Houston where he pulled out a brilliant move to outfox the Rockets defence. Up against Clint Capela and Austin Rivers, Wade feigned shooting and passing before finally finding a way past the duo to get an easy basket. All this while not moving his pivot foot! Check it out.

In Houston, Wade came up against his close friend Chris Paul and the duo exchanged jerseys after the match. Wade also took to Instagram to shower his love on his ‘brother’ Paul.

Vince Carter turns back the clock

Speaking of the old guard rolling back the years, check out Atlanta Hawks’ Vince Carter doing what no 42-year-old man should be able to do.

Doc Rivers’ touching gesture for Dirk Nowitzki

Into his 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki is being given an unofficial farewell tour of sorts from franchises all over the country. The German legend has been given a rousing reception from fans wherever he has gone this season with the NBA also adding him to the All-Star roster

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NBA Odds 2019: Updated Betting Lines, Props And Picks For NBA Playoffs, Finals, MVP And More

NBA Odds 2019: Updated Betting Lines, Props And Picks For NBA Playoffs, Finals, MVP And More

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The 2018-19 NBA season picks back up after an eventful All-Star Weekend tonight. While it’s not technically the mid-point of the campaign, it’s the perfect time for bookmakers to update odds on a variety of season-long props and other betting lines. Many shops have taken the time to not only adjust odds for things such as NBA Finals champion and league MVP, but also add a slew of new props onto the board.

Bettors can now wager on outcomes such as whether or not Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook will average a triple-double for the third consecutive season, the over/under on how many games reigning MVP James Harden of the Houston Rockets will keep his string of 30-plus point games going (currently at 31) and even if the aging Carmelo Anthony—who played just 10 games with Houston prior to being released—will catch on with another organization before the end of the season.

Rob Kimbell pointed out that Harden has been consistently in the NBA MVP race for the past half-decade:

The playoffs are also drawing closer, which means fans can put some money down on whether or not some of the fringe contenders will make it in or wind up in the lottery. The Los Angeles Lakers have been a hot topic of discussion in this category, as the team is in grave danger of missing out on the postseason despite the acquisition of LeBron James in the offseason. James, who has guided his squads to eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances, hasn’t missed out on a playoff berth in 13 years. With just 25 games to play, the 28-29 Lakers aren’t expected to be one of the top eight teams in the Western Conference, especially with a schedule that ranks as the fourth-toughest in the league for this stretch. LA is currently a +240 underdog to avoid the lottery, a wager that would return $2.40 for every $1 wagered.

James believes that Los Angeles will be dangerous if the club can get into the postseason (via ESPN):

Yeah, I mean if I can get to the postseason, whatever team I got, I feel like we’ve got a good chance. Obviously, you want to be playing at a high level going into the postseason and try to ride that wave, so we’re looking forward to seeing how well we can play and try to get into the playoffs and ride the momentum of how we played to get there.

If the Lakers miss the postseason, there is a decent chance that head coach Luke Walton will be shown the door. He’s far from the only coach on the hot seat, however, and you can even wager on which one will be fired first. The current front runner is Igor Kokoskov of the Phoenix Suns, who has compiled a pitiful 11-47 mark—tied with the New York Knicks for worst in the league at the All-Star break—in his first season as a head coach. Kokoskov is +150 to lose his job, followed closely by Scott Brooks of the Washington Wizards (+200) and Jim Boylen of the Chicago Bulls (+300). Walton is currently getting 4-1 odds to be relieved of his duties before any other coach in the league.

Mark Gunnels pointed out that D’Angelo Russell, drafted by the Lakers and now with the Brooklyn Nets, may make the playoffs before his former team:

Another interesting bet to be made is on whether or not any team will reach the 60-win mark during the 2018-19 NBA season. Parity is showing through in the league this year, but it’s been nearly two decades since a single organization wasn’t able to reach that number of victories in a campaign. The books believe that at least one squad will find a way to hit that mark, as the ‘Yes’ side of the prop is currently a -250 favorite, meaning bettors would have to risk $2.50 to win $1. The Milwaukee Bucks, who are a league-best 43-14, represent the best chance for a franchise to hit 60 wins this year. They also have seen their odds of winning a championship steadily tick up since the offseason and are now the second-best in the NBA at +900, tied with the Raptors. The Golden State Warriors, huge preseason favorites, are still heavy chalk to threepeat and win their fourth title in five years at -250.

Here’s a look at the complete list of updated props, title odds, MVP chances and more for the 2018-19 NBA season, courtesy of BetDSI Sportsbook, plus some pro picks courtesy of Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com:

NBA 2018-19 Midseason Prop Update

Will Russell Westbrook average a triple-double for the 2018-19 regular season?

Yes -900

No +550

Pro Pick: Yes

Nikola Jokic assists average for the 2018-19 regular season

Over 7.8 (-115)

Under 7.8 (-115)

(Nikola Jokic is averaging 7.7 assists this season, the most for a center since Wilt Chamberlain, who averaged 7.8 assists in 1966-67 and 8.6 in 1967-68)

 Pro Pick: Over

Will Carmelo Anthony play in the NBA again during 2018-19 regular season?

Yes +130

No -165

Pro Pick: No  

When will James Harden’s streak of consecutive 30-point games end?

Over 39.5 games (+120)

Under 39.5 games (-150)

Pro Pick: Under

James Harden scoring average for the 2018-19 regular season

Over 37.1 (+150)

Under 37.1 (-180)

(Michael Jordan’s highest PPG average was 37.09 during the 1986-87 regular season)

Pro Pick: Over

 

Will James Harden win the NBA MVP award?

Yes -250

No +190

Pro Pick: Yes 

NBA MVP Odds

James Harden -250

Giannis Antetokounmpo +350

Stephen Curry +1200

Joel Embiid +1400

LeBron James +1400

Kawhi Leonard +1600

Paul George +1800

Anthony Davis +2000

Kevin Durant +2000

Nikola Jokic +4000

Russell Westbrook +4000

 

Next head coach fired during 2018-19 season

Igor Kokoskov +150

Scott Brooks +200

Jim Boylen +300

Luke Walton +400

J.B. Bickerstaff +1000

Alvin Gentry +1500

Larry Drew +2000

Ryan Saunders +2500

David Fizdale +3000

Dave Joerger +3000

Steve Clifford +3000

Lloyd Pierce +3000

Kenny Atkinson +3000

James Borrego +3500

Terry Stotts +4000

Michael Malone +4000

Mike D’Antoni +4000

Dwane Casey +4000

Brett Brown +5000

Doc Rivers +5000

Nate McMillan +5000

Brad Stevens +7000

Quin Snyder +8000

Billy Donovan +8000

Erik Spoelstra +9000

Nick Nurse +10000

Mike Budenholzer +10000

Rick Carlisle +10000

Steve Kerr +30000

Gregg Popovich +30000

 

Will the Los Angeles Lakers make the 2018-19 NBA Playoffs?

Yes +240

No -390

 

Will the Brooklyn Nets make the 2018-19 NBA Playoffs?

Yes -760

No +380

 

Will the Charlotte Hornets make the 2018-19 NBA Playoffs?

Yes -140

No +100

 

Will the Detroit Pistons make the 2018-19 NBA Playoffs?

Yes -285

No +185

 

Will the Miami Heat make the 2018-19 NBA Playoffs?

Yes +185

No -285

 

Will the Orlando Magic make the 2018-19 NBA Playoffs?

Yes -120

No -120

 

Will the Washington Wizards make the 2018-19 NBA Playoffs?

Yes +475

No -1100

 

Will the Los Angeles Clippers make the 2018-19 NBA Playoffs?

Yes -190

No +130

 

Will the Sacramento Kings make the 2018-19 NBA Playoffs?

Yes +820

No -5400

 

Will the San Antonio Spurs make the 2018-19 NBA Playoffs?

Yes -1900

No +600

 

Will the Minnesota Timberwolves make the 2018-19 NBA Playoffs?

Yes +730

No -3300

 

Will any NBA team record 60 or more victories during 2018-19 regular season?

Yes -250

No +200

(The last time at least one NBA failed to reach 60 was the 2000-01 regular season)

 

2018-19 NBA Finals Odds

Golden State Warriors -250

Field (Any other team) +190

 

2018-19 NBA Finals Odds

Golden State Warriors -250

Toronto Raptors +900

Milwaukee Bucks +900

Boston Celtics +1000

Philadelphia 76ers +1000

Houston Rockets +1200

Los Angeles Lakers +2500

Oklahoma City Thunder +2500

Denver Nuggets +2800

San Antonio Spurs +5500

Utah Jazz +6000

Portland Trailblazers +7400

Charlotte Hornets +9000

Minnesota Timberwolves +10000

Detroit Pistons +10000

Los Angeles Clippers +12400

Indiana Pacers +12500

Brooklyn Nets +12500

New Orleans Pelicans +15000

Washington Wizards +15000

Dallas Mavericks +15000

Sacramento Kings +15000

Miami Heat +15000

Orlando Magic +20000

Memphis Grizzlies +30000

Atlanta Hawks +200000

Phoenix Suns +300000

Cleveland Cavaliers +400000

New York Knicks +400000

Chicago Bulls +400000

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The NBA season is beginning to enter its playoff decision-making stages heading into March and the Los Angeles Lakers, who have not been to the playoffs since 2013, are currently the 11th seed and as of now are not slated to make the playoffs with a dire 22 games left in the regular season.

Last summer, when the announcement was made that Lebron James would be joining the team, there were certainly mixed emotions. But no one expected the always passionate and focused leader’s attention to be deterred from basketball.

Well, it looks like some folks were wrong.

After sitting out for a career high 17 games due to a groin strain he suffered on Christmas Day, James returned on January 31 against the Los Angeles Clippers and played 40 minutes in the Lakers 120-123 OT win. It seemed like the King was back.

projects he’s taken on in the entertainment industry lately, is working with 2 Chainz as A&R for his new record “Rap Or Go To The League,” due out September 10. The two are seen in the video appearing to work on the record, drinking wine and seemingly having a good time. But considering that it was announced that James was sitting just 80 minutes prior to the game the next day, it seems a little suspect.’ data-reactid=”26″>James, aside from other projects he’s taken on in the entertainment industry lately, is working with 2 Chainz as A&R for his new record “Rap Or Go To The League,” due out September 10. The two are seen in the video appearin

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Sore knee keeps Embiid out vs. Westbrook, OKC

Sore knee keeps Embiid out vs. Westbrook, OKC

All-Star center Joel Embiid and backup center Boban Marjanovic are both out for the 76ers’ game Thursday against the Thunder in Oklahoma City, the team announced Tuesday.

Embiid is in Philadelphia for rehab on his sore left knee and has not yet been re-evaluated. The Sixers said they expect they will have an update before Saturday’s game against the Golden State Warriors in Philadelphia.

Last Wednesday, the Sixers announced that Embiid would be out at least a week with left knee soreness.

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NBA players react to Zion Williamson’s injury

NBA players react to Zion Williamson’s injury

Shortly after the game started between No. 1 Duke and No. 8 North Carolina on Wednesday, Duke freshman Zion Williamson left the court after ripping through his left shoe when trying to reverse his dribble. The potential No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NBA draft, Williamson did not return to the game after Duke announced he had suffered an apparent knee injury.

A number of NBA players reacted to Williamson’s injury on social media.

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Ingram expected to be ready for next season

Ingram expected to be ready for next season

Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram underwent thoracic outlet decompression surgery on his right arm Saturday, and sources told ESPN he is expected to make a full recovery in three to four months.

Ingram was shut down last week after a medical examination of his sore right shoulder revealed deep venous thrombosis — a condition caused by a blood clot. That clot was removed and Saturday’s procedure assured better blood flow in Ingram’s upper body.

“This couldn’t have been a better set of facts for a clot,” Ingram’s agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management, told ESPN.

With uncertainty surrounding Ingram’s condition in the past week, former NBA players who were forced to retire because of blood clot issues — namely

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LeBron Laces Up An Air Jordan 3-Inspired Version Of The LeBron 16

LeBron Laces Up An Air Jordan 3-Inspired Version Of The LeBron 16

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Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James is a debate that will never be settled. For the rest of time, their two careers will be intertwined and the “goat” debate will push on, pinning unmatched athletic ability up against an undefeated Finals record and unparalleled greatness. Entering tonight’s game against the Denver Nuggets, the King was only 13 points behind the Jum

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Luke Walton says Lakers need more from their bench, but he’s also trying to reduce their minutes – Silver Screen and Roll

Luke Walton says Lakers need more from their bench, but he’s also trying to reduce their minutes – Silver Screen and Roll

The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, and when digging into the numbers from that game, it’s pretty easy to see a pattern.

The Lakers’ reserves combined to score just 7 points total in a 48-minute basketball game the team lost to the Grizzlies by five points. In that game, every single Lakers starter had a positive net rating, and every starter except for JaVale McGee played 34 minutes or more.

Every single Lakers bench player other than Lance Stephenson — who played just three minutes and change — had a negative net rating.

And while single-game net ratings are far from a perfect measure of success, the metrics here are so stark that without even factoring in the eye test — which also wasn’t kind to the Lakers’ bench — it’s not hard to see where the game got out of hand.

Lakers head coach Luke Walton didn’t blame the bench outright for the loss, but he did tell reporters on Spectrum Sportsnet that he needed them to be better, while also providing some extra context to further explain how little they played:

“We need more, but I’ve started limiting the minutes of some of the bench guys. They’re not getting the same amount of opportunity.”

Still, Walton reiterated that regardless of minutes, he’ll need more production from the reserves in whatever minutes they do get:

“We need some more from that group that’s been good for us.”

Walton is right about the Lakers needing more from their reserve unit, it just seems unlikely they can get it at this point, or at least if they

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Whitlock and Wiley respond to LeBron James saying his playoff level intensity is ‘activated’

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LeBron James or Michael Jordan: Who’s the GOAT?

LeBron James or Michael Jordan: Who’s the GOAT?

LeBron James on Wednesday night hit a layup to surpass Michael Jordan on the all-time NBA scoring list, inevitably triggering a debate that’s been going on among basketball fans—on television and in blogs, in bleachers and in bars—for what feels like a hundred years now:

Who’s the greatest of all time? MJ? Or LeBron?

It’s the kind of debate that sports yellers on AM radio fall back on when there’s no good sports news. But it’s also a question that feels worn out before it’s even posed—the hoops equivalent of asking if a hot dog is a sandwich. And yet, the question continues to invite all sorts of extremely adamant opinions—a Beatles vs. Stones argument for the court.

It’s weird, and it needs to stop.

LeBron’s 32,311 points and counting to Jordan’s 32,292 have already brought this threadbare debate back to the fore. The exhausted GOAT question was posed after the Lakers’ losing effort Wednesday by Sports Illustrated, NBA TV, The Undefeated, and more—and I completely understand why. These two men, after all, are the defining players of their eras—stunningly dominant stars who have effectively served as the faces of the league not just across America, but the world over. It’s only natural to want to compare them.

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But the thing about greatness is that it constitutionally resists comparison. Greatness, by its nature, is unique to that which possesses it. How can you compare the vast beauty of the Grand Canyon to Niagara Falls? The genius of Shakespeare to Toni Morrison? Who was a more important president: George Washington or Abraham Lincoln?

MJ and LeBron are both great—in their own way, in their own times, for their own reasons. Pitting them against each other not only unfairly minimizes one of the player’s accomplishments (not to mention those of a whole host of other great players who never even get to be part of this debate), but also reduces the meaning of the word greatness itself, as though such a concept could be quantified by statistics.

I say all this despite having a rooting interest here.

I live in Chicago, where Jordan’s legacy still reigns supreme in our sports culture—his dynastic Bulls of the 1990s remains the ruler against which all our city’s other athletic achievements are measured. I grew up watching those Bulls, coming of basketball-watching age right around the time they were launching their second three-peat. It’s easy to forget sometimes how insane that was. Those 72 wins in the 1995-96 season? Holy crap! I know the Golden State Warriors would later break that record, but that’s still bonkers, once-in-a-generation domination, if you’re lucky. Jordan didn’t do it by himself—Scottie Pippen, in particular, was extraordinary, as was a supporting cast of characters that included Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc, and Steve Kerr—but His Airness was, of course, the star of the show.

I loved Jordan growing up like so many other kids, and one of my most cherished childhood moments was when I met him. I was 10 or 11—just after his sixth championship—and I went to his basketball camp in the Chicago suburbs. At the end of the camp, the teams got to take pictures with Mike. By some turn of fortune, I found myself standing next to him. Like all suburban white kids in 1999, I had a frosted-tips hairdo. We lined up to take the picture, and Jordan—6’6” to my, say, 4’10”—put his arm around me, smirked, and said: “Nice hair.”

In retrospect, this may have been some of his famous trash talk, but I took it as a compliment: “Thanks,”

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Frye to retire at end of Cavaliers’ season

Frye to retire at end of Cavaliers’ season

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Channing Frye said he will retire at the end of this season.

Frye, 35, made the announcement on Twitter on Friday. It confirmed the rumor that he is planning to retire that began when he posted a picture on Instagram after the Cavs’ game against the New York Knicks, commenting that it was his last time playing in Madison Square Garden.

Frye was selected from Arizona by the Knicks with the eighth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.

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‘We gotta win games’: LeBron James on the Lakers’ playoff chances, his injury, and team unity

‘We gotta win games’: LeBron James on the Lakers’ playoff chances, his injury, and team unity



















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LeBron’s Hip-Hop History: The Road to Becoming an A&R

LeBron’s Hip-Hop History: The Road to Becoming an A&R

Off the court, the only thing greater than LeBron James’ love affair with wine is his obsession with all things hip-hop. With all due respect to LeBron the Wine Connoisseur, LeBron the Hip-Hop Ambassador is far more powerful, as he’s spent his NBA career runnin

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Dwyane Wade Swaps Jerseys with Rookie Player Who Grew Up Idolizing Him

Dwyane Wade Swaps Jerseys with Rookie Player Who Grew Up Idolizing Him

Kevin Huerter, 20, grew up idolizing Dwyane Wade, even wearing his shoes and jersey number

Dwyane Wade is wrapping up his basketball career by continuing to inspire players just beginning theirs.

The Miami Heat shooting guard, 37, shared a heartwarming moment with Atlanta Hawks rookie Kevin Huerter as the two exchanged jerseys following the Heat’s win over the Hawks Monday.

Wade – who is set to retire at the end of this season – has swapped jerseys with plenty of other players throughout the season, but said he chose Huerter after hearing that the 20-year-old idolized him growing up.

“Earlier in the year, a good friend of mine told me about him, when he was younger, that he used to wear my shoes, he wore No. 3 because of me, he looked up to me,” Wade told Fox Sports.

“So I knew I was gonna surprise him the last time we played him. He’s someone since pre-season when we played him, all the way until now, he’s gotten so much better. So from one No. 3 to another, I thought I’d switch jerse

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Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: All-Stars and injuries

Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: All-Stars and injuries

The segment after the NBA All-Star break is often mistakenly deemed the “second half” of the season when really, there’s just 30 percent of the campaign left to play. The playoffs in some head-to-head formats begin as early as next week, while even managers in rotisserie formats will begin to feel the squeeze of these final weeks of the season. Immediacy proves crucial in these pivotal last weeks of the season, such as seizing on any of the key overlooked difference-makers floating in free agency or via the waiver wire.

Vague and enduring long-term injuries can cause top talents to slip into free agency at this point of the season, with Minnesota’s Robert Covington as a prime example. Covington hasn’t played since suffering a bruised knee on New Year’s Eve in New Orleans and is currently rostered in just of half of ESPN fantasy basketball leagues.

Rumblings from the beat and his own Twitter feed, however, suggest “Glovington” (a moniker earned by an elite steal rate) is nearing a return to action. I’d rush to make room for this stellar 3-and-D asset in all formats, even if it means waiting a few weeks for his return — he’s capable of single-handedly shifting results in 3-pointers, steals and blocks. Let’s remember Covington has averaged 2.4 3-pointers, 2.1 steals and 1.3 blocks per game this season between work with the 76ers and Wolves. For some context, he is the only NBA player averaging a least two steals, two 3-pointers and one block this season and would be the only player on record ever to do so if he sustained these rates for a full season. So, yes, he’s quite special.

The All-Star break often allows some of these vague injury scenarios to quickly clarify, creating windows for value we can target. Below, I detail some other significant injury-related topics in addition to previewing some of the key statistical narratives ahead of Thursday’s anticipated six-game slate.

All-Star break takeaways

  • Team LeBron outscored Team Giannis 89-55 after trailing by 20 in the third quarter of this past Sunday’s surprisingly competitive All-Star game. Team LeBron had only a 3.2 percent chance to win down 118-99 in the third quarter, but James’ squad went full Space Jam, with a dash of NBA Jam, and made 35 of 90 3-pointers in the comeback win, both All-Star records.

  • Kevin Durant produced 31 points on 10-15 FG to win his second All-Star Game MVP (won with the Thunder in 2012). Durant became the first Warriors player to win All-Star MVP since Rick Barry in 1967 and the first to shoot free throws overhand in the contest. Durant became just the sixth player with multiple All-Star Game MVPs and Finals MVPs. It seemed like if Dirk Nowitzki had more time (or a time machine) he’d have matched Durant, as the German legend hit all three of his 3-point attempts.

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo did all he could for Team Giannis, fittingly, scoring a game-high 38 points, the most by a foreign-born player in All-Star Game history, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

  • ESPN Stats & Info compiled a fun list of notable NBA milestones to watch for in the coming games. For instance, Atlanta’s Vince Carter is just 66 points away fro

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Like Mike: LeBron overwhelmed after passing Jordan, his hero

Like Mike: LeBron overwhelmed after passing Jordan, his hero

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the very first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike.

James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron’s competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew into a tantalizing basketball prospect capable of jumping from high school to the NBA as the No. 1 draft pick, he studied, imitated and drew profound inspiration from Jordan’s tongue-wagging dunks, that fadeaway jumper, his competitive fire — even the little details of the way Jordan wore his sneakers and shorts.

James proudly put No. 23 on his back as soon as he could get it as a high school sophomore.

“He was everything,” James said.

Jordan has also admired James’ game for years.

“I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his amazing career,” Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday through his spokeswoman, Estee Portnoy.

When James surpassed Jordan’s career points total Wednesday night, he did it in a pair of Nikes with “Thank You M.J.” written neatly on the side. That tribute doesn’t begin to encompass what Jordan’s radiance meant to a youngster who dreamed of finding a better life through basketball.

“M.J. was an inspiration,” James said. “M.J. was the lightning in a bottle for me, because I wanted to be like him.”

James has grown into a 34-year-old man with three championship rings and a redoubtable 16-year NBA career. Yet he is still in awe of Jordan, who has represented the apex of achievement for his entire life.

James moved past Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career sco

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Milwaukee Bucks Star Giannis Antetokounmpo Leads NBA MVP Odds

Milwaukee Bucks Star Giannis Antetokounmpo Leads NBA MVP Odds

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LeBron James Opens Up About Phone Call He Received From Kyrie Irving

LeBron James Opens Up About Phone Call He Received From Kyrie Irving

There is no denying that some damage was done to the relationship between Kyrie Irving and LeBron James when the point guard requested a trade away from the Cleveland Cavaliers two years ago to get out from underneath James’ shadow.

But when Irving called James earlier this season to apologize for how he left things in Cleveland, some of it was healed.

James has not offered much insight regarding the call he got from Kyrie last month, but the Los Angeles Lakers superstar finally opened up a bit more to reporters on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.

“I think I’ve always loved Kyrie, from before I met him, until when I became his teammate, to even now,” James said, via ESPN’s Dave McMenam

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Report: Lakers to put James on minutes restriction

James will be limited to 28 to 32 minutes per game and could sit out either end of a back-to-back, according to Yahoo Sports.

LeBron James will be placed on a minutes restriction for the rest of the season, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.

James will be limited to 28 to 32 minutes per game and could sit out either end of a back-to-back. The front office consulted James’ agent, Rich Paul, before making the decision, the report says.

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LeBron going from Cavs rookie to passing MJ will make you feel old

LeBron going from Cavs rookie to passing MJ will make you feel old

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – It happened late on the West Coast, but it was still historic. Despite losing to the Denver Nuggets, LeBron James passed Michael Jordan in career points.

James moves into the fourth spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. As everyone knows, James scored the majo

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NBA Rumors: LeBron James Minutes To Be Limited For Remainder Of Season

NBA Rumors: LeBron James Minutes To Be Limited For Remainder Of Season

It looks like LeBron James will be seeing less time on the court with the Los Angeles Lakers’ playoff hopes dwindling.

The Lakers front office and James reportedly have mutually agreed to limit the veteran’s playing time to 28-32 minutes per game for t

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NBA: LeBron James reacts after Los Angeles Lakers star surpasses Michael Jordan’s career points total

NBA: LeBron James reacts after Los Angeles Lakers star surpasses Michael Jordan’s career points total

LeBron James admits surpassing Michael Jordan’s career points total is “beyond crazy.”

The Los Angeles Lakers star put up 31 points in the win over the Denver Nuggets, taking him to 32,311, clear of Jordan’s 32,292. 

Though James, who has also played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat, accomplished his total in 1,190 games – 118 more than Jordan. 

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“I don’t know, man, a lot of the stuff I’ve done in my career, this ranks right at the top,” the 34-year-old said after the game.

“For a kid from Akron, Ohio, that needed inspiration, needed some type of positive influence, MJ was that guy for me.

Odell Beckham Jr. wants to live in LeBron James’ Akron mansion – Yardbarker

Odell Beckham Jr. wants to live in LeBron James’ Akron mansion – Yardbarker

Odell Beckham Jr. has been dealt to the Cleveland Browns in a shocking blockbuster trade, and the NFL superstar already is eyeing some prime real estate in Northeast Ohio.

As the finishing touches are put on the deal that will ship the enigmatic wide receiver to Cleveland, none other than Ohio favorite son and Browns backer LeBron James took to Instagram to profess disbelief over the stunning development.

Amid the over 10,000 reactions to James’ post was an intriguing one from Beckham, who indicated an interest in setting up shop in the Los Angeles Lakers star’s currently unoccupied mansion in nearby Akron.

“Lemme hold the crib down,” Beckham joked in the IG post’s comments section, per Cleveland.com.

James perhaps would not mind having Beckham temporarily live

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LeBron James sat out for “load management”, but it may not have been basketball related

The NBA season is beginning to enter its playoff decision-making stages heading into March and the Los Angeles Lakers, who have not been to the playoffs since 2013, are currently the 11th seed and as of now are not slated to make the playoffs with a dire 22 games left in the regular season.

Last summer, when the announcement was made that Lebron James would be joining the team, there were certainly mixed emotions. But no one expected the always passionate and focused leader’s attention to be deterred from basketball.

Well, it looks like some folks were wrong.

After sitting out for a career high 17 games due to a groin strain he suffered on Christmas Day, James returned on January 31 against the Los Angeles Clippers and played 40 minutes in the Lakers 120-123 OT win. It seemed like the King was back.

projects he’s taken on in the entertainment industry lately, is working with 2 Chainz as A&R for his new record “Rap Or Go To The League,” due out September 10. The two are seen in the video appearing to work on the record, drinking wine and seemingly having a good time. But considering that it was announced that James was sitting just 80 minutes prior to the game the next day, it seems a little suspect.’ data-reactid=”26″>James, aside from other projects he’s taken on in the entertainment industry lately, is working with 2 Chainz as A&R for his new record “Rap Or Go To The League,” due out September 10. The two are seen in the video appearin

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LeBron James sat out for “load management”, but it may not have been basketball related

The NBA season is beginning to enter its playoff decision-making stages heading into March and the Los Angeles Lakers, who have not been to the playoffs since 2013, are currently the 11th seed and as of now are not slated to make the playoffs with a dire 22 games left in the regular season.

Last summer, when the announcement was made that Lebron James would be joining the team, there were certainly mixed emotions. But no one expected the always passionate and focused leader’s attention to be deterred from basketball.

Well, it looks like some folks were wrong.

After sitting out for a career high 17 games due to a groin strain he suffered on Christmas Day, James returned on January 31 against the Los Angeles Clippers and played 40 minutes in the Lakers 120-123 OT win. It seemed like the King was back.

projects he’s taken on in the entertainment industry lately, is working with 2 Chainz as A&R for his new record “Rap Or Go To The League,” due out September 10. The two are seen in the video appearing to work on the record, drinking wine and seemingly having a good time. But considering that it was announced that James was sitting just 80 minutes prior to the game the next day, it seems a little suspect.’ data-reactid=”26″>James, aside from other projects he’s taken on in the entertainment industry lately, is working with 2 Chainz as A&R for his new record “Rap Or Go To The League,” due out September 10. The two are seen in the video appearin

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Draymond Green Admits To LeBron James’ Influence On Decision That’ll Shape His Future

Draymond Green Admits To LeBron James’ Influence On Decision That’ll Shape His Future

Draymond Green’s recent signing with Klutch Sports draws a natural link to LeBron James, just as the the earlier Anthony Davis signing did heading into the season. Yet the Golden State Warriors forward assures his former NBA Finals rival had no need to recruit him to the agency:

“It’s impossible to say LeBron played no part in me joining Klutch, simply because he has been Klutch since the beginning,” Green told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “He’s essentially a founding partner. I’ve already had a relationship with LeBron for years, so it’s always good to be able to do business with family that’s going about their business in the right fashion and getting things done. But as far as recruiting me — no, LeBron didn’t recruit me at all.”

James was not only one of the founding partners, but also the very first client under Rich Paul, with others like John Wall, Tristan Thompson, Ben Simmons, Eric Bledsoe and other NBA players later joining the circle.

Some have begun to question the real motive of what it means to be part of Klutch, as Thompson is

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Cedi Osman using friendship with LeBron James to help Cleveland Cavaliers rebuild

Cedi Osman using friendship with LeBron James to help Cleveland Cavaliers rebuild

Cedi Osman says his friendship with LeBron James is helping him take his young NBA career to the next level and restore the fortunes of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavs have struggled in the post-LeBron era. Since losing him to the Lakers last year, they have gone from NBA finalists to second bottom in the Eastern Conference.

Thursday night’s dramatic comeback win over the New York Knicks was only their 15th win of the season and they are currently 13.5 games behind the eighth-seed Orlando Magic.



Cedi Osman #16 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes to the basket against the New York Knicks on February 28, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.




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But Osman himself is one of the reasons for Cavaliers fans to be optimistic. After cutting his NBA teeth as a reserve behind James last year, he has established himself as one of the most important players on the team this season, alongside Kevin Love and Collin Sexton, averaging 13.1 points in over 31 minutes per game

And he says fans should be patient with a young team that will only get better.

“We are a really young team that has got a little bit of experience,” the 23-year-old told Sky Sports.

“Besides the older players we have, there is me, Larry (Nance Jr), JC (Jordan Clarkson), Ante Zizic; it was the first time being in the playoffs for us last year.

“We have Collin (Sexton) now, but we are still a young team. We have a lot of things that we can take as a positive, win or lose it doesn’t matter, there is a lot of things we take as a lesson and I know we are going to be a really good team in a couple of years.

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LeBron James sat out for “load management”, but it may not have been basketball related

The NBA season is beginning to enter its playoff decision-making stages heading into March and the Los Angeles Lakers, who have not been to the playoffs since 2013, are currently the 11th seed and as of now are not slated to make the playoffs with a dire 22 games left in the regular season.

Last summer, when the announcement was made that Lebron James would be joining the team, there were certainly mixed emotions. But no one expected the always passionate and focused leader’s attention to be deterred from basketball.

Well, it looks like some folks were wrong.

After sitting out for a career high 17 games due to a groin strain he suffered on Christmas Day, James returned on January 31 against the Los Angeles Clippers and played 40 minutes in the Lakers 120-123 OT win. It seemed like the King was back.

projects he’s taken on in the entertainment industry lately, is working with 2 Chainz as A&R for his new record “Rap Or Go To The League,” due out September 10. The two are seen in the video appearing to work on the record, drinking wine and seemingly having a good time. But considering that it was announced that James was sitting just 80 minutes prior to the game the next day, it seems a little suspect.’ data-reactid=”26″>James, aside from other projects he’s taken on in the entertainment industry lately, is working with 2 Chainz as A&R for his new record “Rap Or Go To The League,” due out September 10. The two are seen in the video appearin

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LeBron James supports Russell Westbrook in fan incident: ‘He was in the right’

LeBron James supports Russell Westbrook in fan incident: ‘He was in the right’

Video caught Westbrook telling Keisel, “I’ll f—- you up. You and your wife.” The two parties had different versions of the exchange after the game. Westbrook told reporters that Keisel and his wife directed “disrespectful” and “racial” language at him. Keisel denied saying anything derogatory and intends to sue Westbrook.’ data-reactid=”17″>Video caught Westbrook telling Keisel, “I’ll f—- you up. You and your wife.” The two parties had different versions of the exchange after the game. Westbrook told reporters that Keisel and his wife directed “disrespectful” and “racial” language at him. Keisel denied saying anything derogatory and intends to sue Westbrook.

supporting the Thunder star’s version of events. The Jazz banned the fan for life, citing video evidence and eyewitness accounts of his alleged “excessive and derogatory verbal abuse” of Westbrook.’ data-reactid=”30″>A cavalcade of NBA personnel supported Westbrook in the aftermath of the incident, with both OKC and Utah players supporting the Thunder star’s version of events. The Jazz banned the fan for life, citing video evidence and eyewitness accounts of his alleged “excessive and derogatory verbal abuse” of Westbrook.

The NBA fined Westbrook $25,000 for “directing profanity and threatening language to a fan,” but the message from across the league was clear: Westbrook is deserving of support, and basketball’s most prominent voice said as much on Tuesday night.

“The good thing in social media came out when they went through everything he said about Russ and other people in his little timeline,” James said

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Three Things to Know: LeBron James passes idol Michael Jordan on all-time scoring list

Three Things to Know: LeBron James passes idol Michael Jordan on all-time scoring list

Kobe Bryant into third on the scoring list next season. Jordan averaged more points per game than LeBron — career averages of 30.1 points per game to 27.1 — but LeBron has played more games. Longevity is part of it — that’s why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is on top of this list, because at age 40 he was averaging 14.6 points per game (starting on a championship team).’ data-reactid=”27″>LeBron, at age 34, is not done, he has several more years of high-level basketball in him. If LeBron can stay healthy, he likely moves past Kobe Bryant into third on the scoring list next season. Jordan averaged more points per game than LeBron — career averages of 30.1 points per game to 27.1 — but LeBron has played more games. Longevity is part of it — that’s why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is on top of this list, because at age 40 he was averaging 14.6 points per game (starting on a championship team).

2) While nobody’s been watching, the Bulls have become good, beat Sixers on Zach LaVine game-winner. Early in the season, the Bulls were a mess. Chicago went 3-12 in November being outscored by 9.6 points per 100 possessions (second worst in the NBA), with an offense scoring less than a point per possession. December wasn’t much better (-8.4 net rating).’ data-reactid=”30″>2) While nobody’s been watching, the Bulls have become good, beat Sixers on Zach LaVine game-winner. Early in the season, the Bulls were a mess. Chicago went 3-12 in November being outscored by 9.6 points per 100 possessions (second worst in the NBA), with an offense scoring less than a point per possession. December wasn’t much better (-8.4 net rating).

Jimmy Butler put Philadelphia up by a point with two free throws with 4.8 seconds left, but then Zach LaVine

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LeBron James Passes Michael Jordon for Fourth on NBA All-Time Scoring List

LeBron James Passes Michael Jordon for Fourth on NBA All-Time Scoring List

Lakers forward LeBron James moved into fourth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, passing Michael Jordan, against the Nuggets on Wednesday night.
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About Last Night: McCollum catches fire to spark Blazers

About Last Night: McCollum catches fire to spark Blazers

C.J. McCollum is on a roll, and Tuesday night saw him catch fire to save the Trail Blazers in Los Angeles.

McCollum took over in the fourth quarter, scoring 23 of his 35 in the period to help the Blazers beat the Clippers 125-104 and strengthen their bid for home-court advantage in the Western Conference.

After missing his first seven shots of the game, McCollum heated up in the fourth, going 8-for-9 from the field, hitting all four 3-point attempts and helping Portland pull away from the Clippers, who had their five-game winning streak snapped. In one stretch, McCollum scored 13 straight points during a 15-3 outburst that put the game away.

“I don’t doubt myself when I’m missing shots,” McCollum said in a postgame on-court interview.

But McCollum perked up noticeably when asked about another topic – the Cleveland Browns’ reported trade for star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. McCollum, an Ohio native and big Browns fan, sees good things on the horizon for his favorite NFL team.

“We’ve been struggling on Sundays for a long time now,” McCollum said in a postgame interview. “This last year we turned it around. I’m looking forward to the future. It’s very bright. … OBJ, welcome! … Let’s get it!”

With 15 games left in the season, the future is looking bright for the Trail Blazers, as well. They currently sit fifth in the West with an identical record to the Thunder and just a game behind the Rockets at No. 3.

Check out all the highlights from McCollum’s big night:
 

 

Highlights: McCollum scores 23 of his 35 in fourth quarter


LeBron takes flight in Chicago

With the banged-up Lakers mired in a five-game losing streak, the Lakers needed LeBron James on Tuesday night. And boy did he step up.

James scored 36 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Lakers rally from a 20-point deficit to beat Chicago 123-107 to end their slide.

With the Lakers’ playoff hopes on life support, LeBron played 33 minutes and threw down a ferocious reverse dunk from a Josh Hart off-the-backboard pass that virtually sealed the win.

Leave it to NBAE photographer Nathaniel S. Butler to capture the moment perfectly:

And that might not have been LeBron’s best dunk of the night. Earlier in the game, LeBron finished off an incredible lead pass from Kyle Kuzma, catching the full-court feed off the bounce for another killer r

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The Lakers Must Make A Move, But It’s Not Luke Walton Who Should Go

The Lakers Must Make A Move, But It’s Not Luke Walton Who Should Go

Los Angeles Lakers President Magic Johnson and Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka should take most of the heat for the team’s failed season. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)Getty

The Lakers were hoping to activate LeBron James’ playoff mode by this time of the season. Instead, they are activating Andre Ingram.

Los Angeles is bringing back another fan favorite as Ingram is prepared to join a team ravaged by injuries.

LeBron James will meander to the finish line on a minutes restriction. Lonzo Ball is done for the season joining Brandon Ingram, who was diagnosed with deep venous thrombosis.

Head coach Luke Walton didn’t add much to that news other than to confirm Ingram was done for the year: “We’ve released what he’s got going on, but I’m not going to get into all the details. I’m just finding out a lot of it myself. All I’m going to say on him right now is that he’s out for the rest of the season.”

There is simply no way to beat injuries; they take their toll on any team and can happen regardless of how well the training staff regimen might be.

L.A. endured something of a cursed season, also seeing Rajon Rondo and LeBron miss significant time.

Instead of adding depth, however, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka decided to sign one-dimensional veterans who have disappointed during their one-year Hollywood cameo. Yet it’s Luke Walton who may be the one shown the door.

The Athletic’s Bill Oram wrote about Walton and his job security. Within the article lay a tidbit about the Lakers direction this previous summer.

After delivering James in July, (Magic) Johnson ignored the pleas of the coaching staff that he retain Brook Lopez and Julius Randle. Instead, he signed controversial and limited journeymen JaVale McGee, Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson.

Now to be fair, the Lakers had a grandiose plan that seemed good at the time. But this news, if true, is further proof that the front office is woefully misguided. Re-signing Randle now looks like the best possible move, especially considering no top-tier free agent seems willing to consider the Lakers this summer.

Sure, Randle’s rate may have eaten into the Lakers cap space. Then again, he agreed to just a two-year contract with the Pelicans with a player option for the 2019-2020 season.

Randle is playing over 30 minutes a night now, averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. So, you know, he would have been handy to have around, especially considering the dearth of depth the Lakers have down low.

Speaking of which, Brook Lopez mentioned back in December that he was willing to come back to Los Angeles. Instead, the Lakers went one ill-fated direction and Lopez went another, signing with the Bucks on a one-year deal worth $3.38 million.

Lopez has seen his rebounds and block averages improve since last year as well as his three-point percentage; he’s now shooting 36.7% from distance.

Oram writes, “Walton has a year left on the four-year contract he signed in 2016, and firing the 38-year-old would cause considerable heartburn for officials within the organization who, according to team sources, continue to advocate for him.”

There’s good reason to want Walton to stick around. As James put it recently: “One thing that’s been consistent is the voice of our head coach. Throughout all the injuries, he’s been the one that’s remained the same and consistent throughout the whole year.”

Walton has his issues but hasn’t nearly been the reason the Lakers are throwing in the towel and giving minutes to the back of the bench.

Simply, the Lakers messed up pretty much every move since signing LeBron James. And in that time I have built some serious reservations about a front office that thought it prudent to let Lopez and Randle walk while welcoming in a contingent of veterans that hadn’t played all that many minutes as starters in recent seasons.

The Lakers power duo of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, once lauded for a LeBron coup, have all but erased the goodwill by employing ball handlers and misanthropes over personnel that would fill crucial needs.

Ivica Zubac now rebounds for the Clippers. Lopez shoots and runs the floor for the Bucks and Randle should eventually follow D’Angelo Russell as a former Laker player who becomes an All-Star on another team.

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Shannon Sharpe believes Magic Johnson deserves a majority of the blame for Lakers’ failed season

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Marcus Morris Credits Kyrie Irving For Taking Celtics To ‘Another Level’ – NESN

Marcus Morris Credits Kyrie Irving For Taking Celtics To ‘Another Level’ – NESN

The Boston Celtics finally appear to have turned a corner, and their star point guard is leading the surge.

Kyrie Irving was dominant Saturday night at Staples Center, racking up 30 points in his team’s 120-107 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. The win improved Boston to 3-0 on its current four-game West Coast road trip.

After the game, Celtics forward Marcus Morris credited Irving for his role in the turnaround.

Here’s what Morris had to say, via The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn:

(War

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Did You Cop The Nike LeBron 16 SB Blue?

Did You Cop The Nike LeBron 16 SB Blue?

The Nike LeBron 16 SB Blue made its surprise debut as part of the LeBron Watch program this weekend, and the iteration is a blue version of the LeBron 16 “SB White” that James debuted last Christmas Day, featuring an updated take on the Nike Zoom LeBron 3. LeBron James also wore the shoe during last night’s regular-season game against the Boston Celtics, and according to Nike, the sneaker’s blue, yellow and red colorway celebrates James amazing skill set and otherworldly on-court attributes.

Retailing for $200, the Nike LeBron 16 SB Blue already dropped

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Kawhi Leonard Not Interested In Playing With LeBron James: Report

Leonard is a free agent this offseason.

One of the biggest stories this offseason will be Kawhi Leonard and where he decides to sign. Leonard was traded by the San Antonio Spurs to the Toronto Raptors in the offseason and since then, the Raptors have become a huge favorite to make it out of the East and go to the NBA Finals. While Leonard and the Raptors have been flyin

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LeBron James sat out for “load management”, but it may not have been basketball related

The NBA season is beginning to enter its playoff decision-making stages heading into March and the Los Angeles Lakers, who have not been to the playoffs since 2013, are currently the 11th seed and as of now are not slated to make the playoffs with a dire 22 games left in the regular season.

Last summer, when the announcement was made that Lebron James would be joining the team, there were certainly mixed emotions. But no one expected the always passionate and focused leader’s attention to be deterred from basketball.

Well, it looks like some folks were wrong.

After sitting out for a career high 17 games due to a groin strain he suffered on Christmas Day, James returned on January 31 against the Los Angeles Clippers and played 40 minutes in the Lakers 120-123 OT win. It seemed like the King was back.

projects he’s taken on in the entertainment industry lately, is working with 2 Chainz as A&R for his new record “Rap Or Go To The League,” due out September 10. The two are seen in the video appearing to work on the record, drinking wine and seemingly having a good time. But considering that it was announced that James was sitting just 80 minutes prior to the game the next day, it seems a little suspect.’ data-reactid=”26″>James, aside from other projects he’s taken on in the entertainment industry lately, is working with 2 Chainz as A&R for his new record “Rap Or Go To The League,” due out September 10. The two are seen in the video appearin

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Was it okay for LeBron James to call out his teammates after the Lakers loss to the Pelica…

Was it okay for LeBron James to call out his teammates after the Lakers loss to the Pelica…

Gary Payton, Swin Cash and Ros Gold-Onwude discuss LeBron James’ comments about his teammates after losing to the New Orleans Pelicans.
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L.A. pain: Ingram, Lonzo shut down for season

L.A. pain: Ingram, Lonzo shut down for season

Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes had previously reported that there was a “strong suspicion” this would be the outcome of Ball’s examination.’ data-reactid=”17″>The team has shut down Ball for the remainder of the season after doctors re-evaluated the guard’s left ankle, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes had previously reported that there was a “strong suspicion” this would be the outcome of Ball’s examination.

Lonzo Ball was expected to be back weeks ago. Now, his season is over. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

The latest bad news for the Lakers

It’s hard to imagine how this season could get much worse for the Lakers. The playoffs were a clear goal for a team that boasted both LeBron James and a respectable collection of young talent, and now they’re 11th in the Western Conference 6.5 games out of a playoff spot with 17 games left to play.

loss of James to a groin strain for 17 games is widely considered the turning point for the Lakers’ disappointing season, but it’s arguable losing Ball was wh

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LeBron passes Jordan, but Nuggets beat Lakers 115-99

LeBron passes Jordan, but Nuggets beat Lakers 115-99

LeBron James hit the driving layup that pushed him past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list, even the Denver Nuggets paused to appreciate their opponent’s big moment.” data-reactid=”22″>LOS ANGELES (AP) — When LeBron James hit the driving layup that pushed him past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list, even the Denver Nuggets paused to appreciate their opponent’s big moment.

Lakers.” data-reactid=”23″>The Nuggets then made sure James’ celebration didn’t include a huge come-from-behind win for the Lakers.

Gary Harris added 19 and the Nuggets snapped their three-game losing streak with a 115-99 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night despite James’ latest move up the career scoring ranks.” data-reactid=”24″>Will Barton scored 23 points, Gary Harris added 19 and the Nuggets snapped their three-game losing streak with a 115-99 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night despite James’ latest move up the career scoring ranks.

James scored 31 points and surpassed Michael Jordan’s 32,292 career points on a driving layup during the second quarter.

”You’ve got to appreciate him,” Harris said of James. ”We’re witnessing greatness. It’s an honor.”

With James playing alongside four youngsters who came in with a combined 200 games of NBA experience compared to LeBron’s 1,190, the Lakers nearly rallied from a 23-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Nikola Jokic contributed key baskets down the stretch of the Nuggets’ first win of March.” data-reactid=”28″>Denver (43-21) blew all but two points of its huge early lead, but Harris and Nikola Jokic contributed key baskets down the stretch of the Nuggets’ first win of March.

”I liked how we played for most of the game, aside from the stretch where they just got out and ran and scored at will,” Denver coach Michael Malone said.

Jamal Murray scored 19 points and Jokic had 12 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists for the Nuggets, who had lost four straight to the Lakers on the road despite their growth into an elite NBA team during that time period.

After James barreled to the basket and hit a layup while being fouled for his milestone points, the Staples Center crowd gave a rousing ovation to the superstar who joined the Lakers last summer after 15 NBA seasons spent with Cleveland and Miami. While the Lakers aired a tribute video during the ensuing timeout, James covered his face with a towel, apparently crying under it.

”A lot of stuff that I’ve done in my career, this ranks right up at the top (with) winning a championship,” James said. ”For a kid from Akron, Ohio, that needed inspiration and needed some type of positive influence, M.J. was that guy for me. I watched him from afar, wanted to be like M.J., wanted to shoot fadeaways like M.J., wanted to stick my tongue out on dunks like M.J., wanted to wear my sneakers like M.J. I wanted kids to look up to me at some point like M.J., and it’s crazy, to be honest. ”

The 34-year-old James began the night needing 13 points to pass one of his heroes. James now trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643).

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Anthony Davis didn’t suit up for the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.’ data-reactid=”15″>Anthony Davis didn’t suit up for the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Pelicans cruised to a 128-115 win at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday night, marking their first since the All-Star break.’ data-reactid=”17″>Yet even without their star big man, New Orleans didn’t have any problem handling LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Pelicans cruised to a 128-115 win at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday night, marking their first since the All-Star break.

spoke out publicly after they failed to make a deal with New Orleans for Anthony Davis before the trade deadline earlier this month, saying he didn’t feel the Pelicans acted in “good faith.”‘ data-reactid=”23″>Johnson, remember, spoke out publicly after they failed to make a deal with New Orleans for Anthony Davis before the trade deadline earlier this month, saying he didn’t feel the Pelicans acted in “good faith.”

It’s probably safe to say that — at least for now — the Pelicans grabbed the last laugh.

LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike.’ data-reactid=”11″>LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the very first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike.

Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron’s competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew into a tantalizing basketball prospect capable of jumping from high school to the NBA as the No. 1 draft pick, he studied, imitated and drew profound inspiration from Jordan’s tongue-wagging dunks, that fadeaway jumper, his competitive fire – even the little details of the way Jordan wore his sneakers and shorts.” data-reactid=”12″>James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron’s competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew into a tantalizing basketball prospect capable of jumping from high school to the NBA as the No. 1 draft pick, he studied, imitated and drew profound inspiration from Jordan’s tongue-wagging dunks, that fadeaway jumper, his competitive fire – even the little details of the way Jordan wore his sneakers and shorts.

James proudly put No. 23 on his back as soon as he could get it as a high school sophomore.

”He was everything,” James said.

Jordan has also admired James’ game for years.

”I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his amazing career,” Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday through his spokeswoman, Estee Portnoy.

When James surpassed Jordan’s career points total Wednesday night, he did it in a pair of Nikes with ”Thank You M.J.” written neatly on the side. That tribute doesn’t begin to encompass what Jordan’s radiance meant to a youngster who dreamed of finding a better life through basketball.

”M.J. was an inspiration,” James said. ”M.J. was the lightning in a bottle for me, because I wanted to be like him.”

James has grown into a 34-year-old man with three championship rings and a redoubtable 16-year NBA career. Yet he is still in awe of Jordan, who has represented the apex of achievement for his entire life.

Lakers‘ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He bettered Jordan’s 32,292 career points with another variation of the brute physical brilliance that defines his playing style – a style that was influenced by Jordan’s combination of grace and aggressiveness.” data-reactid=”20″>James moved past Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list with a driving three-point play in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He bettered Jordan’s 32,292 career points with another variation of the brute physical brilliance that defines his playing style – a style that was influenced by Jordan’s combination of grace and aggressiveness.

James finished with 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. His struggling Lakers rallied late, but dropped their fourth straight game in a season that appears to be lost.

Every loss eats at James, yet he fidgeted in front of his locker afterward with the anxiousness of a rookie, still buzzing over the enormity of the moment in his life.

”When you’re an inner-city kid from Akron, Ohio, like myself and my guys growing up, you look for anything that can inspire you,” James said. ”You’re always just up against the numbers of failing. The percentages of guys like myself – single-parent household, only child, underprivileged – (the chance of) making it out is not high at all. M.J. had a lot to do with me making it out, along with my mother, along with the city itself, along with the Little League coaches I had. But Mike had no idea what he was doing for a kid that was growing up a 45-minute flight away from Chicago, where he was putting in that work.”

James acknowledged he missed most of the tribute video aired at Staples Center during the timeout after his milestone points. That’s because he was crying into a towel on the Lakers’ bench.

Chicago Bulls. Little LeBron would buy packs of basketball cards hoping for a Jordan, and he would study every aspect of Jordan’s game, down to the way he wore his calf sleeve turned slightly inside-out so that the red lining showed.” data-reac

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Charles Barkley invites LeBron James on TNT’s ‘Inside the NBA’ for the playoffs

Charles Barkley invites LeBron James on TNT’s ‘Inside the NBA’ for the playoffs

James will be placed on a minutes restriction as the Lakers all but forfeit their 1 percent odds of making the playoffs this season, Barkley turned to the TNT camera to make a public plea to James for his postseason services.’ data-reactid=”17″>Fresh off the news that James will be placed on a minutes restriction as the Lakers all but forfeit their 1 percent odds of making the playoffs this season, Barkley turned to the TNT camera to make a public plea to James for his postseason services.

“Since you’re going to have some free time once the playoffs start, I’ve got a seat for you,” Barkley said, as fellow panelist Shaquille O’Neal protested, “Man, leave that man alone.” “The first weekend of the playoffs, you can stay, we’ll put you up in a good hotel, we’ll get you a first-class ticket. We always bring players in for the playoffs. You’re not going to be busy during the playoffs, so I’m inviting you here.”

whiny” on “Inside the NBA” for pleading with the Cleveland Cavaliers to add another “f—-ing playmaker.” James clapped back, calling Barkley “a hater” and adding, “Screw Charles Barkley.” To which Barkley responded, “We’re never going to be friends.”’ data-reactid=”34″>You might remember two years ago, when Barkle

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LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan

LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan

Honest to God, I just found this image in our library and had to use it here.

…Anyway, last night LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan in career points, becoming the fourth-highest scoring person in the NBA. There has been and will continue to be plenty of ink – print and digital – spilled on the subject of which of the two are better. What’s important to recognize, however, is that it’s a bad comparison.

Professional sports changes over time and in a relatively short amount of time players/coaches/teams/etc. will change their approach to their sport. Not too long ago, the three-point shot was a new thing and people were wary of it. You really only went for it on rare occasion. Now, it’s become an almost effortless task for the top players, all of whom love to drop a handful per game.

Likewise, the approach to defense and offense has changed. We’ve gone from set plays to motion offenses to a m

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Lakers! Did the Lakers’ inexperience hurt them this season?

Lakers! Did the Lakers’ inexperience hurt them this season?

James now ranks fourth in all-time scoring with 32,311 points, and the top four are all players who have spent at l

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Why Is Baseball’s Biggest Drama So Damned Boring?

Why Is Baseball’s Biggest Drama So Damned Boring?
Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta (AP)

Bryce Harper has been “about to sign” with the Philadelphia Phillies for two weeks now, including one weekend when Andy MacPhail, the team’s chief baseball brain, said the Phillies were good with what they had and weren’t looking to add much in firepower or the payroll to fuel it.

And the rumors, which always seem to change, do not abate. The semi-latest, in which owner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas for a quick meet-and-greet, quickly turned to one in which he wasn’t leaving without either Harper’s signature or Scott Boras’s brains on the paper.

Okay, I stole the last part from The Godfather.

Either way, the next day, noted hyperactive snoop-and-tell artist Jon Heyman suggested there were still multiple teams involved in Harper and that the deal that might be consummated by Monday would now probably drag into Tuesday and maybe even beyond, if the rumor that the Los Angeles Dodgers sent a delegation to Las Vegas to re-introduce themselves to Harper is to be believed. A nation that lost interest in his future 10 days ago must endure more stories that both move him closer and further away from a contract at the same time.

In the meantime, the NBA has mastered the art of keeping people riveted to the month-by-year sagas of Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant as it did those of Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James and Paul George even though their contract decisions take epochs by comparison. People can’t seem to get enough of drool-talking about Kyrie Irving’s dinner dates, but Harper’s future not only doesn’t move the needle, it doesn’t even cause the motion sensors that illuminate the room to activate. How can this be, and should baseball commissioner Rob (The Face Of The Man Who Hates Fun) Manfred be more concerned with Harper fatigue than pitch clocks?

The NBA is, like most sports, dogged by a regular season that lasts an ice age and is as interesting as the fossils that emanate from it. But unlike the others, the NBA doesn’t wait for the regular season to end; it stays in perpetual trade deadline mode, resting only during the playoffs to protect the notion that basketball is occasionally an end in and of itself. As a result, then people who cover the sport spit-spray endlessly about who might be going where eventually and why this is news so vital that it su

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Team LeBron Rallies To Beat Team Giannis, 178-164

Team LeBron Rallies To Beat Team Giannis, 178-164

By TIM REYNOLDS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Catching lobs from former teammate Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message without saying a word.

Oh, this mattered to James — and Team LeBron as well.

Team LeBron, down by 20 in the second half, finally got firing and went on to beat Team Giannis 178-164 in the All-Star Game on Sunday night. MVP Kevin Durant scored 31 points for Team LeBron, the one that James drafted and led to victory in the captain’s-choice format for a second consecutive season.

“You put me on the floor, I love to compete,” James said in the postgame interview room. “I’m a competitor, no matter what it is. I was competing to see if I could get to this table first.”

He wasn’t kidding. He then turned to NBA spokesman Mark Broussard, asked if he was the first player to get into the room and grinned when told he was.

“See what I’m talking about?” James said.

Klay Thompson scored 20 points, and James and Kawhi Leonard each had 19 for the winners.

“It’s all sweet to me,” Durant said after getting his second All-Star MVP award, to go with the one he claimed in 2012. “It’s hard to rank because everything’s special. But it’s cool to be out there with some of the best players to ever play the game. And to win MVP in front of my family and friends is pretty sweet.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo — the first-time captain — led everybody with 38 points on 17 for 23 shooting for the club he drafted. Paul George and Khris Middleton each scored 20 points for Team Giannis, which got 17 apiece from Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook.

“Just being the leader of a team, it wasn’t as tough as I thought,” Antetokounmpo said. “My teammates, the guys in the locker room, encouraged me to step up and take it serious and play hard.”

The highlights, as would be expected, were absurdly good, time and again.

Curry slammed the ball off the floor on a first-half fas

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LeBron gets emotional after passing MJ in career points

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LeBron passes Jordan: Who’s above James on points list

LeBron passes Jordan: Who’s above James on points list

After LeBron James leapfrogged Michael Jordan on the all-time NBA points list, we look at who he still needs to catch to top the pile.

LeBron James added weight to the argument that he, and not Michael Jordan, is the greatest basketball player of all time Wednesday.

The four-time NBA MVP surpassed Jordan for career points as he tallied 31 for the Lakers in their loss to the Nuggets.

While it looks poised to be a disappointing first season in LA for James, who appears in line to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005, he can console himself with another outstanding individual achievement.

However, while Jordan is now in his rear-view mirror in terms of points, James still has three more NBA greats to surpass to become the league’s all-time leading scorer, and that may be a tall task for the 34

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The Science Behind Success

The Science Behind Success

As a psychology minor, I’ve always been interested in the science behind behavior and thought.

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LeBron James reflects on the ‘very emotional’ experience of passing Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list

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Passing inspiration Jordan ‘beyond crazy’ for LeBron

Passing inspiration Jordan ‘beyond crazy’ for LeBron

LeBron James ranks the “beyond crazy” achievement of passing his inspiration Michael Jordan on the all-time list of NBA points scorers as “right up there” with the best of his career.

The four-time MVP added 31 points to his tally in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-99 defeat to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday to better Jordan’s total of 32,292.

James is now the fourth-highest scorer in NBA history and the Lakers superstar had to pinch himself after eclipsing the legendary Jordan’s mark.

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Michael Jordan congratulates LeBron James for passing him on NBA all-time scoring list

Michael Jordan congratulates LeBron James for passing him on NBA all-time scoring list

Jordan said in a statement.’ data-reactid=”18″>“I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his amazing career,” Jordan said in a statement.

James moved past Jordan’s 32,292 career points with a second quarter layup during the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets at the Staples Center. James finished the game with 31 points, giving him 32,311 for his career.

After the game, James said Jordan was his inspiration growing up.

“It’s crazy, to be honest. It’s beyond crazy.”

James also paid

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Read and React: What would it take for LeBron James to be the GOAT?

Read and React: What would it take for LeBron James to be the GOAT?

Los Angeles Lakers, a rare moment of good news: one of their own, a scrappy baller by the name of LeBron James, just managed to get past none other than Michael Jordan on the NBA’s career scoring list.’ data-reactid=”41″>Happy Thursday! In the never-ending saga that is the Los Angeles Lakers, a rare moment of good news: one of their own, a scrappy baller by the name of LeBron James, just managed to get past none other than Michael Jordan on the NBA’s career scoring list.

Yes, “Lebron vs. MJ” is the cheapest kind of killing-time-on-sports-radio argument, an easy heat check where everyone’s on the side of the guy they worshipped as a teenager.

But just for the sake of argument, what would it take to get MJ stans to change their mind?

LeBron: A victim of his own image

Kobe Bryant, in third, is about 1,300 points ahead.) James has already totaled more minutes, games, assists, rebounds and blocks than Jordan. They’re virtually equal in advanced stats like win shares and PER. And with three to four more healthy years, James should catch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for No. 1 on the scoring list.’ data-reactid=”47″>James tied Jordan with a fallaway jumper midway through the second quarter against Denver, passed him with a hard-fought and-one layup, and now stands alone in fourth place all-time. (Kobe Bryant, in third, is about 1,300 points ahead.) James has already totaled more minutes, games, assists, rebounds and blocks than Jordan. They’re virtually equal in advanced stats like win shares and PER. And with three to four more healthy years, James should catch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for No. 1 on the scoring list.

Jordan has those six rings in six attempts, and that’s something James will never match. But what if James ends his career as the NBA’s greatest scorer and adds a ring or two to his resume? Does that push him past Jordan? It’s an argument that will only keep gaining speed over the last few years of LeBr

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Lakers fans not buying into LeBron James – Stephen A. | Get Up! – ESPN

Stephen A. Smith points out that it was bittersweet moment for LeBron James as he surpassed Michael Jordan on NBA’s all-time scoring list, but the Los Angeles Lakers continue to sink even lower with their loss to the Denver Nuggets. Stephen A. also details how unprofessional Rajon Rondo looked sitting in a courtside seat, which seemingly offended head coach Luke Walton. Stephen A. diagnoses Lakers fans’ reaction to the loss, adding that though they appreciate LeBron’s greatness, they are not buying into what he is doing for the team.

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A History of LeBron James Wearing Air Jordans

A History of LeBron James Wearing Air Jordans

LeBron James and Michael Jordan are often compared to each other, but it’s no doubt the amount of respect and inspiration the two hold.

Prior to King James getting his own signature sneaker, a young LeBron laced Air Jordans on court of the retro, performance and PE variety as a high schooler and in pre-season play.

Even as he competes in his 16th season in the league, LeBron shows love to Mike by rocking his kicks pre-game on the regular.

Surpassing Mike on the all-time scoring leader list last night, we recount the many times LeBron James has worn Air Jordans.

LeBron James in his Air Jordan 9 “SVSM” PE
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 18 JBC PE (photo by Kevin Clark/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 3 White/Cement (photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 3 White/Cement (photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
LeBron James in his Air Jordan 9 Cavs PE (photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)
LeBron James in his Air Jordan 9 Cavs PE (photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LeBron James in Off-White x Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 1 Black/Red
LeBron James in the Off-White x Air Jordan 1 “UNC”
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 1 “Metallic Red”
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 1 “Bred Toe”
LeBron James in the Union x Nike Air Jordan 1
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 1 “Top 3”
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 1 Pinnacle "Vachetta Tan"
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 1 “Vachetta Tan”
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 2 White/Red
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 3 Tinker Oregon PE
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 3 “True Blue”
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 3 White/Cement (photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 3 White/Cement
LeBron James in the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 4 Oregon PE
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 4 “Tech Grey”
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 9 “Cool Grey” (photo by Randy Belice/NBAE via Getty Images)
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 11 Low White/Red
LeBron James in the Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam” (photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

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LeBron passes Jordan: Who is the GOAT?

LeBron passes Jordan: Who is the GOAT?

Those who think LeBron James is a better player than Michael Jordan ever was have a new statistic to strengthen their argument.

Los Angeles Lakers star James moved ahead of Jordan into fourth in the NBA’s all-time points list when he overhauled the former Chicago Bull great’s total of 32,292 on Wednesday.

It is unlikely to end the debate over who is the greatest of all time, though, with Jordan still ahead in championship wins – six to James’ three – and MVP awards – five to James’ four.

To mark James surpassing Jordan’s points haul, two Omnisport writers make the case for who is basketball’s greatest ever.

Asked which feat was harder out of James Harden’s run of 30 straight 30-point games and Russell Westbrook’s 10 consecutive triple-doubles during the All-Star weekend in Charlotte last month, Jordan replied with a smile: “Six championships, by all means.”

You’d have to think his answer would be the same if he had to factor making the NBA Finals for eight seasons in a row into the equation too.

In an era dominated by hard, physical defense, the notorious Detroit Pistons looked set to reign at the end of the rivalry between the Lakers and the Boston Celtics in the late 1980s.

Jordan’s style stood in stark contrast to the Pistons and his agility and athleticism was unparalleled, making him an enthralling watch for basketball fans across the globe.

He is also a two-time Olympic champion and retains the best points-per-game average of any NBA player in history at 30.1.

LeBron couldn’t wear the number 23 at the Miami Heat because president Pat Riley had honoured Jordan by retiring it, even though the Brooklyn-born shooting guard never played for the franchise. That’s how good he was.

James has dominated a period in basketball, but he has not defined one like Jordan.

Put simply, no athlete in history has had to cope with the hype bestowed upon James – dubbed ‘The Chosen One’ on a Sports Illustrated cover as a 17-year-old – and he has not only lived up to the billing but exceeded those expectations.

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Like Mike: LeBron overwhelmed after passing Jordan, his hero

Like Mike: LeBron overwhelmed after passing Jordan, his hero

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the very first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike.

James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron’s competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew into a tantalizing basketball prospect capable of jumping from high school to the NBA as the No. 1 draft pick, he studied, imitated and drew profound inspiration from Jordan’s tongue-wagging dunks, that fadeaway jumper, his competitive fire — even the little details of the way Jordan wore his sneakers and shorts.

James proudly put No. 23 on his back as soon as he could get it as a high school sophomore. He has never taken it off.

“He was everything,” James said.

When James surpassed Jordan’s career points total Wednesday night, he did it in a pair of Nikes with “Thank You M.J.” written neatly on the side. That tribute doesn’t begin to encompass what Jordan’s radiance meant to a youngster who dreamed of finding a better life through basketball.

“M.J. was an inspiration,” James said. “M.J. was the lightning in a bottle for me, because I wanted to be like him.”

James has grown into a 34-year-old man with three championship rings and a redoubtable 16-year NBA career. Yet he is still in awe of Jordan, who has represented the apex of achievement for his entire life.

James moved past Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list with a driving three-point play in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He bettered Jordan’s 32,292 career points with another variation of the brute physical brilliance that defines his playing style — a style that was influenced by Jordan’s combination of grace and aggressiveness.

James finished with 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. His struggling Lakers rallied late, but dropped their fourth straight game in a season that appears to be lost.

Every loss eats at James, yet he fidgeted in front of his locker afterward with the anxiousness of a rookie, still buzzing over the enormity of the moment in his life.

“When you’re an inner-city kid from Akron, Ohio, like myself and my guys growing up, you look for anything that can inspire you,” James said. “You’re always just up against the numbers of failing. The percentages of guys like myself — single-parent household, only child, underprivileged — (the chance of) making it out is not high at all. M.J. had a lot to do with me making it out, along with my mother, along with the city itself, along with the Little League coaches I had. But Mike had no idea what he was doing for a kid that was growing up a 45-minute flight away from Chicago, where he was putting in that work.”

James acknowledged he missed most of the tribute video aired at Staples Center during the timeout after his milestone points. That’s because he was crying into a towel on the Lakers’ bench.

James is among the last active players who were old enough to witness Jordan in his prime with the Chicago Bulls. Little LeBron would buy packs of basketball cards hoping for a Jordan, and he would study every aspect of Jordan’s game, down to the way he wore his calf sleeve turned slightly inside-out so that the red lining showed.

James couldn’t afford Air Jordans, but he remembers walking through the mall and marveling at the pristine red-and-black shoes. They inspired him to dream of having his own shoes, a natural result of being the star he hoped to become.

“You guys have no idea what M.J. did for me and my friends growing up,” James said. “Just in a sense of, some days where you just don’t feel like you’re going

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About Last Night: LaVine lights it up

About Last Night: LaVine lights it up

His team is not destined for the playoffs. His career scoring as a fifth-year player is not nearing the top of any list — except for Wednesday night’s top performers.

But Zach LaVine did his best to grab the spotlight, scoring 39 points, capped by the game-winning layup with 1.6 seconds left, to lift the Chicago Bulls over the playoff-bound Philadephia 76ers 108-107

Here is the winning drive and layup, which came from a Robin Lopez assist:

LaVine’s drive one-upped Jimmy Butler — for whom LaVine was traded back in 2015, and whose two free throws with 4.8 seconds remaining had given the 76ers a one-point lead in a hotly contested game that saw 20 ties and 19 lead changes.

“I saw the lane and I took it, ” said LaVine in his walk-off interview. He was fouled on the winning layup and purposely missed the free throw to consume time. On the 76ers’ subsequent in-bounds play with only 0.5 seconds left, LaVine broke up the pass from Ben Simmons. 

But the game wasn’t over. The clock had started early because Lopez appeared to tip the in-bounds pass, and the horn sounded before anyone caught the ball. But a review determined Lopez had not touched it and the final 0.5 seconds were replayed. The second inbounds pass wasn’t handled by Butler, who finished with 22 points. 

Butler apparently wasn’t too happy with his coach’s final-second play calling.

The young bulls are on an upswing since just before the All-Star break, having won six of their last 10. 

LaVine, who will be 24 years old on March 10, scored 26 of his 39 points in the second half (13 in both the third and fourth quarters) to lead the Bulls’ rally from eight down with 5:49 left.

This season, he’s averaging a career-best 23.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

The loss had to be a bitter pill to swallow for the 76ers, fighting to keep home-court advantage for the playoffs with 17 games remaining. Joel Embiid missed his seventh straight game with a sore left knee as the 76ers hope to have him healthy for postseason.

 

Zach LaVine stepped up with 26 of his 39 points in the second half.

 

The King moves up

Generational player LeBron James moved into fourth in career scoring, surpassing the player many call the greatest of all-time, Michael Jordan. 

The milestone came on a driving layup in the second quarter, which gave LeBron 32,293 points f

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NBA

LeBron James has moved past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list.” data-reactid=”12″>LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James has moved past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list.

This achievement was particularly special to James, who grew up in Ohio idolizing Jordan. James tweeted his excitement about the milestone shortly before the game: ”Can’t even front. This is going to be UNREAL!! Wow man.”

Golden State Warriors after being cleared by his Australian team, the Sydney Kings.’ data-reactid=”17″>OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Andrew Bogut is rejoining the Golden State Warriors after being cleared by his Australian team, the Sydney Kings.

Golden State had an open roster spot and chose to use it at center. The Warriors lost Damian Jones in December, and he underwent surgery for a torn left pectoral muscle.

Bogut, the 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick out of Utah, appeared in 23 games for the Lakers last season and made five starts. He averaged 1.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 9.4 minutes.

NEW YORK (AP) – NBA content will be available on Alibaba’s platforms for the first time through an expanded partnership between the league and Chinese e-commerce company.

The league says Wednesday that programming such as game highlights and classic NBA games will be among the content available on the new ”NBA Section” to the nearly 700 million Alibaba consumers. There will also be an enhanced online shopping experience for Chinese customers.

The content will be available through the regular season and postseason.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) – Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright has been suspended for 80 games following a positive test for Human Growth Hormone.

Major League Baseball made the announcement Wednesday, the latest in a series of setbacks for the 34-year-old knuckleball pitcher.

Wright accepted a 15-game suspension in spring training last year under the league’s domestic violence policy.

The commissioner’s office says he tested positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2).

BOSTON (AP) – It’s not collusion, it’s a ”distributional problem” that has shut dozens of baseball players out of the free agent market this offseason, commissioner Rob Manfred said on Wednesday.

Speaking to a group of Boston business executives, Manfred said the percentage of revenue going to the players hasn’t changed in the past 15 years or so. If players are unhappy about how it’s being spent, Manfred said, he’s happy to talk to them about solutions.

BOSTON (AP) – Major League Baseball is investigating whether new Philadelphia slugger Bryce Harper committed a tampering violation when he lobbied for Mike Trout, who isn’t a free agent for two more seasons, to join the Phillies.

Speaking to a group of Boston business executives on Wednesday, commissioner Rob Manfred said he doesn’t want players recruiting other players, a practice that has been winked at in the NBA. Manfred said he didn’t want to see the same thing happen in baseball.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – New York Yankees ace Luis Severino expects to resume a throwing program in two weeks.

Severino will miss his scheduled start on opening day on March 28 because of right shoulder inflammation. He was scratched from his first planned start of spring training on Tuesday after feeling discomfort after throwing his first slider in a pregame bullpen session.

The surgery was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers’ team physician. The recovery time is usually about a year, meaning Perez could be back for opening day next season.

NFL

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – The Chicago Bears have signed kicker Chris Blewitt.

Blewitt left Pittsburgh as the school’s career scoring leader with 363 points after making 55 of 79 field goals and 198 of 204 extra points from 2013-16. But he has not played in the NFL.

The Bears announced the signing on Wednesday.

Chicago plans to release embattled kicker Cody Parkey when the league year begins on March 13.

A starter in Denver since 2015, Stewart was a part of the famed ”No Fly Zone” secondary that also featured safety T.J. Ward and cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib.

With Stewart’s departure, Harris is the only remaining member of that secondary that helped the Broncos win Super Bowl 50 three years ago.

NASCAR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – NASCAR is leaving Las Vegas and taking its annual Champion’s Week and awards to Nashville, Tennessee.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards will be held Dec. 5 at the Music City Center in Music City, NASCAR announced Wednesday.

NASCAR will move its Xfinity Series Awards and trucks series awards to Nov. 22 with the home tracks champions awards Nov. 23 still in Charlotte at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – University of Arkansas System regents have been asked to name the basketball court at Bud Walton Arena in honor of former men’s basketball coach Nolan Richardson.

The proposal by university Chancellor Joe Steinmetz announced Wednesday would name the Walton Arena floor the Nolan Richardson Court. Regents will consider the resolution at its March 27-28 meeting in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Richardson led the Razorbacks to 13 NCAA Tournaments, back-to-back Final Fours and the 1994 national championship.

SOCCER

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Bryce Harper’s Phillies jersey sets sales record across all sports in first 24 hours

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It’s been a record-breaking couple of days for superstar slugger Bryce Harper. Harper set a Major League record when he landed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. The club officially introduced its newest right fielder on Saturday at the Phillies spring training facility where fans got their first look at Harper in red pinstripes. 

One day later, Harper set another record. His No. 3 Phillies jersey became the top-selling jersey of all-time for any player in any sport within 24 hours of launch, according to Fanatics. The previous best-selling jersey launch that Fanatics has seen was when LeBron James joined the Lakers this past summer.

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February 22: Zion is currently listed as day-to-day after suffering what has now been diagnosed as a grade 1 right knee sprain. There’s no word on whether he’ll play Saturday, February 23 at Syracuse.

“I think that everyone wants to know his status, and it’s still — we don’t have a timetable, but the preliminary reports that we have on Zion’s injury are all optimistic — very, very good,” Blue Devils Coach Mike Krzyzewski said on his weekly ESPNU Radio show on SiriusXM. “And the fact that it’s a stable condition, a mild sprain, and we’re going to do what everyone would do, and that’s what’s in the best interest of the young man. And Zion will get proper care. He’s getting it today, as this moves along these next 24, 48 hours, we’ll have a better feel for things, but there’s no rush. You want to make sure he’s completely at 100 percent.”


Last night, in what was expected to be the most entertaining game so far this season, with President Obama, Spike Lee, Ken Griffey Jr. and many more in attendance,
Zion Williamson blew through a pair of
Nike sneakers just 36 seconds into play.

The young phenom dribbled hard from the left wing to the foul line, stopped with his back to the hoop to half-spin back to where he came from and slid across the floor, with his entire forefoot busting through the toebox of his custom Duke Nike PG 2.5 kicks. He immediately went down and clutched the back of his right knee, then got up and hobbled off the court with a mangled sneaker in hand. Soon after, he left

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Dwyane Wade compares Luka Doncic to LeBron James

Dwyane Wade compares Luka Doncic to LeBron James

Dwyane Wade came into this season as a soon-to-be retiree. Luka Doncic came into the league as a rookie from overseas. They will only play in the NBA for one season with each other.

Wade has seen him play, though, and the Miami Heat legend has been very impressed. As they say, game recognizes game, and Wade sees that in Doncic.

Wade told Tim Cato of The Athletic:

“Quote me right where I say this – it’s LeBron James-like from the standpoint of how he’s able to rope that pass to shooters in corners, getting blitzed. There’s not many guys who can do that and put it right there. He does an amazing job of it.”

Doncic is on the path to be one of the NBA’s next superstars. He does have the vision like James, and he also has the ability to hit difficult shots off the dribble. His stepback jumper is like that of James Harden. He has the skill of an elite point

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Lakers In Danger Of Ending Several LeBron James Streaks

Lakers In Danger Of Ending Several LeBron James Streaks

When LeBron James signed with the Lakers over the summer, the immediate assumption was that the team would finally make the postseason again. The franchise had missed the playoffs in each of the previous five seasons and the last time they did make it (2012-13), they were bounced in the first round. Considering that the team had just added arguably the best player in the league, making the playoffs seemed like a safe bet.

LeBron James of the Lakers and head coach Luke Walton talk during a timeout during a 123-120 win over the Clippers at Staples Center on Jan. 31, 2019. (Getty Images)

Well, that is no longer the case. Following the All-Star Break, the team sits a game below .500 and in 10th place in the Western Conference, three games back of the crosstown Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot. FiveThirtyEight’s projections give the team just a 25 percent probability of making it to the po

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LeBron James: Is the Lakers star still the NBA’s greatest?

LeBron James: Is the Lakers star still the NBA’s greatest?

“You’re seeing, probably, the biggest spread of talent in the NBA in a long time. You could pick a different player almost every week

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James Harden’s streak ends, LeBron enters class of his own

James Harden’s streak ends, LeBron enters class of his own

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James Harden missed all 10 three pointers he attempted, snapping his 32-game streak with at least 30 points as the Houston Rockets defeated the Atlanta Hawks 119-111 on Monday.

Harden finished with 28 points after missing Saturday’s victory over the Golden State Warriors with a neck injury. He said at practice earlier Monday that he was still bothered by the neck problem.

His run of games with 30 or more points was the second-longest in league history behind a 65-game streak by Wilt Chamberlain.

Harden reached 28 points with 23 seconds left in the fourth. He even had the ball near half court on the last play of the game, but unlike previous games during the streak, he did not attempt to pad his scoring total.

Harden last finished shy of 30 points on December 11 against the Portland Trail Blazers when he tallied 29. During the streak, he scored 50 or more points four times, including a career-high 61 in a win over the New York Knicks on January 23.

Harden said he had no false ideas about catching Chamberlain.

“It was cool but I knew I wasn’t going to get to No. 1,” Harden said .

Harden, who was fined $25,000 on Saturday for criticizing the referees after a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, has missed just four games this season.

“Eventually it was

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LeBron James passes Michael Jordan for 4th in career scoring

LeBron James passes Michael Jordan for 4th in career scoring


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Rondo sparks Lakers after meeting with Walton

Rondo sparks Lakers after meeting with Walton

LOS ANGELES — With the Los Angeles Lakers‘ playoff push in desperate need of a jolt, Luke Walton and Rajon Rondo had a long one-on-one talk to see how to get the team back on track.

“It was an honest conversation,” Walton said. “It was healthy and positive.”

Perhaps more important was that Rondo was feeling healthy again. He returned to the Lakers from the All-Star break with a stiff back that had limited him to a total of 11 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds in the Lakers’ first three games back.

After losses at New Orleans and Memphis, Walton opted to insert Rondo into the starting lineup on Wednesday. Rondo responded with 11 points, 16 assists and seven rebounds to help LeBron James and the Lakers snap a two-game slide with a 125-119 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

James delivered 33 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Three of his points came on a tightly contested, shot-clock-beating corner 3-pointer off one leg with 31.3 seconds left that gave the Lakers a six-point lead.

Rondo was feeling much better, and it showed. He said he had been suffering from back pain for about four days, and he had difficulty getting out of bed.

“I think I slept on a bad bed in Jamaica,” Rondo told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne about what slowed the veteran point guard down the past few games.

Looking for anything that could spark the Lakers,

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2 Chainz Announces Release Date for Lebron James-A&Red Album Rap or Go to the League

2 Chainz Announces Release Date for Lebron James-A&Red Album Rap or Go to the League

2 Chainz’ follow-up to 2017’s Pretty Girls Like Trap Music finally has a release date set.  Rap or Go To League is set to be unveiled on March 1, as announced today by superstar-athlete and the album’s A&R LeBron James on his Instagram account. “Had to pleasure of working on my first music project from start to finish with my guy [2 Chainz] ‘Rap or Go To The League’ coming to y’all 3/1,” LeBron wrote in the caption of a video that teased an interview between the two men slated to premiere on Apple Music.

The new album will feature previously released singles “Hot Wings,” “Girl’s Best Friend” featu

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LeBron James: Top moments of the all-time great’s career

LeBron James: Top moments of the all-time great’s career

From the moment he burst onto the scene at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s high school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, LeBron James has been dubbed “The Chosen One”. Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the number one pick of the 2003 NBA Draft, James was taken to turn around his city’s franchise. The hype surrounding James was unheard of for his time, as the athlete was one of the first superstars to develop throughout the social media era of the world. Let’s take a look through the career of one of the greatest basketball players to ever play the game.

First stint in Cleveland

The Rookie of the Year

LeBron got off to a hot start averaging 20.9 points, 5.9 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game. These numbers were not good enough to lead the Cavaliers to the playoffs, but James turned heads all year long taking home Rookie of the Year.

The emergence of a superstar

Even with great first and second seasons, you could consider this LeBron’s first year of sheer dominance. The King averaged a career-high 31.4 points per game to go along with seven rebounds and 6.6 assists. He carried the Cavaliers to the playoffs (lost to the Detroit Pistons in the second round) and finished second in the leagues’ Most Valuable Player voting. James has yet to miss the playoffs since 2006.

The 2007 NBA Playoffs beheld one of the ultimate LeBron James career moments. Facing the veteran Pistons for the second year in a row, this time the stage was the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavs went down 2-0 to start the series but took care of business at home tying the series 2-2. In a crucial Game 5 on the road, LeBron exploded for 48 points, nine rebounds and seven assists securing the win for Cleveland and altering the momentum of the series. The Cavs won the next two games and James made his first NBA Finals appearance. Matched up with an experienced San Antonio Spurs team with the likes of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, they swept the Cavaliers in four games.

In the 2007-08 season, LeBron responded to The Finals loss with the first scoring title of his career averaging 30 points per game. The Cavaliers advanced to the second round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs but were eliminated by the Boston Celtics’ new ‘Big 3’ of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. The Celtics would go on to win The Finals that year.

The league’s back-to-back Most Valuable Player

In 2008-09, he led the Cavs in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals and was rewarded with his first Most Valuable Player award. James also finished second for the Defensive Player of the Year award and earned his first of five All-Defensive Team honors.

The 2009 playoffs were textbook in LeBron carrying his t

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LeBron James sat out for “load management”, but it may not have been basketball related

The NBA season is beginning to enter its playoff decision-making stages heading into March and the Los Angeles Lakers, who have not been to the playoffs since 2013, are currently the 11th seed and as of now are not slated to make the playoffs with a dire 22 games left in the regular season.

Last summer, when the announcement was made that Lebron James would be joining the team, there were certainly mixed emotions. But no one expected the always passionate and focused leader’s attention to be deterred from basketball.

Well, it looks like some folks were wrong.

After sitting out for a career high 17 games due to a groin strain he suffered on Christmas Day, James returned on January 31 against the Los Angeles Clippers and played 40 minutes in the Lakers 120-123 OT win. It seemed like the King was back.

projects he’s taken on in the entertainment industry lately, is working with 2 Chainz as A&R for his new record “Rap Or Go To The League,” due out September 10. The two are seen in the video appearing to work on the record, drinking wine and seemingly having a good time. But considering that it was announced that James was sitting just 80 minutes prior to the game the next day, it seems a little suspect.’ data-reactid=”26″>James, aside from other projects he’s taken on in the entertainment industry lately, is working with 2 Chainz as A&R for his new record “Rap Or Go To The League,” due out September 10. The two are seen in the video appearin

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In his defense: LeBron isn’t a liability on ‘D’

In his defense: LeBron isn’t a liability on ‘D’

There are those suggesting he’s on the decline and no longer able to generate the necessary energy to dominate on that end. James, who anchored the Lakers’ 125-119 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday with a key defensive stop down the stretch that forced a turnover and subsequently nailed a 3-pointer to seal it, welcomes the challenge of teams targeting him defensively.’ data-reactid=”10″>There are those suggesting he’s on the decline and no longer able to generate the necessary energy to dominate on that end. James, who anchored the Lakers’ 125-119 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday with a key defensive stop down the stretch that forced a turnover and subsequently nailed a 3-pointer to seal it, welcomes the challenge of teams targeting him defensively.

“I mean, every team has the right if they want to single me out defensively. Come on with it,” James told Yahoo Sports. “Hey, listen, come on with it. Every team has the right to be like, ‘Oh, ’Bron’s over there.’ Hey, just come on with it. … We’ll see what happens.”


Jrue Holiday had Brandon Ingram draped on him, but used a screen set by Julius Randle to get the switch on James.’ data-reactid=”23″>The Lakers held a three-point lead against the Pelicans (27-36) with 1:12 remaining in the game. New Orleans point guard Jrue Holiday had Brandon Ingram draped on him, but used a screen set by Julius Randle to get the switch on James.

Holiday sized up James near the top of the key before passing the ball to Darius Miller and then receiving it back. Holiday then began his dribble attack and changed directions multiple times, but James smothered him step for step.

131-120 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, a clearly frustrated LeBron James walked off the court to the locker room with about 15 seconds remaining in the contest.’ data-reactid=”15″>LOS ANGELES — With the Lakers on their way to a 131-120 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, a clearly frustrated LeBron James walked off the court to the locker room with about 15 seconds remaining in the contest.

While the Bucks (48-14) were holding the ball, waiting for time to expire, James was already walking through the corridors of the Staples Center.

His early departure was noticed almost instantly by those who attended the game and television viewers. And it even appeared as if Giannis Antetokounmpo made an initial move to head toward the Lakers’ bench to exchange pleasantries, but reversed course after realizing his fellow superstar was nowhere to be found.

“We’re aware of it,” Walton said. “We don’t try to harp on it too much. I say it all the time, the way we’re going to be at our best is if we stay present and stay in our mindset on what we’re doing in practice, games, day by day. And that’s how we’re going to get where we want to get to. But the group is very aware of where we’re at and what needs to happen.”

What can’t happen are inbound turnovers late in the contest following a timeout.

The Bucks were up three with 1:54 remaining and the Lakers had possession. Walton call

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LeBron focusing on Lakers’ playoff push after All-Star Game

LeBron focusing on Lakers’ playoff push after All-Star Game

LeBron James immediately switched his attention to aiding the Los Angeles Lakers’ playoff bid after claiming victory in the NBA All-Star Game.

Team LeBron defeated Team Giannis 178-164 on Sunday, the Lakers superstar contributing 19 points with eight rebounds and four assists.

James’ groin injury, sustained on Christmas Day, coincided with the Lakers’ drop in form as they slipped from fourth to 10th in the Western Conference.

And as soon as the All-Star Game was over, James outlined his desire to inspire his team (28-29) on a charge to the post-season.

“Looking forward to the second half of the season,” he said. “Looking forward to

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Kyrie Irving reveals why he made that infamous call to LeBron James

Kyrie Irving reveals why he made that infamous call to LeBron James

It was reported earlier in the year that Irving made a phone call to James apologizing in hindsight for his actions, which included a trade request, back when the two were teammates.’ data-reactid=”23″>It was reported earlier in the year that Irving made a phone call to James apologizing in hindsight for his actions, which included a trade request, back when the two were teammates.

When questioned by the media about the phone call over All-Star weekend, Irving responded with “That’s none of your business.”

“Well, I think that, you know, it takes a very, very strong individual to replay a lot of the experiences that you’ve had,” Irving said of the call. “A lot of anger that you’ve had built up, where you didn’t address the situation and you allowed it to fester. And then it was just combustion and then you realize, ‘Hey, I didn’t have to deal with that the same way I dealt with that.’”

“But for me, it’s just … apologizing, yeah, that was a step for me, just to move forward in my life,” Irving said.

The 34-year-old, however, is facing one of his biggest challenges. Despite proclaiming he “activated” his playoff intensity earlier than usual, the Lakers still find themselves three games adrift of the final postseason spot in the Western Conference.

With the season on the line, we take a look at what the world looked like in 2004-05, when James last missed the playoffs.

 

While James and the Cavs missed out on the playoffs with a 42-40 record in the east, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots celebrated another NFL Super Bowl.

The Patriots edged the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 in Jacksonville, where Paul McCartney performed during the half-time show at Alltel Stadium.

Brady was 23 of 33 for 236 yards and two touchdowns as he won a third ring in four years. This year, he claimed his record sixth Super Bowl crown.

The 2004-05 campaign was the Seattle SuperSonics’ 38th season in the NBA before relocating and becoming the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008.

During that season, the Sonics – led by Ray Allen – finished third in the Western Conference with 52 wins. They beat the Sacramento Kings 4-1 in the first round of the playoffs but fell to eventual champions the Spurs in the conference semis.

Projected number one draft pick Zion Williamson is set to follow in the footsteps of James and take the NBA by storm. The North Carolina-born forward was just five years of age in 2005, when James’ Cavaliers lost a tiebreaker for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference to the New Jersey Nets – now known as the Brooklyn Nets.

Jose Mourinho was lured away from Champions League winners Porto by Chelsea in 2004-05. It proved to be a masterstroke by owner Roman Abramovich.

Mourinho – the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ – announced himself in England with the Premier League title thanks a then-record 95-point haul.

Not since 1919 had a Stanley Cup not been aw

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The Lakers’ harsh truth: LeBron is no longer the best, most durable player in the world

The Lakers’ harsh truth: LeBron is no longer the best, most durable player in the world

Take One: LeBron James bit off more than he can chew

remember when he subtweeted Kevin Love? — because he couldn’t just live out just any story. It had to be his story, so he leverages the power of his talent to remake franchises in his own image.’ data-reactid=”18″>He takes the hard path and then makes it harder — remember when he subtweeted Kevin Love? — because he couldn’t just live out just any story. It had to be his story, so he leverages the power of his talent to remake franchises in his own image.

It’s not entitlement as much as it’s rational opportunism. Like any corporate hotshot, the world’s best player can run up a bloated bar tab — he can take off possessions and brazenly want his team to trade for Anthony Davis — as long as he closes it with a championship. We all have a right to reap what we are worth.


In his 16th season, LeBron James is finally slowing down. (Getty)

defensive lowlight reels rack up online. On Saturday, basketball’s most dynamic mogul so richly pontificated: “Basketball, is that the most important thing while we’re doing this? Is it the most important thing in your life at this time? If you feel like you’re giving it all to the game, then you can do other things. But if you feel like you’re not giving as much as you can, then you can’t focus on anything else. That’s just … my personal take.”’ data-reactid=”61″>But he isn’t and they’re not, and LeBron has reacted by going full baby boomer, trying to build an empire on a faulty foundation and blaming the kids for the walls crumbling down. He has wondered out loud if his teammates are too comfortable with losing, while his defensive lowlight reels rack up online. On Saturday, basketball’s most dynamic mogul so richly pontificated: “Basketball, is that the most important thing while we’re doing this? Is it the most important thing in your life at this time? If you feel like you’re giving it all to the game, then you can do other things. But if you feel like you’re not giving as much as you can, then you can’t focus on anything else. That’s just … my personal take.”

The Lakers’ young talent has been on trial all season. But now the onus is on LeBron. He’ll either prove he is worth all the trouble and carry the Lakers to the playoffs or be forced to adjust to a world that will stop bending to his every will — or, in other words, age gracefully.

Take Two: Dwyane Wade’s game-winner against the Warriors echoed his best qualities

running 20-footer that beat Chicago; the time he accidentally dropped the ball, picked it up and nailed a three to beat the Nets; the forward-leaning jumper he hit after bumping into Paul George and trying to draw a foul. Those were the moments that made luck seem like a non-perishable resource belonging only to him, cultivating a feeling that if he could not finesse a win, he would will it.’ data-reactid=”70″>But the hallmark of Wade’s career will be the improbability of his greatest moments, when fate or situation or bodily stress would make you think he couldn’t possibly muster this one in, like the running 20-footer that beat Chicago; the time he accidentally dropped the ball, picked it up and nailed a three to beat the Nets; the forward-leaning jumper he hit after bumping into Paul George and trying to draw a foul. Those were the moments that made luck seem like a non-perishable resource belonging only to him, cultivating a feeling that if he could not finesse a win, he would will it.

On deadline day, the Bulls traded Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and a protected 2023 second-round draft pick to the Wizards for Otto Porter Jr., Washington’s spindly swingman with a contract few teams wanted. But the Bulls — who won’t be attracting free agents any time soon — did, and they’re benefiting on multiple levels.’ data-reactid=”81″>On deadline day, the Bulls traded Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and a protected 2023 second-round draft pick to the Wizards for Otto Porter Jr., Washington’s spindly swingman with a contract few teams wanted. But the Bulls — who won’t be attracting free agents any time soon — did, and they’re benefiting on multiple levels.

There’s Porter himself — 18.1 points on 51.5 percent 3-point shooting — and then there are the minutes and angles the trade has etched out for Lau

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My game-winning buzzer beater better than Wade’s – LeBron

My game-winning buzzer beater better than Wade’s – LeBron

LeBron James has joked that his buzzer beater in the Lakers’ win over the Pelicans was better than Dwyane Wade’s in Miami’s clutch win against the Warriors.
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LeBron James says he’ll play through the season, won’t sit out any games

LeBron James says he’ll play through the season, won’t sit out any games

“That would take a lot of convincing from Luke [Walton] on up,” James told ESPN‘s Dave McMenamin. “Unless I’m hurt, I’m not sitting games.”‘ data-reactid=”18″>“That would take a lot of convincing from Luke [Walton] on up,” James told ESPN‘s Dave McMenamin. “Unless I’m hurt, I’m not sitting games.”


LeBron James doesn’t plan to sit out any of the Lakers’ remaining 18 games this season. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

James’ absence from the court was especially felt at the beginning of the calendar year. The three-time champion suffered a left groin strain during the third quarter of the Lakers’ Christmas Day victory against the Golden State Warriors. The injury sidelined him for 18 games, and the Lakers experienced a string of come-from-behind wins and heartbreaking losses.

In his first game back from injury on Jan. 31, James led his team to a 123-120 overtime victory against the Clippers. After the win, James emphasized how desperate he was to get back to playing to his full potential.

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LeBron’s Lakers fall to Hawks, Celtics edge 76ers

LeBron’s Lakers fall to Hawks, Celtics edge 76ers

A LeBron James triple-double was not enough as the Los Angeles Lakers were upstaged 117-113 by the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA.

James had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 16 assists for the Lakers, who crashed to back-to-back defeats on Tuesday.

The three-time NBA champion tied Wilt Chamberlain for fifth most triple-doubles in league history, but Atlanta’s young talent proved to be too much.

Rookie Hawks guard Trae Young and second-year forward John Collins tallied 22 points apiece. Young also posted 14 assists against the Lakers.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics held on to beat the in-form Philadelphia 76ers 112-109 on the road.

The Celtics did not have star point guard Kyrie Irving, so Al Horford took over the scoring load with 23 points. Gordon Hayward also chipped in 26 points off the bench.

Joel Embiid recorded 23 points and 14 rebounds in the loss, while 76ers team-mate Jimmy Butler added 22 points and nine rebounds.

 

Nikola Vucevic recorded 25 points and 17 rebounds in the Orlando Magic’s dominant 118-88 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Avery Bradley scored a career-high 33 points as the Memphis Grizzlies lost to the San Antonio Spurs 108-107.

Kevin Durant posted 28 points and seven assists in the Golden State Warriors’ 115-108 victory over the Utah Jazz.

 

Marcus Smart scored eight points on three-of-14 shooting for the Celtics.

 

Jayson Tatum split the defense with a spin move and capped it off by punching home a dunk for the Celtics.

Young dished out assists left and right in the Hawks’ win over the Lakers.

 

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Dwyane Wade, LeBron James connect 1 last time with All-Star game alley-oop

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James connect 1 last time with All-Star game alley-oop

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had one of the great connections in NBA history, teaming up to play in four straight NBA Finals while winning a pair of championships with the Miami Heat.

On Sunday, the close friends had a chance to rekindle that connection one last time at the NBA All-Star Game, and they made the most of it.

Early in the third quarter, Kevin Durant threw an outlet pass to a streaking Wade off a rebound.

This looks familiar

James trailed Wade on a 3-on-1 break, setting up an ideal opportunity to make the highlight reel. Wade lobbed the ball in perfect position off the backboard for James to grab and slam it home for a two-handed alley-oop.

Just like the old days.


LeBron James and Dwyane Wade gave Miami Heat fans a bit of nostalgia when they connected for an alley-oop in Wade’s final All-Star Game. (Getty)

Wade called his shot before game

Before the game, Wade told Fox Sports his only goal of the weekend was to get James “one lob.”

“That’s what everybody wants to see,” Wade said.

Mission accomplished.

James: Game was bittersweet

“It meant everything,” James said of playing with Wade again. “It’s been a bittersweet moment for me. The bitter part is obviously this is our last time being on the floor together and playing the game that we love so much.

“The sweet part about it — just seeing him being able to go off on his own terms.”

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PBT Podcast: Former Cavs/Suns GM David Griffin; breaking down East playoff chase

PBT Podcast: Former Cavs/Suns GM David Griffin; breaking down East playoff chase

David Griffin is a hot commodity — any time a general manager opening comes up in the NBA, so does his name (most recently New Orleans).

GM School,” which debuts on tonight (Feb. 20) at 8pm ET.’ data-reactid=”20″>Also on the agenda — his new show on NBA TV, “GM School,” which debuts on tonight (Feb. 20) at 8pm ET.

LeBron James is not keen on the idea of shutting down the rest of his season, despite the Los Angeles Lakers’ hopes of reaching the playoffs looking increasingly remote.

The Lakers lost 113-105 to their cross-city rivals the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, a third straight defeat which left their record at 30-34.

James’ team are 10th in the Western Conference, 5.5 games behind the San Antonio Spurs in the eighth and final playoff spot, but the 34-year-old – who missed 18 games with a groin injury earlier this season, the longest absence of his career – insisted his instinct is not to bring 2018-19 to an early end.

“That would take a lot of convincing from Luke [Walton, Lakers head coach] on up,” James told reporters.

“Unle

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Should LeBron James, Lakers tank for the lottery? New NBA math says yes

Should LeBron James, Lakers tank for the lottery? New NBA math says yes

Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.’ data-reactid=”20″>But it’s one that ESPN’s Rachel Nichols surfaced on Tuesday in the wake of the Lakers’ home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

And it’s one that deserves consideration.

The math says tank

When breaking down the math on what tanking could mean for the Lakers, the idea moves beyond one worth considering to one that makes obvious, undeniable sense.

As of Tuesday evening, the Lakers had a 30-34 record, a number that would place them 12th in the draft lottery standings, which would give them a 4.5 percent chance of landing a top-four pick.

They’re 3 1/2 games “behind” the 26-37 Washington Wizards who sit at seventh place in the lottery standings. If the Lakers were to move into that seventh spot, their odds of landing a top four pick would increase to 32 percent, according to Nichols.


While a foreign concept to career winners LeBron James and Magic Johnson, new NBA lottery math means the Lakers should tank. (Getty)

New NBA draft lottery

Anthony Davis or attracting a premium free agent. (Getty)’ data-reactid=”71″ readability=”1.7796610169492″>

Drafting R.J. Barrett could be the difference in trading for
Anthony Davis or attracting a premium free agent. (Getty)

Why not set their sights lower?

LeBron “Bronny” James Jr. paid tribute to his dad by adopting jersey No. 23 before the first game of his eighth-grade basketball season.

Almost three months later, LeBron James has returned the favor. Attending a Los Angeles Lakers shootaround on Monday, the elder James was spotted rocking none other than a “Bronny James” shirt as the Lakers prepared for a game again

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LeBron, Lakers face crucial game against Clippers

Los Angeles Lakers were expected to make a playoff push when LeBron James returned from injury a month ago, but they’re still heading in the wrong direction.” data-reactid=”11″>The Los Angeles Lakers were expected to make a playoff push when LeBron James returned from injury a month ago, but they’re still heading in the wrong direction.



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Chris Broussard thinks Kyrie Irving should take notes from LeBron on how to handle the media

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Chris Broussard thinks Kyrie Irving should take notes from LeBron on how to handle the media | FOX Sports







































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Mine was more difficult than Dwyane Wade’s, jokes LeBron James

Mine was more difficult than Dwyane Wade’s, jokes LeBron James

LeBron James poked fun at former team-mate Dwyane Wade’s stunning game-winner on Wednesday by claiming his own effort was more difficult.

Wade, playing in his final NBA season, scored a one-handed buzzer-beater as the Miami Heat defeated the Golden State Warriors 126-125, while James’ own eye-catching three-pointer helped the Los Angeles Lakers to a 125-119 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Asked to rank the two, league great James took the opportunity to mock Wade’s effort, questioning his unorthodox technique.

“Mine was a little bit more difficult than his,” he said with a smile.

“His w

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TV Sports Anchors’ Predicament in Age of Social Media: News Not New…

TV Sports Anchors’ Predicament in Age of Social Media: News Not New…

Scott Van Pelt closed an episode of “SportsCenter” last month with a two-minute monologue about the 31st anniversary of his father’s death. Strengthened by two friends who had recently lost their parents, Van Pelt spoke passionately about running from grief, and encouraged everyone to do the opposite — to articulate their pain so they could overcome it.

The segment went viral. It embodied the essential traits of Van Pelt’s version of ESPN’s flagship show — sensitivity, nuance and the courage to be vulnerable — that help him connect with viewers.

“It’s a great reminder of the power of the microphone we hold in our hands,” Van Pelt said.

But that power is changing — disappearing, even — as television viewing habits change and sports media develop new ways to bring fans what they want when they want it. (Now!) That means what was once a premier placement in TV sports — the anchor desk — is not the high perch it used to be. It is not clear anymore what it is at all.

Not so long ago, sports fans operated on a schedule dictated by the programming that was available on TV. The sports highlight show, “SportsCenter” being the most popular one, was appointment viewing.

It was where sports fans went to see the highlights they could only read about in the newspaper. People came to know its anchors: Keith Olbermann, Linda Cohn, Stuart Scott, Robin Roberts, Dan Patrick, to name a few. They complemented the sports clips with their own personalities and, in the case of Scott, redefined the highlight show genre.

But today, highlights flood fans’ Twitter timelines immediately: a buzzer beater on loop seconds after it drops through the net; a touchdown from multiple angles before referees have ruled it good. They flood our Instagram feeds thanks to users like House of Highlights, which delivers the day’s most important sports highlights to more than 12 million followers.

“SportsCenter,” even with six editions each weekday, can no longer dangle the carrot of providing clips unavailable an

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Así sería el partido del ‘All Star’ con jugadores de LaLiga

Así sería el partido del ‘All Star’ con jugadores de LaLiga

Este fin de semana se está celebrando el All Star de la NBA en Charlotte. Una vez que se ha llevado a cabo el partido de los rookies y el concurso de triples y de mates, ahora queda por ver esta madrugada el esperado encuentro que enfrentará a los jugadores de los equipos capitaneados por Lebron James y Giannis Antetokoumpo.

En este sentido, en ’90Min’ hemos querido imaginar cómo sería un All Star con los equipos que forman LaLiga. Para empezar, habría que dividirlos en dos conferencias, que serían la conferencia Este y la conferencia Oeste. En el ‘team’ del Este destacaría el FC Barcelona y estaría capitaneado por Leo Messi, mientras que en Oeste sería el más influyente el Real Madrid, mientras que el capitán sería el actual Balón de Oro, Luka Modric.


Equipos y posible alineación de la Conferencia Este

Si dividiéramos la Península Ibérica en dos partes iguales con una línea vertical imaginaria, la Conferencia Este estaría formada por los equipos de Primera División que se encuentran en el País Vasco, Aragón, Cataluña y Valencia. Es por esto que los clubes que entrarían dentro de esta división serían el FC Barcelona, Girona, Espanyol, Valencia, Villarreal, Levante, Huesca, Eibar, Alavés y Real Sociedad.

Teniendo en cuenta los futbolistas que más es

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President Barack Obama Reportedly Expected to Attend Duke-UNC at Cameron Indoor Stadium

President Barack Obama Reportedly Expected to Attend Duke-UNC at Cameron Indoor Stadium

Barack Obama and Zion Williamson will reportedly be under the same roof on Wednesday night.

President Barack Obama is reportedly expected to attend North Carolina and Duke’s Tobacco Road rivalry game on Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Jay Williams and Adam Zagoria but Duke University officials have yet to confirm any plans.

This will be the first of two meetings between the two teams on the season. Duke sits atop the ACC standings with a 23–2 record and is ranked first in the latest AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll. UNC is eighth in the AP poll and ninth in the Coaches’ with a 20–5 record.

The storied rivalry game has reportedly brought several celebrities to Durham. Rams running back Todd Gurley was spotted at the Blue Devils practice on Tuesday and

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Report: Bryce Harper Agrees to Deal With Phillies

Report: Bryce Harper Agrees to Deal With Phillies

Harper, a six-time All-Star, spent the first seven seasons of his MLB career with the Nationals.

Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies finalizing a $330 million deal, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported on Thursday. Late Friday night, the Phillies officially announced the signing on Twitter.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Harper’s deal with the Phillies will be for 13 years and will not include any opt-outs. Harper will also receive a full no-trade clause in the deal, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. The contract’s $330 million salary is a new record for overall dollars, topping the $325 million of Giancarlo Stanton. 

Harper will reportedly make $10 million in 2019 with a $20 million signing bonus. The 26-year-old outfielder will take home $26 million annually from 2020 through 2028 before the value drops in his last three years.

Scott Boras, Harper’s agent, told New York Post columnist Joel Sherman that Harper had “average values of $45 million offered on shorter term deals. We had a full buffet.”

“The goal was to get the longest contract possible,” Boras said. “Bryce wanted one city for the rest of his ca

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LeBron James Confirms Space Jam 2 Filming Begins This Summer

LeBron James Confirms Space Jam 2 Filming Begins This Summer

In his first project since directing Marvel’s Black Panther, Ryan Coogler has signed on to produce Space Jam 2 starring LeBron James. The Warner Bros. film is set to begin filming in 2019 during the NBA off-season.

The long-anticipated sequel to the Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny buddy film finally has its producer. In addition to Coogler, Terence Nance — whose experimental HBO series, Random Acts of Flyness, is currently all the rage — has also signed on to direct.



The news was confirmed today by SpringHill Entertainment, a company helmed by James and his business partner, Maverick Carter. SpringHill has been the springboard for James’ recent saturation in television and soon film. His new HBO series,
The Shop, has received critical praise after airing just one episode. Additionally, within the past week, both NBC and The CW have announced budding shows in deve

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Colin Cowherd thinks there is one way LeBron and the Lakers can salvage their lackluster season

Colin Cowherd thinks there is one way LeBron and the Lakers can salvage their lackluster season



















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Nick Wright evaluates LeBron’s performance in Lakers’ must-win over Pelicans

Nick Wright evaluates LeBron’s performance in Lakers’ must-win over Pelicans



















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