LeBron James joins athletes voicing outrage over death of unarmed black man after arrest

(Reuters) – LeBron James was among a number of high-profile athletes who took to social media to speak out on the death of an unarmed black man seen in a video lying face down in the street while a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes.

FILE PHOTO: Nov 23, 2019; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James on the bench during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Four Minneapolis police officers were fired on Tuesday over Monday’s incident in which a handcuffed George Floyd can be heard repeatedly moaning and gasping while he pleads, “Please, I can’t breathe, please, man.”

James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, weighed in on Instagram late on Tuesday with a post that referred to Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who famously kneeled during the U.S. national anthem to protest against racial in

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No One Has More To Lose On An NBA Reboot Than LeBron James

No One Has More To Lose On An NBA Reboot Than LeBron James

If LeBron James has the most to lose if Lakers can’t win a title this season, if basketball ever does return.

If LeBron James has the most to lose if Lakers can’t win a title this season, if basketball ever does return.
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If — or when — the 2019-2020 NBA season gets back under way, there can be only one loser at season’s end.

LeBron James.

Yep.

Reports say there’s a good chance that the NBA could restart its season in late July playing the remaining games at Disney World in Orlando. And it would more than likely just be a 16-team playoff format to crown this season’s champion.

If James isn’t hoisting up that Larry O’Brien trophy when the dust settles on this pandemic-interrupted season, he will be the biggest loser. Clearly, it would be a lost opportunity, one Lebron can’t afford now that he is this long in the tooth.

Worse, it probably would have been his last chance of winning it all again.

And that wouldn’t be a good thing when you think about how this promising season has come undone for James. His Los Angeles Lakers, after stealing Anthony Davis from New Orleans, were rolling when the season stopped, but there’s no guarantee they can return to that level.

During the break, James was smashed by The Last Dance, Michael Jordan’s documentary. Public opinion about who the G.O.A.T. is swung heavily MJ’s way when Jordan’s career was clearly put in context for misguided millennials.

And lastly, there is a make-shift season to win with no wiggle room.

There’s no other circumstance in the league as dire as what the aging LeBron faces.

Not Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers. Sure, they are contenders to win their first title. But they aren’t going anywhere. They have a shot to still win even if it’s not this season. In fact, they will be healthier and have more chemistry next season.

Not Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. With the best record in the league, they are contenders, too. Again, there is no timetable, expiration date on this squad. This star and his team expect to get better and more experienced wit

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NBA GOAT Debate: How Do the Greats Stack Up by Height?

NBA GOAT Debate: How Do the Greats Stack Up by Height?

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    The NBA GOAT debate—currently raging between factions supporting Michael Jordan and LeBron James—may never be settled.

    There are plenty of reasons this disagreement feels destined to remain unresolved: the difficulty of cross-era comparisons, the inability of each side to understand the other’s age-based emotional attachment to its GOAT and, not to be forgotten, the fact that even players as relatively similar as Jordan and LeBron are still vastly different.

    Maybe the best way to address thorny questions of all-time greatness is to remove variables. This won’t solve the MJ-LeBron quandary, but splitting potential GOATs into divisions based on height can at least get us to a place where we’re comparing apples to apples.

    We’ll use heights as they appear on Basketball Reference’s player homepages, some of which may differ from those posted on other sites, just to keep things as uniform as possible. GOAT status will depend on career achievements, statistics and impact on winning. Longevity and peak performance will inform each decision, with the latter mattering more in close cases.

    Nobody’s ever going to settle the overall GOAT argument, but maybe honoring the greatest players at each height will give us a smidgen of elusive consensus. Alternatively, this might spark even more disagreement. Either way, it’ll be fun.

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    We may be living through a pace-and-space era in which skill and versatility matter more than size, but as long as the rim is 10 feet above the floor, height will always be an asset. And it’s always been an asset, a fact illustrated by the dearth of sub-6-foot players in the league’s history.

    Since 1946-47, just 82 players 5’11” or shorter have logged 50 career games.

    Isaiah Thomas is the best of them.

    The 5’9″ Thomas was picked 60th in the 2011 draft, a great indicator of the league’s tendency to look past skill and see only size. Though he doesn’t lead the under 6’0″ crew in total win shares (that’s Calvin Murphy), Thomas easily had the highest peak of any player in this category. He and Terrell Brandon are the only sub-6-footers to make at least two All-Star teams, and the 28.9 points per game Thomas posted in 2016-17 are the highest single-season scoring average in this class.

    A short prime hurts Thomas’ case. He came into the league at 22 and has spent the last three years trying to rediscover his form after a serious hip injury in 2017. He’s only 15th in minutes and fifth in total points in this category. But he’s tops in Player Efficiency Rating and second in box plus-minus. Combined with his All-NBA nod and fifth-place finish in MVP voting for the 2016-17 season, Thomas’ resume stands taller than the rest.

           

    Also Considered: Calvin Murphy, Muggsy Bogues

    Murphy’s 17,949 points are over 6,000 more than his closest competitor’s, but he was never the full-on offensive engine for a fringe contender like Thomas was with the Boston Celtics. Bogues is the leader in assists and steals, and may be the player who first comes to mind when thinking of undersized greats. But he lacked scoring punch and, at 5’3″, was an even more consistent target of opposing offenses than his taller (but still short) peers.

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    The mythic quality of Allen Iverson‘s career is tied directly to his lack of size. His reckless, uncompromising style wouldn’t have struck the same cultural chord if he’d been a strapping 6’5″. That he pushed his body to the limit, flinging it time and again into a tightly grouped, ill-intentioned grove of human oak trees and showing a committed disregard for his own safety, adds a note of overachieving heroism to his legend.

    He crossed up Michael Jordan, soared over larger opponents and darted all over the floor as if his personal settings had been upped to 1.5x speed while everyone else’s remained the same.

    Also, he was really, really productive.

    Iverson racked up 24,368 career points. Tim Hardaway sits in second place among 6’0″ players with just 15,373. That’s quite a gap—one wide enough to offset the predictable knocks on A.I.’s inefficiency.

    Though he never won a title, Iverson authored one of the most memorable playoff moments of the last 20 years when he stepped over Tyronn Lue in Game 1 of the 2001 Finals. His Philadelphia 76ers went on to lose four straight to the dominant Los Angeles Lakers, but the series’ most enduring moment belongs to Iverson, who also won MVP that season. 

    With 11 All-Star Games, seven All-NBA nods, four scoring titles and a cultural imprint few players of any height can claim, Iverson’s talent and influence made him seem 100 feet tall.

           

    Also Considered: Tim Hardaway, Kyle Lowry

    Hardaway made a remarkable five All-NBA teams and leads this class with 7,095 career assists, the 18th-highest total in league history. Lowry may feel like a hasty inclusion, considering he’s still active and not so far removed from his prime. But he’s got a ring, six All-Star nods and the second-most career win shares at this height.

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    We’ve got a pair of genuine all-timers vying for the distinction of 6’1″ GOAT as John Stockton and Chris Paul, two of the truest point guards to ever suit up, are the only serious contenders.

    Paul owns the higher career PER and box plus-minus, but Stockton’s 207.7 win shares are well clear of CP3’s 179.5. That’s the first indicator of where Stockton’s real advantage lies: longevity.

    Stockton finished his final season in 2002-03 at age 41 with averages of 10.8 points and 7.7 assists. He played all 82 games that year, closing his career with five straight seasons without a missed game. The absurdity of Stockton playing all 82 games in a season 16 times cannot be overstated. A.C. Green gets mentioned as the NBA’s all-time iron man, but Stockton holds the record for most seasons with perfect attendance.

    No one in history has more total assists or steals than Stockton, and it’s unlikely his No. 1 spots in either category will fall in the near future. Paul is the closest active player in both areas, and he’s over 6,000 assists and 1,000 steals behind.

    Though he’s best known for pinpoint pocket passes in the pick-and-roll, Stockton was also an uncommonly efficient scorer. Despite ending his career over a decade before the three-point revolution took hold, he still tops Paul in true shooting percentage and is one of just 11 players in league history to attempt at least 10,000 shots and post a true shooting percentage above that magical 60.0 percent mark. 

    A blue-collar approach and below-the-rim work might create the impression that Stockton was boring. False. He racked up highlights that included one of the greatest full-court passes in history and hit his share of game-winners in exceptionally high-stakes moments. 

           

    Also Considered: Chris Paul, Isiah Thomas

    Paul can close the statistical gap on Stockton if he puts together another few years as good as 2019-20, and he’s got edges in some persuasive catch-all metrics. Thomas has a pair of rings, which neither Stockton nor Paul can claim, but there’s really no statistical case for him finishing ahead of either 6’1″ competitor.

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    Jerry West finished among the top five in MVP voting eight times and reached nine NBA Finals, finally breaking through to win his only ring in 1972. He remains the only player to win Finals MVP for the losing team, which he achieved by averaging 38.0 points and logging a triple-double in Game 7 of a losing effort against the Boston Celtics in 1969.

    An All-Star in each of his 14 seasons and an All-Defensive team member five times, West also holds the rare distinction of leading the league in scoring (1969-70) and assists (1971-72) in separate seasons. That’s about as complete as resumes get.

    That West’s incredible playing career renders his status as one of the great executives of all time and inspiration for the NBA’s logo mere afterthoughts says everything about his impact on the game. And while it may be unfair to active 6’2″ players with a shot at the Hall of Fame, West is currently one of just four guys his height to earn that ultimate honor. He has more career win shares than the other three 6’2″ inductees combined (Hal Greer, Andy Phillip and Alfred McGuire).

           

    Also Considered: Tony Parker, Damian Lillard

    Parker has four rings and the second-most win shares among 6’2″ players, but he was never the best player on his team and his six All-Star Games are less than half of West’s total. Lillard is likely to finish his career as the clear No. 2 here, but he’s only seven years in and trails West by over 14,000 minutes and 10,000 points.

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    Chances are, Stephen Curry has another handful of superstar seasons ahead of him. But he could quit now and still be the easy pick here.

    Steve Nash matches his pair of MVPs, and Russell Westbrook‘s stockpile of counting stats deserves some attention. But Curry’s fundamental alteration of a sport gives him an obvious advantage. He started the three-point revolution on his own, firing from distances and with frequency never seen before.

    Curry is the league’s only unanimous MVP (2015-16), a six-time All-NBA team member (three first-teams), a six-time All-Star and a three-time champ who owns the highest true shooting percentage ever recorded in a 30.0-points-per-game season. That 2015-16 campaign is on the very short list of the greatest individual offensive years in NBA history, representing the pinnacle of volume-efficiency combination.

    Not that the list of Curry’s achievements needs to be longer to justify his position here, but it’s also worth noting he’s led the league in steals twice, ranks as the most accurate free-throw shooter of all time and will almost certainly finish his career with more made triples than anyone in history.

    Shooting is the core skill in a game where causing a ball to pass through a rim is the only way to score points. Curry is better at it than anyone who’s ever played—at any height.

           

    Also Considered: Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook

    Nash shares several of the qualities that make Curry great, not the least of which being zero-maintenance leadership and elite shooting accuracy. It also can’t be ignored that Nash was the constant on offenses that ranked first in scoring efficiency every year from 2001-02 to 2009-10. He simply lacks the scoring volume and postseason success. Westbrook’s numbers are monstrous, but there’s long been a credible argument that he does as much harm as good on the court because of his ball-dominance and poor defense.

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    Dwyane Wade‘s days as a legitimate superstar were done earlier than you think. His final All-NBA first-team season was 2009-10, and the last of his seven top-10 finishes in MVP voting was 2012-13. Even prior to the end of his relatively short prime, Wade was a constant on the injury report. He missed an average of 15 games per season.

    Despite all that, he still leads all 6’4″ players in total points, blocks and free throws made. That speaks to the heights he reached at his peak.

    From roughly 2004-05 to 2011-12, Wade was the league’s best shooting guard. That’ll arouse the ire of Kobe Bryant defenders, but Wade topped Bryant in VORP, box plus-minus and PER during that stretch. He was also the Finals MVP in 2006, which sets him apart from the other top considerations at this height, Gary Payton and Jason Kidd.

    At his best, Wade was an impossible cover. A slasher who could finish through contact like few others to ever play his position, his aggressive style was probably responsible for the injuries that eventually forced him into a supporting role behind LeBron James with the Miami Heat. There aren’t many players whose early branding centered on the ability to take physical punishment, but that angle fit Wade perfectly.

    Wade averaged over 25.0 points per game five times, is probably the greatest shot-blocking guard ever, and though he’s best known for getting buckets as a top option, his willingness to take on a secondary role puts him in the same team-first category you’d more readily associate with the point guards competing with him for this spot.

           

    Also Considered: Jason Kidd, Gary Payton

    Kidd leads all 6’4″ players in total assists, rebounds and steals. Like Payton, he was also among the best backcourt defenders to ever play. Often overlooked, though, was Kidd’s relative lack of offensive impact. Though he led the New Jersey Nets to consecutive Finals appearances, his offenses during six full seasons with that franchise ranked 17th, 20th, 25th, 27th, 24th and 18th in scoring efficiency. 

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    Cross-era comparisons are always tricky, but we have to make a big one to settle the issue of the 6’5″ GOAT.

    Oscar Robertson was the first player to average a triple-double (1961-62) and scored at least 30.0 points per game in six of his first seven seasons. He also led the league in assists per game seven times. Stack his per-game figures up against James Harden‘s, and Robertson looks like the clear winner: 25.7 points, 9.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds versus Harden’s 25.1, 6.3 and 5.3.

    Factor in pace and the wildly different playing environments of eras 50-plus years apart, and Robertson’s edge evaporates.

    Harden smokes him when viewing stats on a per-possession basis, and the per-minute figures paint Harden as the vastly superior scorer. Don’t assume Harden’s advantages in efficiency are all based on the three-point line either. His two-point field-goal percentage is 50.9 percent; Robertson is at 48.5 percent.

    Harden is on pace to win his third straight scoring title in 2019-20, owns six All-NBA nods (with a seventh coming) and, in addition to winning the 2017-18 MVP, has finished ninth or better (top-two four times) in seven straight votes.

    Robertson had nine top-five MVP finishes, but Harden could collect his fifth this year and has plenty more prime seasons in which to increase that total.

           

    Also Considered: Oscar Robertson, Elgin Baylor, John Havlicek

    Robertson came into an NBA with just eight teams in 1960-61 and left in 1973-74 when there were 17. Consider that when evaluating his 11 All-NBA seasons and MVP finishes. He was a great player, but it’s just easier to earn honors like those when there are half (and often less than that) as many players vying for them. Robertson has the ring Harden lacks, but he won it in 1971 as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s sidekick in Milwaukee.

    Baylor is the outlier here, a rugged forward who finished his career with averages of 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds. The same era-based caveats apply to his career, which spanned from 1958-1972, as Robertson’s.

    Havlicek has eight championships but never finished higher than fourth in MVP voting.

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    It should be a given that if you’re the qualifier-free GOAT, you’re also the GOAT at your specific height.

    So rather than belabor the point, we can just list Michael Jordan’s 10 scoring titles, six rings, five MVPs, 14 All-Star trips and Defensive Player of the Year Award (1987-88). If he’s not atop your ranking of the greatest to ever do it, he’s no lower than second. And if, for some reason, he ranks beneath that, seek help because you’ve clearly forgotten how numbers work.

    Having dispensed with that formality, we can devote the rest of the section to a pair of players who, despite all-time-great status, never had a chance to bump Jordan out of the lead in the 6’6″ division.

           

    Also Considered: Kobe Bryant, Charles Barkley

    Bryant basically did a Jordan impression throughout his career, appropriating everything

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The beard isn’t weird: The quarantine beard is alive and well in the sports world

The beard isn’t weird: The quarantine beard is alive and well in the sports world

Be honest — your personal grooming habits have deteriorated during the coronavirus pandemic, right?

You probably don’t shower as often. Heck, you might not even get freshly dressed every day. It’s OK — we’ve all let our standards slip in one way or another.

But let’s look at the bright side. The quarantine beard is alive and well in the sports world. Some sports stars have decided to stop shaving and, well, the results are simply glorious.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was already a hero to the facial hair appreciation society — and only endeared himself more this week:

LeBron James has already gone through a few stages of his beard. It was a bit unruly before James’ wife gave him a trim.

“Psychologically, it can be a sort of declaration of fortitude and heartiness,” Christopher Oldstone-Moore told Wired. He studies gender and hair at Wright State University and wrote a book about the history of facial hair.

“It’s a way of saying, ‘I’m tough. I can withstand adversity.'”

So Fitzpatrick and other athletes are doing what a lot of men are doing to get through the pandemic.

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The Margin: ‘This…Is Why’ — LeBron James, Jamie Foxx react to George Floyd’s death with images of Colin Kaepernick kneeling

The Margin: ‘This…Is Why’ — LeBron James, Jamie Foxx react to George Floyd’s death with images of Colin Kaepernick kneeling

“Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??”

That was LeBron James, one of many people outraged by the death of a black man in Minneapolis police custody on Monday, after a video went viral showing a white officer kneeling on the man’s neck for several minutes as three other officers stood by.


“Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??”

The four officers involved in the death of George Floyd were fired on Tuesday, including Derek Chauvin, who was filmed with his knee on Floyd’s neck. While thousands of protesters clashed with police on Tuesday evening, many others horrified by the video of Floyd pleading “I can’t breathe” voiced their frustration on social media, with Floyd and Chauvin’s names, “I can’t breathe” and “Black Lives Matter” trending on Twitter
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throughout the day.

They included notables such as NBA star LeBron James, Oscar-nominated “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and comedian Michael Rapaport. And many, including James, drew a comparison between the violent act of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck, and former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful #TakeaAKnee demonstrations during the U.S. national anthem to protest police brutality against African-Americans.

James share

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Danny Green: ‘No Truth’ to LeBron James, Lakers Holding Private Group Workouts

Danny Green: ‘No Truth’ to LeBron James, Lakers Holding Private Group Workouts
Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green (14) goes up for a basket as New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green said there is “no truth” to rumors that LeBron James is holding private team workouts during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“There are a lot of stories out there, man. I think LeBron James is quarantining, social distancing himself, as best as possible like most people are,” Green said Tuesday on The Herd. “So there is no truth to that, that we’re working out in groups right now. But we are, a good amount of us have been able to find some private gyms and get some weight-lifting equipment to our homes. Unfortunately, a lot of us in the NBA, not just veterans or young guys, but everyone, don’t have access to a gym. We don’t just have gyms connected to our house. We don’t have weight rooms connected to our house.”

Shams Charania of Stadium reported James had been holding workouts at a private location with social distancing precautio

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LeBron James, Meek Mill & More Demand Justice for George Floyd

LeBron James, Meek Mill & More Demand Justice for George Floyd

Yet another incident of fatal police brutality against the black community surfaced on social media. The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25, has sparked outrage, with notable figures in entertainment speaking out to demand justice.

According to CNN, officers attempted to arrest Floyd on suspicion of forgery. Passersby filmed the incident, showing an officer kneeling on the back of Floyd’s neck. The 46-year-old was face down on the pavement repeatedly screaming, “Please, I can’t breathe!” The officer ignored Floyd’s pleas and those of onlookers, until Floyd goes quiet, appearing to lose consciousness. Much later Floyd was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

This latest gut-wrenching instance of a black man dying at the hands of police has once again drawn widespread condemnati

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Definitely Our Last Michael Jordan/LeBron James GOAT Take. Definitely.

Definitely Our Last Michael Jordan/LeBron James GOAT Take. Definitely.

This week, the Hot Takedown crew examines the issues underlying the contentious salary negotiations between MLB owners and players, which could prevent the league from starting its season by the Fourth of July. The owners had proposed a 50/50 revenue split that was a nonstarter for several reasons. While a “salary cap”-style system isn’t awful for the players in theory, starting that system the year revenue is guaranteed to be down would leave a justifiably sour taste in players’ mouths, especially given that the owners have been less than transparent about the extent of the losses they’re projected to take. We hope the history of distrust between the ow

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The “Liverpool” Nike LeBron 9 Is Rumored to Return

The “Liverpool” Nike LeBron 9 Is Rumored to Return

Highsnobiety aims to provide our readers with the latest updates in the sneaker world. However, we cannot verify the reliability of any unauthorized leaks or rumors unless this information is provided directly by the brands themselves.

Several of LeBron James’ signature Nike sneakers have been given the retro treatment over the past year. Most recently, the Nike LeBron 9 was released in Lakers-inspired, mismatched colors. Reports suggest that the “Liverpool” Nike LeBron 9 Low could be the next to see a comeback at some point in late 2020.

The Liverpool-themed LeBron 9 Low dropped in the summer of 2012 and was used to commemorate LeBron’s recent investment in Fenway Sports Group, who had just purchased Liverpool and have since turned them back into a footballing powerhouse.

With Liverp

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Jeanie Buss Praises Magic Johnson for Signing LeBron, Changing Lakers Culture

Jeanie Buss Praises Magic Johnson for Signing LeBron, Changing Lakers Culture
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: (L-R) Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and Jeanie Buss attend Kobe Bryant's jersey retirement ceremony during a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

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Magic Johnson’s tenure as the Los Angeles Lakers‘ president of basketball operations didn’t end ideally, but Lakers owner Jeanie Buss believes he did a great deal of good for the organization before resigning.

Appearing on the Daddy Issues with Joe Buck and Oliver Hudson podcast (h/t Silver Screen and Roll’s Harrison Faigen), Buss credited Magic with signing LeBron James and changing the culture within the Lakers’ organization:

“Using the word culture didn’t have clarity to me until Magic came. It’s like everybody knew, ‘Okay, the hammer is coming down, we’re serious, we’re about winning, we’’re going to get back to winning,’ and how not only from the basketball side, but from every side of the organization, everybody sat up a little bit. … It’s like, ‘We’re here to do something, now this is what we’re committed to.’

“And he set us off on that path, and now I’ve really seen how the culture has come around in terms of bringing in somebody like LeBron and the players that want to come and play with somebody like LeBron, and the c

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NBA in talks to resume season at Disney World

NBA in talks to resume season at Disney World
LeBron James’ LA Lakers are currently top of the NBA Western Conference

The NBA is in talks to resume the season at Florida’s Disney World Resort in late July.

The season was paused on 11 March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is hoped Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex can be a “single site for ga

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Hear LeBron James and Nike’s pep talk to motivate you for a sports-like comeback

Hear LeBron James and Nike’s pep talk to motivate you for a sports-like comeback

Despite all his successes, LeBron James has been down before. Back in 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers were down three games to one to the Golden State Warriors in the best-of-seven NBA Finals. But with a 93-89 win in Oakland, the Cavs not only won the city’s first sports title in 52 years, they also became the first team to ever win it all after being down 3-1 in the Finals.

Now in a new Nike ad, James delivers a pep talk to the world, using that comeback and similar against-all-odds battles of such stars as Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, and the New England Patriots’ 2017 Super Bowl win as an analogy for how the world is dealing with the pandemic. This is a tough time, and it’s very easy to feel beat down.

But while this health emergency is no game, we can use sports as an inspiration to hold our nerve and continue to push through.

In a statement, James said the whole world is fighting for somethi

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NBA Free Agency 2021: Projecting the Biggest Contracts Next Year

NBA Free Agency 2021: Projecting the Biggest Contracts Next Year
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, looks to drive against Charlotte Hornets forward P.J. Washington in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

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There’s a good number of star NBA players who have played for numerous teams during their career. That list includes LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis. Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo isn’t on that list, but it’s possible that will change in 2021.

Set to play his eighth season for the Bucks in 2020-21, Antetokounmpo could potentially hit free agency following that campaign. If he does, he’ll certainly be one of the top prizes of the offseason, as the reigning NBA MVP is one of the best players in the league today.

James, Leonard and Paul George all have player options for the 2020-21 season. And while it’s possible they’ll hit free agency and leave teams, that may be less likely for them than some of the other top players set to be on the market following the 2020-21 season.

Here are predictions for several top players who could become free agents in 2021 and where they’ll end up by the end of that offseason.

                   

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF

It’s possible that Giannis Antetokounmpo could sign a super-max extension to stay with the Milwaukee Bucks into the future. However, there’s also a chance that Antetokounmpo hits free agency in 2021 and goes on to switch teams for the first time in his NBA career.

Either way, Antetokounmpo is on track to make more than the $27.5 million he’s set to earn with the Bucks during the 2020-21 season. And with plenty of interested teams should he become a free agent, one intriguing option would be him signing with the Golden State Warriors to try to win his first career NBA championship (if he doesn’t win one in Milwaukee before then).

As Josh Schrock of NBC Sports pointed out, Antetokounmpo’s max contract would start at $37.5 million for the 2021-22 season. It may take some work for the Warriors to make it happen, but Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle said that Golden State has been “preparing for years to make a bid for Antetokounmpo,” so

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Mike Miller Shades Paul Pierce’s LeBron James Top-5 All-Time Omission on Twitter

Mike Miller Shades Paul Pierce’s LeBron James Top-5 All-Time Omission on Twitter
Miami Heat shooting guard Mike Miller (13) and Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) laugh at an official's call during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Finals basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Former Boston Celtics All-Star Paul Pierce said during ESPN’s NBA Countdown on Tuesday that LeBron James is not among his top-five NBA players of all time:

Mike Miller, who won back-to-back championships with James on the Miami Heat in 2012 and ’13, mocked Pierce for his reasoning Thursday:

“When I go back, and I talk about these players and the top-five players who not only built up organizations or helped continue organizations’ tradition, a la [the late] Kobe [Bryant], I go back and I ask myself, ‘What has LeBron did to build up any organization from the ground up?'” Pierce said.

James w

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Video: Paul Pierce Details 2003 Spitting Incident with LeBron James, Cavaliers

Video: Paul Pierce Details 2003 Spitting Incident with LeBron James, Cavaliers
Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, defends against Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, right, during the first quarter in Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, June 7, 2012, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Former Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce left Los Angeles Lakers All-Star LeBron James off his all-time top-five player list earlier this week, and retired journeyman center Kendrick Perkins believes the omission is personal stemming from a preseason spitting incident during James’ rookie season in 2003:

Perkins was Pierce’s teammate with the Celtics from 2003 until his trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder in February 2011, and the 35-year-old was James’ teammate during his second stint with the Cavs in 2014-15 and 2017-18.

Perkins previously tweeted his disagreement with Pierce before including the 42-year-old in a top-five list of his own:

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The Business of Being Wrong: How Playing Devil’s Advocate Became a Lucrative Strategy

The Business of Being Wrong: How Playing Devil’s Advocate Became a Lucrative Strategy


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Imagine if your local news station decided to hire two weather reporters. The first uses state-of-the-art technology to offer probabilities on storms, temperatures and precipitation. The second predicts snow every day without fail, even in the South, even in July. 

It sounds absurd, doesn’t it? But in a world where , pop culture and commerce connects us across continents — where we have thousands of competitors who all use the same technology and create similar offerings — everyone is trying to capture their own sliver of the target market. And for those who manage to really sink their hooks into even a tiny fraction of the outer margins, that can be enough. 

Within the information and opinion industries, landing that niche sliver of consumer sometimes means being contrarian simply to differentiate yourself. It means being wrong on purpose, not just once — but over and over again.

As Upton Sinclair once said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

The odd history of Skip Bayless and LeBron James

Let’s start with a sports example. Sports provide a great lens for this topic, because there is a clear winner and loser, and no amount of debating or opinions can change those outcomes …  

… right? 

Well, if you have followed sports over the past two decades, you probably know Skip Bayless. He started as a writer and columnist before hosting shows on ESPN2 and then signing with FOX Sports in 2016. Even if you don’t follow sports, you probably know superstar LeBron James. 

How do the player and TV personality relate to each other? Take a look at Bayless’s first tweet, from May 28, 2009:

“Prince James” is meant to be a slight at the moniker “King James,” which the NBA forward has been called since he was 17 years old. The date, too, is significant: On May 28, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers faced elimination from the playoffs for the first time that season, trailing three games to one in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic.  

By this time, Bayless was already well-known for his criticism of James. If the Cavaliers had lost on May 28, it might have provided additional fodder for Bayless’s claims that the then-Most Valuable Player chewed his nails during fourth-quarter timeouts “because he’s scared” of the big moments. It would have supported Bayless’ assertions that the man he called “LeBrick” really was just “an overhyped creation of video games and ‘SportsCenter’ dunks.”

The only problem? Cleveland won on May 28, and James had one of his best games of the season. But, as you can imagine, Bayless was less than impressed:

According to Bayless’ logic, Cleveland only won because of unfair referees, and in fact, Orlando won by losing (they did eventually win the best-of-seven series two days later). When James eventually won a championship with the Miami Heat in 2012, Bayless could only say, “LeBron should’ve won 2 or 3 titles by now. He should wind up with at least 3. Will be favored again next year.” James did, in fact, win the championship again the next year, and then in 2016, when the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the in an upset. 

Here’s what Bayless said on ESPN’s First Take about James earning his third ring: “Let me start my points by congratulating LeBron James, who was obviously terrific … but I’m sorry. I cannot get around or get over what the Golden State Warriors did not do … I cannot digest it, I cannot compute it. I’m baffled.”

If you’re curious whether Bayless has updated his opinion of James since then, well…

And why should Bayless change? His combative and contrarian style has made him rich and famous. He has nearly 3 million followers on Twitter, and in 2016, he signed a four-year, $25 million contract with FOX Sports to co-host Undisputed (a show whose name even winks at the idea that Bayless is willing to argue the ina

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Lakers’ Danny Green Believes LeBron James Is NBA’s MVP: ‘He’s Our Engine’

Lakers’ Danny Green Believes LeBron James Is NBA’s MVP: ‘He’s Our Engine’
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 06:  LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his basket with Danny Green #14 during a 113-103 Laker win over the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Danny Green said Thursday teammate LeBron James should be the 2019-20 NBA Most Valuable Player. 

Green explained what makes James so important to the Lakers’ success during an appearance on ESPN’s First Take:

“We gotta have him because, mainly, he’s our point guard. He’s our facilitator. It starts with him. He’s a mismatch problem all over the floor, and he’s got to be able to read the pace of the game, read what’s best for us against certain teams and, to be at his best, he’s got to be healthy and playing well. Not just him, but AD [Anthony Davis] of course, too. Very crucial. It definitely starts with him. He’s our engine; he’s the MVP of the league, in my opinion.”

L.A. owned the best record in the Western Conference (49-14) when play was halted March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lakers, along with the Milwaukee Bucks (53-12) and rival Los Angeles Clippers (44-20), will be the

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Saints’ Cameron Jordan Doesn’t Think LeBron Could Go over the Middle as NFL TE

Saints’ Cameron Jordan Doesn’t Think LeBron Could Go over the Middle as NFL TE
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew, lower left, is sacked by New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, center, as Jaguars offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor, right, tries to slow Jordan down during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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First, it was former Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware pouring cold water on LeBron JamesNFL dreams, and now, New Orleans Saints star Cameron Jordan has offered his own view on the NBA superstar’s football potential.

James’ recent admission on UNINTERRUPTED that he started training his body to play football as the 2011 NBA lockout dragged on has led to a number of NFL personalities explaining why the NBA legend wouldn’t cut it as a tight end. 

While speaking to Colin Cowherd on Thursday, Jordan laughed at the idea of James trying to catch a pass over the middle of the field. 

“I’ve got four guys that are going to take out the body you care so much about,” Jordan said. “I don’t know if you’ve been banged up on the basketball court like you’re going to get banged up in 16 games of football.”

On Wednesday, Ware also laughed at the idea of James maintaining his elite level in the NFL but didn’t rule out the possibility that he could a

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Rep. John Lewis and Georgia’s congressional delegation call on Attorney General Bill Barr to use federal resources to investigate Ahmaud Arbery killing

Rep. John Lewis and Georgia’s congressional delegation call on Attorney General Bill Barr to use federal resources to investigate Ahmaud Arbery killing
  • All 14 members of Georgia’s congressional delegation signed a letter to Attorney General William Barr asking for federal resources to be used in helping with the investigation into the Ahmaud Arbery case. 
  • Arbery was killed on February 23 but his assailants, a white father and son duo were not arrested till earlier this month. 
  • The case had been riddled with potential conflicts of interest and the initial prosecutors on the case eventually recused themselves, one was fired. 
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Members of Georgia’s Congressional Delegation signed a letter to Attorney General William Barr and Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband asking for the use of “all possible Federal resources to achieve full justice, transparency, and accountability in the case of Mr. Ahmaud Arbery.”

The letter was signed by a bipartisan group of Georgia’s delegation. 

 

They argued that “a full investigation, with robust Federal support, is warranted,” because the case was neglected for months. 

“For months, Mr. Arbery’s family and the community endured their loss without the answers they are entitled to under the law. Across our state, our constituents are increasingly alarmed as we learn

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Lakers News: Latest on Danny Green, LeBron Exclusion from Paul Pierce GOAT List

Lakers News: Latest on Danny Green, LeBron Exclusion from Paul Pierce GOAT List
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, warms up with forward Danny Green before an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. The Lakers won 125-120. (AP Photo/John Hefti)

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With the NBA season on hold (but in talks to resume), basketball fans, players and commentators are filling the time by reflecting, debating and speculating.

The Los Angeles Lakers were 49-14 when the season ended, atop the Western Conference and well-positioned to win a championship. The team’s chemistry and talent were a topic of discussion for Lakers forward Jared Dudley, who invited Danny Green on to his Instagram live this week. Green said the Lakers were more similar to his former San Antonio Spurs teams than his championship-winning Toronto Raptors, per Silver Screen and Roll’s Christian Rivas (video link here, comments begin at 6:02 mark):

“I feel like this Lakers team is more similar to our Spurs team than the Toronto team. In Toronto, we had a lot more younger guys. San Antonio, we had a lot more vets, older guys, but we had a mix. Me and Kawhi were a little younger, but in our primes, and then we had some of the older guys … For us, the similarities I see is that we have a lot of experience, and we have the depth—we definitely have the depth. And obviously the most healthy team always wins, and that’s usually a little part of the luck, but a team that’s clicking at the right time.”

Green won one championship with the Spurs in 2014, a team that also featured Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, a young Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills, among others.

In the same Instagram conversation, Green also speculated about how the Lakers might do in the playoffs, noting the team had several X-factors that could step up (7:57 mark): “For us, our key factors are, outside of myself, AB and Kuz. Me, AB and Kuz, one of us has a good game, you know for sure we’re going to get a ‘W.'”

Green lumped himself in with Avery Bradley and Kyle Kuzma, who are both capable of scoring in bunches (Bradley also makes a big contribution on defense). Green later mentioned Alex Caruso and Rajon Rondo as players who can step up, make an impact and help support the consistently great work of the team’s two superstars, LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

At one point Green mentions the team’s stellar record when Rondo scores 10 or more points. Dudley says the team is 18-1 when that happens, but a quick check of the game logs shows the Lakers are 14-1 when Rondo scores in double figures. On that note, the Lakers are 22-1 when center Dwight Howard scores 10 or more points.

The Lakers were indeed in a sublime groove when the season was abruptly put on hold. Lakers fans can only hope that they can pick up where they left off if given the opportunity.

        

Paul Pierce Leaves LeBron off his GOAT List

Another common topic of discussion to fill the hardball void—likely spurred on by ESPN’s 10-hour Michael Jordan documentary, The Last Dance—has been comparing the best players of different eras and trying t

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Apple TV+ announces new ‘Greatness Code’ mini-series highlighting ‘renowned athletes’

Apple TV+ announces new ‘Greatness Code’ mini-series highlighting ‘renowned athletes’

Apple TV+ has announced the latest addition to its growing library of unscripted programming. The short-form docuseries Greatness Code will premiere globally on July 10 and highlight “renowned athletes” including LeBron James, Tom Brady, and more.

According to Apple, Greatness Code will “spotlight untold stories from the greatest athletes in the world.” Athletes featured in season one of Greatness Code will include:

  • Four-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist LeBron James
  • Six-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady
  • Olympic gold medalist and co-captain of the US Women’s National Soccer Team Alex Morgan
  • Record-holding Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White
  • World’s fastest man and eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt
  • Five-time Olympic gold medalist and 15-time world champion swimmer Katie Ledecky
  • 11-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater

Details on the production of the docuseries include:

“Greatness Code” is a co-production between powerhouse sports content platforms Religion of Sports, which is co-founded by Gotham Chopra, Tom Brady and NFL Hall of Fame legend Michael Strahan, and Uninterrupted, the athlete empowerment brand founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.

The series is directed by Gotham Chopra, who also executive produces through Religion of Sports, and executive produced by Maverick Carter via Uninterrupted. Ameeth Sankaran also serves as executive producer through Religion of Sports, and Devin Johnson executive produces via Uni

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Apple announces sports docuseries Greatness Code with LeBron James, Alex Morgan, and more

Apple announces sports docuseries Greatness Code with LeBron James, Alex Morgan, and more

L to R: Lebron James (Ezra Shaw) and Alex Morgan (Rich Fury)

L to R: Lebron James (Ezra Shaw) and Alex Morgan (Rich Fury)
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The Last Dance docuseries was always destined to be a major event, but its runaway success in a partially stalled society really drew attention to how much we, as a nation, miss sports. So if you’ve had your fill of marble races and “death diving,” Apple brings some potentially good news: This summer, Apple TV+ will premiere Greatness Code, a short-form sports docuseries that will highlight a number of record-setting figures across the wide, sweaty world of athletics. Filmmaker Gotham Chopra will direct the series and serve as executive producer through Religion Of Sports. It is also co-produced by Uninterrupted, the athlete empowerment brand founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter. 

Per Apple’s recent press release,Greatness Code is a landmark, short form unscripted series that spotlights untold stories from the greatest athletes in the world. The first season unfolds with seven mini-episodes, each examining a pivotal moment that defined an athlete’s career.”

The list of featured athletes includes:

  • Four-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA Champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist LeBron James
  • Six-time Super Bowl Champion and four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady
  • Ol

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Antoine Walker Talks 2001 Games with Retired Michael Jordan, 16-Year-Old LeBron

Antoine Walker Talks 2001 Games with Retired Michael Jordan, 16-Year-Old LeBron
PHILADELPHIA, :  Michael Jordan, (L), of the Washington Wizards, and Antoine Walker, (R) of the Boston Celtic, laugh on the bench of the East All-Stars during the 2nd period of the NBA All-Star Game 10 February 2002 in the First Union Center, in Philadelphia, PA. AFP PHOTO/ TOM MIHALEK (Photo credit should read TOM MIHALEK/AFP via Getty Images)

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While many debate who is the greatest basketball player of all time between Michael Jordan and LeBron James, former Boston Celtics forward Antoine Walker got to play with both on the same court.

Walker appeared on Tuesday’s episode of the McNeil & Parkins Show on 670 The Score in Chicago and detailed the 2001 pickup games with a retired Jordan, NBA players and 16-year-old James.

“He called me,” Walker said of Jordan. “And he was like, ‘Hey, I’m thinking about making a comeback. I need you in the gym with me.'”

Walker also said, “We treated LeBron like a 16-year-old,” while highlighting Jordan’s constant trash talk and how “competitive” the games were even though Jordan’s days of dominating the NBA with the Chicago Bulls were in the past.

James also discussed the pickup games during an appearance on UNINTERRUPTED (warning: NSFW language), recalling the trash talk between Jordan and

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Video: Paul Pierce Explains Why LeBron James Shouldn’t Be Considered Top 5 Ever

Video: Paul Pierce Explains Why LeBron James Shouldn’t Be Considered Top 5 Ever
Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce (34) defends Miami Heat forward LeBron James in the first half of Game 4 of their second-round NBA playoff basketball game at the Barclays Center, Monday, May 12, 2014, in New York. James had 49 points as the Heat defeated the Nets 102-96 to go up 3-1 in the series. (AP Photo/)

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Former Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce doesn’t think LeBron James should be in the running for the greatest player of all time next to Michael Jordan.

In fact, he doesn’t even think James is one of the five best players in NBA history.

Pierce said as much during an appearance on ESPN’s NBA Countdown (around the two-minute mark) Tuesday, revealing that a clip of Jordan during The Last Dance documentary cemented his opinion on LeBron.

Pierce highlighted when Jordan said he wanted to build the Chicago Bulls organization into a champion, saying, “I go back and I ask myself, ‘What has LeBron done to build up any organization from the ground floor?'”

Pierce pointed to players such as Jordan in Chicago, Larry Bird and Bill Russell in Boston, Tim Duncan in San Antonio and Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles doing just that. Pierce also said James put together a team of stars in Miami and didn’t come back to Cleveland until he could do the same.

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Lakers News: Jerry Reinsdorf Talks LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan, More Buzz

Lakers News: Jerry Reinsdorf Talks LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan, More Buzz
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James walks away from a fan that is reading out to him during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Though the Los Angeles Lakers may not be in game action, there is plenty of buzz surrounding the team to go around.

For starters, the team is awaiting the possible return of the 2019-20 NBA season—and its practice facility was reopened over the weekend. This is a positive sign that LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Co. will be able to resume their chase for a championship. As fans are well aware, the season was suspended with Los Angeles holding a Western Conference-best 49-14 record.

If James is able to capture his fourth title and do it with his third franchise, it would cement his spot as one of the greatest players in league history. According to Chicago Bulls governor Jerry Reinsdorf, however, James has zero chance of ever becoming the G.O.A.T.

“Anytime anybody wants to talk to me about comparing Michael to LeBron, I’m going to tell them to please don’t waste my time,” Reinsdorf said, per K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. ” … I’m truly tired of people trying to compare LeBron to Michael when it’s not even close. They should try to compare LeBron with Oscar Robertson or Magic Johnson. Michael was so head and shoulders over everybody, and that really came out in this documentary.”

Reinsdorf, of course, is referring to ESPN’s The Last Dance documentary that has captured the attention of sports fans over the past several weeks.

The series, approved by Jordan himself, did indeed paint Michael in a mostly positive light. For fans who grew up watching him play, it was a reminder of Jordan’s greatness. For those too young to have seen him compete firsthand, the documentary provided some insight into his competitive edge.

And, yes, Jordan and James are two very different players in terms of skill set and mentality. However, it does not mean that James cannot at least be in the conversation as basketball’s greatest player. For many fans—including Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans—it’s a matter of personal taste.

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The all-time starting five for every NBA Eastern Conference team

The all-time starting five for every NBA Eastern Conference team

What if Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen could’ve played alongside prime Derrick Rose? How many titles would the Celtics have won if Larry Bird and Bill Russell were on the same team? Imagine LeBron James taking his talents to South Beach to team up not only with Dwyane Wade, but Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning too.

We asked our NBA writers to come up with an all-time starting five for every current NBA franchise, along with one additional blast from the past. Only a player’s contributions during his time with that franchise were considered (so, no, Jordan isn’t on the Wizards’ list).

In this era of “positionless” basketball, traditional positions don’t matter quite as much as they used to, so we allowed some flexibility in choosing a lineup — but you won’t see teams with four centers or three point guards. The idea was to dive into each team’s history and create a group that could at least potentially share the floor together.

Over the next two days, we’ll roll out the lineups, starting with the Eastern Conference.

G: Lou Hudson
G: Cliff Hagan
F: Dominique Wilkins
F: Bob Pettit
C: Al Horford

Because we are including Atlanta’s prior history in St. Louis, this was one of the most straightforward lists in the league. Hudson was a six-time All-Star who averaged over 20 points per game seven times. Hagan was a 6-foot-4 forward in his era who, for the purposes of this list, is going to play as a guard.

The forward spots provide plenty of scoring. Wilkins is the franchise’s leader in points, and both he and Pettit averaged 26.4 points per game for their Hawks careers. Pettit also chipped in 16 rebounds per game, and he paired with Hagan on one of the two teams that were able to prevent Bill Russell from winning a championship during his career.

Horford made four All-Star teams during his nine years with the Hawks, and his versatility helped Atlanta return to respectability.

— Tim Bontemps

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Dominique Wilkins earned the nickname “The Human Highlight Film” for good reason with dunks like this.

G: Bob Cousy
G: John Havlicek
F: Paul Pierce
F: Larry Bird
C: Bill Russell

With the depth and breadth of history the Celtics have accrued over the past 70-plus seasons, there are plenty of candidates to be in their all-time starting five. That said, coming up with this list was simpler than expected.

The backcourt is led by Cousy, the NBA’s original great guard who made 12 All-NBA teams and won six championships. He’s joined by Havlicek, a Swiss Army knife in human form who fits perfectly on this team as its shooting guard. The frontcourt has two equally obvious choices: Russell, the greatest winner in the history of the sport, and Bird, a three-time MVP.

The one difficult decision was at the remaining spot, where there were two deserving choices: Kevin McHale and Pierce. In the end, Pierce’s Finals MVP helps him earn the nod.

— Bontemps

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Hall of Famer Larry Bird had a penchant for excelling in big moments, hitting clutch shots and even scoring a Celtics-record 60 points in a game against the Hawks.

G: Jason Kidd
G: Vince Carter
F: Julius Erving
F: Buck Williams
C: Brook Lopez

Kidd, Erving, Williams and Lopez are four of the top five in career win shares for the Nets. Lopez is also the franchise’s leading scorer, having edged Williams by four points in his final game with the team.

Carter might not have been able to get the Nets to the Finals during his tenure, but he does have the third-highest scoring average in team history, behind Rick Barry (who played two seasons with the ABA’s Nets) and Erving. Selecting Carter over Drazen Petrovic was the toughest call. Petrovic — one of only six players in the team’s history whose number is retired — was on his way to joining the NBA’s elite before dying in a car accident at 28.

— Malika Andrews

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Vince Carter entered the NBA in 1998, and with it all coming to a close in 2020, the highlights he leaves behind are to be celebrated.

G: Kemba Walker
G: Dell Curry
F: Glen Rice
F: Larry Johnson
C: Alonzo Mourning

(NOTE: The NBA considers the original Charlotte Hornets and the renamed Hornets — formerly the Charlotte Bobcats — to be one franchise.)

In 1992, Charlotte’s expansion franchise had a healthy Larry Johnson — the Hornets’ first All-Star — and rookie Mourning, who sunk Boston with a series-clinching game winner to give the Hornets their first playoff series victory in 1993.

But Johnson’s back injury and some internal drama eventually led Charlotte’s star tandem to break up and later become heated rivals during the Knicks-Heat battles. Charlotte has won 50 or more games only three times. But Rice, whom the Hornets got from Miami in the Mourning trade, was the best player on the teams that won 50 games in back-to-back seasons, averaging 26.8 points in 1996-97.

As sweet a marksman as Rice was, Curry is the franchise’s greatest shooter. He and Muggsy Bogues played a significant role in starting the franchise as expansion draft picks, and Curry averaged double figures in points in nine of his 10 seasons in Charlotte.

Walker may now be in Boston, but he left Charlotte as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer and a three-time All-Star.

— Ohm Youngmisuk


G: Derrick Rose
G: Michael Jordan
F: Scottie Pippen
F: Dennis Rodman
C: Artis Gilmore

Jordan and Pippen led the Bulls to six NBA titles, with rebounding machine Rodman joining the legendary duo for the second three-peat.

Gilmore was a four-time All-Star during his Chicago tenure, with an all-league Afro to match his 7-2 frame.

Rose is Chi-Town’s own. Born and raised in the Englewood area on Chicago’s South Side, the shy kid became the youngest MVP in NBA history at 22 years old. Both Jordan and Rose were elite athletes with a cult following to match their rare skill set and would be electrifying to watch in a Windy City backcourt.

— Eric Woodyard


G: Mark Price
G: Kyrie Irving
F: LeBron James
F: Larry Nance
C: Brad Daugherty

You start with James, the greatest player in franchise history and the recipient of the Finals MVP the one and only time the Cavaliers won the championship. You add Irving, who joined him in winning the title by hitting the greatest shot in franchise history in the final minute of Game 7 of the 2016 Finals. Now you look for roster balance.

Price shot 40.9% from 3 during his Cavs career with 7.2 assists per game, and Nance was a high-flying, shot-blocking menace. Price, Nance and Brad Daugherty might have made more noise in the postseason if they didn’t play in the Michael Jordan era.

Center was a tough choice. Tristan Thompson has played his entire career in Cleveland and won a chip, and two-time All-Star Zydrunas Ilgauskas is the franchise leader in blocks. Daugherty, a five-time All-Star, gets the nod for his combination of skill level and mobility for a big man.

— Dave McMenamin

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Buzzer-beaters, poster dunks and incredible passes highlight LeBron James’ most spectacular plays in 11 years with the Cavaliers.

G: Isiah Thomas
G: Joe Dumars
F: Grant Hill
F: Ben Wallace
C: Bob Lanier

Rarely are sports teams able to take on the identity of a city, but when the Pistons are at their best, they’re a reflection of Detroit’s gritty reputation.

Thomas and Dumars were the star backcourt of the Bad Boys squads that won titles in 1989 and 1990. “Big Ben” Wallace was the defensive leader during the “Deee-troit Basketball” era, when the Pistons ended the Shaq/Kobe Lakers era in the 2004 Finals. All of those guys were stars in their own right, with a plethora of talent around them to play team basketball.

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Tom Brady, LeBron, Alex Morgan to Be Featured in Apple’s ‘Greatness Code’ Series

Tom Brady, LeBron, Alex Morgan to Be Featured in Apple’s ‘Greatness Code’ Series
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) dribbles during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Six Super Bowl titles, three NBA championships and two world cup titles. 

That’s a lot of “greatness.”

Tom Brady, LeBron James and Alex Morgan reportedly will all be featured athletes on the upcoming seven-episode documentary series Greatness Code that debuts July 10 on Apple TV Plus, per Will Thorne of Variety.

According to Thorne, UNINTERRUPTED—founded by James and Maverick Carter—and Religion of Sports—founded by Brady, Gotham Chopra and Michael Strahan—wi

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Rusty LeBron James Unable To Identify A Basketball

Rusty LeBron James Unable To Identify A Basketball

‘Is That One?’ Asks NBA Superstar While Pointing At Clock 

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LOS ANGELES—Repeatedly pointing at round objects around his house and noting that they looked familiar, rusty NBA superstar LeBron James reportedly took a clock off of his wall Tuesday and asked if it was a basketball after totally forgetting how to identify one. “Okay, it’s round, which is good, but I can’t remember if basketballs usually have those math letters on them, or a bunch of tiny gears inside,” asked the four-time NBA MVP who, after realizing his initial mistake, questioned family and friends about whether a cabbage

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Adam Sandler to Reportedly Star in Netflix Sports Film Produced by LeBron James

Adam Sandler to Reportedly Star in Netflix Sports Film Produced by LeBron James

Adam Sandler has reportedly signed on to star in Hustle, a sports film produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment, Happy Madison and Roth/Kirschenbaum Films and helmed by We the Animals director Jeremiah Zagar. written by Taylor Materne and Will Fetters.

According to sources, Sandler will portray an American basketball s

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LeBron James Says He’d ‘Die to Compete vs Every Single’ NBA Great, Thanks Jordan

LeBron James Says He’d ‘Die to Compete vs Every Single’ NBA Great, Thanks Jordan
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James shoots during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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In the wake of The Last Dance‘s final episodes putting a bow on Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls career, LeBron James thanked the NBA icon and admitted he would have loved the chance to compete against him.  

James wrote on Twitter that he “would have loved to play” alongside and against every great player in NBA history and thanked Jordan for being “my angel, inspiration, superhero!!”

The response came after comments James made on UNINTERRUPTED (h/t ESPN’s Brian Windhorst) about how his style of play woul

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LeBron James Says He Trained For NFL In 2011, Cowboys Offered Contract!

LeBron James Says He Trained For NFL In 2011, Cowboys Offered Contract!

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LeBron James & Adam Sandler Are Making a Netflix Movie Together

LeBron James & Adam Sandler Are Making a Netflix Movie Together

Adam Sandler and LeBron James are making a basketball movie together for Netflix. The film is called Hustle and Sandler will also star, Variety reports.

The film will follow an American basketball scout who is wrongly terminated after finding a gifted foreign player. Sandler’s character brings the player to the U.S. to prove they can both make it in the NBA.

Hustle will be helmed by indie breakout director Jeremiah Zagar, whose 2018 coming-of-age drama We the Animals blew audiences away at Sundance. According to reports, it was Zagar’s recent attachment to the film that led Sandler to sign on.

Hustle will be produced by Sandler’s Happy Madison, Roth/Kirschenbaum Films

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Are We Really Still Questioning LeBron’s Competitiveness? His Record Speaks For Itself

Are We Really Still Questioning LeBron’s Competitiveness? His Record Speaks For Itself

Did everyone just forget about LeBron James leading the Cavs to the greatest upset in NBA Finals history?

Did everyone just forget about LeBron James leading the Cavs to the greatest upset in NBA Finals history?
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I’m tired of this outdated narrative.

LeBron James is a competitor. Period. He shouldn’t have to continue to explain that to you people.

Early Tuesday morning, James was stuck defending his competitive spirit once again, after ESPN’s Brian Windhorst posted an article on Twitter saying James envisioned Michael Jordan “as a teammate, not an adversary.”

James spoke on “Uninterrupted’s” YouTube Channel about how great it would have been to play with Michael Jordan.

“Me personally, the way I play the game — team first — I feel like my best assets work perfectly with Mike,” said James. “Mike is an assassin. When it comes to playing the game of basketball, scoring the way he scored the ball, [then] my ability to pass, my ability to read the game plays and plays and plays in advance.”

The post and the article prompted to reiterate the same old notions about James. They questioned his competitive spirit and once again tried to diminish James’ legacy.

James quoted Windhorst’s tweet a few hours later saying that he was only responding to a question that he was asked on the YouTube series about how the two legendary stars could have complemented each other.

He also said that he “would die to compete” against every single one of the greats.

If you are caught up in the reinvigorated Jordan hysteria from The Last Dance it can be easy to forget that James has amassed one of the greatest playoff resumes in the history of the game.

When the competition was at its best and the stakes were at their highest LeBron has not only been good, he’s been excellent.

Do you remember 25 straight points to beat the Pistons in Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals as a 22-year-old?

What about 45 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists on 73% shooting to hold off elimination versus the Celtics in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals?

And you can’t forget the 27 point triple-double in game seven of the 2016 NBA finals to secure arguably the greatest championship upset in NBA history.

James averages 34 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block in playoff elimination games over his career. He has had either 40 points or a triple-double in seven of his last eight elimination games. James also has a winning record in these games (13-10).

Jordan only averaged 31.3 points in elimination games over his career and had a losing record in those contests (6-7).

In no way is this an attack on Jordan’s competitive nature. He was as ferocious of a competitor that the sports world has ever seen.

But, the context is different. Jordan was undefeated in the Finals during his career. However, he was favored in all six of those Finals appearances. James, on the other hand, was an underdog in seven of the nine finals he has played in and has still managed to win three titles.

It’s obvious that Jordan’s teams were put in better circumstances to be successful.

Many will try to counter that argument by saying that Jordan’s competitive

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LeBron James Says He’s ‘Definitely Not Giving Up’ on the NBA Season

LeBron James Says He’s ‘Definitely Not Giving Up’ on the NBA Season

LeBron James reiterated Monday that he is hopeful the NBA season can resume, with the caveat that the health and well-being of players won’t be jeopardized by a return to play.

The Los Angeles Lakers star, speaking on the Uninterrupted platform’s “WRTS: After Party” show that was released Monday, said it remains his wish that the season comes back “sooner than later.” The NBA suspended the season on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic, and two unidentified members of the Lakers were among the league’s players who subsequently tested positive for the virus.

“Definitely not giving up on the season,” James said. “Not only myself and my teammates, the Lakers organization, we want to play. There’s a lot of players that I know personally that want to play. And obviously, we don’t ever want to jeopardize the health of any of our players or any of the players’ families and so on and so on.

“This is a pandemic that we have no idea (about). We can’t control it,” James added.

James was among a group of some of the league’s highest-paid players, National Basketball Players Association president Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder also part of the group, who met last week to talk about the season. Those players affirmed to one another on that call that they would like to see the season resume.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told players’ union members on May 8 that he was hoping to make some sort of decision about the future of the season within no more than a four-week window. By that timeframe, Silver and the NBA would therefore like to chart some course of action by June 5.

As of Monday, just over half of the league’s 30 franchises had reopened their practice facilities for voluntary workout

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Poll: 73% of fans say Jordan better than LeBron

Poll: 73% of fans say Jordan better than LeBron

Michael Jordan or LeBron James? For NBA fans, the debate over the better NBA player will never end — but at the moment, MJ clearly has more fans in his corner.

A new poll commissioned by ESPN found 73% of NBA fans believe Jordan is the superior player overall, and the Chicago Bulls legend swept all 17 questions comparing him to James by metrics both on and off the court.

To account for the generation gap — Jordan last played in the season before James entered the league in 2003 — the 600 respondents were split evenly into two age groups: 18-34 and 35 and older. Jordan naturally led by almost 4-to-1 (79%) in the older half, but even in the younger group, Jordan was preferred by nearly 2-to-1 (66%).

There’s little doubt fans would rather see the ball in Jordan’s hands with the game on the line, as 76% thought he was the better choice than James to take a game-winning shot, and 74% trusted His Airness to come through in the clutch.

Fans also said Jordan was the better offensive player (65%), more spectacular to watch play (74%) and would beat James one-on-one in

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Adam Sandler Will Star in Netflix Basketball Movie ‘Hustle’ From Producer LeBron James

Adam Sandler Will Star in Netflix Basketball Movie ‘Hustle’ From Producer LeBron James

hustle movie

The Sandman isn’t done making basketball-adjacent movies just yet. After taking it to the hole with Uncut Gems, Adam Sandler is set to star in Hustle, a new Netflix movie produced by LeBron James. The film will see Sandler starring as a fired b-ball scout who discovers a talented player overseas and decides to bring him to the United States.

Adam Sandler’s next Netflix movie is Hustle, a Jeremiah Zagar-directed feature with a script from Taylor Materne and Will Fetters. LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment are producing. The plot, per Variety, follows “an American basketball scout who, after being unjustly fired, discovers a talented player abroad and decides to bri

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Seven reasons we’re still obsessed with Michael Jordan

Seven reasons we’re still obsessed with Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan toasts the second three-peat, 1998

We’re having a Michael Jordan moment. Still.

It’s strange in a way that one of the biggest sports narratives of the past two months has been that of a Chicago Bulls basketball team of the late eighties and nineties.

In the absence of live sport, documentary series The Last Dance has gone a long way to scratching that itch for us and we’re still hooked on Michael Jordan, over 20 years after he retired.

In the final episode of the series, Barack Obama says “he became an important ambassador for basketball around the world. Michael Jordan and the Bulls changed the culture”.

NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller calls Jordan “black Jesus”.

Why are we all still so obsessed with Jordan? Some thoughts…

1. His ‘win-no-matter-what’ mentality

If you learn anything about Michael Jordan from The Last Dance it’s that, not only does he love winning, but he can’t not win.

We see him defy everything from club doctors to alleged food poisoning to get out on court and win and even invent personal vendettas to get himself stoked. He punched team-mate Steve Kerr in training once to motivate him.

It’s an insight into Jordan’s attitude that, at the end of the Last Dance, after having won six NBA Championships, he mostly seems really annoyed that he didn’t get an opportunity, at 35, to win a seventh because the team weren’t offered one year contracts.

“It’s maddening to leave at your peak,” he says, “I feel like we could have won seven. Not to be able to try, I just can’t accept that.”

2. The Air Jordan brand launched sneaker culture

An original 1985 pair of Air Jordans

The Air Jordan is, arguably, the shoe that launched trainer culture. They first came out in 1985. By 1986, Nike had sold $100m worth of Air Jordan shoes and

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Adam Sandler teaming up with LeBron James for a basketball movie

Adam Sandler teaming up with LeBron James for a basketball movie

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According to Variety, Adam Sandler and LeBron James—two of the most dominant players in their respective fields—are joining forces to combine the two things they’re good at. No, they’re not playing sports with funny voices and Rob Schneider, they’re going to make a basketball movie. It’s called Hustle, and it’s being directed by We The Animals’ Jeremiah Zagar, with Sandler starring and James serving as one of the producers.

Hustle is about an American basketball scout (Sandler) who is “unjustly fired” and then goes to some other country (Variety just says “abroad”) in search of new talent. He eventually finds a good player of some sort and then brings them to the U.S. in hopes of proving “that they both have what it takes to make it in the

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Adam Sandler Is Starring In A New Netflix Movie Produced By LeBron James

Adam Sandler Is Starring In A New Netflix Movie Produced By LeBron James

Adam Sandler and Netflix continue their relationship with the announcement of the new movie Hustle, which will be directed by We the Animals’ Jeremiah Zagar and produced by none other than the NBA’s LeBron James.

In the upcoming film, Sandler will play a recently fired basketball scout who finds a player abroad, with the hopes of making it in the NBA, according to Variety. The film is written by Taylor Materne (NBA 2K20) and Will Fetters (A Star is Born).

In 2014, Sandler partnered with Netflix, and in 2017, he made another deal to make four more movies with the streaming service. This past January, Sandler extended that deal to make four more movies. There will be a steady steam of Sandler movies coming, like last year’s massive success Murder Mystery.

Additionally, Sandler has already been attached to another Netflix movie, Dan Pan. The film will be penned by Tonight Show writer Rebecca Drysdale. Not much else is known about the film currently, and it is unclear if this is part of Sandler’s new deal with the streaming service giant.

While you wait for more Sandler movies to hit Netflix, consider listening to GameSpot’s weekly TV series and movies-focused podcast, You Should Be Watching. With new episodes premiering every Wednesday, you can watch a video version of the podcast over on GameSpot Universe or listen to audio versions on Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, and Apple Podcasts.

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The 49-14 Los Angeles Lakers were one of four teams in the NBA and the only team in the Western Conference to clinch a playoff berth before the league enacted a COVID-19 hiatus on March 12, and LeBron James intends to see the 2019-20 season through.  

“Definitely not giving up on the season,” James said during an UNINTERRUPTED discussion Monday. “Myself and my teammates, the Lakers organization, we wanna play. There’s a lot of players that I know personally that wanna play.”

The 35-year-old continued: “I mean, obviously, we don’t ever want to jeopardize the health of any of our players, or any of the players’ families. This is a pandemic that we have no idea, we can’t control it. We’re going to listen to the people in the hierarchy that’s been following this pandemic, following the numbers, following the data. … I want to get back to playing.”

The Lakers have re-opened their practice facilities:

California Governor Gavin Newsom said earlier Monday that professional sports could resume in the state without fans as early as the first week of June:

These developments were preceded by James and other notable NBA stars holding a private conference call on May 12 whil

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Poll: 73% of NBA Fans Believe Michael Jordan Is Superior Player to LeBron James

Poll: 73% of NBA Fans Believe Michael Jordan Is Superior Player to LeBron James
FILE - At left, in an Aug. 21, 2015, file photo, former NBA star and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan, smiles at reporters in Chicago. At right, in a March 5, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James smiles in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, in Cleveland. With 10 points on Friday night, March 30, 2018,  James will pass Jordan’s NBA record by scoring in double digits in 867 consecutive games, a remarkable streak of consistency and durability that may stand as one of the Cleveland star’s greatest accomplishments. (AP Photo/File)

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If the main purpose of The Last Dance documentary was to serve as a reminder of Michael Jordan’s greatness, mission accomplished.

According to a poll conducted by ESPN, 73 percent of 600 NBA fans said His Airness is the superior overall player to LeBron James. It wasn’t just a case of older fans living in the past either, as the respondents were split evenly into age groups of 18-34 and 35 and older with both picking Jordan over James.

Those 35 and older chose the Chicago Bulls legend 79 percent of the time, while those 18-34 chose Jordan 66 percent of the time.

What’s more, Jordan came out on top in all 17 specific questions, including ones that asked participants to compare their individual skills on the court and categories off the court (Jordan is the first percentage and James is the second):

  • Better sneaker for fashion: 79 percent to 21 percent
  • Better sneaker to ball in: 77 percent to 23 percent
  • Pick for game-winning shot: 76 percent to 24 percent
  • Come through in the clutch: 74 percent to 26 percent
  • Spectacular to watch play: 74 percent to 26 percent
  • Better player overall: 73 percent to 27 percent
  • NBA was better all-around: 71 percent to 29 percent
  • Win one-on-one to 21: 67 percent to 33 percent
  • Top pick to star

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Adam Sandler to Star in Netflix Movie ‘Hustle’ From Producer LeBron James

Adam Sandler to Star in Netflix Movie ‘Hustle’ From Producer LeBron James

Netflix and Adam Sandler have found their next film.

Sources tell Variety that Sandler will star in “Hustle” from “We the Animals” director Jeremiah Zagar.

Taylor Materne and Will Fetters penned the script. Sandler’s Happy Madison, Roth/Kirschenbaum Films, and LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment are producing the pic.

Sandler plays an American basketball scout who, after being unjustly fired, discovers a talented player abroad and decides to bring him to the U.S. to prove that th

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Coronavirus: Barack Obama and Lebron James congratulate US graduates

Coronavirus: Barack Obama and Lebron James congratulate US graduates

Many schools in the US have had to cancel or postpone graduation ceremonies because of the coronavirus

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Obama & LeBron Honor the Class of 2020 in an Emotional Virtual Ceremony

Obama & LeBron Honor the Class of 2020 in an Emotional Virtual Ceremony

The class of 2020 was sent off with a memorable, albeit virtual, ceremony Saturday night, presented by Barack Obama, LeBron James and a host of other celebrities.

The event dubbed #GraduationTogether celebrated the millions of seniors whose graduation ceremonies were canceled due to Covid-19 and follows and followed up on Friday’s ceremony with Cardi B and Oprah.

Saturday’s televised event featured an emotional commencement speech from the former POTUS. “I couldn’t be prouder of all of you in the graduating class of 2020 as well as the teachers and the coaches and, most of all, parents and family who’ve guided you along the way.”

Obama noted that “the world has turned upside down”  by the pandemic but “it’s woken a lot of young people up to the fact that the old ways of doing things just don’t work.”

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Magic Playing Center Edges Jordan’s Flu Game in ESPN Top 10 Playoff Performances

Magic Playing Center Edges Jordan’s Flu Game in ESPN Top 10 Playoff Performances
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - 1980: Magic Johnson #32 of the Los Angeles Lakers poses for a portrait circa 1980 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1980 NBAE (Photo by NBA Photos/NBAE via Getty Images)

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In a top-10 ranking that’s sure to get NBA fans debating until dawn, ESPN has named Magic Johnson’s start at center in the 1980 NBA Finals the No. 1 playoff performance of all time. 

The Los Angeles Lakers rookie posted 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists while taking the place of an injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the lineup and earned himself Finals MVP. 

Here’s how the full rankings look:

10. Allen Iverson stepping over Tyronn Lue in 2001 Finals Game 1 vs. Lakers

9. Larry Bird’s “The Heat Game” in 1984 Finals Game 5 vs. Lakers

8. Klay Thompson hits 11 three-pointers in Game 6 of 2016 Western Conference Finals (elimination game vs. Oklahoma City Thunder)

7. LeBron James scores Cleveland Cavaliers’ final 25 points in Game 5 of 2007 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Detroit Pistons

6. Isiah Thomas’ 25-point quarter in 1988 Finals Game 5 vs. Lakers 

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How to Attend Tonight’s Star-Studded ‘Graduate Together’ Virtual Commencement Ceremony With Barack Obama

How to Attend Tonight’s Star-Studded ‘Graduate Together’ Virtual Commencement Ceremony With Barack Obama

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Tonight graduating seniors will have the opportunity to attend a commencement ceremony with speakers including Barack Obama and LeBron James.

The one-hour event kicks off at 8pm tonight, both ET and PT, and was put together by the XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation, and The Entertainment Industry Foundation and supported by the American Federation of Teachers.

Students (and everyone else) can tune in on literally every major network and social media platform. The ceremony will be broadcast on ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, ESPN, and The CW as well as YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter. The USO is also making the broadcast available to every American military base around the world.

All that to say, you should be able to find a way to watch. And if you need that YouTube link, we’ve included it below.

Here’s tonight’s official guest list:

  • Barack Obama
  • LeBron James
  • Kane Brown
  • Bad Bunny
  • Timothée Chalamet
  • Chika
  • Lana Condor
  • YBN Cordae
  • Charli D’Amelio
  • Dixie D’Amelio
  • David Dobrik
  • Dolan Twins
  • Loren Gray
  • Kevin Hart
  • H.E.R.
  • Chris Harrison
  • The Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G
  • Alicia Keys
  • Liza Koshy
  • Julianne Moore
  • Maren Morris
  • Shaquille O’Neal
  • Brandan Bmike Odums
  • National Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson
  • Kumail Nanjiani
  • Lena Waithe
  • Ben Platt
  • Henry Platt
  • Jonah Platt
  • Megan Rapinoe
  • Yara Shahidi
  • Olivia Wilde 
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Malala Yousafzai
  • Zendaya

It arguably won’t be as great as attending your commencement in person, but it looks like it’s shaping up to be a fun event to watch. and if you need that YouTube link, we’ve

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They’re giving the class of 2020 a graduation to remember

They’re giving the class of 2020 a graduation to remember
Former President Barack Obama speaks during "Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020" on May 16, 2020.
Former President Barack Obama speaks during “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020” on May 16, 2020. Getty Images/Getty Images for EIF & XQ

Former President Barack Obama told the class of 2020 they’ve overcame many obstacles including illness, losing a parent or having a parent that lost a job.

“Along with the usual challenges of growing up, all of you have had to deal with added pressure because of social media, reports of school shootings and the specter of climate change,” Obama said.

And as seniors were getting ready to graduate, Covid-19 struck, Obama said.

“As much as

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Baron Davis Jokingly Asks LeBron James If He Can ‘Stop By’ to Get New LeBron 7s

Baron Davis Jokingly Asks LeBron James If He Can ‘Stop By’ to Get New LeBron 7s
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gestures to teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Former NBA star Baron Davis had a funny exchange with Los Angeles Lakers Star LeBron James on Saturday regarding LeBron’s new signature shoe.

After James tweeted that he hoped everyone was “able to cop” the new LeBron 7s, Davis offered the following response:

The Nike LeBron 7 “Lakers Media Day” became available Saturday, and it was a highly sought-after shoe because of the color scheme.

While James wore different versions of the Nike LeBron 7 during the 2019-20 season, the “Lakers Media Day” version featured the signature purple, gold and white color palette of the Lakers.

Although the 2019-20

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Megan Rapinoe, Barack Obama Participate in LeBron James’ Graduation Special

Megan Rapinoe, Barack Obama Participate in LeBron James’ Graduation Special
FRISCO, TX - MARCH 11: Megan Rapinoe #15 of the United States celebrates during a game between Japan and USWNT at Toyota Stadium on March 11, 2020 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James‘ graduation special honoring the class of 2020 aired Saturday and included appearances from former President Barack Obama and United States women’s national team soccer captain Megan Rapinoe.

The one-hour special, entitled Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, aired on all four major American broadcast networks nationwide.

James, a 2003 graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, and the founder of the I Promise School (also in Akron) said the following in part, per Ella Torres and Mark Osborne of ABC News.

“In our poorest neighborhoods in America, school is about much more than learning. Our schools are our safety net. … It’s time to chase every dream.”

Obama, of Punahou School (Honolulu), Columbia University and Harvard Law School, made the following remarks:

“I couldn’t be prouder with all of you in the

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‘Graduate Together:’ Barack Obama, LeBron James and More Virtually Celebrate Class of 2020

‘Graduate Together:’ Barack Obama, LeBron James and More Virtually Celebrate Class of 2020

Despite all the canceled in-person graduation ceremonies, a star-studded lineup of speakers, including Barack Obama, LeBron James and Malala Yousafzai, were determined to celebrate the class of 2020.

Lakers star James kicked off the virtual ceremony, commending the senior class for their resilience and hard work in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Kevin Hart, Zendaya, Timothee Chalamet, Pharrell Williams, Megan Rapinoe, Lena Waithe, Bad Bunny and Kumail Nanjiani (by way of his “Animal Crossing: New Horizons villager) also appeared to celebrate the grads and pass down some wisdom.

In his speech, Obama said that the class of 2020 has had to deal with a lot of challenges during their education, including the rise of social media, school shootings and climate change. And just when they were at the finish line, schools everywhere shut down due to coronavirus.

“As much as I’m sure you love your parents, I bet being stuck at home with them playing board games or watching ‘Tiger King’ is not exactly how you envisioned the last few months of your senior year,” he said.

He also joked that a virtual event was probably better than sitting through an actual commencement, especially if he had delivered a long-winded speech, and he added that not many people look great in ca

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‘Graduate Together’: Barack Obama tells class of 2020, ‘This is your generation’s world to shape’

‘Graduate Together’: Barack Obama tells class of 2020, ‘This is your generation’s world to shape’
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President Obama declined to speak at his daughter Malia’s high school graduation because he said he’ll have tears in his eyes.Video provided by Newsy

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, high school seniors may not be able celebrate their graduation by walking across the stage, but they can say they had former President Barack Obama speak at their commencement.

Obama addressed graduates on Saturday during “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020,” an hour-long special during which big-name celebrities, like LeBron James, the Jonas Brothers and Bad Bunny, came together to help homebound high schoolers celebrate their accomplishment.

The 44th president acknowledged that graduating is already a big milestone especially given certain obstacles that some seniors have had to overcome – and that’s not even counting a global pandemic.

“Some of you have had to overcome certain obstacles along the way. Whether it was an illness, or a parent losing a job or living in a neighborhood where people too often count you out,” Obama said. “Then,  just as you’re about to celebrate having made it through – just as you’d been looking forward to prom and senior nights, graduation ceremonies and let’s face it, a bunch of parties – the world is turned upside down by a global pandemic.”

He also noted that the milestone marks the beginning of a new stage of autonomy for many high schoolers, who now have more input in major decisions about their lives.

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Obama Criticizes Coronavirus Response in Online HBCU Graduation Speech, Saying Many ‘Aren’t Even Pretending’ to Lead

Obama Criticizes Coronavirus Response in Online HBCU Graduation Speech, Saying Many ‘Aren’t Even Pretending’ to Lead

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama on Saturday criticized U.S. leaders overseeing the nation’s response to the coronavirus, telling college graduates in an online commencement address that the pandemic shows many officials “aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”

Obama spoke on “Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition,” a two-hour event for students graduating from historically black colleges and universities broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. His remarks were unexpectedly political, given the venue, and touched on current events beyond the virus and its social and economic impacts.

“More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Obama said. “A lot them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”

Obama did not name President Donald Trump or any other federal or state officials in his comments. But last Friday, he harshly criticized Trump’s handling of the pandemic as an “absolute chaotic disaster” in a call with 3,000 members of his administrations obtained by Yahoo News.

The commencement remarks were the latest sign that Obama intends to play an increasingly active role in the coming election. He has generally kept a low profile in the years since he left office, even as Trump has disparaged him. Obama told supporters on the call that he would be “spending as much time as necessary and campaigning as hard as I can” for Joe Biden, who served as his vice president.

As he congratulated the graduates Saturday and commiserated over the enormous challenges they face given the devastation and economic turmoil the virus has wrought, the former president noted the February shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, 25, who was killed while jogging on a residential street in Georgia.

“Let’s be honest: A disease like this just spotlights the underlying inequalities and extra burdens t

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How to watch Graduate Together: live stream the Class of 2020 special event

How to watch Graduate Together: live stream the Class of 2020 special event

Seniors may have missed out on the last several weeks of classes and a traditional graduation ceremony, but the upcoming virtual commencement special Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class Of 2020 is here instead to recognize this year’s graduates and share some positive words in celebration of their achievements by a number of special guests.

Though students won’t be walking down the aisle during the special, they will be treated to a collection of musical performances, inspirational vignettes, and other commencement messages from special guests and celebrities, including former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. While it’s not the ceremony students expected, it’s certainly one to be remembered.

The Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class Of 2020 is hosted by the LeBron James Family Foundation in collaboration with the XQ Institute and the Entertainment Industry Foundation Partner. Along with Lebron himself, other special guests include the Jonas Brothers, Bad Bunny, H.E.R, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Malala Yousafzai, David Dobrik, Maren Morris, Zendaya, Olivia Wilde, and Liza Koshy, among others.

Graduate Together: Class of 2020 special: When & where

Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class Of 2020 is a one-hour, commercial-free show you’ll be able to watch on more than 30 broadcast and cable networks and online streaming channels. The show begins at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, May 16. You can catch it airing live on channels such as ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC, as well as streaming on Hulu, The Roku Channel, CBS All Access, YouTube, and more.

How to stream Graduate Together live in the U.S.

One of the channels airing the Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class Of 2020 special is ABC News Live, which happens to be streaming live on Hulu even with its most affordable base plan. Hulu with Live TV normally starts at $55 per month, though ABC News Live is the one channel you can receive with a base Hulu plan starting as low as $5.99 per month.

If you’ve never been a Hulu member before, you can score a free 30-day trial to watch the special and see how the service is before you’re charged for a membership.



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All of Hulu’s plans offer access to the ABC News Live channel so you can str

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Travis Scott and LeBron James are Selling T-Shirts for Charity

Travis Scott and LeBron James are Selling T-Shirts for Charity

Travis Scott and LeBron James have teamed up to create Cactus Jack Class of 2020 t-shirts. The tees aim to support the Class of 2020, who are celebrating graduation at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 100% of the net proceeds from sales of the shirts will go to charity, specifically, the LeBron James Family Foundation and Feeding Texas. The shirts are on sale today (May 15) through May 18 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Orders can be made here. Find images of the shirts below.

“Class of 2020, I told you we were going to make graduation special,” LeBron James wrote on Instagram. “Creative genius, hip hop le

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Udonis Haslem Thinks Heat’s Big 3 Is 2nd-Best Ever Behind Michael Jordan’s Bulls

Udonis Haslem Thinks Heat’s Big 3 Is 2nd-Best Ever Behind Michael Jordan’s Bulls
Miami Heat's Big Three, LeBron James (6), Dwyane Wade (3) and Chris Bosh (1), stand together during an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem said on Bleacher Report’s “Run It Back” on Friday that he believed LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh comprised the second greatest team-leading trio in NBA history behind only Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman of the mid-1990s Chicago Bulls.

James and Bosh joined Wade’s Heat in 2010, and the three played together for four seasons, winning the Eastern Conference title every year and the NBA Finals twice.

NBA history is littered with legendary trios, including the Los Angeles Lakers (Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Boston Celtics (Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce) and San Antonio Spurs (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili).

Excellent quartets exist, too, with the late 2010s Golden State Warriors and 1980s Celtics among the examples.

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LeBron James Enlists Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack for Graduate Together 2020 T-Shirt

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Best New Tracks: Future, Yung Lean, slowthai, Moses Sumney & More

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With full-lengths from Charli XCX, Nick Hakim and Larry June.

Air Jordan 11 Low "White Bred" Combines Two Memorable Styles

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An official look at — and release info for — the newest Air Jordan 11 Low.

New 'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater' Gameplay Reveals 6 Returning Skaters

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The latest remastered versions of ‘THPS’ 1 and 2 has more to offer.

Facebook Purchases .GIF Website Giphy

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The animated image platform will soon be integrated with Instagram.

The Classic TV Shows to Binge Watch Right Now

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Now’s the time to catch up on all the must-watch TV.

Artists Channel Quarantine Experiences in "RIGHT NOW" Exhibition

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Showcasing works made during self-isolation.

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The Nike LeBron 17 “Graffiti” Continues the Legacy of the Colorway

The Nike LeBron 17 “Graffiti” Continues the Legacy of the Colorway

Continuing to focus on the expansive line up of beloved colorways found in LeBron James‘ signature shoe line, Nike Basketball has now revealed the release of the LeBron 17 “Graffiti.”

Inspired by the Nike LeBron 4 “Graffiti,” the new look continues the design originally debuted back in 2006 a

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Travis Scott & LeBron James’ New Collaboration Is Only Available For 72 Hours

Travis Scott & LeBron James’ New Collaboration Is Only Available For 72 Hours

The worlds of hip-hop and pro sports collide as Travis Scott and LeBron James have teamed up for a special collaboration celebrating the 2020 high school graduating class. The result of the joint effort is a limited edition T-shirt designed by Scott, available for the next 72 hours only.

“Class of 2020, I told you we were going to make graduation special,” LeBron said on Instagram. “This is a collaboration between our teams, @uninterrupted and @cactusjack, to give you something special to mark this incredible accomplishment.”

The top features the handwritten message of “We’re all in this together,” in addition to a hand-drawn design of Scott’s Cactus Jack logo and James’ Uninterrupted motif, merged together.

All proceeds from the official class of 2

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Ahmaud Arbery Was ‘Unforgettable’ Young Man Who Had A Passion For Running And Football

Ahmaud Arbery Was ‘Unforgettable’ Young Man Who Had A Passion For Running And Football

Protesters gather at Sidney Lanier Bridge in McGlynn, Ga., where Ahmaud Arbery loved to run.

Protesters gather at Sidney Lanier Bridge in McGlynn, Ga., where Ahmaud Arbery loved to run.
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Ahmaud Arbery was a special player.

“He was one of those unforgettable football players,” his Brunswick High School football coach Jason Vaughn tells Deadspin. “Just always joking, just like a real leader on the football team, and the locker room.

“He had the biggest heart.”

And he was chiseled “like a Greek god,” says Vaughn.

Arbery played linebacker for Vaughn, with good friend Akeem Baker right by his side.

“Ahmaud was dedicated. He gave his all,” says Baker. “He always went 110 percent. He may have been undersized for his position but he does have the biggest heart.”

Ahmaud Arbery — the young man close friends called “Maud,” others “Ques,” short for Marques, his middle name — was shot and killed while out for a run by two white men back in February.

“Ahmaud was my sandlot brother, we grew up in the sandlot together. He was always there for me,” says Walker.

And while Arbery loved football, perhaps the only sport he enjoyed more was running. Both Akeem and Coach Vaughn remember how much running was a part of his life.

“When he was bored, or when he had things on his mind. He’d just go for a run,” says Baker.

He’d run the Sidney Lanier Bridge, the longest bridge in Georgia, that spans the Brunswick River often.

“Ahmaud and I, we actually used to run together,” says Baker. “That’s a good-sized bridge that a lot of folks run. We used to run the bridge like in the heat of the day.”

“I just want people to understand he was an avid runner just like any other athlete,” says Vaughn, “Everybody in the community knows him as being a runner. He’d run the neighborhood, stop and play basketball with the kids, and long after the kids get tired, Maud will keep going on his run. Morning, afternoon, night, if it was pouring down rain, Maud was going to be running.”

Says Vaughn, “That’s why so many runners relate to this story because he was going out for a run, staying in shape. And everybody in the community knew that he was a runner. That became his passion, that became his clarity in life.”

Brunswick High School in Glynn County, Ga., currently has three active NFL players in Darius Slay, Justin Coleman and Tracy Walker, Arbery’s cousin, the two played on the same high school team.

“He was a beautiful soul,” Tracy Walker told ESPN earlier this week. “He wasn’t a hateful person. He was not. I can’t name one person he had a beef with growing up. Everybody loved Ahmaud because he was just a clown, a funny guy.”

Ahmaud Arbery wore No. 21 at Brunswick High School in honor of murdered Washington NFL player Sean Taylor.

Ahmaud Arbery wore No. 21 at Brunswick High School in honor of murdered Washington NFL player Sean Taylor.

Walker plans to write Arbery’s initials on his cleats when the NFL resumes and, coincidentally, he already wears Arbery’s high school number “21.”

Why 21? Sean Taylor.

“Every time I went to his house to hang out with him, we would just watch old highlights of Sean Taylor,” says Baker. “He was in awe of every play. That was just his idol. He wore 21 in high school to ho

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NBA 2K’s simulated playoffs crown the LA Lakers champs for 2020

NBA 2K’s simulated playoffs crown the LA Lakers champs for 2020
NBA 2K Sim

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Basketball fans may have real basketball action to look forward to — or at least broadcasts of the NBA 2K League — but until then, there are some highlights and statistical breakdowns of the game’s simulated action to pore over.


#2KSim Finals: Los Angeles Lakers (4), Milwaukee Bucks (3)

Game 1: Lakers 129, Bucks 89 

  • Anthony Davis: 35 PT, 19 RB

  • LeBron James: 24 PT, 6 RB, 7 AS

  • Kyle Kuzma: 19 PT

  • Dwight Howard: 14 PT, 12 RB

  • Khris Middleton: 22 PT, 6 RB, 6 AS

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo: 15 PT, 14 RB

Game 2: Bucks 106, Lakers 105 (OT) 

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo: 24 PT, 12 RB, 7 AS

  • Khris Middleton: 24 PT, 5 RB, 4 AS

  • Eric Bledsoe: 16 PT, 4 RB, 7 AS

  • Anthony Davis: 30 PT, 18 RB, 4 AS

  • LeBron James: 18 PT, 12 RB, 9 AS

  • Dwight Howard: 17 PT, 17 RB

  • Kyle Kuzma: 16 PT, 6 RB

Game 3: Bucks 96, Lakers 79 

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo: 20 PT, 10 RB, 3 AS

  • Khris Middleton: 16 PT, 6 RB, 7 AS

  • Brook Lopez: 16 PT, 4 3PT

  • Anthony Davis: 24 PT, 13 RB

  • LeBron James: 19 PT, 7 RB, 3 AS

  • Dw

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LeBron, Curry won’t face decrease, will owe

LeBron, Curry won’t face decrease, will owe

NBA teams will withhold more than $30 million from player paychecks on Friday, as players receive their first salary reduction since the league and union agreed to a plan to temporarily cut pay by 25%.

But six of the NBA’s top 10 earners this season — LeBron James, Stephen Curry, John Wall, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant and Paul George — have already been paid in full and will not see a pay decrease Friday.

Their salary reductions will come out of their advances for the 2020-21 season on Oct. 1 or beginning with their Nov. 15 paychecks. Each player will essentially have an IOU per paycheck to his team ranging from $390,000 (James) to $420,000 (Curry) each time there is a scheduled 25% pay reduction. That amount will increase if games are eventually canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

If the league cancels the remainder of the regular season and jumps right into the playoffs, players likely will see the 25% paycheck reduction increase as high as 40%. If the league cancels the entire season, including the postseason, players are projected to lose more than $1 billion in total salary.

Although teams were notified in an April 17 memo that steps should be

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Quibi Cofounder Jeffrey Katzenberg Blames Pandemic for Streaming Service’s Rough Start

Quibi Cofounder Jeffrey Katzenberg Blames Pandemic for Streaming Service’s Rough Start

Quibi,
the streaming app veteran executive Jeffrey Katzenberg started with Meg Whitman a little more than a month ago — and for which it raised $1.8 billion —
is off to a rough start. From a report:
Downloads have been anemic, despite a lineup that includes producers and stars like Jennifer Lopez, LeBron James, Idris Elba, Steven Spielberg and Chrissy Teigen. The service, which offers entertainment and news programs in five- to 10-minute chunks, was designed to be watched on the go by people who are too busy

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Fighters forum: Other sports you’d like to play, that moment you knew you were good

Fighters forum: Other sports you’d like to play, that moment you knew you were good

Boxing wasn’t always the first love for some of today’s top performers in the ring. Football, basketball, soccer and even snooker are among the sports fighters such as two-division champion Terence Crawford, undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus and featherweight interim titlist Xu Cang grew up playing.

ESPN spoke to a number of fighters about the moment they realized they were good at boxing — and better than the rest — and asked what other sport they played well. We also asked which athletes from other sports could become good boxers.


When did you know you were good at boxing and better than everybody else around you?

Terence Crawford: I knew I was good at boxing as a kid because everyone who knew me, told me. I had gotten kicked out of the gym and was doing other sports, and everyone kept telling me that I was good at boxing and I needed to come back to the gym. Another sign was when I won the Ringside Nationals and saw the level of competition that was there. All of the great amateur fighters were at the tournament, and I knew I belonged.

Shawn Porter: I always knew I was good in boxing. I was a senior in high school when I decided to be a professional boxer. I think at that point in time I didn’t have the money, the funds to do what I wanted to do. A lot of the kids I went to school with had cars, they actually had bank accounts that their families had started for them, could hang out on the weekends, eat pizza and go to parties, things like that. I couldn’t do that because I didn’t have the money.

So coming out of high school, I could either go to college to play football or box. I came to my dad and said just before I graduated that I wanted to be a professional boxer. The story I told him is, ‘Hey, if you play football, you never know what’s going to happen — 10 other guys may not be giving it the same amount of effort and heart. But in boxing, it’s just me in the ring, it’s you right there in my corner. I know what you’re going to do, and I know what I’m going to do. So we can control the boxing world, we can’t control what’s going to happen on a football field.’

My dad said, “All right then, let’s go for the Olympics and then after that we’ll turn pro.” That’s how it all happened.

Xu Can: My father was a teacher in elementary school. When I was 5 years old, he took me to his school to wrestle with his students. They were older than me, 7-, 8-year-olds. I remember maybe almost 10 kids wrestled me by turns, but I beat them all. At that time, [my father] thought I had a talent for sports. But for me, I never thought I had a talent in the ring. You know, I have no talent for power, and I lost two times when I was a rookie, but I still believe practice makes perfect.

Cecilia Braekhus: I was always good in sports. I did soccer for many years, and I skied and did dancing. But when I started with kickboxing when I was 14 years old, that just clicked right away. And from day one, when I went to the gym and tried out, I knew that was it.

Jerwin Ancajas: I realized I was good at boxing when I was at the Amoranto Gym in Davao City, Philippines. I was 9 years old at the time and my brother Jesar brought me to the gym. I sparred almost every day with two other kids who were older and more experienced than me. I beat them all, I didn’t even get tired. F

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Report: Rockets’ James Harden Wasn’t on NBA Players’ Call About Season Restart

Report: Rockets’ James Harden Wasn’t on NBA Players’ Call About Season Restart
Houston Rockets' James Harden, left, and Chris Paul confer in an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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Nine of the NBA‘s biggest star players connected on a conference call to form a “united front” when it comes to restarting the season, according to Yahoo Sports Chris Haynes, yet it’s who was left off the call that’s become just as noteworthy. 

Haynes noted LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook and players association president Chris Paul were all involved in the discussions.

Absent was Houston Rockets guard James Harden.

While there are plenty of reasons why that could be the case, it will not help slow down rumors that Harden has irked some of his colleagues across the league, most notably Paul, who played with Harden for two seasons in Houston. 

It’s certainly easy to want to read the tea leaves concerning who wasn’t on the call, but worth remembering Westbrook was involved and would likely be in touch with his Rockets teammates. 

According

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Hackers hit A-list law firm of Lady Gaga, Drake and Madonna

Hackers hit A-list law firm of Lady Gaga, Drake and Madonna

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The hackers claim to have information, including non-disclosure agreements, from hundreds of stars

A law firm used by A-list stars including Rod Stewart, Lil Nas X and Robert De Niro has been hacked.

The website for Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks is down and hackers claim to have 756 gigabytes of data including contracts and personal emails.

A screenshot allegedly of a Madonna contract has been released, and the criminals are demanding payment.

The New York law firm says it has notified its clients and is working with cyber-security experts.

It’s not known what sum the hackers are demanding and whether the law firm is negotiating with them.

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Robert De Niro is one of Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks’s clients

The law firm said in a press statement: “We can confirm that we’ve been victimised by a cyber-attack. We have notified our clients and our staff. We have hired the world’s experts who spec

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Ahmaud Arbery: Hate crime charges considered over US jogger killing

Ahmaud Arbery: Hate crime charges considered over US jogger killing

The US justice department is considering federal hate crimes charges over the death of unarmed black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia in February.

Gregory McMichael and his son Travis, who are white, are facing murder and assault charges over the shooting.

The case sparked national outrage when video of the death emerged last week.

Mr Arbery’s supporters have been using the hashtag #IRunWithMaud, sharing photos and running 2.23 miles (3.6km) for the day he died, 23 February.

Some held protest rallies outside courthouses in Georgia and neighbouring Florida.

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Ahmaud Arbery: Hate crime charges considered over US jogger killing

Ahmaud Arbery: Hate crime charges considered over US jogger killing

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The US justice department is considering federal hate crimes charges over the death of unarmed black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia in February.

Gregory McMichael and his son Travis, who are white, are facing murder and assault charges over the shooting.

The case sparked national outrage when video of the death emerged last week.

Mr Arbery’s supporters have been using the hashtag #IRunWithMaud, sharing photos and running 2.23 miles (3.6km) for the day he died, 23 February.

Some held protest rallies outside courthouses in Georgia and neighbouring Florida.

President Donald Trump called the shooting a “very disturbing situation”.

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Mr Arbery’s mother and sister joined in protests over his death in their hometown of Brunswick

Questions have been raised about why the police failed to charge the McMichaels for more than two months. The pair were detained on Thursday by the state bureau of investigation (GBI), two days after the video came to light.

Gregory, 64, and Travis, 34, are in the custody of the Glynn County Sheriff’s Department, officials said on Friday.

What did the justice department say?

The department said it would take “any appropriate action warranted by the facts and by the law”, in a statement tweeted by spokeswoman Kerri Kup

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Lions’ Tracy Walker on Death of Cousin Ahmaud Arbery: ‘He Did Not Deserve That’

Lions’ Tracy Walker on Death of Cousin Ahmaud Arbery: ‘He Did Not Deserve That’
Detroit Lions defensive back Tracy Walker (21) plays against the Dallas Cowboys during an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Detroit Lions safety Tracy Walker opened up about the death of his second cousin, Ahmaud Arbery, in an interview with Michael Rothstein of ESPN.

“He did not deserve that,” Walker said of the 25-year-old Arbery, who was shot and killed while jogging during the day in Brunswick, Georgia. “And, you know, God has a plan for everybody, man, but, you know, it’s tough. It is. That’s why I watched it so many times. I couldn’t grasp it. It’s such a gruesome video, you want to know why.”

Walker and Arbery were high school teammates, lifelong friends and lived across the street from each other in high school.

Video of Arbery’s February death made national headlines recently when it circulated online, causing anger, hurt and a number of people, including Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, to weigh in on what Walker said he watched “no exaggeration, over 100 times.”

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Shaquille O’Neal on NBA: ‘I think we should scrap the season’ – Sports Illustrated

Shaquille O’Neal on NBA: ‘I think we should scrap the season’ – Sports Illustrated

It’s been nearly two months since the NBA suspended its season due to the coronavirus pandemic, and almost a month since the originally scheduled start of the 2020 playoffs (April 18). Even with the opening of team facilities for individual workouts, the passing of each day brings more doubt about the viability of finishing the season.

From Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal’s perspective, the point of no return has already been reached.

Speaking with Mike D. Sykes II of For The Win, O’Neal said he thinks the league should abandon any plans of resuming the 2019-20 season and begin preparations for next season.

“I think we should scrap the season. Everybody go home, get healthy, come back next year,” O’Neal said. “Just scrap the season.

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NBA Free Agents 2021: Early Predictions for LeBron, Kawhi, CP3, PG13 and More

NBA Free Agents 2021: Early Predictions for LeBron, Kawhi, CP3, PG13 and More
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) dribbles during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have all switched teams in the past two years. And it’s possible that all three could be on the move again after the 2020-21 season.

The 2021 NBA free-agent class has the potential to be a star-studded group that may not only include James, Leonard and George but also other top players such as NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Chris Paul. It means summer 2021 could be an exciting time in the NBA.

And with the league shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s a good time to look ahead. Although there’s still an offseason and another campaign to be played, here are some predictions for what will happen to these top players following the 2020-21 season.

                               

LeBron James

James joined the Los Angeles Lakers ahead of the 2018-19 season. It sure seems unlikely that he will be on the move again so soon—if ever.

The Lakers may not have been successful in James’ first season with the team (they missed the playoffs), but they were faring much better this season. When the season was suspended, Los Angeles was 49-14 and ranked first in the Western Conference. And in 115 games with the team, James has averaged 26.5 points, 9.5 assists and 8.2 rebounds per contest.

Not only that, but James has one of the best supporting casts of his career, including All-Star forward Anthony Davis. As long as Davis stays in Los Angeles moving forward, James should too. Expect him to accept his player option for the 2021-22 season (worth $41 million) and stay with the Lakers in what figure to be the latter stages of the 35-year-old’s career.

Prediction: James returns to Los Angeles.

                        

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George

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The Los Angeles Clippers became a much better team last offseason when they signed Leonard during free agency and acquired George in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. And the moves have quickly paid dividends, as Los A

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Denis Rodman on Why Michael Jordan Will Always Be Greater Than LeBron

Denis Rodman on Why Michael Jordan Will Always Be Greater Than LeBron

Dennis Rodman has played with some of the greatest players in NBA history, as The Last Dance spotlights. In light of the popular documentary chronicling Michael Jordan’s final season, Rodman is speaking out about why MJ should not be compared to contemporary players like LeBron James.

During an appearance on Mike Tyson’s podcast, Rodman explained why he believes Jordan is a much greater player than LeBron could ever be, and it’s about much more than just skill. Essentially, it boils down to drive, which the NBA veteran believes LeBron can’t come close to.

“[LeBron James] wasn’t bought up this way,” Rodman explained. “I had that desire to win, I didn’t give a shit what it took. I’ll do the dirty work, I don’t give a shit. At the end of the day that ring is more important. For [Michael Jordan]

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NBA 2K’s simulated postseason sets its finals: Bucks vs. Lakers

NBA 2K’s simulated postseason sets its finals: Bucks vs. Lakers

Milwaukee Bucks (4), Boston Celtics (2)

Top players

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (27.3 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 4.2 APG), Khris Middleton (22.8 PPG, 5 RPG, 5.3 APG)

  • Kemba Walker (24 PPG, 4 APG, 3 RPG), Jayson Tatum (19.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.8 APG), Daniel Theis (11.7 RPG), Enes Kanter (7.3 PRG)

Los Angeles Lakers (4), LA Clippers (1)

Top players

  • LeBron James (31.6 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 9.6 APG), Anthony Davis (21 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 2.2 APG), Dwight Howard (11.8 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 2.8 BPG), Rajon Rondo (11 APG)

  • Kawhi Leonard (19.6 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.8 APG, 3 SPG, 2.2 BPG), Paul George (17.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3 APG, 2.4 SPG), Montrezl Harrell (13.8 PPG, 6.8 RPG), Patrick Beverley (6.2 APG)

2K plans to release results from the simulated final round on May 15th, and even

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Lakers’ Alex Caruso, Jared Dudley Joke About LeBron James Being ‘Cheap’

Lakers’ Alex Caruso, Jared Dudley Joke About LeBron James Being ‘Cheap’
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, congratulates guard Alex Caruso after the Lakers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 122-117 in an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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LeBron James once described himself as “the cheapest guy in the NBA.” Teammates Jared Dudley and Alex Caruso see no lies in that statement. 

During an Instagram Live session Saturday, the two bench players for the Los Angeles Lakers joked about James’ stinginess in the way that only guys who share a locker room could expose. 

When Dudley said James avoids picking up tabs at restaurants, Caruso was quick to back him up.

“He is cheap, bro,” Caruso said. “That’s one thing people don’t realize. Rich people, bro…they want to keep their money.”

In a 2017 interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Dwyane Wade called out James’ propensity for penny-pinching, to which the three-time NBA champion had no response.

“That is so, so, so, so falsely true,” James said

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Opinion: I #RunWithMaud. All runners need to

Opinion: I #RunWithMaud. All runners need to
Like many other runners and supporters around the world, I ran 2.23 miles
in his name on Friday. But the miles I have run to commemorate Arbery’s life carry the weight and shame that his death, as a black man, in broad daylight, on a Sunday in February earlier this year, may not have received anywhere near the attention it has, had it not been for leaked video footage that seems to show what happened to him in the last moments of his life.
As a devoted runner, who is a white woman, my safety and
that of others like me has been
discussed,
analyzed, researched and
campaigned for. But what about the safety of men like Arbery, who we know face the very real fear that running while black can prove fatal? One of the men who authorities say pursued him in the middle-class Georgia neighborhood where he was killed, a retired investigator for the Brunswick County district attorney, told police that he saw Arbery “hauling ass.” Arbery was likely “hauling ass” because, as his family
has since told us, he loved running.

And now he is dead.

Runners are being asked to run with masks on in the midst of this coronavirus pandemic. What does this mean
for the safety of other black men who are out there running?
Runners around the world dedicated 2.23 miles to shooting victim Ahmaud Arbery
The safety of women runners has long been the subject of news articles, think pieces and panel discussions. We ask men to be allies and help protect women runners in whatever way they can. And yet, even though
we know black men in this country
are targets for
police aggression and so-called civilian vigilantism, we don’t talk enough about the
safety of black men running.
After the arrests Thursday, the NFL Players Coalition, a group of athletes devoted to social justice,
sent a letter — from former wide receiver Anquan Boldin and signed by 63 current and former players, including Tom Brady, Malcolm Jenkins and Julian Edelman — requesting a “prompt investigation by the FBI and the Department of Justice’s Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division into the tragic death of Ahmaud Arbery.”

These athletes are right to demand greater resources and attention in this case. For too long, there has been inaction, a silence that hasn’t been penetrated.

The reaction from officials to the deaths of young white women killed while running stands in stark contrast to the initial handling of Arbery’s killing. For example, in 2019 Karina Vetrano’s killer
received a life sentence without parole for her murder in 2016. In 2017 a suspect in Vanessa Marcotte’s case was arrested after a massive manhunt and
tip-line was set up the day after her 2016 murder. In Mollie Tibbetts’ case, a man
allegedly confessed to killing her after a reward was offered for any information into her disappearance in 2018. Soon after all of their deaths, these women’s murders were investigated. Resources and attention were rightly brought to bear.
It's what I can't see in the Ahmaud Arbery shooting video that also terrifies me

I have run miles in their names too. Years later, I am still deeply saddened and disturbed by their killings. Vetrano was 30 years old when she was sexually assaulted and strangled to death, while running in Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach, Queens, in New York City. Marcotte, who was 27, had been visiting her mother in Princeton, Massachusetts, when she went for a run and was brutally killed in the woods, less than a week after Vetrano. Tibbetts was a 20-year-old student out for a routine evening run in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa, when she went missing.

These cases have not been without their missteps, and I cannot imagine how frustrating that has been for the women’s families. But these women’s deaths instantly made headlines around the country, and manhunts were set up for their perpetrators, with no suspicion cast on the victims. Instead, the stories of their lives highlighted the ongoing issue of safety for women runners.

But what such humanizing stories are we not hearing when it comes to black men running? Runners, like Arbery, are stereotyped as the danger? Many black-male-led running groups are trying to change this, from Run Dem Crew in London to
District Running Collective in DC. Still, the co-founder of the group
Black Man Running, Rendell Smith
once told WUNC radio station in North Carolina that a white woman was so scared when she saw him jogging toward her, she dropped her groceries and turned to run away from him.

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Giannis apologises to LeBron, Curry and Bryant family after Twitter hacking – Yahoo Sports

Giannis apologises to LeBron, Curry and Bryant family after Twitter hacking – Yahoo Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo said a hacker was behind a string of racist and insulting posts on his Twitter account, leaving him “disappointed and disgusted”.

A series of controversial tweets from the NBA MVP’s official account targeted the Milwaukee Bucks and his team-mate Khris Middleton, as well as LeBron James and Stephen Curry.

Insensitive comments were also published about Kobe Bryant, who died alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in California in January.

All of the incendiary posts have since been deleted.

In

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2 Days, 2 Buzzer-Beaters: When LeBron Turned D-Rose’s Dream into a Nightmare

2 Days, 2 Buzzer-Beaters: When LeBron Turned D-Rose’s Dream into a Nightmare

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Five years ago today, magic happened at the United Center.

It was 96-96 in Game 3 of a 2015 second-round playoff series tied 1-1 between the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bulls had the ball sideline out of bounds with three seconds left. Derrick Rose dashed from the top of the key toward the corner before cutting back and catching an entry pass. He took two hard dribbles, elevated and banked in a game-winning buzzer-beater.

 

“He’s a former MVP. These guys are just so talented and special, they just have a way of making spectacular plays,” said Mike Dunleavy, who assisted on the play, to B/R.

“That was just a crazy shot, and it was not the play that was drawn up. The guy just made something happen, and that’s something that Derrick did so often.” 

           

‘The Play Was Broken’

As improbable as the shot was, the play could have easily gone in another direction. As Rose made his split to the corner, he decided to break the play and come back to the ball. The Bulls were without Pau Gasol (hamstring), their usual inbounds outlet. With no more timeouts, Dunleavy knew he needed to enter the ball as soon as he had an option. Rose darted back to the wing and became the only option.

“At that point, the play was broken and it was just an ‘oh s–t’ moment,” Dunleavy said. “This wasn’t going to end well.”

Rose got space after an improvised screen from Taj Gibson forced a switch. Then he let it fly.

“I was just running into the basket to get a better look at the prayer going up in the air, and miraculously, it was answered,” Dunleavy recalled.

The moment was so perfect, there was almost a sense of disbelief. Even from the back halls of the arena, one staffer could hear the fans erupt and feel the building shake. The Bulls were ahead in a series against a James-led team. This was the moment they had waited years for. Even then-Cavs center Kendrick Perkins wasn’t too upset about the way the game ended given the circumstances.

“The majority of the time you feel mad, you feel some type of way,” Perkins told B/R. “But there’s something about D-Rose that he’s like a favorite to the players, even on opposing teams. Everybody is always rooting for D-Rose.”

Something about the way Rose was able to rehab from his injuries and get back to the level of play where he could make this shot struck a chord with the opponent. Of course, the Cavs wanted to win, but the level of respect Rose has from his peers is unique.

“We wanted to beat them and we did beat them—don’t get it twisted. But, like, if Joakim Noah hit the game-winner, we would have been really pissed,” Perkins, who said he has nothing but respect for Noah, joked.

Rose’s deadpan reaction became a viral moment of that game, but the Bulls players were too busy feeling relief to give him a hard time for his “celebration” while uncertainty and fear was starting to sink in for the Cavs.

“He reminds me of Tim Duncan—he doesn’t talk that much, but he’s got that killer instinct,” Perkins said. “You’re like, ‘He’s quiet, but man, he’s trying to kill me, he’s trying to break ankles, he’s trying to dunk on me, he’s trying to get to the rack.’ It’s scary.”           

    

The Buildup

After disposing of

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LeBron James on Ahmaud Arbery shooting: ‘We’re literally hunted everyday’ – The Washington Post

LeBron James on Ahmaud Arbery shooting: ‘We’re literally hunted everyday’ – The Washington Post

In the weeks since the shooting, no arrests have been made. The release of the video sparked local demonstrations and fury on social media.

“We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes!” James tweeted. “Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!”

Curry wrote on Instagram that it’s “sickening what’s STILL happening out here.” He went on to urge people to “respect this man and his family. Remember the name.”

The McMichaels have not faced charges in the shooting, with the district attorney saying he wants a grand jury to review the case. Courts in Georgia are closed until at least June 12 because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Gregory and Travis McMichael armed themselves with a handgun and shotgun, Gregory McMichael told police. They chased Arbery in a truck

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LeBron on Ahmaud Arbery killing: “We’re literally hunted everyday”

LeBron on Ahmaud Arbery killing: “We’re literally hunted everyday”

Editor’s Note: Officials announced Thursday that two men have been arrested in charged in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. Read the latest update here.

LeBron James shared a powerful statement on the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man whose family says he was out jogging before two white men allegedly chased him down and shot him. Neither man has been charged in the shooting despite a video apparently showing the final moments leading up to the killing. 

James joined a chorus of public figures who have called for justice over the shooting. “We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud (Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the… heavens above to your family,” James tweeted Wednesday. 

We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud(Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the….. pic.twitter.com/r1PNxs8Vgn

— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 6, 2020

heavens above to your family!!🙏🏾✊🏾❤️ #StayWoke #ProfiledCauseWeAreSimplyBlack 😢😢

— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 6, 2020

Along with the tweet, James posted a photo of Arbery and a message as if the 25-year-old wrote it. “I was murdered by an armed father and son who hunted me down and shot me as I jogged in a Georgia neighborhood. Neither of my killers have been charged. M

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Dennis Rodman: Scottie Pippen Would Have Been Better Than LeBron James in ’90s

Dennis Rodman: Scottie Pippen Would Have Been Better Than LeBron James in ’90s
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 13: NBA Legend, Scottie Pippen and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers talk before the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 13, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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While many have spent The Last Dance comparing Michael Jordan and LeBron James, Dennis Rodman doesn’t think LeBron would have even been the second-best player on those 1990s Bulls teams. 

“He revolutionized the point-forward position. All these players today should thank Scottie Pippen,” Rodman told Jackie MacMullan of ESPN. “Guys like Kevin Durant should say, ‘Wow, look what you did for us.’ Scottie could handle, he could shoot the ball, he could defend, he could rebound.

“If LeBron was playing during the ’90s, I’d still say Scottie Pippen was the second-best player behind Michael.” 

While we could summarily dismiss this comment with a Bugs Bunny meme, let’s assess it from a strictly objective perspective. LeBron is in his 17th NBA season. Pippen played 17 seasons before his retirement, so it’s only fair to put their resumes side-by-side:

LeBron

  • Points: 34,087
    Rebounds: 9,353
    Assists: 9,298
    Steals: 2,011
    Blocks: 951
    Win Shares: 236.1
    VORP: 133.2
    Finals MVPs: 3
    NBA MVPs: 4
    All-Star Games: 16
    All-NBA Selections: 15
    All-Defensive Selections: 6

     

Pippen

  • Points: 18,948
    Rebounds: 7,494
    Assists: 6,












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Ahmaud Arbery, LeBron James & Jason Whitlock: How The Fear Of Blackness Gets Weaponized

Ahmaud Arbery, LeBron James & Jason Whitlock: How The Fear Of Blackness Gets Weaponized

From left: Ahmaud Arbery, Jason Whitlock, and LeBron James.

From left: Ahmaud Arbery, Jason Whitlock, and LeBron James.
Photo: Getty

This is a column about three black athletes.

One was a former high school football player in Georgia, who was murdered while jogging, because he was black.

One is the most famous basketball player on Earth, who has overcome countless obstacles, because he’s black.

The other is a former football player who’s become a well-paid sellout who cherishes the fact that he gets to write things that make white people comfortable about their privileges, as he has chosen to be their mouthpiece, because he’s black.

Don’t ever say black people aren’t diverse.

Ahmaud Arbery has become the latest hashtag, as his murder recently gained national attention after the video of his lynching was released. For those who didn’t know, a noose and a tree aren’t always needed for a lynching, as the definition describes it as the killing of someone by a mob for an alleged offense without a legal trial. And when you’re hunted down and murdered in the street during your daily jog just because someone thinks you “fit the profile,” two racists — who walked free for months before being arrested on May 7— can definitely be a mob, or a crowd.

Eight years after Trayvon Martin made every black person in the country pause before they put on a hoodie, Arbery has become Trayvon 2.0. Because if you think we’re cautious about wearing a sweatshirt, you can be sure we’re going to be triggered about running outside at a steady pace.

“Not long ago I mentioned to a group of white people that I never run at night because of the dangers of being a large black man running in the dark. I instantly knew they thought I was being extra. Turns out I was being understated. Ahmaud Arbery was running in the daytime,” tweeted American author and educator Jelani Cobb.

Black people were already exhausted due to a pandemic that’s caused a wealth disparity that’s seen 95 percent of black-owned business shut out of coronavirus relief. The last thing we need is to be afraid to even go for a run while we’re already confined to our homes.

On Wednesday, James used his platform to speak up about Arbery.

“We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud(Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the heavens above to your family!!🙏🏾✊🏾❤️ #StayWoke #ProfiledCauseWeAreSimplyBlack 😢😢,” he wrote in a social media post.

We’ve seen James do this before with Trayvon, and at the Espys, and even when he had the N-word spray-painted on his home.

“It just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America,” James said back then. “Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day. Even though that it’s concealed most of the time, even though people hide their faces and will say things about you, and then when they see you they smile in your face. It’s alive every single day.”

He added: “No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough. And we’ve got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African-Americans until we feel equal in America.”

As you can see, James’ tweets on Wednesday were on brand for him. There’s a pattern there.

But on the same day, Whitlock used his platform to tear down James’ words on Arbery.

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2 men charged with murder in fatal shooting of black jogger

2 men charged with murder in fatal shooting of black jogger

Two men have been arrested and charged with murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man whose family said he was jogging on the day he was killed, officials from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday night. The shooting of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, which took place February 23, ignited racial tensions across Georgia.

Arbery was confronted by Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis, who shot Arbery before he collapsed and died, according to the bureau.

Gregory, 64, and Travis, 34, were both charged with murder and aggravated assault. The men were taken into custody and will be booked into the Glynn County Jail, the bureau said.

The decision comes days after cellphone video emerged that captured the final moments of Arbery’s life while he was jogging through the Brunswick neighborhood in February.

According to the only witness in the police report, McMichael told investigators he thought Arbery was a burglary suspect and ordered him to stop. McMichael said Arbery “violently” attacked his son, and the two fought “over the shotgun” before Travis shot him twice. At the time, no charges were filed.

McMichael is a former law enforcement officer who used to work for the local district attorney. Due to conflicts of interest, the case is now on its third prosecu

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Trayvon’s Murder Reignited Athlete Activism, but Ahmaud Arbery and Sean Reed Show Little Has Changed

Trayvon’s Murder Reignited Athlete Activism, but Ahmaud Arbery and Sean Reed Show Little Has Changed

Colin Kaepernick and why he kneels, (L. down) Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Alton Sterling, (r. down) Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Philando Castile.

Colin Kaepernick and why he kneels, (L. down) Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Alton Sterling, (r. down) Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Philando Castile.
Illustration: Eric Barrow (Getty)

The killing of Ahmaud Arbery is Travon Martin 2.0.

Trayvon went out at half-time of the 2010 NBA All-Star game to get some Skittles and an iced tea. Ahmaud Arbery went out for a jog.

Both were seen as threats.

Both were Black.

Both were lynched.

Instead of George Zimmerman taking policing matters into his own hands, this time it was 64-year-old Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, who executed Arbery.

After Zimmerman spoke with police on the evening of the shooting of Martin, he wasn’t arrested, and of course, had his gun returned to him by the Sanford Police Department.

It took six weeks and mass protests across the country for Zimmerman to finally get arrested.

After over two months, amidst a protest-suppressing pandemic, the McMichaels walked free until finally being arrested on May 7.

This time things are different. This time there is a video (trigger warning), which was released on Tuesday, and it’s sickening. And a disgusted Lebron James agrees. It took just two days after the video was released for charges to be filed. 

By Wednesday night another sickening video (trigger warning) surfaced in the Indianapolis police killing of Sean Reed. This time it was coupled with a police-incriminating Facebook Live audio where one officer remarks “that’s a closed casket homie, you got him good,” while laughing.

In no time, nearly 100 protesters took to the street last night in support of Reed. The Arbery video has already sparked protests, the first of many, COVID be damned.

“You have a confessed killing, you have a video, and that’s the only thing left to do right now — is to make the arrest, to follow through with the charges. They had enough to make the arrest the day of, when they heard the guy was killed,” one protester told 11Alive news. “He was jogging. He had committed no crime. So it’s really unbelievable.”

“This is murder,” said S. Lee Merritt, a lawyer for Arbery’s family while echoing this protester’s sentiment.

“As we saw with Trayvon, more people shouldn’t take the law into their own hands,” tweeted Martin’s family attorney Benjamin Crump.

If direct police murder isn’t already horrific enough, Zimmerman and the McMichaels taking the law into their own hands is far worse. In extending police power to citizens, you no longer have to wear blue of have a badge, you just have to be white.

Or put more succinctly, “a modern day-lynching”, which is exactly what NAACP Georgia President James Woodhall, and many others have called it. Trayvon was also called “a modern-day lynching” by local leaders.

This author agrees, and if you are looking for an article with legal details, it is best to look elsewhere. For those with well-functioning eyeballs, we have seen enough.

Crump would punctuate his tweet with the most popular online hashtags #JusticeforAhmaud, #JusticeForArbery and #RunWithMaud.

Don’t underestimate hashtags.

In 2012, Trayvon, and the emergence of Twitter is also what sparked the rebirth in athlete activism.

The NBA led the way. Most famously, Lebron James and Dwyane Wade organized a Miami Heat team picture using the hashtag #WeAreTrayvonMartin with all the players wearing hoodies. Soon after came a solidarity stream of NBA players in hoodies, including Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Steve Nash, Kevin Durant and Tracy McGrady.

Illustration for article titled Trayvons Murder Reignited Athlete Activism, but Ahmaud Arbery and Sean Reed Show Little Has Changed

The National Basketball Players Association issued a strong statement: “The NBPA also calls for the permanent resignation of Sanford Chief of Police Bill Lee and a full review of the Sanford Police Department, for dereliction of duty and racial bias in this matter and others.”

NBA Hall of Famers Isiah Thomas and Alonzo Mourning even protested in person with the Martin family.

In 2014, sparked by protests in Ferguson and New York City after the police killing of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, respectively, another wave of athlete activism emerged with Rams players holding their hands up in “Don’t Shoot” solidarity, and NBA players Lebron James, Kevin Garnett, Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryan donning “I Can’t Breathe” shirts during pre-game warm-ups. Bryant organized his entire Lakers team to join him.

In 2016, Kaepernick would publicly speak out after the execution of Alton Sterling, famously taking a knee protesting the lack of police accountability. Colin sparked a “Kaepernick Effect,” soon followed by teammate Eric Reid and U.S. Women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe, and a wave of similar stances from other NFL, college and high school players across sports.

No league was more participatory than the WNBA, whose solidarity in taking a knee included the only team-wide cross-racial protest by the Indiana Fever, an achievement organized by Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings whose quiet-but-significant leadership has failed to get her the athlete-activist accolades of her male sports peers.

Illustration for article titled Trayvons Murder Reignited Athlete Activism, but Ahmaud Arbery and Sean Reed Show Little Has Changed

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon felt the solidarity.

“I stand with Colin,” said Fulton, “Colin spoke out about something that was a reality for so many. And he put his career on the line. I think Kaepernick and Eric Reid should be commended for standing up for people who cannot even repay them. It wasn’t about the flag. It was the fact that so many African-Americans were being shot and killed, and nobody was being held accountable.”

Fulton, whose solidarity with Kaepernick has been echoed by so many families who lost loved ones to police violence, used that operative word again “accountable,”

More awareness has not translated to more justice. Since Trayvon and all the athletes speaking out, who exactly has been held accountable?

Was it George Zimmerman who was basically forced by protesters into being arrested by the Sanford Police, and reportedly auctioned off his gun for $250,000 dollars?

Was it Blane

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Avoid the copyright traps with this AI-powered stock image library

Avoid the copyright traps with this AI-powered stock image library

TLDR: JumpStory is the stock graphics answer to all your digital creative needs with more than 25 million images, graphics, videos and more available for all personal and commercial use.

If you’re interested in one of the stickiest legal realms in modern life, look no further than the incredibly thorny world of copyright infringement law. In just the past few weeks, Sinclair Media, Ford Motors, Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James have all been the targets of lawsuits claiming they illegally used a photo or other media without proper permission.

In LeBron’s case, he used an image of himself throwing down a dunk during a game on his Facebook page. Problem is, he didn’t ask the photographer who snapped that photo — and now that photog is suing King James for a king’s ransom.

If you’re creating a website, marketing materials, a poster or anything that may require images, videos and other graphics, you need to be incredibly clear about the origins of those elements you’re using — or possibly pay a stiff consequence.

Access to the archives of JumpStory Authentic Stock Photography ($99.99 for a lifetime subscription, over 90 percent off from TNW Deals) not only clear all your legal obligations, but their vast stockpile means you’ll be able to find exactly the graphic element you want the way you need it.

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Dwyane Wade Says Favorite LeBron Moment Is Clutch 2013 Finals Shot vs. Spurs

Dwyane Wade Says Favorite LeBron Moment Is Clutch 2013 Finals Shot vs. Spurs
FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) reacts after being fouled during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball championship against the San Antonio Spurs, Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

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The shot itself was relatively simple: Mario Chalmers sets a screen at the top of the key, LeBron James comes across, fights past Tony Parker and pulls up over an out-stretched Kawhi Leonard for a long two-pointer. 

In hindsight, Dwyane Wade called it the most clutch moment in James’ career to date.

That’s because it occurred with time expiring in Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals as the Miami Heat clinched their second straight title. 

Wade made the comments on Wednesday during an Instagram Live session noting it stuck out, not only because it helped give the Heat a four-point lead with less than 30 seconds remaining, but because it was James arguably reaching the height of his powers. 

More importantly

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7 Financial Lessons the Crisis Will Teach Us

7 Financial Lessons the Crisis Will Teach Us


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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.


The text messages, DMs, and emails rapidly arrived, all of them expressing a similar concern: My finances are in trouble. In seemingly just a few weeks’ time, our world was turned upside down. A public health emergency raced around the globe, wreaking havoc on nations, cities and neighborhoods. The United States has not been immune: Markets tanked, jobs vanished and, most importantly, lives have been lost. 

Related: 5 Lessons About Building Wealth, From Basketball Titan LeBron James

During these times, many have found themselves sitting at home, wondering what could have been done differently and how to let that knowledge better their future decision-making. Financially, this crisis has certainly provided its fair share of lessons learned, ones that we would’ve rather not learned the hard way. The point shouldn’t be to dwell on regretful mistakes but to move forward wiser and more determined than ever before.  So what lessons have we learned so far?

1. Overconfidence leads to poor financial decision-making

It’s astounding the difference a few weeks can make. Not too long ago, the market was reaching new heights while unemployment was hitting rock-bottom lows. Everything seemed good. And many were making financial decisions as if nothing could ever change — spending more, accumulating , selecting riskier investments and saving less. But everything did change, and it exposed the fragile financial house that had been built. Overconfidence leads to poor financial decision-making and being too aggressive in some areas while ignoring others. We must be

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Vince Carter Names Michael Jordan, Kobe, Iverson as Toughest Players to Guard

Vince Carter Names Michael Jordan, Kobe, Iverson as Toughest Players to Guard
MEMPHIS, TN - FEBRUARY 24:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers plays against Vince Carter #15 of the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum on February 24, 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

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Anyone who spends 20 years in the NBA will likely share the court with their fair share of legends. 

Vince Carter learned that the hard way.

After breaking into the NBA in 1998, Carter played with and against some of the most iconic figures in league history. While speaking with hip-hop mogul T.I. on his expediTIously Podcast, Carter highlighted three players in particular as the toughest he ever had to defend.

“MJ, Kobe and AI,” Carter said. “Hands down.”

Aside from the obvious flex of Carter being able to say he played against Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson, it’s tough to disagree with this list.

LeBron James feels like a clear omission here, but Carter wouldn’t have routinely guarded James b

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Barack and Michelle Obama announce they will host 2 virtual graduation ceremonies

Barack and Michelle Obama announce they will host 2 virtual graduation ceremonies

If you’re one of the many people missing a graduation ceremony this year because of coronavirus social distancing practices, Barack and Michelle Obama want to help lift your spirits.

On Tuesday morning, the former president and first lady announced they’ll be hosting two virtual graduation ceremonies — one on Saturday, May 16, and another on Saturday, June 6.

“Michelle and I are excited to celebrate the nationwide Class of 2020 and recognize this milestone with you and your loved ones,” Barack wrote on Instagram. And Michelle joined in with an exciting Twitter reveal of her own.

Barack is set to deliver a commencement message at the May 16 event, which is called, Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020. The hour-long special is being hosted by XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation, and The Entertainment Industry Foundation, and will be televised on all major networks and social media platforms at 8:00 p.m. ET.

In addition to Obama, celebrities including LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai, the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, Bad Bunny, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Megan Rapinoe, H.E.R., Ben Platt, and more are scheduled to appear, per a press release.

The “Graduate Together” website is also encouraging high school seniors, educators, and family members of graduates to submit portraits, speeches, superlatives, an

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Barack and Michelle Obama will host 3 virtual graduation events for the class of 2020

Barack and Michelle Obama will host 3 virtual graduation events for the class of 2020
  • Barack and Michelle Obama are hosting three virtual graduation events to celebrate the millions of students in the class of 2020 who had their commencements canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • The announcement comes weeks after a high school senior in Los Angeles sent out a viral tweet asking Obama to give a speech to graduating seniors. 
  • Two events on May 16 will celebrate historically black colleges and university graduates and high school graduates.
  • On June 6, the Obamas in partnership with YouTube will host a star-studded celebration featuring BTS, Lady Gaga, Apple CEO Sundar Pichai, Malala Yousafzai, Alicia Keys, and more. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Barack and Michelle Obama are hosting three virtual graduation events to celebrate the millions of students in the class of 2

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Migos Sample LeBron James for New Song “Taco Tuesday”: Listen

Migos Sample LeBron James for New Song “Taco Tuesday”: Listen

Migos have shared “Taco Tuesday,” a new song sampling LeBron James. Check out its animated lyric video below.

Quavo recently teased a “quarantine mixtape” to tide fans over amid apparent delays of Culture III. Earlier this year, Migos linked with Young Thug and Travis Scott for a track called “Give No Fxk.”

Check out “The Best and Worst of Rap This Week: Offset’s Interview With Reese Witherspoon and More” on Levels. Plus, read Pitchfork’s new feature “How Loops Are Changing the Sound and Business of Rap Productio

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LeBron James Announces Barack Obama Will Speak at ‘Graduate Together’ Event

LeBron James Announces Barack Obama Will Speak at ‘Graduate Together’ Event
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) stands with Miami Heat players, including Dwyane Wade (L), LeBron James (2nd-L), Mario Chalmers (2R) during an event to honor the NBA champion Miami Heat in the East Room at the White House on January 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama congratulated the 2012 NBA champions for claiming their third NBA Championship by beating the Boston Celtics.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James announced Tuesday that former President Barack Obama will take part in the Graduate Together virtual event May 16 to honor students whose in-person graduation ceremonies have been canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.

Obama confirmed his participation in the show along with two other commencement addresses:

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Chris Bosh Says Warriors ‘Had More of a Dynasty’ Than LeBron, Wade Heat Teams

Chris Bosh Says Warriors ‘Had More of a Dynasty’ Than LeBron, Wade Heat Teams
Former Miami Heat player  Chris Bosh speaks at a press conference before the team's retirement of his jersey at halftime of an NBA game between the Heat and the Orlando Magic, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Miami. Bosh played 13 seasons, the first seven in Toronto and the last six in Miami. He averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds, was an All-Star 11 times and won two championships.(AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

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In reflecting over the Miami Heat’s Big Three, Chris Bosh says they burned hot and bright before LeBron James‘ departure led to an even brighter dynasty taking over the NBA

“I was thinking about our place in the history of the game and all that stuff,” Bosh said on Instagram Live, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I even think the Warriors had more of a dynasty. I think ours was, you know the band Cream, from the UK? We’re more like Cream.

“We were more like Cream, ‘Ah, we’ll come together. We’ll play. We’ll put this mega-thing together, four years, and four years only, baby…It was just a crazy time. It’s crazy to even think I went through that.”

Cream was an English rock band that was fronted by singer Eric Clapton and lasted only from 196

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The Nike LeBron 7 Arrives in an Eye-Catching Lakers Split-Tone Colorway

The Nike LeBron 7 Arrives in an Eye-Catching Lakers Split-Tone Colorway

Brand: Nike

Model: LeBron 7 “Media Day”

Key Features: The LeBron 7 is one of James’ most popular silhouettes and — at the height of basketball footwear’s popularity — was one of the more valuable basketball silhouettes on the resell market. This split-tone pair comes in Los Angeles Lakers colors — LeBron’s new team — and features full-length Air tooling.

Release Date: May 16

Price: $200

Buy: Nike

Editor’s Notes: As part of Nike’s efforts to retro some of LeBron James’ most popular signature sneakers, the Swoosh is bringing back the Nike LeBron 7. This specific colorway was first seen on media day of the current season, though the model itself debuted in September 2009. This pair is done up in the LA Lakers colorways in a split-tone color scheme that is sure to catch the

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2018 Eastern Conference Finals: How LeBron turned the 0-2 to the 0-3

2018 Eastern Conference Finals: How LeBron turned the 0-2 to the 0-3

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on May 5, 2018. Tuesday marks the two-year anniversary of LeBron James’ game-winning buzzer-beater in Game 3 of the 2018 Eastern Conference semifinals.

CLEVELAND — OG Anunoby had just made the biggest shot of his rookie season, a rattling 3-pointer with eight seconds left that completed a 17-point Toronto Raptors comeback to tie Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cavaliers.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue called his final timeout and stepped into the huddle.

What happened in Cleveland will be remembered for quite some time — in quite different ways.

Cavs fans will never forget yet another mind-boggling addition to the long list of late-game LeBron James heroics, drawing specific memories of a similar jaw-dropper he hit against the Chicago Bulls in 2015. Raptors faithful will be talking about it … very, very differently, and probably not with language we can include.

Here’s what followed, from the perspective of those who lived it:

LeBron James, Cavs forward: “It should never have come down to that point. We had a really good lead to start the fourth, and we came out and didn’t execute and didn’t play the way we should have.”

Dwane Casey, Raptors coach: “Well, our goal in the timeout was to trap him and make someone else beat us.”

James: “T. Lue was the one who told us, ‘Let’s take it full court,’ knowing I had more than enough time to get the ball up the court, and by us doing that it doesn’t allow the defense to kind of sit and see what you’re going to do.”

Ty Lue, Cavs coach: “The play is called ‘3 Open.'”

The Cavs ran the same play in Washington in February 2017, when James ended up hitting a memorable banked-in 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. That last-second prayer might not have been necessary if James had made a layup the previous possession after “3 Open” got him a great look at the rim.

George Hill, Cavs guard: “When they came out of the huddle, they didn’t expect us to inbound full court. They were confused a little bit.”

CJ Miles, R

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Heat’s Pat Riley Calls LeBron James ‘Maybe the Greatest Player of All Time’

Heat’s Pat Riley Calls LeBron James ‘Maybe the Greatest Player of All Time’
In this May 5, 2013 photo, Miami Heat team president Pat Riley, left, coach Erik Spoelstra, and LeBron James, right, poses in Miami  after James won the NBA Most Valuable Player award. Before James makes his next decision, Riley will get a chance to convince him to stay in Miami. Two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press late Sunday night, July 6, 2014, that James will meet with the Heat president this week before making a decision about where to play next season. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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Miami Heat team president Pat Riley may have held a grudge against LeBron James for years after he left the team, but that doesn’t mean he fails to recognize James’ greatness.

Riley recently described LeBron as “maybe the greatest player of all time” in an interview on Fox Sports Sun when talking about how the Big Three Heat came together.

“After July the first, I just laid it out on the table,” Riley said. “LeBron and Chris [Bosh], two of the greatest players in our game. And LeBron, maybe the greatest player of all time, with Dwyane [Wade]. All you have to

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Take an Official Look at the Nike LeBron 7 “Media Day”

Take an Official Look at the Nike LeBron 7 “Media Day”

Originally unveiled at NBA Media Day 2019, the Nike LeBron 7 “Media Day” is now set for an official release. Recently Nike announced the shoe created celebrate LeBron James’ move to the Los Angeles Lakers will be dropping in Big Kids and Adult sizing.

The take on the popular LeBron 7 utilizes the basketball

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Ranking the top 74 individual seasons in NBA history

Ranking the top 74 individual seasons in NBA history

When the NBA hands out its awards, it keeps the regular season separate from the postseason, issuing one MVP for the first 82 games and a second for the final four to seven (depending on how long it takes for the champion to finish off its last opponent). There’s no award at all that combines the two, nor one that accounts for outstanding performances in the early rounds of the playoffs.

So with that in mind, we asked ESPN’s Kevin Pelton to use his “championships added” formula to rank the top 74 individual seasons in NBA history, inclusive of all games from opening night through the end of the playoffs.



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Video: DeMar DeRozan Builds ‘Ultimate Player’ Featuring LeBron, Steph, More

Video: DeMar DeRozan Builds ‘Ultimate Player’ Featuring LeBron, Steph, More
San Antonio Spurs' DeMar DeRozan (10) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Larry Nance Jr. (22) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan appeared on ESPN’s WYD? with Ros Gold-Onwude and was challenged to match a player to a particular attribute, all in an attempt to construct his ultimate player.

Here were his answers:

  • Three-point shot: Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry.
  • Handles: Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving.
  • Step-back jumper: Houston Rockets guard James Harden.
  • Mid-range jumper: Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul.
  • Passing ability: Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James.
  • Interior game: Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid.
  • Defense: Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard.
  • Basketball IQ: James.
  • Leadership: Toronto Raptors point gu

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‘Super-fortunate to play with LeBron and Kobe’

‘Super-fortunate to play with LeBron and Kobe’

Thibaut Courtois took on Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr on NBA 2K20 Sundays, with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James top of their agenda.

Nance played for the Los Angeles Lakers alongside Bryant for the first three seasons of his NBA career before he was traded to the Cavs in February 2018, where he teamed up with James.

Nance selected the Cavaliers in his Sunday night 2K showdown with Courtois, who chose to play with the Indiana Pacers.

During their game, Courtois asked Nance about his experiences playing with Bryant and James.



Larry Nance Jr. played with both Kobe Bryant and LeBron James




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Larry Nance Jr said he felt fortunate he was able to play with two of the top five players in NBA history in Kobe Bryant and LeBron James

“Getting to play with two of the top five players of all time – I feel like I am super-fortunate to be able to have done that. Not many people have got to do that,” Nance said.

“Everybody knows about Kobe, he was just a legend. When you shoot paper into a trash can, you say ‘Kobe’. Everybody our age, that is who we grew up watching. Playing with him was so cool. When he walked in a room, everybody looked at Kobe. He didn’t have to say anything, you felt him walk into the room.

“I grew up going to LeBron’s high school games and being the biggest fan. When I got traded to the Cavaliers and got to play in the Finals with him, that was really cool as well. I have been very lucky with the guys I have got to play with.”

Real Madrid goalkeeper Courtois asked Nance if seeing the two superstars up close every day in practices had had an impact on him.

“Absolutely,” Nance said. “LeBron worked so hard. He was always the first one at practice and the last one to leave. To see him doing that at that stage of his career was crazy. There are rookies that don’t work that hard.”

The pair’s in-game chat then turned to the 2019-20 MVP race. Giannis Antetokounmpo remained the favourite to win the award when the NBA was suspended on March 11. However, thanks to two statement Lakers wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and LA Clippers shortly before the season hiatus, James had pulled close to the ‘Greek Freak’.


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Last Dance 5 & 6: Marriage of Nike to Jordan, Becoming A Brand And the infamous ‘Republicans Buy Sneakers, too’

Last Dance 5 & 6: Marriage of Nike to Jordan, Becoming A Brand And the infamous ‘Republicans Buy Sneakers, too’

Michael Jordan wore an American flag over his shoulder to cover up a Reebok logo during the gold medal ceremony at the Barcelona Games in 1992.

Michael Jordan wore an American flag over his shoulder to cover up a Reebok logo during the gold medal ceremony at the Barcelona Games in 1992.
Image: AP Photo

We knew it was coming, we just didn’t know when.

And on Sunday night, ESPN’s “The Last Dance” gave us the context to everything that went into making Michael Jordan … Michael Jordan Brand.

It’s easy to see athletes as global stars and ambassadors for their sports now, but that level of celebrity didn’t exist until Jordan in the ’90s.

 

The shoes.

The commercials.

The song.

The Wheaties.

Jordan was everywhere, and still is to a certain degree. And a lot of that has to do with shoes. It’s easy to look at athletes like Maya Moore, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, Jayson Tatum, Zion Williamson, and even Derek Jeter, that have been a part of Brand Jordan over the years, but Sunday night showed us how the marriage between Jordan and the brand almost didn’t happen.

With a basketball roster that included Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, Mark Aguirre and Bernard King, Converse just didn’t have the bandwidth at the time to add anybody else.

But as always, “Mom knows best,” and after forcing her son to take a meeting with a company that specialized in track shoes, Deloris Jordan wound up being the person that put her son and Nike together, forever.

According to Forbes, Nike has paid Jordan at least $1.3 billion since 1984, as he earned an estimated $130 million from Nike in 2019. His Jordan Brand pulled in $3.1 billion during the fiscal year that ended in May of 2019.

Like Mars Blackmon said, “It’s gotta be the shoes.”

Ironically, Adidas was the company that Jordan originally wanted to sign with, but they couldn’t get a deal done. And after missing out on Jordan, the German apparel company didn’t learn their lesson when they missed out on LeBron James, the man who is the current face of Nike and has a lifetime contract with the Swoosh that’s worth more than a billion dollars.

“I said then, I’ll say until I die, the biggest mistake ever made in corporate America on this sort of a thing, was when Adidas backed out of signing LeBron James. [If] they sign LeBron James, the world changes,” former sports marketing executive Sonny Vaccaro told The Ringer in 2016. Vaccaro was the middleman in the deal and had advised Adidas to offer James $100 million. But when the official offer came in, it was $30 million lower.

“Nike was No. 1 before LeBron. Nike had great players. They always will. They were always No. 1 with the greatest personalities in sports. There’s no question about that. I don’t think that will ever change. My point to you is, [Adidas] could’v

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Carmelo Anthony Details 2004 Olympics Pact with LeBron Against Jefferson, Marion

Carmelo Anthony Details 2004 Olympics Pact with LeBron Against Jefferson, Marion
USA's LeBron James (6), left, and Carmelo Anthony (15) walk off the floor as Greece's team celebrates in the background, following the semifinals of the World Basketball Championships in Saitama, Japan, Friday, Sept. 1, 2006. Greece defeated USA 101-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

MARK J. TERRILL/Associated Press

While future Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony is known for his Olympic accomplishments as a three-time gold medalist, his first experience at the Games was not ideal.  

His team won the bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, which was nothing but a disappointment by American basketball standards. Anthony, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were some of the youngsters on that team who didn’t play as much as veterans such as Stephon Marbury, Allen Iverson, Shawn Marion and Richard Jefferson.

That clearly didn’t sit well with Anthony or James.

During an interview with Sue Bird and Uninterrupted, Anthony recalled the time he and James made a pact to go after Jefferson and Marion whenever they had the chance because they were the small forwards who played over the two stars at those Olympics (around 14-minute mark, NSFW language).

Anthony said they went after them in individual matchups in later games but als

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Nike PG 4 “Total Orange” Features Pixelated Camo Patterns

Nike PG 4 “Total Orange” Features Pixelated Camo Patterns

Paul George‘s signature Nike line has presented yet another bold colorway of the Los Angeles Clippers‘ forward’s PG 4: a “Total Orange.” Adding alternate colors to the pixelated camo patterns first seen on the PG 4 “Digi-Camo,” this “Total Orange” makeup is a certified head-turner.

A signature sheath with a zip closure covers the neoprene upper, and — as is par for the course — it offers a solid synthetic lateral side and a stripped-back mesh on the medial side. Where the latter is dressed in a simple black, the former offe

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30 Years Later, Michael Jordan Still Can’t Admit He Was Wrong For Not Standing Up When It Counted

30 Years Later, Michael Jordan Still Can’t Admit He Was Wrong For Not Standing Up When It Counted

Thirty years after failing to support black U.S. Senate candidate battling a bigot in Jesse Helms, Michael Jordan still can’t admit he was wrong.

Thirty years after failing to support black U.S. Senate candidate battling a bigot in Jesse Helms, Michael Jordan still can’t admit he was wrong.
Photo: Getty

In the basketball world, for sure, Michael Jordan is the G.O.A.T. — the Greatest Of All Time.

But in the socially conscious world, MJ is the W.C.B.O.A.T. — the Worst Conscious Brother Of All Time.

And that’s saying a lot because Tiger Woods is still walking around on God’s green Earth.

Worse, after nearly 30 years with all his fame and riches, Jordan still couldn’t bring himself to simply admit that he messed up, made a huge mistake when he wanted no part in Democrat Harvey Gantt’s run against known bigot Jesse Helms for a North Carolina senate seat back in 1990.

This wasn’t an ordinary race. Gantt, who is black, had a chance to make a real difference, to help change an unjust culture that Jordan hated growing up in. Helms was a bad man for black people. He was white and proud. And loud, too.

And Jordan, well he finally copped to saying the line about that senate race that did more damage to his legacy than any other:“Republicans buy sneakers, too.”

In the Last Dance documentary which aired Sunday night on ESPN, Jordan was even uncomfortable to talk about it. Sadly, he squirmed to get the answer out.

And guess what? Many black people didn’t buy it 30 years ago. And still didn’t get it this time around, either.

Jordan wouldn’t have been hurt by making an endorsement back then. The same goes for now. In fact, Jordan would have probably gained some of the supporters back who still have an issue with him for turning his back on his people when he could have helped at the height of his celebrity.

The only thing more amazing than His Airiness’ answer was that the controversial topic was EVEN in the documentary. Trained NBA America journalists — not the fanboy bloggers and lapdog so-called media these days running around with credentials — just assumed that the topic wouldn’t even be mentioned.

After all, this is Jordan’s baby, his view of his career. And usually in these kinds of accounts, minus journalistic integrity and true-event honesty, you get too much of the good, and not enough of the flaws..

Still, you have to give Jordan and the doc’s crew some credit, it was in there.

But like in his attempt at a major league career, Jordan swung and missed.

He said this: “I never thought of myself as an activist. I thought of myself as a basketball player. I wasn’t a politician. I was playing my sport. I was focused on my craft.

“Was it selfish? Probably. But that was energy.”

Instead, Jordan should have said that he made a mistake. He was young, dumb and let the wrong white people get in his ear. For sure, like most on that money-making perch, they beat into a brother that he should stay neutral, not get white people mad so they will buy his sneakers and the sod

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Will ESPN Use Disney World To Leverage A Better NBA Deal?

Will ESPN Use Disney World To Leverage A Better NBA Deal?

Illustration for article titled Will ESPN Use Disney World To Leverage A Better NBA Deal?

Illustration: Eric Barrow (Shutterstock/Getty)

ESPN made a bad deal at the wrong time.

In 2014, The Worldwide Leader and Turner Sports signed a nine year, $24 billion deal with the NBA. While both media companies overestimated the value of NBA broadcasts and underestimated the future of cord cutting, it was ESPN who suffered the most once they signed the dotted line.

The expensive NBA deal helped accelerate layoffs in Bristol, and hurt Disney stock. The deal also increased the cost of sports bundles in cable packages. A high monthly cable price for ESPN led many subscribers to cut the cord and watch sports elsewhere, or just binge Netflix.

Over the years, NBA ratings have also suffered. As of January, the league’s Nielson ratings have fallen 11% from 2019 to 2020. And the game six of the 1998 Finals between Jordan’s Bulls and the Utah Jazz is still the NBA’s most watched game.

The drop in ratings has been blamed on cord cutting, as young viewers illegally stream games, the league’s so called ”progressive” political stances, and load management, the practice of sitting marquee, such as LeBron James, to give them a day off.

Regardless of what’s to blame, NBA viewership is down. And one thing is clear, ESPN is losing on its investment.

But the NBA’s new Disney World idea to save the season is intriguing, especially when it comes to the future of sports media.

Last week, The Athletic reported that Disney World in Orlando, Fla., could be the ideal place for the league to finish its season.

A day after the report, Lebron James took to twitter to say he wants to finish the season.

The NBA season may be magically saved by The Magic Kingdom.

The Disney resort in Orlando has adequate housing and facilities to meet the needs of the athletes and their families.

Compare that to the other option for the league, Las Vegas. But the NBA is reportedly not interested in separating athletes from their families.

I’ll let you be the judge over which destination seems more family friendly and likely to keep players out of trouble.

If the NBA season were to continue, Disney World makes sense for many reasons. But perhaps the biggest benefactor of an NBA season and playoffs would be ESPN, a Disney company.

Since ESPN and Turner signed their NBA deal in 2014, online streaming platforms like Amazon, Facebook Watch, and Hulu have all entered into the sports broadcast bidding wars. In 2018, ESPN launched their own streaming platform, ESPN+, to bring cordless sports content to the consumer for $4.99 a month. And last fall, Disney+ launched, with ESPN+ part of its bundle package.

Who knows if Disney+ will be the home of the 2026 finals. But signs across the digital landscape predict that streaming services will own the rights to sports content in the future.

A saved NBA season at Disney World could be the leverage ESPN needs to get a better broadcast deal when th

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Spencer Dinwiddie Talks Jordan vs. Kareem GOAT Debate and LeBron as Best Athlete

Spencer Dinwiddie Talks Jordan vs. Kareem GOAT Debate and LeBron as Best Athlete
Brooklyn Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie (26) dribbles against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

The Last Dance has led to a revival of everyone’s favorite basketball debate: Who is the GOAT?

Spencer Dinwiddie has his own answers.

1) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has the best GOAT resume.

2) Michael Jordan had the highest peak.

3) LeBron James is the greatest athlete in NBA history.

He shared his thoughts, along with some others, Saturday on Twitter:

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Jordan-LeBron’s GOAT Debate Should Be Decided By Whose ‘Space Jam’ Is Better

Jordan-LeBron’s GOAT Debate Should Be Decided By Whose ‘Space Jam’ Is Better

LeBron James, who made a late-career move from Cleveland to Los Angeles with Hollywood dreams, just gave us the vaguest possible teaser for Space Jam 2.

So it’s got a logo and a release year. The little subheading to indicate it’s a sequel. Cool. Great job, Bron. Slay, King. Let’s put a statue of you up outside Brentwood somewhere. Let’s evaluate what he’s doing here with the timing of this drop.

This is basically an anti-teaser — i

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Jerry West: Lakers-Clippers West Finals ‘Would Have Been an Incredible Thing’

Jerry West: Lakers-Clippers West Finals ‘Would Have Been an Incredible Thing’
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers gets a lesson from NBA legend Jerry West before the game on February 22, 2020 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Jerry West has the honor of serving both as a Los Angeles Lakers legend and a Los Angeles Clippers executive.

So when he says he wishes the two teams could have met in the Western Conference Finals this year, it’s clear he means it.

“We were ascending, OK,” West said of the Clippers on NBA Together. “And now when are we going to get back? … No one knows. And the Lakers across town, this would have been an incredible thing for basketball if some way, somehow these two teams co

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Oprah Winfrey To Give Virtual Commencement Address To 2020 Graduating Seniors

Oprah Winfrey To Give Virtual Commencement Address To 2020 Graduating Seniors

Oprah Winfrey is slated to deliver a virtual commencement address to honor the high school and college seniors who are graduating in the U.S. this year as graduation ceremonies across the country have been canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus

The media mogul will deliver her speech as part of an event hosted by Facebook and Instagram celebrating the class of 2020 beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern on May 15.

Winfrey is also booked to give a virtual commencement address to all graduating high school seniors in Chicago in mid-June. Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot made the announcement in her first-ever TikTok video she shared on Wednesday.

The online commencement ceremony will recognize all Chicago schools ― public, private and charter. 

“The times we are living in are historic and stunning, forcing us all to take a deep look at who we are as a people and our place in the world,“ Lightfoot said in a statement, according to the Chicago Tribune.

”No one knows this better than Oprah, and I join all of Chicago in looking forward to hearing the wisdom she’ll be sharing with our incredible young people as they take this unforgettable next step on their life’s journey,” she added. 

Virtual celebrations for soon-to-be 2020 graduates have become increasingly popular as schools and families across the world have adjusted to the new reality of social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

NBA star LeBron James, who opened the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, in 2018, has also stepped up to celebrate 2020 seniors

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LeBron James Finally Reveals the Official ‘Space Jam 2’ Title

LeBron James Finally Reveals the Official ‘Space Jam 2’ Title

We’ve finally got some more details about the upcoming Space Jam sequel, including its official title, thanks to NBA star LeBron James.

The Lakers player took to Instagram Thursday to make the reveal. In a video, James showed off a hat featuring the apparent new logo and title of the Looney Tunes sequel: Space Jam: A New Legacy. The film’s official Twitter reposted the video later that day, seemingly confirming the news.

James captioned the video “2021” alluding to a release date. The NBA player’s production company SpringHill Entertainment previously announced the movie release

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Nike Lebron 17 “Uptempo” Is Inspired by the Air More Uptempo

Nike Lebron 17 “Uptempo” Is Inspired by the Air More Uptempo

LeBron James and Nike Basketball are continuing to pay homage to the King’s favorite Nike silhouettes with the LeBron 17 “Uptempo.” Inspired by Scottie Pippen‘s classic Air More Uptempo from 1996, this LeBron 17 is awash in Chicago Bulls colors and features special embellishments to hone in its commemorative style.

Battleknit uppers are presented in a vivid “University Red,” with black swirled in around the heel and midfoot. A thin layer of white piping races around the throat and crown-shaped collar, the former of which is dressed in black and features doubled-up detailing via small red Swooshes up top and a hybr

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Space Jam 2 Has an Official Title

Space Jam 2 Has an Official Title
LeBron James has revealed the official title and logo for Space Jam 2, which appears to be on target to hit theatres in 2021.Taking to Instagram on Thursday, NBA star LeBron James, who is teaming up with the Looney Tunes for more basketball-based hijinks in the forthcoming follow-up, revealed that the title for the next instalment is “Space Jam: A New Legacy.”

James shared a short video with his 63.6m followers, showing him wearing a black hat emblazoned with the logo for Space Jam: A New Legacy, along with the caption “2021.”

The official Space Jam Twitter account reposted James’ teaser and rebranded its profile to provide a better look at the logo, which pays homage to the original Michael Jordan-starring movie, with a similar circular pattern wrapped around the cosmic-style text.Space Jam 2 A New Legacy

Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Warner Bros. currently has Space Jam 2 slated for a July 16, 2021 release date, but they’ve been trying to get this movie made since 2014. Around this time, the studio announced the sequel would star LeBron James, but it’s been slow-moving ever since.

Justin Lin came on board as director i


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Sports News Used To Be An Escapist Haven. Now It’s A Frustrating And Incoherent Mess Like The Rest Of The World

Sports News Used To Be An Escapist Haven. Now It’s A Frustrating And Incoherent Mess Like The Rest Of The World

We’re totally feeling you, Bron.

We’re totally feeling you, Bron.
Image: AP Photo

If it feels difficult to figure out what’s going on in the fight against coronavirus right now, that’s because it is difficult. As May begins, an already chaotic and confusing time has ratcheted into something even more fiercely inscrutable.

Consider the top three stories early Friday afternoon on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s website:

So things are still bad and getting worse, but also starting to return to normal. Mostly not, though. Except in some cases, where they kind of are. Got it?

Illustration for article titled Sports News Used To Be An Escapist Haven. Now Its A Frustrating And Incoherent Mess Like The Rest Of The World

In a moment like this, it’s nice to be able to look toward sports for some clarity. After all, in sports, we’re used to clear results. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.

What’s in the sports pages, then? A quick scan through Google News’ sports section should give a nice, wide perspective and bring some clarity to the situation.

NASCAR becomes the first major sport to resume events with May races” (Ars Technica) — They’re going to wave the green flag at Darlington and Charlotte, with no fans in attendance. Pit crews, the people in auto racing who don’t do social distancing, will “either have to wear fire-proof balaclavas or a face shield.” Okay, so we’re moving in the direction of normal!

LeBron James Wants NBA to Resume — No One Knows When or How to Do That” (The Ringer) — Same, LeBron. Hard same.

Fauci says states should have ‘wiggle room’ on reopening but cautions: ‘Don’t wiggle too much’” (CNN) — Says the good doctor: “So the concern I have is that there are some states, some cities, or what have you, who are looking at that and kind of leapfrogging over the first checkpoint. And I mean obviously you could get away with that, but you are making a really significant risk.” There’s no sports content in this story, but wow if that doesn’t ring true with all the reported plans that have circulated about starting the MLB season, resuming the NBA and NHL, and everything else.

The Hungarian Grand Prix Is The Next Domino To Fall In F1’s Doomed Calendar” (Jalopnik) — So, auto racing is only okay if you’re not making any right turns?

NHL pivoting coronavirus return plans after players voice worries” (New York Post) — They’re “now investigating the possibility of playing games in … teams’ home citie

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LeBron James: Reports about cancelling NBA season ‘absolutely not true’ – Sportsnet.ca

LeBron James: Reports about cancelling NBA season ‘absolutely not true’ – Sportsnet.ca

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NBA team presidents operating with intent to resume season – Sportsnet.ca

NBA team presidents operating with intent to resume season – Sportsnet.ca

NBA team presidents met Thursday and emerged with belief that there are still ways to resume the season, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban also expressed optimism that the league will find a way out of the coronavirus-caused shutdown.

“Every intention is to return to play and try to create the best environment we can for the league and for the fans,” San Antonio Spurs CEO R.C. Buford said after participating in the call with top team officials. “And we’re all on board for that.”

Team presidents around the league hold regular calls, as do general managers, and those calls have continued during the league’s shutdown. Thursday’s call was not organized for any specific reason.

The NBA has been shut down since

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LeBron: ‘Nobody I know’ wants to cancel season

LeBron: ‘Nobody I know’ wants to cancel season

As the NBA’s hiatus in response to the coronavirus pandemic has pushed past seven weeks, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James remains steadfast in his commitment to salvaging some sort of conclusion to the season.

“As soon as it’s safe we would like to finish our season,” read part of a tweet James posted Thursday in response to speculation that some in league circles are divided about the goal of resuming play. “I’m ready and our team is ready. Nobody should be canceling anything.”

Earlier this month on a Zoom call with reporters, James said, “I don’t know if I will be able to have any closure,” when asked how he would react to the 2019-20 season being abandoned for good because of the coronavirus.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has spoken on the possible resumption of play a number of times during the NBA hiatus, was among the front-office executives to address a potential return Thursday, telling CNN that he was “cautiously optimistic we’ll be able to finish the season” but that he expected fans not to be in attendance for games. Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry and San Antonio Spurs CEO R.C. Buford also expressed hopes that the NBA would resume at some point.

Buford was among the NBA team presidents on a call Thursday, when they emerged with beliefs that there are still ways to resume the season.

“Every intention is to return to play and try to create the best environment we can for the league an

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LeBron James Reveals ‘Space Jam 2’ Title & Logo

LeBron James Reveals ‘Space Jam 2’ Title & Logo

LeBron James recently took to Instagram to reveal the official logo and title of the upcoming Space Jam sequel. Confirming the titled as Space Jam: A New Legacy, the basketball superstar and starring cast member revealed a fresh look at the logo via a short five-second video.

The sequel to the Michael Jordan-featuring 1996 classic has been a passion project for James since becoming attached to the project in 2014. The sequel is expected to continue its fun-filled blend of live-action and classic cartoon animation, with the basketball star and his Looney Tunes co-stars appearing on screen alongside Anthony D

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LeBron James Just Revealed That “Space Jam A New Legacy” Is The Name Of The “Space Jam” Sequel

LeBron James Just Revealed That “Space Jam A New Legacy” Is The Name Of The “Space Jam” Sequel

BRB, going to go Fandango my tickets right now!

It feels like we’ve been talking about LeBron James starring in Space Jam 2 for like 15 years.


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But in reality, it has only been a little less than two years since LeBron officially confirmed he was starring in the sequel.

And since then, we haven’t gotten any details about the movie.

Well today on Instagram, LeBron officially announced the name of the sequel: Space Jam A New Legacy!!!

And I realize the video is a mirror image, so here’s what it looks like flipped:

Honestly, the title is epic and fitting, and I love that the logo also pays homage to the original movie:

Of course, ’90s kids are all-in for this (

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LeBron James: Report of NBA Execs, Agents Wanting to Cancel Season ‘Not True’

LeBron James: Report of NBA Execs, Agents Wanting to Cancel Season ‘Not True’
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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James refuted rumors about the possible cancellation of the 2019-20 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

James tweeted Thursday it’s “absolutely not true” and “nobody I know saying anything like that.”

CNBC’s Jabari Young reported that some NBA team executives were arguing for the league to cancel the season given the general uncertainty as to when or how basketball could return.

Young added that executives and player agents had reached out to express reservations about resuming the current campaign: “They said team owners are concerned w

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LeBron James Rallies Celebrity Friends to Honor High School Class of 2020

LeBron James Rallies Celebrity Friends to Honor High School Class of 2020

Although the ongoing coronavirus pandemic disrupting any semblance of normality, LeBron James and his Family Foundation are launching a new initiative alongside the XQ Institute and Entertainment Industry Foundation to celebrate the end of a highly abnormal school year. Graduate Together 2020 is a multi-pronged program that aims to honor the year’s graduating high school class, simultaneously supporting under-served communities.

An hour-long multimedia event is at the core of Graduate Together, which will feature appearances from James, Pharrell Bad Bunny, , Charli & Dixie D’Amelio, Malala Yousafzai and many more. The special ad-free broadcast will offer a host of performances, commencement addresses and vignettes, abetted by a collection of student, educator and family-submitted content to be gathered as part of a digital yearbook, spearheaded by renowned artist JR‘s globa

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Sue Bird Thinks Drinking Wine Will Add Years To Her Career, Nutritionists Say … Nope

Sue Bird Thinks Drinking Wine Will Add Years To Her Career, Nutritionists Say … Nope

Sue Bird expects us to believe drinking wine is for longevity.

Sue Bird expects us to believe drinking wine is for longevity.
Illustration: Eric Barrow (Getty)

A glass of wine no matter what your profession is a borderline necessity given the times that we are in. But what about if your body is your moneymaker.

What about if you are a pro athlete?

And what if you are a pro athlete that is in the tail end of your career?

This pandemic has put a complete wrench in the plans of many players across all professional sports, including LeBron James and WNBA point guard Sue Bird.

“LeBron James’ enthusiasm over wine is a really huge tipping point for bringing wine more into the popular culture,” said André Mack, owner of Maison Noir Wines in California.

Wines derived from thick skin grapes would have more polyphenol which decrease the risk of chronic diseases. Malbec and Cabernet would fall into that category, Mack says.

Throughout the quarantine, Bird, and her partner USA soccer forward Megan Rapinoe, have hosted weekly Wine Downs on IG live. This past Saturday, the two hosted WNBA point guard Diane Taurasi and her spouse WNBA All-Star Penny Taylor as they spent a few hours discussing which player from the 2020 WNBA draft class would have the best career along with a long list of other WNBA topics while knocking back a little red vino.

As we know, throughout LeBron James’ career — more specifically since he became more open on social media — we have gotten a glimpse of his occasional red wine pairings that have permeated across the WNBA and NBA.

NBA Players like Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony and a now retired Dwyane Wade have advertised their own wine brands, or shared the brand of wine they drink sporadically throughout the season. During James’ second stint in Clevela

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‘Space Jam 2’ Title Revealed by LeBron James

‘Space Jam 2’ Title Revealed by LeBron James

Everybody get up, it’s time to slam now because “Space Jam 2” has an official title, thanks to NBA superstar LeBron James.

On Thursday, the Lakers player posted a video of himself wearing a hat on his Instagram with the logo of “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” the apparent title of the Looney Tunes sequel. It was reposted by the film’s official Twitter page later that day.

James captioned the video with the year 2021, but no specific date. Back in February of 2019, Warner Bros. had announced the release date

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Space Jam 2 Title Finally Revealed

Space Jam 2 Title Finally Revealed

The sequel to the 1996 basketball and Looney Tunes film, Space Jam, has finally been given a title. In an Instagram post on Thursday, LeBron James revealed that the title for the long-awaited next installment will be called “Space Jam: A New Legacy”.

The original film came out over 25 years ago and starred Bill Murray, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, and also featured cameos by Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Muggsy Bouges, Larry Johnson, and Shawn Bradley. The plot centered around Micheal Jordan during his brief period of retirement during the 90s, with the cast of the Looney Tunes desperately trying to rope Jordan into a basketball match

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‘Space Jam 2’ Gets an Official Title – ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’

‘Space Jam 2’ Gets an Official Title – ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’

Space Jam: A New Legacy

A sequel to the 1996 basketball movie Space Jam has been in the works for years, and superstar LeBron James has been chosen to step into the lead (human) role and replace original star Michael Jordan. But the sequel won’t just be referred to as the generic Space Jam 2: instead, it’ll be called Space Jam: A New Legacy, which is one of the most uninspired movie titles in recent memory.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

Seriously: it’s been almost 25 years since the first movie, and “A New Legacy” was the best they could come up with? It’s so bland. It’s so bland, in fact, that it doesn’t even deserve the italics in that previous sentence. This is a movie with Looney Tu

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New ‘Space Jam’ Title And Logo Unveiled By LeBron James In Online Hat Reveal

New ‘Space Jam’ Title And Logo Unveiled By LeBron James In Online Hat Reveal

LeBron James has news he can’t keep under his hat. So he revealed the title and logo of his new Space Jam take on his lid, as seen in a Twitter post.

Space Jam A New Legacy is the title of the forthcoming James vehicle. Don Cheadle and Sonequa Martin-Green join James in the live action-animation hybrid, which has

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3 Low-Key Candidates for Every Major NBA Award

3 Low-Key Candidates for Every Major NBA Award

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Projected Finalists: Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, LeBron James

Low-Key Candidates

Luka Doncic

Low-key feels like a funny description for anything related to Doncic, because the story of his early career is best told in bolded, all-caps text. He had a rookie season for the ages, and he has followed it up with another round of historic production. He went from a great freshman to a great player overnight, and he helped turn the Dallas Mavericks into a playoff team with an all-time great offense.

This is only the 12th time in league history that a player has boasted a 36-plus usage percentage across at least 30 minutes per outing. Doncic has met that massive challenge with the NBA’s fourth-highest PER and sixth-best BPM this season.

“He’s already showing he’s one of the best and he’s only [21] years old and he’s putting up the numbers like, it seems crazy to say it, but the next Michael Jordan,” fellow Slovenian Goran Dragic told NBA.com’s Sekou Smith.

                     

Nikola Jokic

Some might reserve this spot for Anthony Davis, but here, it’s subtraction by affiliation. In other words, his MVP case loses steam because LeBron James’ is so compelling.

But this isn’t a consolation-prize honor for Jokic. The seventh-highest-rated player by RPM (sixth if you exclude those five games from Stephen Curry), Jokic is the reason the Nuggets have the third-best record in the West. Denver has depth and solid complementary pieces, but the big fella is the solo star.

He’s probably the best passing big man we’ve ever seen, and he’ll soon become only the fifth player in league history to average 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in multiple seasons.

                    

Kawhi Leonard

Three players have top-30 RPM rankings both on offense and defense: James, Antetokounmpo and Leonard. If anyone wants to gripe about the occasional load ma

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Hummer EV launch event delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Hummer EV launch event delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

General Motors is delaying the upcoming reveal of the new all-electric Hummer truck, which was originally scheduled for May 20th because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The automaker isn’t yet offering a replacement date for the launch of the new electric vehicle, but it says that the production schedule isn’t currently affected. The new Hummer is due out in late 2021.

GM announced back in January that it was resurrecting the Hummer as a 1,000-horsepower electric truck under its GMC brand, and it teased it in a Super Bowl ad starr

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Celebrate international dance day & watch your favourite athlete’s lockdown moves

Celebrate international dance day & watch your favourite athlete’s lockdown moves

BBC Sport celebrates international dance day by looking back some of your favourite athletes like LeBron James, Alex Scott and Serena Williams bust

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The Perfect Trades to Land NBA Stars Their Ideal Sidekicks

The Perfect Trades to Land NBA Stars Their Ideal Sidekicks

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    Even if it’s LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant or Stephen Curry, no star wins an NBA title alone.

    It’s also important to find a co-star who complements the existing one, covers for their weaknesses and helps their development and growth.

    Many of today’s stars already have such a co-star. Between James-Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard-Paul George and Kevin DurantKyrie Irving, some of the best players in the league have already joined forces with another elite.

    But for the following five stars, these are the trades their current teams should pursue to help make life easier.

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    Atlanta Hawks Receive: SG Gary Harris

    Denver Nuggets Receive: SG Kevin Huerter, C Dewayne Dedmon

    Trae Young is already an All-Star starter at age 21, exhibiting some of the best scoring and passing chops in the NBA. While John Collins is growing into a bona fide second star, his scoring, rebounding and athleticism don’t help cover for Young’s biggest weakness: defense.

    Young ranks dead last in ESPN’s defensive real plus-minus (minus-3.12), not just among point guards but among all 503 registered NBA players. His small frame (6’1″ with a 6’2″ wingspan) is easy for opponents to both shoot over and drive past.

    Harris would be the perfect backcourt fit.

    A 6’4″ guard with a nearly 6’7″ wingpsan, Harris is a three-and-D shooting guard who ranks first at his position and 11th overall in DRPM (plus-1.88). He’s also in need of a change of scenery since his numbers have regressed after he put up 17.5 points per game on 39.6 percent shooting from three in 2017-18. At age 25, he still fits the Hawks’ rebuild and would bring six years of experience to a young Atlanta team.

    Harris would space the floor for Young while taking on the toughest defensive assignment every night, allowing him to conserve his energy for the offensive end.

    Huerter would give the Nuggets a high-upside 21-year-old shooting guard, one who can put the ball on the floor and create for others even at 6’7″. Dedmon would be a quality backup for Nikola Jokic, especially since Mason Plumlee will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    With Harris not playing up to his potential in Denver, moving him for another good, young shooting guard makes sense. And while he isn’t a superstar, he’d be a perfect fit next to Young.

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    Phoenix Suns Receive: PF Lauri Markkanen

    Chicago Bulls Receive: F Cam Johnson, G Ty Jerome, 2021 first-round pick (lottery protected)

    Devin Booker already has one potential star to run with in Deandre Ayton, but two years together has resulted in a 45-102 record even after adding Ricky Rubio in free agency last summer.

    Ayton does most of his work in the paint with a growing mid-range game, but he is 0-of-7 from three in his young career. Booker needs a power forward with star potential who’s already shown the ability to knock down threes.

    Markkanen has averaged 16.1 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 35.6 percent from three in his first three seasons, and he’s still weeks away from his 23rd birthday. The Bulls front office that drafted him is now gone, and Markkanen has grown unhappy with Chicago’s direction. A swap of young talent may be best for everyone.

    The 2017 No. 7 overall pick was hitting 42.7 percent of his threes off passes from starting point guard Tomas Satoransky this season, and that figure should only go up if he’s getting the ball from Booker and Rubio. With Dario Saric entering restricted free agency, Markkanen would give Phoenix a new starting power forward who could run pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop actions with Booker.

    Chicago could look to pry young talent away from Phoenix, with some combination of players like forward Cam Johnson (39.7 percent from three as a rookie), point guard Ty Jerome (2019 first-round pick) and forward Mikal Bridges (All-Defensive potential) coming back.

    At some point, the Sun

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LeBron backs primetime tribute for HS ’20 class

LeBron backs primetime tribute for HS ’20 class

LeBron James is combining two of his off-court passions — education and entertainment — in a prime-time event to honor the high school class of 2020 next month.

The LeBron James Family Foundation is partnering with the XQ Institute and the Entertainment Institute Foundation to present “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020,” airing across a slew of television and online platforms on May 16.

The special, which will feature the Los Angeles Lakers‘ All-Star, Nobel prize winner Malala Yousafzai, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and musical acts Bad Bunny, the Jonas Brothers, Pharrell Williams and others will be simulcast across ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, as well as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, TikTok and other streaming services.

“It’s been a hard few months for all of us, but I especially really feel for the senior class of 2020,” James said Wednesday in a quote provided to ESPN. “The end of high school and graduation was one of the best memories of my life. It’s not fair. Every graduating senior needs to know how much we feel for them, and hopefully this can help, even a little. This class is going to be specia

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LeBron James Leading Live All-Star ‘Graduate Together’ Tribute To Class Of 2020 Across Networks, Digital Platforms

LeBron James Leading Live All-Star ‘Graduate Together’ Tribute To Class Of 2020 Across Networks, Digital Platforms

Los Angeles Laker’s superstar LeBron James has long supported scholastic achievement via his philanthropic efforts.

Now, James is leading an unprecedented effort to celebrate America’s high school seniors, many of whom, because of coronavirus, won’t enjoy a graduation ceremony.

The one-hour special, called Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, will air simultaneously across ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC and on an array of digital platforms — including YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok, PeopleTV and Complex Networks.

Curated by high school students and educators throughout the country with the support of the American Federation of Teachers, this national commercial-free broadcast will include a collection of commencement addresses, celebrity performances and inspirational vignettes. Suggestions and stories are already being collected via GraduateTogether2020.com.

Celebrities such as Bad Bunny, Charli D’Amelio, Dixi

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PEOPLE, LeBron James and More to Honor the Class of 2020 with Primetime Special Graduate Together

PEOPLE, LeBron James and More to Honor the Class of 2020 with Primetime Special Graduate Together
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The Next Step In Black Progress For Agents Is Ownership

The Next Step In Black Progress For Agents Is Ownership

Agents (clockwise from top l.) Tory Dandy, David Mulugheta, Jovan Barnes, Nicole Lynn and Rich Paul.

Agents (clockwise from top l.) Tory Dandy, David Mulugheta, Jovan Barnes, Nicole Lynn and Rich Paul.
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It’s no secret that black professional athletes have been represented by mostly white agents and white-owned sports agencies for decades.

This is why it was refreshing to see a report on Friday from the Washington Post that said 17 of the 32 selections in the first round of the NFL Draft were represented by at least one black agent. It was the first draft ever where a majority of NFL first-round picks had black management.

It’s an enormous step for the black community in helping to close the opportunity gap caused by institutional racism.

However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out one glaring hole, one that many black athletes are failing to recognize.

Ownership.

And more specifically, starting their own player agencies.

Black agents have a unique struggle. They are often overly critiqued by both white players and black players because of an antiquated social ideology that views blacks as intellectually inferior. Especially when their job description doesn’t include playing in a sports arena or performing on a stage.

If black players opened their own sports agencies that focused on providing minority opportunities, it would not only open the door for aspiring black agents, it would create jobs for minority public relations professionals, graphic design artists, and video editors.

“There’s always a struggle getting people comfortable with you doing the job,” said Nicole Lynn, the first black woman to represent a top-five NFL draft pick. “And understanding that just because you don’t look like Jerry Maguire doesn’t mean you can’t do that job.”

The notion of starting these agencies isn’t new. Notable rappers have found great success with starting their own management companies that have provided access for many.

Jay-Z founded Roc Nation in 2008 as an entertainment agency, however, the legendary rapper has since expanded his brand to sports, adding star clients like Kyrie Irving and the Ball Brothers.

Lil Wayne founded the record label Young Money in 2005 and then continued to evolve its brand in 2016 when a division of the company called Young Money Sports merged with APAA sports group. The brand now represents NFL players such as Quinnen Williams, Mecole Hardman, and Lane Johnson.

While there are other black sports agencies that have carved out success in today’s climate, most notably Rich Paul’s Klutch Sports Group, the road to success for many of these aspiring black agents and agencies is still filled with roadblocks from rules that racially discriminate against certain groups.

Last year, the NCAA tried to implement a rule that required all agents to have a bachelor’s degree to serve as an agent. It was deemed by many as the “Rich Paul Rule” and seen as an attempt to thwart the success of one of the most powerful agents in sports who does not have a college diploma.Paul represents LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons and Draymond Green among other NBA players. The agency also represents Chase Young and Jeff Okudah, two of the top three picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Rich Paul, the one of the most powerful agent in sports, runs his firm Klutch Sports, and negotiates contracts for LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons and host of others.

Rich Paul, the one of the most powerful agent in sports, runs his firm Klutch Sports, and negotiates contracts for LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons and host of others.
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The NCAA amended its agent requirements shortly after the backlash, axing the degree requirement. However, the prospective rule served as another indication of how these power structures continued t

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LeBron James to honor Class of 2020 with all-star event

LeBron James to honor Class of 2020 with all-star event

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James is putting together an all-star event to honor and celebrate the high school class of 2020, which has had its graduation season upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

The LeBron James Family Foundation, XQ Institute and The Entertainment Industry Foundation on Wednesday announced that the one-hour special, “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020,?

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Report: Jalen Green Becomes 3rd HS Prospect to Sign Memorabilia Contract

Report: Jalen Green Becomes 3rd HS Prospect to Sign Memorabilia Contract
Prolific Prep's Jalen Green #4 is seen against La Lumiere during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic, Sunday, January 19, 2020, in Springfield, MA. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

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Jalen Green continues to make bold moves as he prepares to start his career as a professional basketball player by reportedly agreeing to a memorabilia deal with Upper Deck.  

Per Yahoo Sports’ Chris B. Haynes, Green is the third player to receive a memorabilia deal directly out of high school after LeBron James in 2003 and Dwight Howard in 2004. 

Green became the first player to sign up for the NBA‘s professional pathway program that guarantees him at least $500,000 and provides one year of development in the G League outside of the team structure.

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Jonathan Givony, the program will provide top NBA Draft prospects with professional coaching and exhibition competitions against G League teams and national teams

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LeBron James praises Isiah Thomas; calls him a ‘monster’ – TalkBasket.net

LeBron James praises Isiah Thomas; calls him a ‘monster’ – TalkBasket.net
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LeBron James was impressed by Isiah Thomas and his performances with the ‘Bad Boys’ Detroit Pistons.

James took to Twitter and praised Thomas, calling him a ‘monster’.

Thomas spent his entire career with the Pistons, winning two championships and the 1990 NBA Finals MVP award. He finished his career as a 12-time All-Star and was inducted into the Hall

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LeBron James: Michael Jordan Winning 1st NBA Title ‘Damn Near Had Me Tearing Up’

LeBron James: Michael Jordan Winning 1st NBA Title ‘Damn Near Had Me Tearing Up’
Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan holds the trophy after the Bulls 108-101 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in game five for the NBA championship in Inglewood, California, June 12, 1991. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

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LeBron James, like the rest of us, is enjoying ESPN’s documentary miniseries on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls, The Last Dance

James tweeted Monday that seeing the images of Michael Jordan crying and pressing his forehead against the Larry O’Brien Trophy after winning his first NBA title in 1990-91 against the Los Angeles Lakers made him emotional:

James

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Los Angeles Lakers Return $4.6 Million It Received From Federal Small Business Stimulus Program

Los Angeles Lakers Return $4.6 Million It Received From Federal Small Business Stimulus Program

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers have repaid a loan of roughly $4.6 million from coronavirus business relief funds after learning the program had been depleted.

The Lakers applied for the loan under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, a part of the federal government’s $2.2 trillion stimulus package. The Lakers’ request was granted in the first round of distribution, but after the fund ran out of money in less than two weeks, the team returned its loan, as did several wealthier business including Shake Shack and AutoNation.

The Lakers issued a statement Monday confirming what happened.

“The Lakers qualified for and received a loan under the Payroll Protection Program,” the statement read. “However, once we found out the funds from the program had been depleted, we repaid the loan so that financial support would be directed to those most in need. The Lakers remain completely committed to supporting both our employees and our community.”

ESPN first reported the Lakers’ decision.

The Treasury Department issued further guidance for the loan program last week, asking companies not to apply for the funds if they don’t need the cash to survive.

The Lakers qualified for the program because they have only about 300 employees. But the team is thought to be the NBA’s second-most valuable franchise, with Forbes estimating a value of roughly $4 billion.

The 16-time NBA champions play in the nation’s second-largest media market, and their current

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NBA Sets Target Date For Teams To Start Practicing, But There Are Rules

NBA Sets Target Date For Teams To Start Practicing, But There Are Rules

Will we see the likes of LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo and other NBA stars on the court again this season? Definitely maybe.

As local and state governments begin to lift restrictions put in place during the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA is looking to resume its 2019-20 season and has set “no earlier than May 8” as a target date for teams to start practicing again.

The league has been idle since March 11, when it became the first major U.S. sports league to shut down as the COVID-19 outbreak worsened.

Donald Trump Says Major Sports Could Resume As “Made For Television” Events — Without Fans — Under New White House Plan

The NBA is planning to modify its guidance regarding the use of team practice facilities and player training. But it has set some strict rules for any restart and noted that the May 8 ramp-up date might be pushed back “if developments warrant.”

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Ranking Every NBA Draft Class from 2000-2010

Ranking Every NBA Draft Class from 2000-2010

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    NBA draft classes are not created equally.

    Some spawn their own constellation of basketball stars. Others don’t send a single hooper into orbit.

    Most, of course, land somewhere between those extremes, but even then, there are differences between them.

    We’re here to dissect those differences and rank each draft class from 2000 to 2010. Stars dominate this discussion—just like they dominate the league—but depth plays a part, too. Longevity matters, but so do player peaks.

    Ultimately, we’re out to discover the drafts that featured the best players and made the biggest imprints on the Association.

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    If win shares is your preferred all-encompassing measure of success, then Hedo Turkoglu stands as the top player taken in this draft. Yes, as in zero-time All-Star Hedo Turkoglu, who started a pinch more than half of his games, never averaged 20 points (or six assists or six rebounds) and produced below-average player efficiency ratings in 12 of his 15 NBA seasons.

    That was the best this draft could do.

    Three players made an All-Star appearance (Kenyon Martin, Michael Redd and Jamaal Magloire), but none was invited back for a second. Redd was the draft’s only player to average more than 15 points. Jamal Crawford ranked second in scoring despite shooting just 41 percent from the field.

    Seven players from this entire draft topped 30 career win shares. Every other talent grab on this list had at least 10.

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    Dajuan Wagner had a 100-point game in high school and a nightly scoring average north of 21 points during his lone season of college ball. He scored at least 25 points in four of his first six NBA contests. But injuries and illness limited him to just 103 career appearances.

    And yet, he doesn’t even make the top three what-if rankings from this draft.

    What if top pick Yao Ming could have avoided the foot problems that forced him into early retirement? What if No. 2 pick Jay Williams wasn’t involved in a career-ending motorcycle accident after his rookie season? What if Amar’e Stoudemire, the top pick in our re-draft series, hadn’t been slowed and ultimately derailed by knee, back and eye injuries?

    It could have looked a lot better in hindsight, but now, it underwhelms in depth and star power. It produced four All-Stars (Yao, Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer and Caron Butler), but Stoudemire had the only All-NBA first-team honor among them. Seven of the top 20 picks played four NBA seasons or fewer.

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    The Association collectively embraced a high-risk, high-reward mentality for the 2004 draft, and given its modest ranking, you can probably deduce how that went.

    The college ranks were relatively ignored in this selection process. Nine of the first 20 picks arrived via preps-to-pros leaps or from overseas. That includes No. 1 pick Dwight Howard, plus fellow lottery choices Shaun Livingston, Andris Biedrins, Robert Swift and Sebastian Telfair.

    Howard is by far the biggest difference-maker in this class, which he leads in points, rebounds and win shares (133.9). The three-time Defensive Player of the Year carried the Orlando Magic to 2009 NBA Finals, and he enjoyed a four-year run of All-NBA and All-Defensive first-team appearances.

    But this was about it for stars. Four other players made All-Star rosters (Luol Deng, Devin Harris, Andre Iguodala and Jameer Nelson), but Deng was the only two-time honoree. This class did have decent depth, though, with players like Kevin Martin, Al Jefferson, Ben Gordon, Tony Allen and Trevor Ariza filling either complementary roles on good teams or featured roles on not-so-good ones.

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    The 2005 draft delivered the NBA’s point god. It just wasn’t immediately clear which floor general deserved the label.

    Deron Williams and Chris Paul were taken with back-to-back picks (third and fourth, respectively) and then battled for the title of league’s best lead guard. History may not remember a real debate between them, but Williams kept it close (four-year run of 19.2 points and 10.5 assists per game) before injuries got the best of him.

    Paul is the class’ crown jewel and among the best players to pass through the Association in the last two decades. His 179.5 career win shares are the third-most anyone has collected since 2000.

    Paul has made 10 All-Star trips, Williams went three times and David Lee booked a pair. The other two All-Stars in this draft (Andrew Bynum and Danny Granger) each hit high peaks before being almost immediately knocked down by injuries. While we haven’t mentioned the top two picks yet, neither was a massive bust, as Andrew Bogut (first) and Marvin Williams (second) are among the eight players in this draft with 50-plus win shares.

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    The 2010 draft was unofficially sponsored by John Calipari. A record five Kentucky Wildcats went in the first round—John Wall (No. 1), DeMarcus Cousins (5), Patrick Patterson (14), Eric Bledsoe (18) and Daniel Orton (29)—which give the skipper the ultimate recruiting pitch.

    “I’m not trying to be braggadocios, but if you’re a player with pro potential, where do you want to go?” Calipari said, per ESPN’s Andy Katz. “Not long ago it was Florida, and then it was Duke and then North Carolina. Right now it’s Kentucky.”

    Over time, though, this draft has been defined less by its Kentucky connections and more by its four All-Stars who share an unfortunate similarity: serious leg injuries. Paul George and Gordon Hayward have fully recovered from theirs, but the jury is still out on Wall and Cousins.

    This draft delivered a lot of solid-starter to reliable-reserve level bigs, like Derrick Favors, Hassan Whiteside, Greg Monroe, Ed Davis and Trevor Booker. It didn’t do nearly as well with guards, but Avery Bradley, Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson had their moments.

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    In perhaps a strangely timed nod to pyrotechnics, the 2006 talent grab started with a dumpster fire that nearly engulfed the entire top five. Four of the selections rank among the 10 worst of the lottery era at their respective draft slot by career win shares: No. 1 Andrea Bargnani (eighth-lowest), No. 3 Adam Morrison (lowest), No. 4 Tyrus Thomas (eighth) and No. 5 Shelden Williams (10th).

    But somehow, this brutal beginning didn’t knock the whole draft off course. It still produced talent—and stars—just from further down the board.

    Five All-Stars emerged from this draft, and they all made multiple trips. LaMarcus Aldridge is the clubhouse leader with seven, but Kyle Lowry is right behind with six. Paul Millsap and Rajon Rondo each made four All-Star trips, and Brandon Roy—who showed the highest ceiling in this class—went three times before his knees betrayed him and cut short what could have been a superstar-level career.

    The early misfires didn’t help with depth, as only a dozen players carved out decade-plus stays in the Association. But ace role players like JJ Redick, P.J. Tucker, Rudy Gay and Thabo Sefolosha give this draft some length.

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    The 2001 draft is arguably most famous—and certainly most infamous—for what happened at the top. The Washington Wizards, and then-team president Michael Jordan, made Kwame Brown the first-ever high school drafted with the No. 1 pick.

    The Wizards would love to have that one back. While Brown still worked his way to a 12-year career, h

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Michael Jordan’s Stats from Bulls’ 4 Playoff Series vs. ‘Bad Boy’ Pistons

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Every all-time great needs to vanquish the old guard before beginning their own reign. For LeBron James, it was the Kevin GarnettPaul Pierce Boston Celtics. For Michael Jordan, it was the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons.

For four straight years, Jordan’s Chicago Bulls went head-to-head against Isiah Thomas and the Pistons. Three times for a conference championship.

The Pistons were victorious in each of those first three matchups, giving Jordan the biggest failures of his professional career and making fans wonder if he could ever lead the Bulls to the promised land. How funny those storylines look in retrospect.

With Sunday’s installments of The Last Dance looking back on that rivalry, here is a look at Jordan’s stats from those four series.

    

1988 Eastern Conference Semifinals

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The 1987-88 Pistons essentially laid waste to the Bulls.

The third-seeded Bulls were a fun upstart on their way to becoming a contender but were essentially a one-man show. Jordan was the only player on the roster who scored more than 13 points per game during the regular season. Scottie Pippen was merely a promising rookie who came off the bench to add defensive presence, finishing eighth on the team in minutes per game.

This series was an ugly reminder of just how far the Bulls had to go. The Pistons bullied the young Bulls and, even to an extent, Jordan himself. Aside from a brilliant Game 2, Detroit did an excellent job of keeping MJ in check while the players around him struggled to keep pace.

The Pistons would go on to reach the NBA Finals, where they’d lose to the Lakers in a seven-game thriller.

    

Game 1

  • Points: 29
    Rebounds: 11
    Assists: 6
    Turnovers: 5
    Steals: 1
    Blocks: 0
    FG: 10-22
    3PT: 0-1
    FT: 9-10

Result: Pistons 93, Bulls 82

    

Game 2

  • Points: 36
    Rebounds: 11
    Assists: 1
    Turnovers: 2
    Steals: 1
    Blocks: 1
    FG: 14-22
    3PT: 0-0
    FT: 8-10

Result: Bulls 105, Pistons 95

    

Game 3

  • Points: 24
    Rebounds: 7
    Assists: 3
    Turnovers: 5
    Steals: 1
    Blocks: 1
    FG: 8-20
    3PT: 0-0
    FT: 8-9

Result: Pistons 101, Bulls 79

    

Game 4

  • Points: 23
    Rebounds: 7
    Assists: 5
    Turnovers: 3
    Steals: 6
    Blocks: 0
    FG: 11-22
    3PT: 0-0
    FT: 1-2

Result: Pistons 96, Bulls 77

    


Game 5

  • Points: 25
    Rebounds: 8
    Assists: 8
    Turnovers: 3
    Steals: 2
    Blocks: 0
    FG: 10-22
    3PT: 1-2
    FT: 4-7

Result: Pistons 102, Bulls 95 (DET wins, 4-1)

Averages: 27.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.6 blocks, 49.1 FG%

      

1989 Eastern Conference Finals

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Consistency was not Jordan’s strong suit in this series. While he was transcendent in a 46-point outing that gave the Bulls a 2-1 series lead and seemingly set the stage for a new king of the East, his next two games went by with a whimper.

The Pistons used their veteran guile and some hard fouls to rough up Jordan in Game 4 to the point he essentially disappeared in Game 5. Jordan’s eight shot attempts were the only time he took fewer than 10 in a playoff game in his entire career. In fact, it was the only time he took fewer than 14. While he got to the line 11 times and added nine assists, that performance goes down as one of the biggest blemishes on Jordan’s playoff resume.

The Pistons themselves were a motivated, deep powerhouse that atoned for their 1988 Finals defeat by sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers. No shame in losing to what was by far the best team in basketball.

    

Game 1

  • Points: 32
    Rebounds: 11
    Assists: 4
    Turnovers: 3
    Steals: 0
    Blocks: 0
    FG: 10-29
    3PT: 2-6
    FT: 10-13

Result: Bulls 94, Pistons 88

    

Game 2

  • Points: 27
    Rebounds: 4
    Assists: 4
    Turnovers: 4
    Steals: 2
    Blocks: 1
    FG: 9-20
    3PT: 0-2
    FT: 9-11

Result: Pistons 100, Bulls 91

    

Game 3

  • Points: 46
    Rebounds: 7
    Assists: 5
    Turnovers: 2
    Steals: 5
    Blocks: 0
    FG: 16-26
    3PT: 0-3
    FT: 14-15

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LeBron James on Heat-Era Assist to Mike Miller: ‘Don’t Try That Pass at Home’

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Make sure to take every precaution when attempting to emulate LeBron James while stuck at home.

The NBA‘s Twitter account shared a replay of Mike Miller’s halftime buzzer-beater from Game 2 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals. James drew the defense inside before firing a pass to Miller in the corner.

LeBron cautioned that some things are better left to the professionals:

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GOATs on GOATs: LeBron and MJ in their own words

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Feb. 14, 2019.

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Six championships. Count ’em. OK, stop us if you’ve also heard this: LeBron James is the GOAT. The King is simply bigger and stronger, and he has done it longer.

The two never faced off in an NBA game. Jordan played his last game for the Washington Wizards on April 16, 2003 — two months before the Cleveland Cavaliers made James the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. But their paths have been linked for as long as we can remember — and crossed again March 6 at Staples Center as James passed Jordan for fourth on the all-time scoring list.

So who is the real GOAT? The debate rages on. On your television. In the comments section. In your Twitter replies.

But it doesn’t matter what we say. Here are Jordan and James, in their own words, talking about each other over the past 17 years.


2001: The first meeting

LeBron James was a young high school star who had yet to make his big impression on the national stage when he first met Michael Jordan, who was preparing for a comeback with the Wizards. James spoke about that first meeting this past December as he prepared to play the Jordan-owned Hornets in Charlotte.

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LeBron James reminisces about the first time he met Michael Jordan in 2001.

“It was godly. I’ve said that over and over before, but it was like meeting God for the first time. That’s what I felt like as a 16-year-old kid when I met MJ.
— LeBron James
Dec. 15, 2018 (Source: Multiple, pregame media availability)

2002: LeBron hits the scene

Just a year later, James himself was getting compared to deities, being dubbed “The Chosen One” on the cover of “Sports Illustrated” as a junior in high school.

He’s very talented. But he’s young, and there’s a lot of things he doesn’t know.”
— Michael Jordan
Jan. 18, 2002 (Source: Associated Press)

“If you have a chance to talk to him, you listen. More people listen to him than listen to the president of the United States.”
— LeBron James
Nov. 5, 2002 (Source: Newhouse News Services)

2003: Jordan exits, James enters

“Is he capable? Yes. He has the skills that most 18-year-olds do not have. Now, if you equate that to playing in the league, I think he would be an average player in our league right now with the potential to be a better player. To say that he can step in at the same level as a Tracy McGrady or a Kobe Bryant would be unfair to LeBron James.”
— Michael Jordan
Feb. 4, 2003 (Source: MSG Network)

Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player ever and … if anybody in the world can criticize somebody, it can be Michael Jordan. There’s no way I’m going to get mad at Michael Jordan criticizing me. There’s no way. Michael Jordan is like a dad. If Michael Jordan is going to tell anybody to do something — the players, the media, the coaches — you should do it. Simple as that.”
— LeBron James
April 16, 2003 (Source: Associated Press)

“I’m not going to be able to do it the way Jordan did, I can tell you that. I think I can produce enough, contribute enough, on and off the court, to lift the city of Cleveland.”
— LeBron James
June 27, 2003 (Source: New York Post)

A changing of the guard was taking place, whether Jordan wanted to acknowledge it or not. Jordan played his final game as a member of the Wizards on April 16, 2003. Two months later, James was selected No. 1 overall by the Cavaliers, a team Jordan famously tormented during his NBA career. The next generation had arrived.

Before his first game as a professional at Chicago’s United Center — The House That MJ Built — James tried to downplay the comparisons.

I’m not trying to be Jordan. I’m not trying to compare myself to Jordan or Magic [Johnson] or [Larry] Bird. A lot of people are, but I’m not. They have their own legacies. I’m trying to build my own. I know Michael, but I don’t communicate with him. I’m just trying to be me.”
— LeBron James
Dec. 19, 2003 (Source: Chicago Sun Times)

2004-2006: James on the rise

Though James downplayed the Jordan comparison, he was forced to face it again in 2004, when he made his Team USA debut — wearing the same No. 9 that Jordan had worn with the Dream Team.

“It didn’t matter what I said, I knew you guys would make that connection anyway. That was the greatest basketball team of all time.
— LeBron James
Aug. 13, 2004 (Source: The Record — of Bergen County, New Jersey)

“I think he’s doing fine on his own. Obviously, you guys are comparing him with me. They did it with me when I came up with [Julius Erving] and Oscar [Robertson]. But I think the thing about LeBron and what makes him hopefully survive is that he does what’s best for LeBron, not what people expect him to do, who think he should be Michael Jordan.”
— Michael Jordan
Feb. 10, 2005 (Source: New York Daily News)

“I’ve seen classic games of Jordan versus the Pistons and the Bulls versus the Pistons. To become the best, you’ve got to beat the best. It might not happen the first year or the second year or third year, but you just got to keep working at it and, hopefully, you’ll get over that hump. [Jordan] was able to overcome adversity and overcome the beast. He became the beast.
— LeBron James
May 9, 2006 (Source: The Globe and Mail, Canada)

Those classic Pistons-Bulls clashes — four series from 1988 to 1991 — saw Detroit’s rough-and-tumble “Jordan Rules” blitz and bruise the Bulls star with a defensive scheme now outlawed. The Pistons overcame Chicago until Jordan got over the hump in 1991. Before Game 2 of the 2006 Eastern Conference semis during James’ first postseason, James considered the obstacle of the modern Bad Boys, a Pistons championship group that would make six straight conference finals from 2003 to 2008. James, it turned out, was a year away.

2007: LeBron makes ‘The Leap’

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On May 31, 2007, LeBron James scored 48 points as Cleveland beat Detroit in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

In Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, James put on a Jordanesque show, scoring the Cavaliers’ final 25 points to lift them to a double-overtime win. Two days later, Cleveland reached its first NBA Finals by eliminating the Pistons, the same team Jordan had gotten past to reach his first Finals in 1991. Though James and the Cavs would end up being swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the Finals, Jordan was complimentary of James’ accomplishments … to an extent.

“What just transpired was something I felt was needed for the league, was needed for Cleveland, was needed for LeBron. Making ‘The Leap’ is where you do it every single night. It’s expected of you, and you do it. … Not one game, not two games. It’s consistent. Every defense comes in and they focus on you and you still impact the game. I think he’s shown signs of that.”
— Michael Jordan
June 4, 2007 (Source: Chicago Tribune)

“Anytime you get praise from the guy who basically laid down all the stones for you to get here — I grew up idolizing his game and how he played the game of basketball — it was definitely great to hear.”
— LeBron James
June 4, 2007 (Source: Associated Press)

2008-2009: LeBron strikes out on his own

I’m a totally different player than Michael Jordan. As far as the next Jordan, there is no such thing. There’s one Michael Jordan and only one, and no one compares with him.
— LeBron James
March 6, 2008 (Source: Chicago Tribune)

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LeBron James nails a 3-pointer over Hedo Turkoglu as time expires to give the Cavaliers a 96-95 win over the Magic in Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference finals.

“That guy is not in the league anymore. The other 23 is on the good side now.”
— LeBron James
May 22, 2009 (Source: Associated Press)

Of course, Jordan had been retired for six years, but the memories of his dominance hadn’t faded, especially in Cleveland. That’s why when James hit what he called the biggest shot of his career to that point, a buzzer-beating 3 over Hedo Turkoglu to beat the Orlando Magic in





























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Chris Bosh Celebrates ‘The Last Dance’ with Photoshopped Image of Jordan Block

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Chris Bosh superimposed himself into The Last Dance:

ESPN will air the third and fourth episodes of the 10-part documentary series Sunday night. The Last Dance gives an inside look at Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, specifically their 1997-98 title run that marked the end of their six-championship dynasty.

Bosh won back-to-back NBA Finals in 2012 and ’13 alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as the Miami Heat’s Big Three. The 36-year-old had previously establish

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Dwyane Wade Talks Giving Norris Cole His Porsche for Hitting Half-Court Shot

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Norris Cole hit one of the most lucrative half-court shots ever. 

The former NBA player joined Dwyane Wade on the Platform Basketball Podcast and recounted betting D-Wade he could hit a half-court shot when the pair were teammates on the Miami Heat. Wade said if he did, he’d give him his brand-new Porsche. 

And Norris hit the shot. 

Norris joined the Heat in the 2011-12 sea

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Lakers’ LeBron James Shares Home Workout Videos Amid Coronavirus Quarantine

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LeBron James isn’t about to allow the coronavirus lockdown to mess with his conditioning.

The Los Angeles Lakers star shared a home workout on his Instagram on Friday, featuring a ton of band work. 

“All band and core work! Let’s work folks! Who with me???” the post read.

Not all of us are superhuman athletic marvels with the dedication and drive to be the greatest basketball player of all time.?

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LeBron James’ College List Once Included Duke, North Carolina And Ohio State

LeBron James in a Duke or North Carolina uniform?

It could have happened had King James gone to college instead of jumping straight to the NBA as the No. 1 overall pick in 2003, but he most likely would’ve ended up at Ohio State.

During an ESPN2 rebroadcast on Friday of a 2002 game between James’ St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) team and Oak Hill Academy (VA), Dick Vitale said James’ college list at the time featured Duke, Florida, Louisville, North Carolina and Ohio State. Vitale did the game at Cleveland State Univ

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LeBron James Congratulates ‘Straight Up Dog’ Jeff Okudah Before 2020 NFL Draft

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LeBron James is quite public in his Ohio State football fandom, and he still supports the players after they are done suiting up in scarlet and gray.

With cornerback Jeff Okudah set to be the latest in a long list of Ohio State defensive backs to be drafted Thursday, the King offered his congratulations:

“I’m saying CONGRATULATIONS right now lil bro!!” James wrote. “Whoever draft you is getting a straight up DOG but more importantly a great young man!”

It is not a surprise James is supporting Okudah, and it goes beyond the Ohio State connections. Klutch Sports, the agency founded by James’ longtime friend Rich Paul, welcomed both the cornerback and his college teammate Chase Young to the fold in January:

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LeBron James’ Agent Rich Paul’s Clients Chase Young, Jeff Okudah Go 2-3 in Draft

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Aside from the college prospects hearing their names called during the NFL draft on Thursday, no one is having a better first round than LeBron James’ agent, Rich Paul. 

In his first year as a certified NFL agent, Paul saw two of his clients selected among the top three picks. 

With Chase Young going No. 2 overall to Washington and Jeff Okudah landing with the Detroit Lions at No. 3, Paul made a massive statement as he begins his foray into NFL representation. 

Young and Okudah join a stable of talent that includes James, An

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Draymond Green: Kevin Durant ‘Wasn’t as Happy’ After 2017 Finals Win vs. LeBron

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In November, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he felt Kevin Durant‘s happiness begin to wane following the team’s first title, possibly because he didn’t receive enough praise for the team’s success.

Draymond Green backed up Kerr’s comments in even more detail Thursday during an appearance on All the Smoke:

“We win a championship, Kevin wins Finals MVP, in my opinion, he got the best of Bron that series, like Kevin was f–kin’ rockin’. … After that, that was kinda that moment, damn, Kevin should be the best player in the NBA because of what he just did to LeBron. You turn on the TV the next day and the f–kin headline is, ‘LeBron James Still the Best Player in the World?’ You got Stephen A, you got all these people debating it, and everybody still sayin’ LeBron James is the best player in the world.

“That’s when I kind of felt like it took a turn. And then we came back in the 2017-18 season, and Kevin just wasn’t as happy. He wasn’t as like ‘Steph do what you do, Klay do

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NFL Draft 2020: Five things to know about Lions DB Jeff Okudah

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The Detroit Lions have found their corner of the future.

Jeff Okudah, regarded by many as the top defensive back in this year’s draft, is heading to Motown. In three years at Ohio State, Okudah anchored one of the most consistent secondaries in college football.

Last season he led the Buckeyes’ fourth-ranked defense with three interceptions, helping them keep opponents to just under 14 points per game. Okudah (6-1 and 205 pounds) has a similar size profile to many of the top cornerback prospects in recent years and is the latest in a long line of talented defensive backs to come out of Ohio State. 

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Here are five things to know about the new Lions cornerback:

1. He’s not here for false criticism

At the scouting combine in February, Okudah showed that he wasn’t afraid to stand up for himself off the field. In response to a question by a reporter about his “sloppy” play, Okudah pushed back saying “I had zero pass interferences, zero holdings. Put the tape on again; you might see something else.” The exchange quickly went viral, with outlets subsequently verifying Okudah’s claim.

2. He was a bona fide shutdown corner in college

The title “shutdown corner” may be overused in today’s game, but for Okudah it’s actually true. According to Pro Football Focus, last year opposing QB’s had a passer rating of 45.3 on throws where he was in coverage. Even more impressive? In tracking his play since 2018, PFF found that out of the 400 plays where he was directly involved in coverage “just six resulted in a 15-plus yard gain for the opposing receiver.”

3. He’s got hops

Despite taking a nasty fall during the broad jump position of the NFL scouting combine, Okudah showed up in top form for the standing vertical measurement. With a 41-inch vertical, he was tied for the second-highest standing-vertical among defensive backs. For comparisons, the highest standing vertical jump measured at

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Warriors’ Steph Curry ‘Unbothered’ by Maverick Carter’s Comments on His Defense

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Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry didn’t seem too bothered that businessman—and close LeBron James associate—Maverick Carter believes he can score on the sharpshooter.

During an interview with Chris “COSeezy” Strachan, Curry said, “You doing something great no matter what it is, they’re coming for you. … People who actually know what they’re talking about they’re gonna speak facts and truth.”

Without specifically mentioning Carter, Curry suggested using his name to get recognition makes “you look stupid.”

“I am so secure in who I am and who I know I am on the court, that’s why I never respond to anybody because either I’m agreeing with you or I’m laughing,” he said. “At the end of the day, you look stupid if you’re saying something to try to use my name to either get some pub or some heat or some clicks, or whatever it is.”

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Joe Burrow is expected to be the top overall pick in the NFL draft when the Cincinnati Bengals are officially on the clock.

But the LSU star quarterback also told Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks that he believes he could find some degree of success in a different sport if he trained for it, and that’s professional basketball:

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Kendrick Perkins Defends LeBron James After Michael Jordan Is Praised for Losses

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Kendrick Perkins is coming to the defense of LeBron James

The former NBA champion and James’ ex-teammate took to Twitter to compare the expectations fans have for LeBron versus Michael Jordan after the latter received praise in The Last Dance for his brilliance in losing efforts.

“The expectations of ‘Bron [are] like nothing we’ve ever seen in NBA history. If Bron scores 63 and 49 in a series and gets swept, every sports network is talking about his inability to get it done, while MJ is getting praised and awarded player of the game in losses,” Perkins tweeted.

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The Last Dance is a perfect distraction in a world without sport – CNET

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The legendary 97/98 Chicago Bulls.


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Let me get one thing out of the way: I don’t really care about basketball. I’m more of a soccer guy. Basketball’s high scoring feels just a bit too much. When someone scores in soccer? It’s exhilarating. In basketball? That sensation is dulled. 

Then there’s the weird size thing. In soccer, the world’s greatest player could be 6 feet, 1 inch like Zinedine Zidane, or 5 feet, 6 inches like Maradona. In basketball, almost all the greats are 6 feet, 5 inches or above. To me, that speaks to a sport more focused on physical attributes than pure technique or skill.

But none of that stopped me sitting on Netflix Sunday, refreshing the homepage over and over, waiting for the first two episodes of The Last Dance to drop. 

The Last Dance: a new, one-of-a-kind sports documentary, directed by Jason Hehir, focusing on the 1997-1998 NBA season from the perspective of the legendary Chicago Bulls. A series that promises unseen footage of basketball’s most famous team and — more importantly — its most celebrated player, Michael Jordan.

The Last Dance was originally supposed to be released in June of this year, but given the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent cancellation of pretty much every single sporting event — the NBA, the NFL, the EPL, the Olympics — the powers that be decided to do us all a big favor and push the release date forward. 

The first two episodes of The Last Dance aired April 19 on ESPN in the US with the remaining eight episodes releasing weekly until mid-

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The Last Dance and Michael Jordan are perfect distractions in a world desperate for sport – CNET

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The legendary 97/98 Chicago Bulls.


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Let me get one thing out of the way: I don’t really care about basketball. I’m more of a soccer guy. Basketball’s high scoring feels just a bit too much. When someone scores in soccer? It’s exhilarating. In basketball? That sensation is dulled. 

Then there’s the weird size thing. In soccer, the world’s greatest player could be 6 feet, 1 inch like Zinedine Zidane, or 5 feet, 6 inches like Maradona. In basketball, almost all the greats are 6 feet, 5 inches or above. To me, that speaks to a sport more focused on physical attributes than pure technique or skill.

But none of that stopped me sitting on Netflix Sunday, refreshing the homepage over and over, waiting for the first two episodes of The Last Dance to drop. 

The Last Dance: a new, one-of-a-kind sports documentary, directed by Jason Hehir, focusing on the 1997-1998 NBA season from the perspective of the legendary Chicago Bulls. A series that promises unseen footage of basketball’s most famous team and — more importantly — its most celebrated player, Michael Jordan.

The Last Dance was originally supposed to be released in June of this year, but given the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent cancellation of pretty much every single sporting event — the NBA, the NFL, the EPL, the Olympics — the powers that be decided to do us all a big favor and push the release date forward. 

The first two episodes of The Last Dance aired April 19 on ESPN in the US with the remaining eight episodes releasing weekly until mid-

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Michael Jordan Will Reportedly Donate His ‘Last Dance’ Proceeds to Charity

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Hall of Famer Michael Jordan will receive no money from ESPN’s 10-part documentary series, The Last Dance.

ForbesKurt Badenhausen reported Jordan plans to donate the proceeds he’ll receive—estimated to be around $3 million or $4 million—to charity.

Numerous sports fans were eagerly anticipating the documentary when it was first announced in May 2018. That anticipation reached a high point as the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a halt to live sports, and ESPN moved up the series from its original June air date.

The first two episodes, which aired Sunday night, drew an average of 6.1 million viewers.

While Jordan won’t directly benefit financially as a result of The Last Dance, he’s likely to collect less tangible rewards.

For thos

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Why Scott Burrell appreciated MJ’s harsh leadership style – NBCSports.com

Michael Jordan was never easy on former Bulls teammate Scott Burrell. That’s one thing sure to shine through as “The Last Dance” docuseries marches on.

“When you see the footage of it (him riding Scott Burrell), you’re going to think that I’m a horrible guy,” Jason Hehir, paraphrasing Jordan, dictated to Richard Deitsch of The Athletic. “But you have to realize that the reason why I was treating him like that is because I needed him to be tough in the playoffs and we’re facing the Indiana’s and Miami’s and New York’s in the Eastern Conference. He needed to be tough and I needed to know that I could count on him.”

In the debut of “The Last Dance,” we got a peek at the ruthless competitive side that Jordan was so worried about others seeing. We even got a look at him interacting with Burrell in… Let’s call it an icy manner.

But ask Burrell, and he appreciated Jordan’s leadership style as a teammate. We did just that on the most recent episode of the Bulls Talk Podcast.

“I just hope people don’t get a bad view of Michael after this movie,” Burrell said. “What he said

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The new Michael Jordan documentary, The Last Dance, throws down a marker in the GOAT debate. Here’s how Muhammad Ali popularized ‘the greatest’ moniker and how it grew to touch everything in culture.

  • ESPN’s 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan, “The Last Dance,” is an education for younger generations who never saw “the greatest basketball player of all time” play during his 1990s prime.
  • Athletes calling themselves “the greatest” predates Jordan, though, most famously in the boastful words of the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
  • The “GOAT” (as in, the “greatest of all time”) term has begun to transcend sports, finding itself in the pop music world and even on game shows like “Jeopardy.”
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Long before the crying Jordan meme, when Michael Jordan retired from professional basketball (the second time, not the third), he was widely considered “the greatest basketball player of all time.” 

In the years since, the “greatest” debate has intensified in the context of basketball, as LeBron James, who wears both of the heir apparent nicknames “the chosen one” and “King James,” built an impressive resume that made a comparison with Jordan legitimate. Still, it rankled many in the basketball community in 2018, when James said, “That one right there made me the greatest player of all-time,” in reference to h

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Last Night on ‘The Last Dance’: Episodes 1 & 2 – Sports Illustrated

If we could conjure up a metaphorical watercooler right now—a place where we gather (observing social distancing of course), grouse and gab—would the word Jordan be on most of our lips? Is there a comparison to be made with a long-ago Monday morning, specifically Feb. 10, 1964? That’s when the national conversation centered on Paul, John, George and Ringo, the previous night’s guests on The Ed Sullivan Show, that program being our national cultural clearinghouse back in those three-channel days.

We will know more when we get ratings from Sunday night’s first two episodes of The Last Dance, the ESPN-Netflix Michael Jordan documentary that will answer the question: With a great majority of us in quarantine, will the already-well-told tale of an athlete who hasn’t played since 2003 serve as our collective conversation piece? Moreover, does The Last Dance have the goods to carry us through eight more hours over the next four Sundays?

My answer to the last query: a definite maybe.

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There are a limited number of athletes we would even consider to have a chance at passing the 600-minute litmus test. Muhammad Ali? Sure. Serena and Venus Williams together? Maybe. Tom Brady? Uh … no. Now, Ken Burns gave The Roosevelts 14 hours over seven episodes, but you had three of them to get at, including Eleanor, and two of them were, you know, president. Charlie Pierce, who toggles between sports and politics about as well as anyone, questioned on Twitter why Jordan would even remotely warrant that much time, since he never had much interesting to say about subjects outside of basketball.

A reasonable point. But as someone who covered Jordan for the better portion of his NBA career, I can say: You didn’t go to Jordan to plug into the national zeitgeist. You went to Jordan to chronicle his basketball journeys, to bear witness to his GOAT-ness, to write about this fierce force of nature who never tired of dominating, to try to deconstruct this most-hyped of athletes who somehow always lived up to his hype, a very difficult thing to do. Which is another way of saying: You went to Jordan to watch him play.

Plus, if Jordan was vanilla on politics, he was never an anodyne personality. He could get wound up, and working in the doc’s favor is the fact that Jordan was most wound up before and during the 1997–98 season, which serves as the grounding point for The Last Dance.

The Bulls were coming off two straight championships, but Scottie Pippen was injured and furious with his contract; Dennis Rodman was a here-today-gone-tomorrow heyoka, in Phil Jackson’s words (a backward-walking man from Native American culture); and management, as if propelled by some mysterious centripetal force that even they didn’t quite understand, was determined to break up the team.

So with an NBA Entertainment camera crew already having been granted unlimited access, coach Jackson—master of aphorism, creator of themed content—termed the ’97-98 season “The Last Dance.”

Phil also liked The Band. We’ll get back to that.

A personal admission. I would be less than honest if I said it didn’t matter to me that I wasn’t interviewed for the doc, though over the years I have pontificated about Jordan and others of his generation on outlets too numerous to count. According to The Last Dance’s producers, 130 subjects were interviewed on camera, so I must’ve been, in the comforting words of former Sports Illustrated colleague Michael Farber, “No. 131, for sure.”

I was scheduled on at least four occasions to talk on camera, but each was called off, one of them because, I was told, “We have to do J.T.”

Holy hell, James Taylor? James Taylor’s in the Jordan doc!? Must be a “Going to Carolina in My Mind” connection with MJ. But, no; the singer-songwriter, is not in the doc. Justin Timberlake, however, is. Among others who make present-day appearances, just in the first two episodes: Barack Obama, William Jefferson Clinton, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas. Ten hours is a big canvas, so you better have a lot of paint.

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Regarding the title, it’s doubtful that Bulls players were fans of Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm and the boys, but in the back of Phil Jackson’s mind was Martin Scorsese’s classic 1978 concert film The Last Waltz, which chronicles the final gig for The Band, which took place two years earlier at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

“It was a big takeoff on that movie,” Jackson told me a couple of days ago. “Plus, I did often refer to working the triangle [offense] as being a dance. I taught the players to work on a 4/4 beat, like hip-hop time. I used to say: ‘You have two seconds to assess your position and act. If you hold the ball any longer, you are impeding the offense.’ ” Jackson told me that on many nights assistant coach Tex Winter, one of the architects of the triangle, would nudge him and say, “Take Jordan out. He’s holding the ball too long.” Jackson would usually ignore him.

Today’s Jordan first appears in Episode 1 shot from behind—alone; big, bald head gleaming like Ving Rhames’s Marsellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction; left-ear-ringed; sliver-thin Zorro ’stache; expensive watch; staring out of a mansion window onto a cerulean sky and sea. He could be a Central American dictator in exile, which is not a terrible metaphor for Jordan, who surfaces rarely these days and once commanded comparable power and intrigue. One of the best things about the first two hours of The Last Dance is that it appears Jordan is all in, talking comfortably in an easy chair, a glass of something smooth beside him, cigar sometimes in hand.

We don’t stay there long, as director Jason Hehir s

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The stories behind the best NBA prospects we’ve ever seen

Who are the best basketball prospects our NBA experts have ever seen?

Inspired by ESPN’s MLB team, we asked an ESPN panel about watching some of the league’s standout players before they made it big. The only rule: You had to see the prospect play in person before his first NBA game.

Our picks feature multiple All-Stars and Hall of Famers, including Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Luka Doncic and more. Here’s when we knew they were special.


Steph Curry steals the show vs. Blake Griffin

It was a mid-November nonconference game between two ranked teams, the kind of early-season college basketball game that scratches for attention against football. But people were paying attention to Davidson’s visit to Oklahoma because the matchup featured two of the biggest collegiate hoops stars: the high-flying Blake Griffin and the nation’s leading scorer in Stephen Curry. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green made the trip down I-35 to sit courtside. A 10-year-old Trae Young was in the lower bowl with his dad.

Seeing Steph in person then was like seeing Steph in person now. There was a buzz to every shot he took, your eyes seemingly trained to follow him all over the floor as he weaved through defenders and around screens like he was a basketball shell game. Still, he was more novelty than sure thing, a gunning, undersized guard who left many draft experts and scouts skeptical. Curry was thin and baby-faced, his jersey sagging off him. Griffin, though, was built like he was ready to play on the block against Amar’e Stoudemire that night. It was the perfect matchup.

Griffin finished with 25 points on 11 shots and grabbed 21 boards. He was dominant, soaring for dunks and mean-mugging everybody. But Curry stole the show, dropping 44 points and sparking two different second-half runs that nearly brought the Wildcats back from a 21-point deficit. Every time the ball found Curry, the arena buzzed with a mixture of “oh no” and “oh boy.” The fear Curry instilled in opponents and road crowds already was real.

After the game, Durant and Westbrook hung around to shake Curry’s hand as he walked off the floor, the two NBA players acknowledging the young college star. It was kind of an awkward picture then, with a pre-fashion forward Westbrook and the fact that Curry was older than Durant and Westbrook; but it’s really an awkward one now, considering how things eventually played out between the three.

— Royce Young

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Take a look back at how Kobe Bryant went from high school phenom at Lower Merion to a teenage sensation early in his NBA career.

Kobe’s stunning first impression

It is not too common that the first player a scout ever looks at turns out to be an all-time great.

That’s what happened to me in March 1996.

I was a basketball operations assistant, three months removed from shedding the intern tag, when then New Jersey Nets general manager Willis Reed summoned me into his office. He was reading through a scouting service the Nets subscribed to and asked me, “Have you heard of this 17-year-old high school player named Kobe Bryant?”

I answered no. Back then, there was no social media buzz, no easily accessible highlights — we didn’t even have a scouting database where his name would have shown up. Three months before his name would be selected by the Charlotte Hornets, Bryant was still unknown to some of basketball’s biggest power players.

One day later, Willis asked me to jump on a train to Philadelphia and catch one of Kobe’s state playoff games. It wasn’t uncommon back then to take an all-hands-on deck approach to scouting games. When I first started with the Nets, we had a small scouting staff that consisted of a director of player personnel and three regional scouts.

Watching Kobe, I was mesmerized. Here was a 6-foot-7 17-year-old who could do everything and play multiple positions. In addition to the mental toughness he displayed during his NBA career, Kobe had deep range, post-up moves resembling that of a big and an aggressiveness to attack the basket. Lower Merion High School wound up winning the game (Kobe scored 39 points) over Chester at the famed Palestra. Yes, there were weaknesses to his game, primarily handling the ball against small defenders, but I remember writing on a note card, “This kid could play in the NBA right now.”

Three months later, I served as Kobe’s draft host (a glorified name for driver) when he worked out for the Nets. Just as he had in the game I watched, Kobe destroyed the workout — this time against NBA players.

— Bobby Marks

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On Dec. 12, 2002, LeBron James made his ESPN debut with his St. Vincent-St. Mary High team. James scored 31 points in a win.

LeBron comes up clutch

With Division I coaches, power agents and sneaker impresarios in the stands at Fairleigh Dickinson University for the marquee game of the 2001 ABCD Camp, I snagged a spot on the sideline and sat cross-legged near the half-court line. It was the first time I saw LeBron James play in person.

James was a rising junior facing off against rising senior Lenny Cooke, a New York City prospect who was the talk of the New Jersey




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Twitter Is Absolutely in Love With ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance’

ESPN’s 10-part documentary The Last Dance, which centers on Michael Jordan and the ’90s Bulls and features previously unseen footage from the 1997-98 season, premiered yesterday. The documentary’s release date was brought forward due to coronavirus quarantine — a decision met with appreciation by the many sports fans stuck at home without live sports.

Predictably, reactions on social media were plentiful and — judging by Twitter feeds — overwhelmingly positive. Of course, it didn’t take long for LeBron James to be dragged back into GOAT discussions, former POTUSes Barack Obama and Bill Clinton got mentions, and Scottie Pippen’s contract to become the main topic of discussion.

For those of you who haven’t watched the first part of the docu-series, there may be spoilers below. For those that have or don’t care, scroll through some of the best reactions below.

Overall consensus:

LeBron stans in shambles

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Shannon Sharpe: MJ made his doc because he heard the ‘footsteps’ of LeBron in GOAT race

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Michael Jordan agreed to do his documentary on the same day LeBron James had his 2016 NBA Finals victory parade in Cleveland. This raises the question; Is this just a coincidence or did Michael Jordan feel the pressure from LeBron James closing in on the GOAT race? Hear why Shannon Sharpe believes LeBron James is the main reason MJ agreed on the documentary.

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Trae Young: Michael Jordan May Be My GOAT After ‘The Last Dance’ Documentary

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If nothing else, LeBron James may have some extra motivation the next time he plays the Atlanta Hawks.

On Sunday, Hawks guard Trae Young suggested watching the Last Dance documentary chronicling Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls may change his mind in the never-ending debate about who is the greatest basketball player of all time:

It was just last month Young listed James at the top of his rankings:

As the Hawks guard hyped Jordan up during the series premiere, Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell made sure to remind Young of his list:

Even hardcore Jordan fans should cut the Hawks playmaker some slack. After all, the 21-year-old Young was born after the Bulls legend lifted the Larry O

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Dwyane Wade During ‘The Last Dance’: Michael Jordan ‘Was Chosen to Be the GOAT’

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Future NBA Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade had a front-row seat to the debate over whether Michael Jordan or LeBron James is the greatest of all time by playing alongside James from 2010 to 2014 and winning two championships together with the Miami Heat.

Wade cast his vote for Jordan in a roundabout way during the debut of ESPN’s 10-part documentary titled The Last Dance on Sunday night:

Wade was not the only one to refer to Jordan as the GOAT during the premiere:

As for James, he was just as eager as everybody else to go down memory lane with MJ:

The series takes an intimate look at Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, particularly during their 1998 NBA Finals run—the sixth and final title of the

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Dwyane Wade names his All-Time Top 5 – TalkBasket.net

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Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade named his All-Time Top five which includes two of his former teammates. The three-time NBA champion said his favorite player of all time is Michael Jordan who naturally makes his Top 5.

The other players are LeBron James (played with D-Wade in Miami), Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson and Shaquille O’Neal (played with D-Wade in Miami).

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Utah’s Mike Conley came out on top after beating Chicago’s Zach LaVine.”,”descriptionText”:”The NBA organized a remote, virtual H-O-R-S-E tournament featuring stars, past and present, from the NBA and WNBA. Utah’s Mike Conley came out on top after beating Chicago’s Zach LaVine.”},{“title”:”Football is still going on in five places around the world”,”duration”:”02:12″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:””,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/sports/2020/04/13/football-still-going-belarus-burundi-nicaragua-tajikistan-taiwan-FIFA-fifpro-spt-intl-lon-orig.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”sports/2020/04/13/football-still-going-belarus-burundi-nicaragua-tajikistan-taiwan-FIFA-fifpro-spt-intl-lon-orig.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/200413133548-belarus-football-still-going-tease-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/sports/2020/04/13/football-still-going-belarus-burundi-nicaragua-tajikistan-taiwan-FIFA-fifpro-spt-intl-lon-orig.cnn/video/playlists/coronavirus-and-sport/”,”description”:”At present, 206 out of FIFA’s 211 national associations have stopped playing football. But Belarus, Burundi, Nicaragua, Tajikistan and Taiwan are bucking the trend, despite pleas from the WHO and FIFPro.”,”descriptionText”:”At present, 206 out of FIFA’s 211 national associations have stopped playing football. But Belarus, Burundi, Nicaragua, Tajikistan and Taiwan ar

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If Friday night was any indication, Kobe Bryant’s legacy of supporting the women’s game is being carried on by the current and former NBA stars he left behind.

During the 2020 WNBA — where Bryant’s late daughter, Gianna, was selected as an honorary pick to kick off the draft — a slew of NBA players were active on social media congratulating and cheering on their newly drafted counterparts.

Kevin Durant’s tweet came out first when it was announced that Oregon stand out guard, Sabrina Ionescu, was picked with the No.1 pick, headed to New York and would be playing in the same arena as Durant and the Nets. Knicks guard RJ Barrett also pitched in a video message for Ionescu on Twitter

Durant later appeared on a video message during the draft congratulating the ninth overall pick UConn forward, Megan Walker who also is headed to NY to play with the Liberty, but, like Durant, also is from the D.C. region.

When Oregon forward Satou Sabally was taken with the second overall pick by the Dallas Wings, many folks in the Twitter sphere were stoked, in part because another Dallas franchise selected a German basketball star. The star that put Germany Europe on

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