LeBron James rates his dagger against Dwyane Wade’s buzzer-beater | NBA Sound – ESPN

LeBron James rates his dagger against Dwyane Wade’s buzzer-beater | NBA Sound – ESPN

LeBron James analyzes his tough 3-pointer in Jrue Holiday’s face to clinch the Los Angeles Lakers’ win against the New Orleans Pelicans. James says he’d take his shot over his friend and Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade’s buzzer-beating heave.

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LeBron James flips the script on Lakers and stops being negative: ‘I like where we are’

LeBron James flips the script on Lakers and stops being negative: ‘I like where we are’

A few days after playing the bad cop, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is going back to the good-cop routine. After calling out teammates following losses Saturday and Monday, James was a glowing ball of positivity Wednesday.

reiterating that he believes in the team, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.’ data-reactid=”18″>James was overwhelmingly supportive of the Lakers on Wednesday, constantly reiterating that he believes in the team, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

The positivity carried back to L.A. on Wednesday, when eight times during his seven-minute media session James repeated his confidence about the Lakers’ current position.

“We like where we are,” he said in his opening answer.

“I like where we are today,” he continued minutes later.

distractions to affect the way you play.”‘ data-reactid=”22″>Following Monday’s loss to the Grizzlies, James doubled down on that sentiment, saying his teammates shouldn’t allow “distractions to affect the way you play.”

James didn’t just ooze positivity with the things he said Wednesday, though. James made sure to show it on the court.

Given how much the Lakers have struggled this season, it’s worth wondering how long James will be able to keep up the optimistic outlook. He sounds cheery right now, but that could change quickly if the Lakers continue to drop in the standings.


LeBron James totally believes in the Lakers going forward. (AP Photo)



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Space Jam 2 Finally Scores a Release Date

Space Jam 2 Finally Scores a Release Date

Over two decades after Michael Jordan helped Bugs Bunny save the world in 1996’s Space Jam, the sequel to that beloved 1990s film will see LeBron James stepping into the Nikes and team up with Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes to shoot some intergalactic hoops.

Now, we know when the Tune Squad will play again. As the Hollywood Reporter noted, Warner Bros. announced that Space Jam 2  will be released on July 16, 2021.

RELATED: Ryan Coogler and LeBron James Team-Up for Space Jam Sequel

This long-awaited sequel will be LeBron James’s first leading role, although he has appeared in a few other movies, including a small role in the comedy Trainwreck and a voice in the animated movie Smallfoot.

Behind the camera, Space Jam 2 has an equally impressive pedigree. The film is set to be directed by Terrence Nash (HBO’s Random Acts of Flynes) and is being produced by Black Panther director Ryan Coogler.

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Lakers Reportedly Left Luke Walton Behind In New Orleans

Lakers Reportedly Left Luke Walton Behind In New Orleans

The Luke Walton saga in Los Angeles keeps getting weirder. While the official line of the Lakers is that everything is fine between LeBron James and the team’s head coach, fault lines have begun to show. For example, the team managed to leave Walton behind after a recent loss in New Orleans.

Twitter user David Grubb recounted the odd scene at the Smoothie King Center. 

“So this was interesting. I was talking to some SKC staffers I know as the Lakers’ team bus is pulling off. Suddenly, Luke Walton comes around the corner. Bus gone,” he wrote. “It had to come back for the coach. Damn shame

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LeBron is completely out of his normal routine – Brian Windhorst | The Jump – ESPN

LeBron is completely out of his normal routine – Brian Windhorst | The Jump – ESPN

Brian Windhorst explains that Lakers star LeBron James isn’t operating under his normal routine as he steps up his intensity for a playoff push. Tracy McGrady suggests LeBron shouldn’t “push it” as he feels that it is too late for Los Angeles to make the playoffs.

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Warner Bros Dates ‘Space Jam 2’, Shifts ‘Annabelle’ Sequel & ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’

Warner Bros Dates ‘Space Jam 2’, Shifts ‘Annabelle’ Sequel & ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’

Warner Bros set a release date for one sequel tonight and moved up a couple of its franchise pics.

The studio’s Space Jam 2 will hit the court on July 16, 2021, taking the slot that had been penciled in as Untitled WB Event Film. Meanwhile, New Line’s untitled Annabelle sequel was bumped up by a week from this year’s Fourth of July frame to June 28, while Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong moves up by nine weeks to March 13, 2020.

The latter two also will be shown in Imax, the studio said.

Space Jam 2 is the long-in-coming sequel to 1996’s Space Jam, the live

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LeBron James says Lakers’ 19-point comeback win is a step in the right direction | NBA Sound – ESPN

LeBron James speaks with the media following the Los Angeles Lakers’ 19-point comeback victory vs. the Houston Rockets. James finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, as the Lakers completed their third comeback victory of 17 or more points this season. The Lakers received big performances from Brandon Ingram and Reggie Bullock, and LeBron speaks on how important their production will be for Los Angeles’ playoff surge.

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LeBron James doesn’t get to question Lakers’ sense of urgency yet – Ramona Shelburne | The Jump – ESPN

Rachel Nichols, Ramona Shelburne and Tim MacMahon of The Jump react to comments made by LeBron James questioning the urgency of the Los Angeles Lakers as they attempt to make the 2019 NBA playoffs. They then (3:36) discuss the team’s issue with looking past lesser opponents ahead of Lakers vs. Grizzlies, and discuss the team feeling the absence of Lonzo Ball due to injury.

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LeBron James: Lakers star fired warning by former NBA ace Jalen Rose over Rockets win – Express

LeBron James: Lakers star fired warning by former NBA ace Jalen Rose over Rockets win – Express

LeBron James’ side beat the Rockets 111-106, overturning a 19-point deficit to bring their season record back on level terms.

They now sit 29-29 and tenth in the Western Conference, two places away from the playoff spots.

James hasn’t missed the playoffs since 2005, when he was in the midst of his first stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

But James picked up a groin injury on Christmas Day and missed 18 games, just when the Lakers looked like they were picking up some impressive form.

The Lakers, though, scuppered the chance to make the playoffs with ease, and lost

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Thompson: Here’s why Draymond Green is set to sign with… – The Athletic

Thompson: Here’s why Draymond Green is set to sign with… – The Athletic

Draymond Green is switching to Klutch.

Green informed his former agent, B.J. Armstrong of Wasserman Media Group, that he would be changing his representation to Rich Paul, who is the agent for LeBron James, NBA sources have confirmed. (This was first reported la

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LeBron entering playoff mode early

LeBron entering playoff mode early

LeBron James says he’s ‘activated’ playoff mode early, with the Los Angeles Lakers 10th in the Western Conference after the All Star break.
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Nike (NKE) Stock Drops After Duke Basketball Star’s Shoe Splits

Nike (NKE) Stock Drops After Duke Basketball Star’s Shoe Splits

The high-profile failure of a Nike Inc. basketball shoe on Wednesday night was more than an epic embarrassment for the athletic brand. It could be a product-liability case.
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Sources: Draymond Green close to hiring Rich Paul as his agent

Sources: Draymond Green close to hiring Rich Paul as his agent

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green is close to hiring Rich Paul of Klutch Sports as his basketball representation, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

He was previously repped by Wasserman.

At the conclusion of this season, the three-time All-Star will have a year remaining on the five-year, $82 million contract he signed in 2015.

Green, 28, is arguably the most versatile defender in the league and will be a coveted free-agent target in the summer of 2020 if an extension isn’t reached with the Warriors this upcoming offseason.

LeBron James, John Wall, Ben Simmons, Tristan Thompson and Eric Bledsoe, among others.’ data-reactid=”27″>Paul also represents LeBron James, John Wall, Ben Simmons, Tristan Thompson and Eric Bledsoe, among others.

Green is averaging 7.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists in 43 games this season for the Warriors.

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Shannon Sharpe has a strong message for Lakers: ‘Get out of your feelings and go play basketball’

Shannon Sharpe has a strong message for Lakers: ‘Get out of your feelings and go play basketball’

















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Nick Wright on LeBron: Right now he doesn’t look like anything close to the best player in the world

Nick Wright on LeBron: Right now he doesn’t look like anything close to the best player in the world

















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Jason Whitlock calls Kyrie Irving ‘delusional’ for thinking he can be like LeBron James

Jason Whitlock calls Kyrie Irving ‘delusional’ for thinking he can be like LeBron James

















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Nick Wright weighs in on LeBron questioning the Lakers sense of urgency after loss to Pelicans

Nick Wright weighs in on LeBron questioning the Lakers sense of urgency after loss to Pelicans



















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LeBron James knows Lakers’ playoff push won’t be easy: ‘I love being uncomfortable’

LeBron James knows Lakers’ playoff push won’t be easy: ‘I love being uncomfortable’

“For me personally, I haven’t been in this position in a while because of my injury it’s k

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LeBron James Confirms ‘Space Jam 2’ Will Start Filming This Summer

LeBron James Confirms ‘Space Jam 2’ Will Start Filming This Summer

UPDATED Feb. 21, 9:26 p.m. ET: SpringHill Entertainment took to social media to announce the release date for Space Jam 2.

The movie will be out on July 16, 2021. 

See original story below.

The LeBron James versus Michael Jordan G.O.A.T debate is as timeless as sports arguments come. The 34-year-old Lakers star has continued his trek into superstardom despite nearing the age when the greats tend to call it quits. With a 27.1 points per game average currently, he’s not slowing down anytime soon, which has kept the Jordan comparison alive and well. Now, the two greatest players of all time will have another career highlight in common—Space Jam

During an All Star Weekend interview, James confirmed that Space Jam 2, the sequel to Mi

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Can LeBron lead Lakers to playoffs?

Can LeBron lead Lakers to playoffs?

Quentin Richardson and Ryan Hollins discuss whether LeBron James can get this young Lakers team to the playoffs.
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‘Family Is Everything!’ Fans Applaud LeBron James’ Love for His Family – Atlanta Black Star

‘Family Is Everything!’ Fans Applaud LeBron James’ Love for His Family – Atlanta Black Star

No matter how busy his career keeps him, superstar NBA player LeBron James knows it’s always family over everything.

The Los Angeles Lakers forward recently came home after winning last weekend’s NBA All-Star Game 178-164, Team LeBron beatnig Team Giannis. It was James’ second straight win in the All-Star competition.

As thrilling as the victory was, it doesn’t compare to the love he has for the family he shares with wife Savannah James. She stood in front of her husband in the Feb. 21 Instagram pic the Los Angeles Lakers forward uploaded. The athlete’s wife of going on six years was flanked on either side by their sons, 11-year-old Bryce and 14-year-old LeBron “Bronny” Jr. The youngest, 4-year-old daughter Zhuri, stood in front of her brothers and parents.

“Man after being away from my f

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NBA executive: LeBron James ‘killed’ the Lakers’ chemistry during Anthony Davis trade talks

NBA executive: LeBron James ‘killed’ the Lakers’ chemistry during Anthony Davis trade talks

When looking at the Los Angeles Lakers’ recent struggles, many aren’t quick to blame LeBron James.

It’s hard to blame the 15-time All-Star, who is one of the best to ever play the game, when he’s averaged nearly 29 points, 8.7 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game, after all.

According to one NBA executive, however, James is absolutely at fault for ruining the chemistry among the team — specifically with how he handled himself while the Lakers were attempting to land Anthony Davis before the trade deadline earlier this month.

“emotional exchange” between multiple veterans on the team and coach Luke Walton.‘ data-reactid=”26″>James and the Lakers were extremely public throughout the attempt to land the Pelicans superstar — something not generally seen in the NBA. It appeared to negatively impact the locker room on multiple occasions, too, something that cumulated with an “emotional exchange” between multiple veterans on the team and coach Luke Walton.

It’s easy to see how, with James and the front office being so open about wanting Davis, that others on the team could get frustrated and think that James doesn’t want to play with them.

The Lakers now hold a 29-30 record, marking the first time since a James-led team has fallen below .500 at this point in the year since the 2004-05 season — which was also the last time he failed to make the postseason. The Lakers are on the verge of missing out on the playoffs this year, as they sit in 10th in the Western Conference standings

said on Saturday. “It’s how you think the game every day, it’s how you

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Here are the basketball players we’re picking to appear alongside LeBron James in ‘Space Jam 2’

Here are the basketball players we’re picking to appear alongside LeBron James in ‘Space Jam 2’

he already has a production company of his own. Funnily enough, we actually ended up not selecting any members of the Warriors’ current starting five, which would have made for a good Monstar lineup by itself in another world.’ data-reactid=”41″>So, for example, while Stephen Curry is an obvious superstar, it’s also hard to imagine arguably the biggest adversary of James’ career taking part in the movie, especially when he already has a production company of his own. Funnily enough, we actually ended up not selecting any members of the Warriors’ current starting five, which would have made for a good Monstar lineup by itself in another world.

Without further ado, here’s how the draft played out:

Space Jam draft: Round 1

1.2) Anthony Davis: There are several key factors for picking a Monstars team. Being a star and close to LeBron certainly doesn’t hurt, but I think a truly great option will have a signature look. A hulking Monstar with a unibrow would just be fantastic, and there’s a solid chance Davis is playing alongside LeBron sooner rather than later anyway. – Ben Weinrib‘ data-reactid=”45″>1.2) Anthony Davis: There are several key factors for picking a Monstars team. Being a star and close to LeBron certainly doesn’t hurt, but I think a truly great option will have a signature look. A hulking Monstar with a unibrow would just be fantastic, and there’s a solid chance Davis is playing alongside LeBron sooner rather than later anyway. – Ben Weinrib

2.1) Zion Williamson: Maybe I’m giving in to the lure of one of the most electric freshman years in college basketball history, but you have to think that everyone is going to want a piece of Zion when he declares for the draft this spring. There’s a good chance that includes James, who has already gone out of his way to watch Williamson in person. Imagine, a Charles Barkley-sized Monstar that can jump through the roof. – JB‘ data-reactid=”49″>2.1) Zion Williamson: Maybe I’m giving in to the lure of one of the most electric freshman years in college basketball history, but you have to think that everyone is going to want a piece of Zion when he declares for the draft this spring. There’s a good chance that includes James, who has already gone out of his way to watch Williamson in person. Imagine, a Charles Barkley-sized Monstar that can jump through the roof. – JB


Zion Williamson isn’t even a pro yet, and he’s already one of the biggest names in basketball. (Getty Images)

3.2) Isaiah Thomas: Sure, Thomas has missed most of the last two seasons due to injuries, but he’s back now, and the fans love him. Although he’s six inches taller than Muggsy Bogues, Thomas is such an obvious fit to replace him as the red Monstar. Thomas was James’ teammate for part of a season, but let’s forget how that ended. – BW‘ data-reactid=”78″>3.2) Isaiah Thomas: Sure, Thomas has missed most of the last two seasons due to injuries, but he’s back now, and the fans love

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Lakers fall to Grizzlies despite LeBron’s triple-double

Lakers fall to Grizzlies despite LeBron’s triple-double

The Los Angeles Lakers are chasing an NBA playoff appearance, but went down to the Memphis Grizzlies for their second straight loss.

Los Angeles lost to the Grizzlies 110-105 on Monday despite a triple-double from LeBron James, who tallied 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

The Lakers trailed for most of the game but cut their deficit to just two when James hit a jumper with a minute to play. Memphis, however, answered with a pair of free throws and held on for the victory.

Brandon Ingram led all scorers with 32 points while Kyle Kuzma chipped in 22 points. Memphis’ Mike Conley totalled 30 points to lead the Grizzlies.

The Lakers fell to 29-31 and are three games behind the San Antonio Spurs for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. 

Los Angeles have dropped four of their last five games and six of their last eight. 

Trae Young scored a career-high 36 points for the Atlanta Hawks in their 119-111 loss to the Houston Rockets.

CJ McCollum posted 35 points on 12-of-18 shooting in the Portland Trail Blazers’ 123-110 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Karl-Anthony Towns racked up 34 points and 21 rebounds in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 112-105 victory against the Sacramento Kings.

 

Josh Richardson scored seven points on two-of-10 shooting as the Miami Heat fell to the Phoenix Suns 124-121.

Chandler Parsons scored five points on two-of-10 shooting to help the Grizzlies take down the Lakers.

 

Ben Simmons’ ball fake fooled Anthony Davis in the Philadelphia 76ers’ 111-110 triumph against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Towns shocked the crowd with a windmill dunk on the break in Minnesota’s win.

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Lakers vs. Rockets Final Score: Playoff LeBron activates as L.A. beats Houston 111-106 – Silver Screen and Roll

Lakers vs. Rockets Final Score: Playoff LeBron activates as L.A. beats Houston 111-106 – Silver Screen and Roll

For the vast majority of Thursday night’s game against the Houston Rockets, Playoff Intensity LeBron James looked a whole lot like, well, Not Playoff Intensity LeBron James. In the second half, though, he was able to reach down and grab just enough of that effort to help the Los Angeles Lakers pull out a huge win, 111-106.

James finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists, but for those stretches of the game that James didn’t have it physically, the Lakers’ youth did all they could to carry the team. Their shots might not have always been falling, but guys like Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma were flying all over the court and competing (finishing a combined 14-29 from the field), whereas veterans like JaVale McGee, well, weren’t.

It’s a good thing the Lakers traded Ivica Zubac to ensure that McGee would stop moping, that’s for sure.

Of the veterans who did compete, Reggie Bullock was a huge bright spot whenever he was on the court. He’s probably the only Laker fans might trust to knock down a wide

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Media Day Notebook: Dirk appoints successor

Media Day Notebook: Dirk appoints successor

Members of Team Giannis and Team LeBron talked to the media Saturday morning. Here are some highlights gleaned by NBA.com writers.

Truthfully and officially, Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t announced that he’s retiring after this season, but the Mavericks’ legend is already appointing his successor in Dallas.

“He’s a guy who can get anything he wants almost whenever he wants,” said Nowitzki.

He’s talking of course about Luka Doncic, the front-runner for Rookie of the Year who has already taken over the Mavericks as a player and also a building block. For anyone who thinks Doncic might remind Nowitzki of his younger self, Dirk rejects that notion.

“He’s so much, much more prepared and better than I ever was as a rookie,” he said.

Nowitzki’s career actually began very humbly; he averaged only eight points and shot 40 percent, hardly the makings of a future all-time great. The next season he doubled that average, became the focal point and the rest was history.

 

Dirk Nowitizki talks after practicing with Team Giannis.

Doncic is at 20.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists and plays three different positions on the floor for Dallas. At just 19 — he turns 20 in two weeks — he has taken the league by storm.

“With Luka we didn’t know what we were going to get but he has exceeded all of our expectations,” said Nowitzki. “He’s been unbelievable, a gamer. He wants the ball in his hands. He’s a great playmaker for himself and for others, a big shot maker. He’s been amazing and not even 20 years old.”

Nowitzki also has high hopes for Kristaps Porzingis, still on the mend from knee surgery last summer and a surprise pickup by Dallas in a midseason swap with the Knicks.

“The Kristaps deal came out of nowhere,” Nowitzki. “We were all kinda surprised by it, that the Knicks made him available. We’re obviously hoping to pair those two together for the next decade-plus. They’re both really young and amazing talents, franchise talents. We’re hoping Kristaps gets healthy enough to make that happen as soon as possible.”

And as for Nowitzki, who was made a special addition to the All-Star roster along with the retiring Dwyane Wade by commissioner Adam Silver?

“Well, right now it’s super emotional,” he said. “As a kid who came from nowhere in Germany 20 years ago and now getting standing ovations in opposing arenas, I’m humbled by it. This is something I’ll never forget.”

— Shaun Powell

 

Antetokounmpo still pinching himself

When Giannis Antetokounmpo was toiling in an obscure Greek league as a teenager, he wasn’t sure exactly where his basketball dreams were headed.

He knew he had the talent and the drive. But the NBA? It was a world away from where he was then. That’s what makes his rise from curiosity to MVP candidate (and perhaps frontrunner) all the more remarkable for the man living the dream.

Last week he was picking sides with LeBron James, putting together the rosters for Team Giannis, in advance of Sunday’s 68th All-Star Game.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Top 10 plays of 2018-19 season.

He’s still pinching himself about the whirlwind nature of his rise, especially with the entire basketball world watching him go head-to-head with LeBron.

“It’s crazy,” he said. “Before I came into the league, I was looking up to him. Right now I was in the locker room, and I was sharing a meal with Team Giannis. Like I’m leading the All-Star team. You know, picking teams with LeBron James. If you told me that six years ago, I would never, never, never thought I would be in this position right now.”

With his Milwaukee Bucks in prime position atop the Eastern Conference standings at the break, Antetokounmpo hasn’t had much time to reflect on things. But he does understand that the opportunity to maximize the possibilities is now. And he knows his journey will serve as an inspiration for future stars who might not be on the radar right now.

It all goes back to his humble beginnings.

“Yeah, if I had to go back to my roots,” he said, “what I remember is those who helped me and helped my family for me to be in this position. There was a lot of people during my way to the NBA, from the time I started basketball. That’s one of the parts that I keep inside me, and always when I go out there, I’m not just representing my family, I represent, first of all, the people that helped my family and helped me to be in this seat right here that I’m sitting, and representing 13 million people also.”

Antetokounmpo also confirmed his intentions to play for Greece in the FIBA World Championships this summer. The 32-team tournament starts on Aug. 31 in China.

— Sekou Smith

 

Curry brothers make a family wager

The Curry brothers will have a lot on the line during tonight’s MTN DEW 3-Point Challenge after they placed a family-themed bet on who will win.

“Family is obviously big for us and our support. I kind of wanted to weave that into the bet,” Stephen Curry said on Saturday. “So whoever loses has to pick up the tab for all the tickets any time we play against each other for the rest of our careers, which the stakes are high, considering how many people show up for our games.”

Seth Curry should have a solid shot against his older brother. The younger Curry ranks third in the NBA in 3-point percentage this season at a clip of 46.5 percent. But Stephen isn’t far behind at 44.4 percent.

“I got to get the best of him tonight. I know he’s very confident, though.”

— Jonathan Hartzell

 

A Horse for the G.O.A.T

The celebration of Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan has been robust with the All-Star festivities in the legendary icon’s home state.

Toss in the fact that Jordan is celebrating his 56th birthday (Sunday) this weekend, and it’s no wonder players involved with the weekend were asked what sort of gift they’d get MJ.

“What do you get the man who already has everything?” said Hornets All-Star Kemba Waker. “I figure he’s good. He’s probably got everything he needs.”

That was a sentiment shared by most of the stars at Saturday’s practices for Team Giannis and Team Lebron.

 

Nikola Jokic reacts to his first-time selection as an All-Star.

Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, however, had a different idea.

When asked what birthday present he’d select for Jordan he said, “a horse.”

A horse? Why not a goat?

“Not a goat,” he said

— Sekou Smith

 

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Nike Debuts Limited Edition Colin Kaepernick “True to 7” Jerseys

Nike Debuts Limited Edition Colin Kaepernick “True to 7” Jerseys

Nike has just announced it will be releasing a special-edition Colin Kaepernick football jersey just days after the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback reached a settlement with the NFL.

The limited “True to 7” jersey takes on an all-black color palette while stark white “Kaepernick” lettering and the number “7” pay tribute to the athlete/activist. Kaepernick shared the news via Twitter stating, “For those true to themselves on and off the field. Proudly, unapologetically and against all odds. This is only the beginning.” Big name stars like LeBron James and Steph Curry have already been seen rocking the jersey ahead of its release.

In 2016 Colin Kaepernick pioneered the “Take a Knee” stance, a gesture used during the playing of the U.S. national anthem to protest against police brutality and racial inequality. This protest then swept through the NFL on Septe

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NBA All-Star Weekend, Tiger at Riviera and More to Watch This Weekend

NBA All-Star Weekend, Tiger at Riviera and More to Watch This Weekend
Team LeBron's LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, holds the MVP trophy after his team defeated Team Stephen at the NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. Team LeBron won 148-145. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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Must-Watch: NBA All-Star Weekend

One of the most meme-worthy weekends of the sports calendar is here, as the NBA All-Star Weekend returns ready to blow up everyone’s Twitter timeline by showcasing the league’s best. Here’s the full rundown of what you should expect.

Friday, Feb. 15

1. Celebrity Game: 7 p.m. ET on ESPN

The stars will be out in Charlotte, and they’re not only basketball players. The Celebrity Game returns with the home team including a handful of local heroes such as Duke alumnus and ESPN analyst Jay Williams, as well as 2018 WNBA Rookie of the Year and South Carolina alumna A’ja Wilson. They’ll go up against an away team that includes Quavo, the reigning Celebrity Game MVP and one-third of rap group Migos.

Here are the full rosters.

Comedian Adam Ray is already talking smack ahead of his showdown with Dr. Mehmet Oz. 

2. Rising Stars Challenge: 9 p.m. ET on TNT

The most talented young players in the game face off in this showcase. The best rookies and second-year players from the U.S., led by Kyle Kuzma, Jayson Tatum, and Donovan Mitchell, take on their international counterparts in Luka Doncic, Ben Simmons, and Deandre Ayton. Since changing to this format in 2015, the international squads are 3-1.

Here are the full rosters.

Feb. 16: All-Star Saturday Night

1. Skills Challenge: 8 p.m. ET on TNT

This event showcases some of the league’s most fundamentally sound players, testing them on their dribbling, passing, and shooting. Here are the competitors and their odds according to OddsShark.

De’Aaron Fox +250
Luka Doncic +325
Trae Young +375
Mike Conley +550
Nikola Jokic +600
Jayson Tatum +600
Kyle Kuzma +700
Nikola Vucevic +900

2018 Champion: Spencer Dinwiddie 

2. Three-Point Contest: Immediately Following Skills Challenge

Shooters, shooters, and more shooters. This event is for guys who know how to fill it up from deep. Competitors and odds per OddsShark:

Steph Curry +175
Devin Booker +450
Buddy Hield+ +450
Seth Curry +550
Damian Lillard +900
Kemba Walker +900
Joe Harris +900
Danny Green +1200
Khris Middleton +1200
Dirk Nowitzki +1500

2018 Champion: Devin Booker

3. Slam Dunk Contest: Immediately Following Three-Point Contest

The most creative of the events, fans always have high expectations to see unique dunks that would rarely ever be attempted during an actual game. Who will wow the crowd this year? Competitors and odds per OddsShark:

Dennis Smith Jr. +200
John Collins +225
Miles Bridges +225
Hamidou Diallo +400

2018 Champion: Donovan Mitchell

Sunday, Feb. 17: All-Star Game

8 p.m. ET on TNT

It’s Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis as the best of the best take the court. All the talk heading into this game had to do with James’ drafting strategy when he picked his team last week. It made everyone a little … suspicious. Hey, LeBron isn’t letting the dunk contest participants be the only ones getting creative this weekend. 

James is the favorite to walk away as the All-Star Game MVP. If he does win, he would be just the third player to ever win the award four times (Bob Pettit, Kobe Bryant). Here are the favorites to claim MVP, per Bookmaker.

LeBron James +400
Giannis Antetokounmpo +500
Kevin Durant +700
Steph Curry +800
Joel Embiid +850
Kemba Walker +900
Kyrie Irving +900
Paul George +900
Anthony Davis +1200
James Harden +1200

Here are the full rosters.

Three More Things to Watch

1. Genesis Open

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas weren’t able to tee off on Thursday due to weather, so they began their play Friday morning. Jordan Spieth managed to tie for the lead early before play was called off 12 holes in. Here’s the full TV breakdown for the remaining rounds (all times ET).

Friday: Golf Channel, 2-6 p.m. 
Saturday: Golf Channel, 1-2:45 p.m.; CBS, 3-6 p.m.
Sunday: Golf Channel, 1-2:45 p.m.; CBS, 3-6:30 p.m.

Streaming coverage of featured groups is on PGA Tour Live.

It won’t count due to Thursday’s rain, but this Phil Mickelson par was the most Phil Mickelson par you’ll ever see.

Click or tap here for the full leaderboard.

2. No. 1 Tennessee vs. No. 5 Kentucky

How legit is Tennessee? That’s the question college basketball fans are asking of the top-ranked team in America. They can quiet some of the doubters this Saturday when they take on Kentucky, the Vols first ranked foe since topping t































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The Lakers Blew It

The Lakers Blew It
Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea (Getty Images)

The Anthony Davis trade to Los Angeles was dead. Other things happened around and before the NBA trade deadline this afternoon, some more surprising than others, but it was clear that the big deal that might have happened was not going to happen. The death certificate was signaled by a tweet from Marc Stein, a tweet from Woj, a comment from Davis’s agent Rich Paul. The passing of the 3 p.m. NBA trade deadline, when it happened, felt academic.

At this time last week, the Lakers likely expected that they’d be preparing for Davis’s introductory press conference right about now. They were his preferred destination, the Pelicans seemed like sufficiently motivated sellers, and…they wound up getting Mike Muscala from the Clippers in exchange for Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac. They have been reported as the front-runners in the extremely slow and sad race to sign the husk of Carmelo Anthony.

While other teams around the league got considerably better, particularly in the Eastern Conference, the Lakers—a franchise that used to be known for its ability to nab superstars away from smaller markets—fell so below their expectations that even Wizards fans might be justified in letting out a snicker.

This wasn’t the first failure of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka’s tenure with the team, and almost certainly won’t be the last. But given that the media storm surrounding Davis’s future was a big story even before he announced any desire to be traded, it’s definitely the most notable failure so far. This also wasn’t a run-of-the-mill failure in which the franchise’s hubris got in the way of acquiring a legitimate superstar, although that certainly played a part in it. It wound up being much more embarrassing th

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‘Space Jam 2’ Starring LeBron James Gets Release Date!

‘Space Jam 2’ Starring LeBron James Gets Release Date!

Space Jam 2 has an official release date!

Warner Bros. announced on Thursday (February 21) that the film starring LeBron James will be hitting theaters on July 16, 2021.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of LeBron James

It was announced back in September 2018 that the 34-year-old NBA pro will be starring in the sequel to the 1996 original that foll

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LeBron James Inches Closer to Return, Not Ready Just Yet

LeBron James Inches Closer to Return, Not Ready Just Yet

Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James continues to slowly and steadily make his way back from a groin strain injury that has already kept him out of action for a little over one month. According to ESPN, James participated in contact drills for the first time Saturday, but he has already been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

“He was a full participant in that, so it was good to see,” Lakers head coach Luke Walton said of James’ participation in defensive contact drills. “He looked good. He’s still really good at basketball, in case you guys were wonder

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WATCH: The best plays made by Team LeBron ahead of the 2019 All-Star game

WATCH: The best plays made by Team LeBron ahead of the 2019 All-Star game

If you’re Team LeBron, then this is the place to warm up ahead of the 2019 All-Star game with the best plays this season from his brilliant team.

Team LeBron Starters

  • LeBron James (Lakers)
  • Kevin Durant (Warriors)
  • Kyrie Irving (Celtics)
  • Kawhi Leonard (Raptors)
  • James Harden (Rockets)

Frankly, LeBron could fill a lengthy highlight reel on his own and of course he features here, with some trademark shooting and a huge block that he then finishes off seconds later at the other end.

LeBron’s No 1 pick for the game was Golden State’s Kevin Durant. Check out his brilliant fadeaway three under pressure and a huge dunk on the raptors.


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LeBron James officially listed as doubtful for Lakers vs. Clippers

LeBron James officially listed as doubtful for Lakers vs. Clippers

Looks like Clippers fans won’t get to see LeBron James in the flesh tonight at Staples Center.

The NBA superstar is officially listed as doubtful when the Clippers host the Lakers.

TUNE-IN: Billy Crystal joins Prime Ticket telecast as Clippers host Lakers …. and LeBron?! (7p, Prime Ticket)

James, in h

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Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic highlights first-time All-Stars

Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic highlights first-time All-Stars

The NBA announced the 14 reserves for the 2019 All-Star Game on Thursday, with Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers, Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic and Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks making their first appearances.

All-Star reserves are selected by the coaches.

Joining Jokic to round out the Western Conference: Russell Westbrook (eighth selection), Klay Thompson (fifth selection), Damian Lillard (fourth selection), Anthony Davis (sixth selection), LaMarcus Aldridge (seventh selection) and Karl-Anthony Towns (second selection).

“My girlfriend started to cry and my brother started yelling and screaming,” Jokic said on TNT, which broadcast the reserve announcements.

Joining Simmons, Middleton and Vucevic in the Eastern Conference: Bradley Beal (second selection), Victor Oladipo (second selection), Kyle Lowry (fifth selection) and Blake Griffin (sixth selection).

Vucevic’s teammates were as happy as he was to get the word.

“To see somebody be rewarded for their hard work, that’s great,” Orlando’s Terrence Ross said.

Said Griffin: “It’s truly an honor to be selected as an All-Star by the coaches in our league.”

The selection means a lot to Middleton, a South Carolina native who will be playing in the game close to home in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Feb. 17.

“I got a phone call from my sister or dad first that broke the news to me, so that was pretty cool to hear their reaction,” Middleton said. “And then Jon [Horst, the team’s general manager] walked in with that big smile. That was a cool moment. Something I won’t forget.”

Thursday’s selection of Middleton, coupled with the fact that Mike Budenholzer and his Bucks staff will lead Team Giannis, has made the event extra special for teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo.

“It’s always nice to be in the All-Star Game, but now that you have people — you have Khris, you have the coaching staff, you have your own people — it is big for the team. It is big for the city of Milwaukee,” Antetokounmpo said. “It is going to be fun.

“I am really happy for [Middlet

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James Harden: Scott Foster ‘rude and arrogant,’ shouldn’t be allowed to ref Rockets games – Yahoo Sports

James Harden: Scott Foster ‘rude and arrogant,’ shouldn’t be allowed to ref Rockets games – Yahoo Sports

Chris Paul‘s sixth and disqualifying foul. Then, Foster gave Paul and Houston coach Mike D’Antoni technical fouls.’ data-reactid=”19″>Foster also called Chris Paul‘s sixth and disqualifying foul. Then, Foster gave Paul and Houston coach Mike D’Antoni technical fouls.

In all, Foster called 12 fouls on the Rockets and six on the Lakers. In the second half, he called 10 fouls on the Rockets and three on the Lakers.

more evidence emerged he fixed games. Donaghy and Foster frequently spoke by phone while Donaghy was still an NBA official, which only raised suspicions about Foster. B

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Harden’s over/under at highest-ever 41.5 again

Harden’s over/under at highest-ever 41.5 again

Houston Rockets star James Harden is on a historic pace, with 21 straight games scoring at least 30 points, including a career-high 61 against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

Defenders aren’t the only ones having a hard time keeping up.

Six hours before game time, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has moved Harden’s over/under for points scored in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors to an astronomical 42.5, setting the record for highest over/under point total it has ever posted.

Harden finished with 35 points in the Rockets’ 121-119 win.

The line had opened at 41.5, which tied the previous high — for Harden’s Monday night game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Harden went under, scoring 37 points in three quarters but sat out the fourth quarter as the Rockets fell 121-93.

“It’s a reaction to what we’re seeing through the betting window,” Jeff

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Chris Broussard explains why LeBron James is out of the MVP race

Chris Broussard explains why LeBron James is out of the MVP race

















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LaVar Ball: ‘LeBron James without Lonzo is not going to win a championship in LA’

LaVar Ball: ‘LeBron James without Lonzo is not going to win a championship in LA’

















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Chris Broussard was ‘very surprised’ with the Lakers’ performance against the Celtics

Chris Broussard was ‘very surprised’ with the Lakers’ performance against the Celtics

















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Colin Cowherd believes it will be a ‘tipping point’ for LeBron’s career if the Lakers don’t get AD

Colin Cowherd believes it will be a ‘tipping point’ for LeBron’s career if the Lakers don’t get AD

















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What we saw from LeBron James’ first visit to Philly as a Laker – Philly.com

What we saw from LeBron James’ first visit to Philly as a Laker – Philly.com

LeBron James scored 18 points in a loss to the 76ers on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.

Here’s a quick rundown of what his presence meant:

The distributor — LeBron James opened up the game with a bounce pass to one-time Sixer JaVale McGee in the paint for a easy two. The dime was the first of James’ nine assists on the afternoon.

Celebrity sightings — The stars come out when The King is in town. Celebrities in attendance included Eagles Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery, Millville’s own Mike Trout, Sixers great Allen Iverson, Lakers’ president of basketball operations Magic Johnson, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, the Union’s Marco Fabian, Kendall Jenner, M. Night Shyamalan, Kimmo Timonen, and Lil Uzi Vert.

Philly’s favorite foul — When opposing players commit fouls against the Sixers, the home crowd usually joins in with cheers. But maybe no other player illicits the reaction that James does. Midway through the fourth quarter, the Philadelphia crowd ro

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Shannon Sharpe gives LeBron James a ‘B’ grade in his return to the Lakers

Shannon Sharpe gives LeBron James a ‘B’ grade in his return to the Lakers

















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Nick Wright lists 5 players that can be in the GOAT conversation

Nick Wright lists 5 players that can be in the GOAT conversation



















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LeBron James’ continued absence continues to plague the Los Angeles Lakers and its young core. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)Getty

The Lakers are in a pickle of a conundrum as the trade deadline approaches. It seems they have warmed to the idea of finally selling off their beloved young core.

But now nobody wants them.

We are less than two weeks away from Feb. 7, a watershed moment in the season when teams will overhaul, tweak or embrace their respective rosters.

When it comes to the Lakers, it seems that they have whittled down what they are going to do to, well, all of those things.

Just about everything is being considered according to the latest scuttlebutt. Even, gasp, the prospect of dealing any of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and/or Kyle Kuzma.

UPDATE: Monday, January 28 at 12:37 p.m. ET

Nothing like a good Woj bomb in the morning.

Expect talks to increase exponentially. Still, not much changes on the Lakers’ side of things. Thanks to a decrease in the young core’s value, as I write about below, their possible package of assets is second to anything the Celtics might offer this summer. The Lakers, according to Brad Turner, would have to sell the farm.

End of update —

Young Core Package

The Athletic’s Bill Oram recently delved into the Lakers’ situation and the likely scenarios to play out as LeBron James slowly nurses his groin injury back to health.

Oram cited sources that divulged the Lakers will take one of two paths. The first would be a simple trade that “shores up the current roster and increases the Lakers’ chances of saving face and making the playoffs.”

Think of a three-point specialist or yet another savvy vet to impart wisdom and minutes on the court.

The second is the kind that would get those Lakers flags to finally fly down the 10 freeway: “A blockbuster that lands the Lakers a second superstar that makes them a true threat in the Western Conference this season and beyond.”

That’s if they can even pull off a trade because the league isn’t exactly lining up for their players. More on that in a second.

Oram’s view seems to be echoed by the O.C. Register’s Mark Heisler who explains Lonzo Ball would assuredly leave L.A. if, say, an Anthony Davis deal was consummated—although his reasoning is more financial.

Aside from James’ $37.4 million, only two Lakers are under contract to make more than $2.1 million next season: Ball at $8.7 million, and Brandon Ingram at $7.3 million … making the young players likely, or all but certain, to be in any deal for A.D. (Davis).

Oram is in agreement that if the Lakers do have a shot at someone like Davis prior to Feb. 7 then the young core is expendable: “The second (option) is obviously the priority, even if it means parting with some combination of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma.”

Then again, convincing the Pelicans to give up selling their franchise star long-term is unlikely this soon.

Another player that’s mentioned is Nikola Vucevic. The problem that seems to have arisen since James went down with his groin injury, though, is someone like Vucevic would mandate more than just a role player like KCP. And when it comes to the young core, the market has cooled on them significantly.

Market Value

Unfortunately for the Lakers, they would be selling their beloved young assets at what might be their lowest value, according to the L.A. Times Dan Woike.

An anonymous source simply referred to as a Western Conference executive explained how other teams see the resident purple and gold boy band.

The aggregate value of their assets was much higher six months ago than it is today. And, for all of th

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This week, the recurring theme in augmented reality can be summed up fairly succinctly: content is king.

For Magic Leap, content comes in the form of the delivery of the Madefire immersive comics app. In the case of Apple, content arrives via a virtual try-on tool from Warby Parker that results in some practical utility to the under-utilized TrueDepth camera. As for Snapchat, content is a slam dunk, as Nike wowed Lebron James fans with an in-store augmented reality promotion.

And over at Facebook, its acquisition of GrokStyle will give the company’s AR platform new superpowers for e-commerce content. Elsewhere, the ghost of ODG continues to haunt the augmented reality industry as its remains go up for sale.

Magic Leap Delivers Immersive Comics from Madefire

Among the many partnerships mentioned early on in the life of the Magic Leap One, by far one of the most talked about has been the comic book app from Madefire.

On Monday, the two companies finally released the app to the public, and we got a sneak peek at how it works just before release.

Continue reading for our experience with the app and its potential to disrupt the comic book publishing business…

REALITY BITES: The face that Apple has assembled a formidable team of AR experts to work on a wearable augmented reality device is perhaps the worst kept secret in the tech world today. This week, that team lost a key member, as Avi Bar-Zeev, co-inventor of the Microsoft HoloLens, left his post on Apple’s AR team. Bar-Zeev confirmed his departure on Twitter, noting that his departure was amicable. Outside of AR, Apple lost another key executive this week, with Angela Ahrendts, the leader of the company’s retail efforts, departing the company. Deirdre O’Brien will assume Ahrendts’ responsibilities, in addition to her current management of human resources and recruiting.

Apple’s AR Toolkit Powers Virtual Try-on Feature for Warby Parker

If there’s one company that is a fan of the TrueDepth camera on Apple’s iPhone X devices, it’s the popular eyeglasses retailer Warby Parker.

Last year, the company introduced the ability to measure customers’ faces using the depth-sensing front-facing sensor on the original iPhone X. Now, with three new models sporting the TrueDepth camera, Warby Parker has updated its Glasses app to enable a virtual try-on experience.

Keep reading to find out more about the updated app and why this is an important development for mobile AR in general…

REALITY BITES: It might be about to become more difficult to launch web-based AR experiences on iOS. Digiday reports that release notes for Safari version 12.1 will require users to grant permission to web pages that use the accelerometer or gyroscope to track motion or orientation. Camera permissions are standard across all apps, but the Safari permissions add

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PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 4: The sneakers of PJ Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets during the game against the Phoenix Suns on February 4. 2019 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. 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 Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

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There were six games on the NBA schedule Monday, which gave a number of players the chance to show off their latest kicks choices.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, D’Angelo Russell and PJ Tucker were among those who delivered.

          

Giannis Arrives in the Jerry Lorenzo x Nike Collaboration

        

The Greek Freak Is Ready for His Signature Shoe

         

D’Angelo Russell Loves the Off-White Blazer

          

City Edition-Inspired Nike PG 2.5 for D-Lo

          

Shout-Out to CNCPTS

           

PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Collaboration for Taurean Prince

          

Nike ID Kyrie 5 Sighting from Stanley Johnson

          

DeAndre’ Bembry Riding the Adidas N3XT L3V3L Wave Too

          

PJ Tucker Went Deep in the Kobe Collection for This One

          

All Smiles for Kelly Oubre Jr.

          

Devin Booker Pulling Up in a Confirmed Classic

          

Mason Plumlee Ready for Liftoff

         

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 13: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks looks on against the Indiana Pacers in the second half of the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 13, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Bucks won 106-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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It is officially the 2019 NBA All-Star break following the conclusion of Thursday’s games, and there is one surprise and one old standby atop the conference standings. 

The two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference at 41-16, but the Eastern Conference’s Milwaukee Bucks have the best record in the entire league at 43-14.

Here is a look at the full standings:

         

Western Conference

1. Golden State Warriors, 41-16

2. Denver Nuggets, 39-18

3. Oklahoma City Thunder, 37-20

4. Portland Trail Blazers, 34-23

5. Houston Rockets, 33-24

6. Utah Jazz, 32-25

7. San Antonio Spurs, 33-26

8. Los Angeles Clippers, 32-27

9. Sacramento Kings, 30-27

10. Los Angeles Lakers, 28-29

11. Minnesota Timberwolves, 27-30

12. Dallas Mavericks, 26-31

13. New Orleans Pelicans, 26-33

14. Memphis Grizzlies, 23-36

15.  Phoenix Suns, 11-48

          

Eastern Conference

1.Milwaukee Bucks, 43-14

2. Toronto Raptors, 43-16

3. Indiana Pacers, 38-20

4. Boston Celtics, 37-21

5. Philadelphia 76ers, 37-21

6. Brooklyn Nets, 30-29

7. Charlotte Hornets, 27-30

8. Detroit Pistons, 26-30

9. Miami Heat, 26-30

10. Orlando Magic, 27-32

11. Washington Wizards, 24-34

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Nick Wright on Kyrie teaming up with LeBron in LA: ‘You should not dismiss this as a possibility’



















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Eddie House on LeBron James: If he comes back too early and is not 100% the Lakers’ season is over

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Shannon Sharpe celebrates the Lakers’ game winner with his best ‘GOAT James’ impression

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Nick Wright outlines what Kevin Durant needs to do to dethrone King James as the best player in the world

Nick Wright outlines what Kevin Durant needs to do to dethrone King James as the best player in the world

















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Nick Wright is ‘impressed’ with LeBron James’ performance after making his Lakers return

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Michael Rapaport makes a bold prediction about the Lakers’ playoff run

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Octavia Spencer Joins Anne Hathaway in ‘Witches’ Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)

Octavia Spencer Joins Anne Hathaway in ‘Witches’ Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)

Octavia Spencer is in talks to star opposite Anna Hathaway in Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of “The Witches.” Sources say “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris is on board to co-write the script with Zemeckis.

Newcomers Jahzir Bruno and Codie-Lei Eastick are also negotiations to join the cast, Variety has learned.

Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a 7-year-old boy (Bruno) who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Anjelica Huston playing one of the title characters, but sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while Huston?

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Anthony Davis’s Trade Demand and the Plight of Small-Market Teams

Anthony Davis’s Trade Demand and the Plight of Small-Market Teams

This story appears in the Feb. 11, 2019, issue of Sports Illustrated. For more great storytelling and in-depth analysis, subscribe to the magazine—and get up to 94% off the cover price. Click here for more.

Before you criticize Anthony Davis for his strategically timed trade demand, before you bemoan the eventual defection of another All-NBA player from a small-market team, understand: New Orleans brought a lot of this on itself. Years of doling out cap-crippling contracts (Ryan Anderson, Omer Asik, Solomon Hill) and dealing away draft picks put the Pelicans in the position they are in today—well under .500 with little reason to be optimistic about the future. Yes, Davis asked out of New Orleans last week, but given the state of the franchise, market size wasn’t among the top reasons why.

Still New Orleans is a small market, and Davis will eventually become another name on a growing list of NBA stars who have left them. Kevin Durant bailed on Oklahoma City for Golden State, Kawhi Leonard wasn’t interested in playing for San Antonio, Paul George muscled his way out of Indiana (though, his decision to re-sign with the Thunder shows that all hope is not lost). And now Davis, 25, finds himself coveted by two flagship franchises: the Celtics and the Lakers. Meanwhile Milwaukee is keenly aware that the clock is ticking until Giannis Antetokounmpo’s free agency, in 2021.

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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About NBA All-Star Weekend 2019 in Charlotte

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About NBA All-Star Weekend 2019 in Charlotte

This weekend, NBA superstars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook will all be taking a quick breather from the regular season to have a little fun.

Friday night marks the start of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend from Charlotte, North Carolina, which will feature a medley of events to showcase the league’s best talents in a three-day-long extravaganza.

Starting at 7 p.m. ET Friday on ESPN, the All-Star Celebrity Game will kick off the weekend’s activities and will see former NBA players, WNBA stars and pop culture icons duking it out on the court. As PEOPLE exclusively revealed, the home team will include Luke Cage‘s Mike Colter, Chris Daughtry, Dr. Oz, Terrence J, ESPN analyst Jay Williams and comedian JB Smoove. Rapper Rapsody, comedian Famous Los and WNBA player A’ja Wilson are also on the team.

The away team consists of celebs such as reigning MVP Quavo, Bad BunnyCSI: New York‘s AJ Buckley, Brad Williams, Hasan Minhaj and comedian Amanda Seales. Rounding out the team are Ronnie 2K, WNBA’s Stefanie Dolson and Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry.

This year, both rosters feature their first-ever “hometown hero,” meant to honor “exemplary citizens” by giving them the chance to play in the Celebrity All-Star Game. Jason Weinmann, 47, a Marine who rescued North Carolina flood victims during Hurricane Florence, will play on the home team, while 29-year-old James Shaw Jr., who disarmed a gunman in a Tennessee Waffle House, will join the away team.

The Rising Stars Challenge will start at 9 p.m. ET Friday on TNT, and will feature a matchup between 10 first-year players fro

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People Call Out LeBron James for Choosing Every Player on Lakers’ Wish List for His All-Star Team

People Call Out LeBron James for Choosing Every Player on Lakers’ Wish List for His All-Star Team

Let’s get this out of the way early. Here’s how the All-Star rosters for Team LeBron and Team Giannis were filled out.  

Now, let’s talk about Team LeBron, which consists of three starters who will be free agents this summer in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Kawhi Leonard. James also took Anthony Davis with his first pick among the reserves. You know, the same AD who has spent the last few weeks making a not-so-secret push for a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The move by LeBron to pick Davis first among the reserves was not lost on Antetokounmpo, who made a perfectly timed tampering joke. 

Charles Barkley even got in the action when LeBron and Giannis brought up the idea of making a trade. Chuck suggested that Antetokounmpo trade everyone on his bench for AD. 

When looking at Team LeBron, people couldn’t help but notice that there were a number of players that have been linked to being on the Lakers’ wish list. 

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Chris Broussard: LeBron James ‘closed’ as the Lakers won 111-106 against the Rockets

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NBA Announces 2019 All-Star Game Reserves

NBA Announces 2019 All-Star Game Reserves

Last week, the NBA revealed the ten starters for this year’s All-Star Game in Charlotte and the team captains who would represent their respective conference. Now, it’s time to find out who will be the reserves that LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo can choose from to fill out the rest of their rosters. 

Check them out below. 

Eastern Conference

  • Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers
  • Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
  • Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons 
  • Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks 
  • Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
  • Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic

As for Oladipo’s spot, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has the answer. 

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LeBron James will be in good company at NBA All-Star game

LeBron James will be in good company at NBA All-Star game

LeBron James has been a fixture at the NBA’s All-Star Game and his first year with the Lakers — provided he’s healthy — will be no different. James was chosen to be one of two All-Star captains for the 2019 game, which will be played in Charlotte on Feb. 17. …
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LeBron James ‘looking forward’ to playing tonight for Lakers vs. Pacers

LeBron James ‘looking forward’ to playing tonight for Lakers vs. Pacers

The Lakers are taking a cautious approach with James, who missed 17 games with a groin injury before coming back Thurs

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Kevin Durant keeps building up superstar accolades with second All-Star MVP

Kevin Durant keeps building up superstar accolades with second All-Star MVP

LeBron James‘ team to a 178-164 win.’ data-reactid=”24″>Durant has added an MVP, two titles and two Finals MVPs. Tonight, he claimed another All-Star MVP. The Warriors star scored 31 points on 10-of-15 shooting to lead LeBron James‘ team to a 178-164 win.

“I just keep trying to rack them up, I guess,” Durant said.

Knicks fans reason to fanaticize. New York’s presumed targets with its double-max cap space, Durant and Kyrie Irving showed strong chemistry. Half Durant’s baskets were assisted by Irv

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Anthony Davis Might Not Play Again This Season, For The Most Bullcrap Of Reasons

Anthony Davis Might Not Play Again This Season, For The Most Bullcrap Of Reasons
Photo: Chris Graythen (Getty)

The Pelicans are already moving on from Anthony Davis. Dell Demps might be stuck in the denial phase—he is reportedly “not picking up the phone” to field incoming trade inquiries—but the team has already yanked Davis out of their standard pregame hype video, and pulled his image from their Twitter page. Most significantly, they are also reportedly weighing whether Davis should ever suit up again in a Pelicans uniform, whether or not he is traded before next Friday.

The logic here is rock solid, and also sucks whole mounds of shit. The Pelicans aren’t realistically positioned to make a playoff push this season, whether Davis plays or not. And since they are no longer concerned with salvaging their playoff hopes for the sake of convincing Davis to sign an extension, the best thing they can extract from this season is a nice juicy lottery pick in the 2019 draft, plus whatever haul they can score from trading the best player in the history of their organization. And since Davis is no longer invested in the success of the franchise, he has absolutely nothing to gain from risking his health for however many wins he could help secure between now and whenever he eventually leaves town.

So it makes sense for everyone involved, except basketball fans. Holding Davis out means depriving fans of one of the supreme talents in the sport, and for the deeply irritating reason that CBA restrictions designed to limit

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LeBron James: ‘Bittersweet’ playing with Dwyane Wade for the last time | NBA All-Star 2019 – ESPN

LeBron James: ‘Bittersweet’ playing with Dwyane Wade for the last time | NBA All-Star 2019 – ESPN

After the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, LeBron James shares his feeling about playing with longtime friend and former teammate Dwyane Wade for the last time and the importance of Kemba Walker being selected to his first All-Star Game.

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LeBron James continues tradition of bringing 23 students to All-Star weekend

LeBron James continues tradition of bringing 23 students to All-Star weekend

“The foundation itself really transformed me because not only did it make me feel more professio

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Watch: Rudy Gobert Gets Emotional Discussing NBA All-Star Game Snub

Watch: Rudy Gobert Gets Emotional Discussing NBA All-Star Game Snub

Rudy Gobert was left off the list of All-Star Game reserves released on Thursday.

Despite the final players being added to the NBA All-Star Game’s roster on Thursday, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert’s name was left off the list. The snub was hard to take for the center, who got emotional while discussing it on Friday.

When asked by reporters how it felt to see the final roster on Thursday, Gobert admitted that it got to him.

“It was a tough night,” Gobert said. “My mom called me crying. It was to

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LeBron rallies Lakers to 111-106 victory over Rockets

LeBron rallies Lakers to 111-106 victory over Rockets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James knows that he needs to turn up his intensity if the Los Angeles Lakers are going to make the playoffs. He certainly did that on Thursday night against the Houston Rockets when his team needed it the most.

James scored 16 of his 29 points in the second half as the Lakers rallied from a 19-point deficit midway through the third quarter to defeat the Rockets 111-106.

It was Los Angeles’ largest comeback win of the season and its sixth when trailing by 15 or more at any point. The previous biggest comeback came on Feb. 7 at Boston when it was down 18 in the second quarter.

“I need to be in that level right now. Knowing the circumstances we are in and kick starting something,” said James, who also had 11 rebounds and six assists. “I like where I am at and will continue to get better. Tonight was a step in the right direction.”

The Lakers were down 95-88 with 7:49 remaining when they went on a 17-4 run over a six-minute span to take control. James, who scored eight points during the run, gave Los Angeles a 99-97 lead with 4:15 remaining. They would lead by as many as eight in the final minute.

After struggling from the field the first three quarters, the Lakers were 8 of 13 from the field and 10 of 11 from the foul line in the final 12

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Nike Unveils New Colin Kaepernick ‘True to 7’ Jersey

Nike Unveils New Colin Kaepernick ‘True to 7’ Jersey

The free agent quarterback’s latest jersey is for “those true to themselves on and off the field.”

Nike unveiled the brand’s new “trueto7” Colin Kaepernick jersey on Wednesday. The top features the unsigned signal caller’s name and signature number on a black jersey.

Kaepernick shared the news on Twitter. He wrote, “For those true to themselves on and off the field. Proudly, unapologetically and against all odds. This is only the beginning.”

Nike previously rele

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Anthony Davis Next Team Betting Odds Adjust As Trade Request Submitted

Anthony Davis Next Team Betting Odds Adjust As Trade Request Submitted

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers guards Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 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)Getty

New Orleans sports fans were dealt a second blow in just over a week as news dropped this morning that All-Star forward Anthony Davis has officially requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski set NBA twitter ablaze with the following tweet early Monday morning:

Sportsbooks have been offering odds on Anthony Davis’ next team for months now, as it has been clear that the young superstar feels that his talents are going to waste in what clearly is a football town. While Anthony Davis suiting up in a Pelicans’ jersey to start the 2019-20 season was the odds favorite at +160, this has now fallen off the board as we now have representatives from the Davis camp openly voicing his displeasure with his position in the Big Easy.

Anthony Davis on Which Team Start of 2019 Season Via BetOnline

California Dreaming

It is no secret that LeBron James is desperately seeking a partner in crime in Los Angeles, and NBA fans have long speculated that the Lakers would be the front runner in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes. Rich Paul of Klutch Sports represents both Anthony Davis and Lebron James, and while the NBA has rules in place to prevent tampering in trade deals, it is safe to assume that plenty of conversations have already been had behind closed doors in reference to a California move.

LeBron James has been sidelined recently, but his camp also expressed their displeasure with his team’s organization this week. James’ camp is suggesting that they need to see a “change” of sorts, and while many have taken this to mean that head coach Luke Walton might be on the chopping block, they could be firing shots across the bow to initiate a more agressive trade approach to give LeBron the support he needs.

Seeing Green?

The timing of this release also had its effect on the lines as the Boston Celtics, an eager suitor, are unable to trade for Anthony Davis until

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Pacers rout James, Lakers 136-94

Pacers rout James, Lakers 136-94

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kyle Lowry had 20 points amid reports that Toronto has offered him in a trade, and the Raptors held off the Philadelphia 76ers 119-107 on Tuesday night in a matchup between two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams.

Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points and Serge Ibaka had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help Toronto overcome another big game for Joel Embiid.

Embiid had 37 points and 13 rebounds for his league-leading 44th double-double. Ben Simmons scored 20 points for Philadelphia, and Jimmy Butler had 18.

Lowry seemed unfazed by a report from Sports Illustrated that Toronto had offered him to Memphis as part of a trade package for Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.

THUNDER 132, MAGIC 122

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook posted his seventh straight triple-double, leading Oklahoma City to the win.

Westbrook finished with 16 points, 16 assists and 15 rebounds to match the longest triple-double streak of his career. It was his 20th of the season and No. 124 for his career.

Paul George scored 39 points to help the Thunder win for the eighth time in nine games. Dennis Schroder had 20 points.

Evan Fournier scored 25 points for the Magic, and Aaron Gordon added 18 points and 10 assists.

PACERS 136, LAKERS 94

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points and Indiana made 19 3-pointers while handing LeBron James the most lopsided loss of his career.

James’ teams lost by 36 points twice previously.

Myles Turner had 22 points to help the Pacers pick up their third consecutive victory. Thaddeus Young finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

James had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in his second game back since injuring his groin on Christmas Day. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter.

GRIZZLIES 108, TIMBERWOLVES 106

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Conley had 25 points and nine assists in possibly his last game for Memphis, and the Grizzlies beat the Timberwolves on Justin Holiday’s two free throws with .1 seconds remaining.

Jaren Jackson Jr. added 23 points for Memphis, which won its second straight game. Ivan Rabb had a career-high 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds.

Karl-Anthony Town had 26 points and 18 rebounds for Minnesota, and Dario Saric finished with 22 points.

The Grizzlies could move Conley and veteran center Marc Gasol ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. Gasol was a late scratch.

CELTICS 103, CAVALIERS 96

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Report: Embarrassing NBA Franchise Fires Embarrassing GM In Embarrassing Fashion

Report: Embarrassing NBA Franchise Fires Embarrassing GM In Embarrassing Fashion

The New Orleans Pelicans have fired general manager Dell Demps, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowki. This is richly hilarious.

You may recall Demps as the administrative and managerial brain genius who:

  • Spent six-plus seasons flailing cartoonishly in various and uniformly failed efforts to build a stable, credible team around lottery-granted superstar Anthony Davis; and
  • Responded to Davis’s announcement that he’d decline a contract extension and accompanying trade request by petulantly stonewalling Davis’s destination of choice, the Los Angeles Lakers; and
  • According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, leaked the Lakers’ various trade offers in a concerted effort to poison that team’s chemistry, as punishment for what amounts to LeBron James having the same agent as Davis and going “Duh” when asked if he’d like to have Davis on his team; and
  • Declined to trade Davis prior to last Thursday’s trading deadline, intentionally pinning an unhappy player in a toxic situation at least through the spring so that the organization could try to leverage better trade offers for him in the summer; and
  • Reportedly had to be coerced by the NBA into not shelving Davis for the rest of the season, in a cynical ploy to preserve his trade value above all else; and
  • According to the bulk of rumors and reports, did pretty much all of this at the bidding of the detached, clueless, swinging-dick dumbasses who own the Pelicans franchise and run it as a neglected, dysfu

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LeBron Says He and Kyrie Are in a ‘Good Place’ After Phone Call

LeBron Says He and Kyrie Are in a ‘Good Place’ After Phone Call

It’s no secret that LeBron James and Kyrie Irving didn’t always get along when they were both playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Their relationship has been rocky at best since they parted ways last year, but in January, they reportedly sat down for a phone call to clear up their differences. Thankfully, it sounds as though they’re on better terms these days, as The Athletic reports that James clarified they’re in a “good place” after their chat.

“Yeah, we’re in a good place right now,” he explained. “Me and Kyrie are in a good place right now. I love the man that he’s becoming, I love the challeng

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Report: Klay won’t participate in All-Star 3-Point Contest – NBCSports.com

Report: Klay won’t participate in All-Star 3-Point Contest – NBCSports.com

OAKLAND — The Warriors reconvened Wednesday, settling in for a sprint they hope ends with triumph in June. Knowing what lies ahead and recognizing the clearest path to that goal, they scrimmaged for maybe the fourth time since preseason.

There are five issues that, if not solved, could derail hopes for a third consecutive championship and one last Warriors parade through the streets of Oakland.

Here are those issues, in order of importance:

1) STAYING HEALTHY

This is easily the most essential component, though much of its fate is more dependent on luck than any other factor.

This is about more than keeping the five 2018 All-Stars — DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson — upright and productive. That’s the obvious.

[RELATED: Kerr explains how rehabbing Cousins was ‘pain in the a**’]

But it can’t stop there. The Warriors come out of the break with six games in nine days. They have five back-to-back sets over the final seven weeks, including three over the final 18 days.

“Our health will be the No. 1 priority, over everything, entering the playoffs,” coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday. “If we need to rest guys, we’ll rest ‘em.”

To get Playoff Andre (Iguodala) and Peak Draymond, for example, it’s imperative to manage minutes.

2) COPING AMID THE NOISE

The Warriors pride themselves on their positi

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What The Los Angeles Lakers Should Do At The NBA Trade Deadline

What The Los Angeles Lakers Should Do At The NBA Trade Deadline

LeBron James is the only Laker guaranteed to be wearing purple and gold after the trade deadline. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Getty

If you’re looking for nuance, take a gander at other teams at the trade deadline. When it comes to the Los Angeles Lakers, the plan is insanely simple.

Nothing has changed since the off-season, when LeBron James came to the Lakers and brought with him a lot of talent and immense pressure to win. The only thing the Lakers care about at this juncture is getting Superstar No. 2 all suited up and on the court.

How They Got Here 

Everyone thought this team would be a hilarious soap opera headlined by an outspoken, air guitar strumming veteran contingent. Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and company have been on their best behavior. That doesn’t mean this season hasn’t teetered on being a beautiful disaster.

For Forbesfull NBA trade deadline preview, featuring analysis on all 30 teams, click here.Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images; Illustration by Brett Knight/Forbes

The young core had some growing pains. The team started things off at a 4-6 clip but there were some bright spots.

JaVale McGee was spry. The Lakers had Tyson Chandler fall in their laps. And, while a possible trade for Trevor Ariza never panned out, the Lakers looked to finally gain some momentum around December.

L.A. was just 3.5 games back in the Western Conference when fate decided this soiree had gone on long enough. LeBron James injured his groin, the young core took over and the kids did what kids do: They messed everything up.

The Lakers were also shorthanded on many nights with Rajon Rondo, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball all sitting out for various durations.

The Lakers were 6-11 before James returned in a win over the Clippers on the last day of January.

In one fell swoop, James’ return coupled with the Knicks trade of Kristaps Porzingis and other league peculiarities has the Lakers more in the driver’s seat amid the only trade that matters to them, a swap for the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis.

What They Need To Do

The Lakers find themselves on the precipice of having everything they ever wanted: LeBron James and a second superstar, one who is young enough to be the face of the franchise after James leaves for Cleveland or wherever he plans to have his retirement farewell season.

The problem is the Pelicans and general manager Dell Demps are playing hardball at the moment and don’t seem to be interested in dealing with the Lakers when there are the whispers of a grander Celtics offer on the horizon come this summer.

For the Lakers, life is stupendously simple.

Make an offer: The team has already done so, thanks to Demps finally picking up his phone. According to reports, the Lakers are prepared to ship the young core, old core and/or an apple core if it’s handy at the moment.

Unfortunately, the Pelicans still seem hesitant to engage in a trade with a team characterized as a bunch of tampering ne’er-do-wells.

I do think that as Davis’ trade demand has matured so have some key elements. The Knicks are now minus one huge asset in Porzingis; Davis isn’t interested in the Celtics; Kyrie Irving may bolt anyway; and it’s being made known that all other destinations not named L.A. are considered by Davis as a one-year stop before Laker Land.

Slowly, leverage has begun to swing towards Magic and Pelinka.

Make a final offer: The Lakers have insinuated that they don’t intend to get into a bidding war with the Celtics. So, a deadline offer from them is just that, a final offer. Demps will have to consider it even if it is less than the Lakers’ starting offers, as it should be.

Retool for the playoff push: When all else fails, tweak the roster with role players such as Wayne Ellington or Terrence Ross, guys whom the team had interest in previously.

The problem is that the Lakers, in absence of a Davis deal, would hold onto their most prized assets in the form of their young core. It’s far more likely the Lakers make minor changes or additions in more creative ways as they did with Tyson Chandler. Word is DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews may be available soon.

In the end, the Lakers should go all out for Davis. When it fails, close up shop and remember that LeBron’s first year is icing. The Lakers are playing for this summer’s free agency and beyond.

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LeBron James focusing on Lakers’ NBA playoff push

LeBron James focusing on Lakers’ NBA playoff push

After a victory in the NBA All-Star Game, LeBron James immediately trained his sights on reaching the playoffs with the Lakers.

LeBron James immediately switched his attention to the Lakers’ playoff push after his team’s victory in the NBA All-Star Game.

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

James’ groin injury, sustained Christmas Day, and extended absence coincided with the Lakers’ drop in the standings, from fourth to 10th in the Western Conference.

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

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Watch Patriots Receive Massive TD Garden Ovation During Celtics-Lakers – NESN

Watch Patriots Receive Massive TD Garden Ovation During Celtics-Lakers – NESN

BOSTON — The New England Patriots’ victory tour rolls on.

There’s been no shortage of celebrating by the Patriots after winning their sixth Lombardi Trophy in franchise history. After tearing it up in Atlanta following the victory over the Los Angeles Rams, the Super Bowl LIII champs were celebrated by a reported 1.5 million fans in Tuesday’s parade through the streets of Boston.

The Patriots kept the party going Thursday night when they made their way to TD Garden for the Boston Celtics’ clash with the Los Angeles Lakers. And when Bill Belichick and Co. were shown on the Jumbotron, the Celtics faithful went berserk.

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Contenders, playoff hopefuls and lottery dreamers to watch down the stretch

Contenders, playoff hopefuls and lottery dreamers to watch down the stretch

With All-Star Weekend in the books, it’s time to look at which NBA Finals contenders are in the driver’s seat for home-court advantage, which teams are still fighting for a playoff spot and which struggling clubs already have eyes on the draft.

Our panel (ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz, Tim MacMahon and Andre’ Snellings, The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears and FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring) ranks all 30 teams from top to bottom, taking stock of which teams are looking most like title contenders. For reference, we’ve included FiveThirtyEight’s NBA projections, while turning to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index for the latest draft lottery odds.

Previous rankings: Week 18 | 17 | 16 | 15 | 14 | 13 | 12 | 11 | 10 | 9 | 8 | 7 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1 | Training camp | Free agency

The NBA Finals contenders

1. Golden State Warriors
Record: 41-16 (1st in West)

The Nuggets’ staff might have coached in the All-Star Game, but the Warriors own the best record in the Western Conference. Keep an eye on Golden State and Denver as they battle it out for the top seed in the conference: The Warriors and Nuggets split a pair of games in Denver, while Golden State hosts the final two contests that could decide home-court advantage throughout the West playoffs. — Spears


2. Milwaukee Bucks
Record: 43-14 (1st in East)

With the best record in basketball, Milwaukee is sitting pretty and should be concerned merely about maximizing its playoff potential. The trade to secure floor-spacer Nikola Mirotic, who will make his Bucks’ debut after the break, was seemingly a wise move in that direction. — Herring


3. Toronto Raptors
Record: 43-16 (2nd in East)

The Raptors have been one of the league’s most consistent winners this season, even with the load management of Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry‘s missed games. Now they’re without Fred VanVleet, a vital member of their rotation, for a few weeks. The pressing question down the stretch for the Raps: Can this high-IQ group that has endured sporadic absences find the cohesiveness necessary to win an Eastern Conference title? — Arnovitz


4. Oklahoma City Thunder
Record: 37-20 (3rd in West)

The Thunder reached the All-Star break in third place out West, four games behind the Warriors. The Thunder have positioned themselves as a legitimate contender, built on the strength of a top-five defensive efficiency and two MVP-caliber team leaders, Russell Westbrook and Paul George. If defense and superstars win championships, a healthy Thunder squad is one that no one will want to face in the playoffs. –– Snellings


5. Denver Nuggets
Record: 39-18 (2nd in West)

The Nuggets reached the break with the second-best record out West, despite injuries that have seen them miss a combined 82 games from their starting five. Nikola Jokic has turned in an MVP-caliber campaign thus far, ranking third in the NBA with a Real Plus-Minus of 6.46 that has led the Nuggets to the fourth-best offensive efficiency in the league. — Snellings


6. Philadelphia 76ers
Record: 37-21 (T-4th in East)

With the trades for Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris, the Sixers let it be known to the world that their aspiration this season is nothing less than the NBA Finals. If the first four games and 73 minutes their new starting lineup has played together is any indication, they have a strong case to be a favorite in the East. The Philly Phive has an eye-popping net rating of plus-24.6 points per 100 possessions. — Arnovitz


7. Boston Celtics
Record: 37-21 (T-4th in East)

The Celtics are currently tied for fourth in the East with the 76ers, a game behind the Pacers. They are likely too far behind to catch the first-place Bucks or second-place Raptors, so their most likely scenario has them challenging for the third seed. However, they are widely considered to have one of the most talented rosters and own the third-best scoring margin (plus-6.4) in the NBA. Perhaps the best news for the Celtics is the recent play of Gordon Hayward, who has averaged 21.0 points (63.3 shooting), 4.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds during the three games leading into the break and looks like he is approaching full strength for the first time this season. –– Snellings


8. Houston Rockets
Record: 33-24 (5th in West)

James Harden is working hard to make history. Can he keep that up and have enough gas left to go deep in the playoffs? Can 33-year-old Chris Paul stay healthy and find his superstar form again? Paul also has to figure out how to best fit with Harden being so ball-dominant. One good sign: Paul is plus-52 in the past four games despite not shooting well (39 assists, five turnovers). — MacMahon

Don’t forget about us

9. Portland Trail Blazers
Record: 34-23 (4th in West)

The Blazers enter the post-All-Star break in a precarious position. Portland will have to be nearly perfect to catch up to Golden State, Denver or Oklahoma City in the top three West playoff spots. The Blazers currently own the fourth seed, which comes with home court in the first round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, Portland has four teams breathing down their necks trying to take it away. — Spears


10. Indiana Pacers
Record: 38-20 (3rd in East)

Credit to Indiana, which has gone 13-9 without injured All-Star Victor Oladipo this season after posting an 0-7 mark in games without him in 2017-18. As a third-place team, the Pacers should still be a lock to make the playoffs in the East, even without their best player. But it’d be a huge accomplishment to somehow hold on to home-court advantage. — Herring


11. Utah Jazz
Record: 32-25 (6th in West)

Ricky Rubio maintained his professionalism — and sense of humor — as the Jazz dangled him in an attempt to upgrade with Mike Conley. Utah probably needs Rubio, a free agent this summer, at his best to advance past the first round for the third straight year. The Jazz also need Dante Exum to come back strong after a long absence due to a left ankle sprain. — MacMahon


12. San Antonio Spurs
Record: 33-26 (7th in West)

Can DeMar DeRozan get his groove back? His production and efficiency have slipped significantly since the calendar flipped to 2019, as he has dealt with fatigue and nagging injuries. The Spurs look like a good bet to extend their playoff streak to record-tying 22 years. The question is whether Spurs can do any damage once they get there. — MacMahon

California dreamin’

13. Los Angeles Lakers
Record: 28-29 (10th in West)

LeBron James returned more than two weeks ago, but the Lakers still find themselves slotted at No. 10 in the Western Conference playoff race. Missing the postseason would be embarrassing for the Lakers, even with the tempered expectations set at the start of the season. Qualifying won’t be easy, as the upstart Kings have shown no signs of tailing off, and the resilient and transitional Clippers still able to play .500 ball or better, irrespective of who’s on the roster. — Arnovitz


14. LA Clippers
Record: 32-27 (8th in West)

The Clippers won’t say it aloud, but most within the front office wouldn’t mind being edged out at the finish line for a playoff spot, thus allowing them to retain their first-round draft pick this June. In the meantime, the top priority is the continuing development of rookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. The Clips would love to be able to enter free-agency pitches not only with cap space, but evidence that Gilgeous-Alexander is a point guard with the skills to lead an elite, contending team. –– Arnovitz


15. Sacramento Kings
Record: 30-27 (9th in West)

Do the Kings finally have enough to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006? Adding quality veteran forward Harrison Barnes as a starter and veteran guard Alec Burks off the bench sure showed the club is going for it this season. De’Aaron Fox has been outstanding in his second year at point guard, and perhaps it’s time for the Kings to take the training wheels off talented forward Marvin Bagley III and let him start. — Spears

Chasing the playoffs

16. Brooklyn Nets
Record: 30-29 (6th in East)

It’s ironic that in a season the Nets finally own their first-round draft pick, they’re playing their way into the postseason — but Brooklyn will gladly take a pick in the teens in exchange for the playoff berth. Even with the Nets’ recent slide, no team works harder, gets more out of its personnel and is better coached than Brooklyn. The gritty supporting cast has been a revelation, but the Nets’ postseason hopes will rest in large part on the play of D’Angelo Russell, who has led the team in scoring in each of the past nine games. — Arnovitz


17. Detroit Pistons
Record: 26-30 (T-8th in East)

Detroit won five of its last seven games before the break and enters the second half of the season in a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot. The Pistons retooled their roster some, hoping to find a bit more support for Blake Griffin, who has been great, but at times looked overburdened on offense because of the team’s lack of ball handlers. At this point, with just one playoff appearance in the previous nine seasons, Detroit will take some mid-April basketball anyway it can get it. — Herring


18. Charlotte Hornets
Record: 27-30 (7th in East)

The Hornets were gracious hosts for All-Star Weekend, but their fans are more worried about getting back to the postseason. Charlotte, however, made no significant move at the trade deadline to help its cause. The Hornets have tough compet









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LeBron James scores 28 points with 16 assists, 11 rebounds and a block versus Atlanta.
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2019 NBA All-Star Weekend Charlotte: NBA All-Star Game Rosters, Preview & TV Info – LakersNation.com

2019 NBA All-Star Weekend Charlotte: NBA All-Star Game Rosters, Preview & TV Info – LakersNation.com
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At the 68th edition of the NBA All-Star Game, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will lead 24 of the best players in the world as voted by the fans, peers and coaches.

For the first time since the 1990-91 season, Charlotte, N.C. is hosting NBA All-Star Weekend. Fittingly, Hornets owner Michael Jordan is celebrating his 56th birthday Sunday.

Widely considered the greatest player of all-time, Jordan has been the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets owner since the 2009-10 NBA season.

With James describing his first meeting with Jordan as ‘godly’ in 2001, the 34-year-old will look to put on a masterful performance in his 15th All-Star appearance.

Along with James selecting players in the All-Star Draft who will become free agents like Kyrie Irving, much of the attention will be on Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki.

Added as special roster additions by commissioner Adam Silver

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Stephen Curry and Seth Curry have an epic bet on the line when they go head-to-head in the NBA’s 3-point shooting contest

Stephen Curry and Seth Curry have an epic bet on the line when they go head-to-head in the NBA’s 3-point shooting contest

Stephen Curry and his brother, Seth, have some serious money on the line in their three-point contest at the NBA’s All-Star Weekend.

With the brothers back in their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, representing the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers, respectively, they’ve decided to put future family tickets on the line.

“Whoever wins between me and Steph gotta buy the family tickets for the rest of our careers whenever we play each other,” Seth said on Saturday.

The Blazers and Warriors don’t play each other again for the rest of the regular season, and Seth is a free agent this offseason. If he stays in the Western Conference, the loser could be buying tickets for family three or four times a year.

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Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. talks being in the Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster, what fans don’t realize about trades, eating octopus, and jumping over J. Cole

Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. talks being in the Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster, what fans don’t realize about trades, eating octopus, and jumping over J. Cole

It’s been a whirlwind season for Dennis Smith Jr.

The 21-year-old, second-year guard was floated in trade rumors with the Dallas Mavericks, then eventually traded to the New York Knicks as part of the Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster. After just two weeks with the Knicks, he headed down to Charlotte, North Carolina, to participate in the AT&T Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend.

While promoting Mountain Dew from Charlotte, Smith spoke to Business Insider about his dunk contest experience — which included jumping over J. Cole — the trade to the Knicks, eating octopus with Phil Jackson, Luka Doncic, and more.

Scott Davis: You’ve had a few hours now to reflect on the dunk contest. I’m curious what your feelings on it were. How did it go?

Dennis Smith Jr.: I had fun. I had fun. I think that’s the biggest thing. I enjoyed it. Put on a show for the fans. Just gave them a little contest to remember.

Davis: How long did it take you to convince J. Cole to let you dunk over him? Was he scared?

Smith: Nah, he wasn’t scared about that part. He was more so worried about throwing a lob. So that was the issue with him last year — he didn’t wanna throw the lob. But jumping over him, he had no worries about that.

Davis: Who would be your next choice for a famous person to jump over?

Smith: Spike Lee.

Davis: You might have a chance — he’s at Madison Square Garden pretty often.

Smith: I met him last night for the first time. I chopped it up with him for a little minute. I salute him. He’s a legend and things of that nature.

Davis: Do you have a strict diet to stay light and be able to jump like you do? Do you have any diet advice?

Dennis Smith Jr. has a relaxed diet.
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Smith: Eat Bojangles [laughs]. That’s what I grew up on, man. You know, I’m country. So, I really just eat. I eat whatever is good to me right now. I’m sure that’ll change as I get older, but I just work whatever I eat off.

Davis: I asked Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox this and he said he actually just has to eat a lot to keep weight on. Are you like that?

Smith: Nah, I put on weight easily. I put

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Giannis Antetokounmpo live while they were drafting for the All-Star teams, figured that out quickly.’ data-reactid=”25″>Charles Barkley, while talking with James and Giannis Antetokounmpo live while they were drafting for the All-Star teams, figured that out quickly.


offered what felt like the entire Lakers roster outside of James for the star, along with multiple draft picks. The Pelicans turned them down, and will keep Davis through the end of the season.’ data-reactid=”40″>The Lakers this week were in repeated talks with the Pelicans, and at one point offered what felt like the entire Lakers roster outside of James for the star, along with multipl

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Zion Williamson explained why highlights of his jaw-dropping dunks used to upset him

Zion Williamson has been the most dominant player in college basketball this season.

Between his monstrous dunks and powerful defense, Williamson has captivated casual fans and college basketball die-hards alike, and along with teammates RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish, has the Duke Blue Devils poised for another deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

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But while Williamson’s dunks have made him a national sensation, in an interview with GQ’s Devin Gordon, the Duke phenom explained that his highlight reel was both a blessing and a curse, and being known as merely a dunker used to bother him.

“I could probably score 40 points, get 10 rebounds, 10 assists, but I can have one dunk that was incredible and those other 38 points don’t matter no m

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Kyrie Irving Revealed the Real Reason He Apologized to LeBron James

Kyrie Irving Revealed the Real Reason He Apologized to LeBron James

In an ESPN’s The Jump interview that aired on Wednesday morning, Kyrie Irving spoke to Rachel Nichols about what this year’s been like in Boston, now that the season is more than two-thirds of the way through and it’s no longer all preseason hypotheticals. During the sit down, the 26-year-old spoke on the Celtics’ chemistry (or, at times, lack thereof) and also that phone call he made to LeBron James in which he empathized with his former teammate now that the shoe is on the other foot.

“It’s a lot to figure out all in one year,” Irving admitted of the roster figuring out each of their roles. “It’s been a trying year for us. Because we basically have a bunch of young men in our locker room that feel like they’re capable of doing a lot more of what they’re doing,” he added.

“And that’s OK. But there’s a maturity that you have to have. There’s a professionalism that you have to really showcase every single day. And that’s what the great ones do.”

This, of course, is similar to comments he made back in January, though this time around he w

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LeBron James ready for Lakers’ playoff push

LeBron James ready for Lakers’ playoff push

LeBron James is ready to try to lead the Los Angeles Lakers into the NBA postseason, with the superstar relishing the challenge.

The Lakers (28-29) entered the All-Star break three games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

But, three-time champion James – who has made 13 straight playoff appearances – said he is not panicking ahead of Thursday’s clash with the Houston Rockets.

“I enjoy the challenge of anything,” James told reporters on Wednesday. “I enjoy being uncomfortable. I enjoy being counted out…

“I’m a

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LeBron sends best wishes to top NBA prospect Zion Williamson after injury

LeBron sends best wishes to top NBA prospect Zion Williamson after injury

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James held his breath for Zion Williamson after the top NBA prospect suffered a knee injury.

Duke star Williamson left Wednesday’s matchup against North Carolina inside a minute and did not return midweek.

The 18-year-old freshman suffered the injury while dribbling toward the basket about 40 seconds into the game when his Nike sneaker ripped.

Williamson fell to the floor and grabbed his leg before heading to the Duke bench and then the locker room.

NBA great James reacted on social media, writing via Twitter: “Hope young fell

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This is the sort of thing you film because no one would believe you otherwise. via Hvper.com

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LeBron, Giannis choose their teams for the All-Star Game

LeBron, Giannis choose their teams for the All-Star Game

LeBron James finally has Anthony Davis as a teammate.

For one game.

His Los Angeles Lakers were unable to swing a deal for Davis, but James drafted the New Orleans Pelicans star on Thursday when he and fellow captain Giannis Antetokounmpo sat down to choose their teams for the Feb. 17 All-Star Game in Charlotte.

Davis told the Pelicans he wanted a trade, and James has made it clear that he’d love to play with him. But the Pelicans kept Davis as the trade deadline passed, so for now, their time as teammates will be limited to All-Star weekend and James pounced at the chance to grab him with the second pick of the reserve round.

“I’m very sure of that,” James said, when asked by TNT host Ernie Johnson if he was sure he wanted Davis as a teammate.

“Isn’t that tampering?” Antetokounmpo asked.

Responded James, as both players laughed: “Tampering rules do not apply

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Warriors beat Heat in close game after referees miss crucial double-dribble call on Kevin Durant

Warriors beat Heat in close game after referees miss crucial double-dribble call on Kevin Durant

The Golden State Warriors got a narrow 120-118 win over the Miami Heat on Sunday after referees missed a crucial call down the stretch.

With the game tied at 118 with 11 seconds remaining, Kevin Durant had the ball at the top of the key and began sizing up his defender for the go-ahead shot.

As he got a screen from DeMarcus Cousins, Durant began a crossover, lost control of the ball, regained possession, then launched a pull-up three-pointer. The shot missed, but Cousins got the offensive rebound, got fouled, an

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The Pelicans’ GM is suddenly out and it could be a good sign that the Lakers are still alive in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes

The Pelicans’ GM is suddenly out and it could be a good sign that the Lakers are still alive in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes

The New Orleans Pelicans have parted ways with general manager Dell Demps, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The decision comes just days after the NBA trade deadline, which saw the Los Angeles Lakers offering a bounty of picks and young players for Anthony Davis.

In the end, the deal fell through, and many assumed that the Lakers quest to land Davis was in trouble. Magic Johnson accused the Pelicans of not acting in good faith and Demps did not interested in dealing with the Lakers. Davis’ move would now have to wait until the offseason when rival teams — specifically the Boston Celtics — would be able to put together offers that might be more appealing to the Pelicans. The Celtics were barred from dealing for Davis at the deadline

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LeBron James returns for Lakers against Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James is back in the lineup for the Los Angeles Lakers after the longest injury-related absence of his 16-year career.

The leading All-Star vote-getter was set to play against the Clippers on Thursday night after missing 17 games. He was originally listed as out but was upgraded to doubtful earlier in the day.

Lakers coach Luke Walton said James won’t be on a minutes restriction, but he’ll be closely watched. The four-time league MVP has participated in two full-contact practices leading up to his return.

James’ last game was on Christmas at Golden State, where he strained his left groin.

The Lakers went 6-11 during James’ absence and fell out of a potential playoff spot.

He is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists.

Kyle Kuzma (left hip strain) and Josh Hart (left knee tendinitis) also returned Thursday.

The Lakers got Rajon Rondo back last w

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LeBron James returns for Lakers against Clippers

LeBron James returns for Lakers against Clippers

Clippers on Thursday night after missing 17 games. He was originally listed as out but was upgraded to doubtful earlier in the day.’ data-reactid=”23″>The leading All-Star vote-getter was set to play against the Clippers on Thursday night after missing 17 games. He was originally listed as out but was upgraded to doubtful earlier in the day.

Lakers coach Luke Walton said James won’t be on a minutes restriction, but he’ll be closely watched. The four-time league MVP has participated in two full-contact practices leading up to his return.

James’ last game was on Christmas at Golden State, where he strained his left groin.

The Lakers went 6-11 during James’ absence and fell out of a potential playoff spot.

He is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists.

LeBron James is back in the lineup for the Los Angeles Lakers after the longest injury-related absence of his 16-year career.’ data-reactid=”22″>LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James is back in the lineup for the Los Angeles Lakers after the longest injury-related absence of his 16-year career.

Lakers coach Luke Walton said James won’t be on a minutes restriction, but he’ll be closely watched. The four-time league MVP has participated in two full-contact practices leading up to his return.

James’ last game was on Christmas at Golden State, where he strained his left groin.

The Lakers went 6-11 during James’ absence and fell out of a potential playoff spot.

He is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists.



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LeBron James’ Health Might Be A Concern For The Lakers: Report

LeBron James’ Health Might Be A Concern For The Lakers: Report

LeBron James has been struggling with a groin injury.

The Los Angeles Lakers were on a roll until LeBron James went down with a groin injury on Christmas Day. It set the team back pretty far and now they’re out of a playoff spot. Ranked 10th in the Western Conference with a record of 28-29, the Lakers have a lot of catching up to do. Even though LeBron is back in the lineup, there is still reportedly some concern about whether or not LeBron is healthy. Joe Vardon of The Athletic actually spoke about thi

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NBA All-Star Game 2019: Kevin Durant not surprised to be on Team LeBron again

NBA All-Star Game 2019: Kevin Durant not surprised to be on Team LeBron again

After being chosen by LeBron James in the NBA All-Star draft, Kevin Durant revealed how he always expected to be the first pick.

Kevin Durant declared he was not surprised to be selected by LeBron James with the first pick for the NBA All-Star Game.

For the second successive year, James made sure he will play alongside Durant in the league’s exhibition fixture, taking the Golden State Warriors forward at the start of Thursday’s televised draft.

Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden complete the starting five for Team LeBron, which will take on Team Giannis on Feb. 17 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Asked about James’ decision after Golden State’s 117-107 win Friday over the Suns, Durant said: “What else is he supposed to do?”

Dura

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Alysa Liu’s remarkable rise: is 13 too young to be an elite athlete?

Alysa Liu’s remarkable rise: is 13 too young to be an elite athlete?

Alysa Liu covered her face and cried as the results were announced at the US ladies figure skating championship in Detroit, Michigan, last month. Her coach, Laura Lipetsky who has worked with her since she was five, hugged her.

Liu had just won the national title at the age of 13, making her the youngest athlete to have done so, and with two triple axles no less. The weeks since have been a media frenzy. She appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and profiles on her meteoric rise have been published across the world. But for all the attention Liu has received, she won’t be able to compete in Worlds. She’s too young. A 1997 International Skating Union rule requires athletes to be at least 15 by 1 July preceding the season to participate in senior-level international events.

That poses a question: is 13 too young to devote one’s life to sports? How young is too young to be a full-time athlete?

Liu’s childhood has been anything but ordinary. She usually trains four to five hours a day at the Oakland Ice Center under Lipetsky, who says in an email she spends so much time with Liu on a daily basis that “I feel like I am a mother to her.”

At the age of 10, Liu enrolled in California Connections Academy, an online program used by other elite skaters, to allow her the flexibility to travel for competition. Liu completes her homework between practices at her father’s nearby office. She eats dinner in the car on the way home and goes to bed around 8.30pm. Despite the rigorous schedule, her father, Arthur Liu told the San Francisco Chronicle, “She has lots of friends, has sleepovers. I’m trying to provide her with a normal life.” Lipetsky says that despite Liu’s age, she does not coach her any differently. “I want all my students to be able to be the best they can at any level they are in.”

There are countless cautionary tales about young phenoms burning out, leaving their sport – or at least taking a break – seemingly before their time was up. Jennifer Capriati. Björn Borg. Sonny Pike. Todd Marinovich. Pike, who was touted by some as the next Diego Maradona, described how the pressure affected him. “At 17 my head was finished. I was suicidal,” he told the Guardian in 2016.

The cautionary tales exist for good reason. Kids have different needs. Parents can be controlling, channeling their ambition through their children. Coaches can abuse their power. The pressure can be overwhelming for someone so young. But for every cautionary tale, there are prodigies who have had long careers: the Williams sisters, Magic Johnson, LeBron James. Unfortunately, there is no formula that can determine whether a young athlete with the necessary talent is ready to play a professional sport or not. “I don’t think there is a certain age,” says John Stevenson, a registered psychologist and mental performance consultant. “It really comes down to the individual.”

There are, however, some factors that can predict success or failure.

Andrea Jaeger, who reached the US Open semi-final at the age of 15, recalls waking up at 5am to run in Chicago winters. “It’d be 10F (-12C), and I’d be excited to do it because I loved training,” she says.

That kind of love of the sport makes it less likely a young athlete will face burnout. “That intrinsic drive is really difficult to quantify. If that’s coming from them, and not from the parent, that’s probably healthier,” Dr Charles Popkin, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Columbia University Medical Center, says.

Fostering that intrinsic drive means a hands-off approach. Stevenson jokes with parents that they should only do three things for their kids: drive them, care for them, and pay for them. “You’re not their coach,” he says. And for parents who are coaches, he tells them it’s sometimes their job to let go: “the information [may be] on point, but they don’t want to listen to mom and dad.” Jaeger, for her part, decided to keep her father as her coach, but acknowledges it was tough. “He was actually a phenomenal coach,” she said. “But the whole fact was I lost him as a father. So it wasn’t like you get both. I don’t think you can do both.”

Beyond parenting, avoiding burnout is about balance. While success depends on long hours training, it shouldn’t feel

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Andre Iguodala replaced LeBron James as VP of National Basketball Players Association

Andre Iguodala replaced LeBron James as VP of National Basketball Players Association

said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing my work with (NBPA executive director) Michele (Roberts), Chris Paul and the Executive Committee to accomplish the best possible outcomes for the union and our future members.”’ data-reactid=”24″>“I am honored to be chosen by my peers to step into this position and take on a larger responsibility within the NBPA,” Iguodala said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing my work with (NBPA executive director) Michele (Roberts), Chris Paul and the Executive Committee to accomplish the best possible outcomes for the union and our future members.”


Pau Gasol, Portland guard CJ McCollum and Clippers guard Garrett Temple are

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Team LeBron rallies to beat Team Giannis, 178-164

Team LeBron rallies to beat Team Giannis, 178-164



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NBA All-Star Game 2019: Kyrie Irving excited by LeBron James’ picks

NBA All-Star Game 2019: Kyrie Irving excited by LeBron James’ picks

LeBron James took Kyrie Irving with the third pick of the NBA All-Star draft, and the Celtics guard is looking forward to the game.

Kyrie Irving is excited he was chosen for former Cavaliers teammate LeBron James’ team for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

James took Warriors forward Kevin Durant with the first pick and selected Irving third overall, with Giannis Antetokounmpo choosing Stephen Curry in between.

Kawhi Leonard and James Harden complete the starting five for Team LeBron.

Irving was impressed by the lineup and is looking forward to playing alongside James again, the pair having won an NBA title with the Cavs in 2016.

“Oh, wow, that’s a great five. I’m excited just to be an All-Star, getting picked by the fans, as well as the media. I’m truly grateful. It gives us another chance to go out there and play together,” Irving said.

“Myself, Bron, KD, Kawhi and James, it’s a pretty exciting time. But I’m not trying to plan too far ahead, so just handle these games before the All-Star break maturely, as a veteran team and close out the All-Star break pretty strong.”

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Pelicans Need To Wake Up And Take The Lakers’ Anthony Davis Offer

Pelicans Need To Wake Up And Take The Lakers’ Anthony Davis Offer

The Los Angeles Lakers continue to make inquiries to the New Orleans Pelicans about a trade for their superstar Anthony Davis. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Getty

LeBron James returned, the Knicks pulled off a major trade and the Lakers can finally see a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

As for Anthony Davis, he is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. A fact that has Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka scouring their pockets to see if there is anything else they can offer general manager Dell Demps.

I submit that the Lakers front office has done quite enough.

Lakers Take It Or Leave It Deals

It must be tough being a member of the young core. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are darn near packing their bags for them. And they don’t get credit for going 6-11 with LeBron out. Being bad but not horrible in his absence is admirable in a way.

In any case, the L.A. Times’ Brad Turner has the latest from ongoing trade negotiations (Read: Magic outside Dell Demps’ house with a boombox over his head).

Everyone with a Twitter account knows that the Lakers have absolutely no leverage in this situation. Still, it doesn’t hurt to try and manufacture some.

Turner continued.

You don’t exactly have to read between the lines to see the Lakers strategy. Take whatever you want right now. If not, we will more than likely leave the AD supermarket come summertime.

It’s something that at least has to give Demps’ pause. The Celtics can certainly offer a great deal and seem intent on doing just that on July 1.

But things change. People change. Offers change.

I may as well bring up that little news that dropped on Thursday.

Kristaps Porzingis Dominos

The New York Knicks traded their singular player, Kristaps Porzingis, to the Dallas Mavericks in a move that certainly looks like a coup to lock up a lottery pick that might get them Zion Williamson as well as free up cap space.

The Knicks could very well have nearly $75 million in cap space. That is enough to woo a couple of top-tier free agents this summer.

Speculation is this money is being earmarked behind the scenes for the likes of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

However, the Boston Globe reports one source who explained that “Irving has given no indication that he will back down from his October proclamation that he will re-sign with the Celtics at season’s end.”

But what if that isn’t the case? What if Irving is sold on being part of something special in New York City?

The Celtics would certainly change course if Irving left and, perhaps, look to hold onto their glut of picks and talent rather than cash it all in for a one-dimensional team of Anthony Davis and a bunch of leftovers.

The Lakers’ offers are tangible. They are a known quantity that is being promised right now. But anything can happen in a few months.

The possibility of a Celtics offer can change, diminish or up and vanish.

LeBron James Returns

One other tidbit from Thursday. That LeBron James guy returned to action. As we know, the Lakers certainly play better when he is in purple and gold than when he is in his fancy duds on the sidelines.

It’s entirely possible that the young core’s trade value is about to rise along with the expected wins of a team featuring a healthy James.

Everyone gives the Lakers’ front office grief for not going all in for Paul George. But the Pelicans are also playing things cute at the moment by disregarding any Lakers trade as a viable offer.

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Team Lebron takes James Harden with seventh pick

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Is LeBron James recruiting Kevin Durant to join the Lakers?

Is LeBron James recruiting Kevin Durant to join the Lakers?

The 2019 NBA All-Star draft was televised as LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo selected their teams. Did James intentionally draft Kevin Durant first as a way of persuading him to join the Lakers?

It’s no secret that LeBron James is in a constant game of cat and mouse with the rest of the NBA. James has been relentlessly recruiting All-Star players to join him. Was his decision to draft Kevin Durant first overall for his All-Star team just another method of slighting the system and recruiting more talent?

James is known for skating on thin ice when attracting talent to join his team. Most recently he has been under fire as countless reports emerge that Anthony Davis, who has the same agent as LeBron, is demanding to be traded and will only re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Whether James is trying to recruit superstar players to his team isn’t a debate. It’s obvious that LeBron wants to play with other stars, and who could blame him? The superteam trend has been around for a long time and James is not the only guy in the league looking to join forces with other elite players.

Since this is such common knowledge, it is almost comical that James cho

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NBA Trades: LeBron James is the biggest thing in the NBA and boy does he know it

NBA Trades: LeBron James is the biggest thing in the NBA and boy does he know it











Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) argues a call with the referee as Lakers forwards Brandon Ingram (14) and Kyle Kuzma (0) talk to each other in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) argues a call with the referee as Lakers forwards Brandon Ingram (14) and Kyle Kuzma (0) talk to each other in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Source: AP

LeBron James’ absence has given the top teams in the Eastern Conference motivation to go all in — says LeBron James.

James gave the 76ers, Bucks and Raptors high marks for their aggression during the trade deadline, pointing to his move out west as one reason those teams have been so active.

“Those top teams in the East, yeah, they’re going for it,” James told The Athletic. “Toronto is going for it, Milwaukee’s going for it, Philly. Boston believes they can do it, too. They know they ain’t gotta go through Cleveland anymore.

“Everybody in the East thinks they can get to the Finals because they ain’t gotta go through me.”

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James had been to eight consecutive finals while playing in the East, a streak that is likely to end with the young Lakers. Especially since they were unable to make much noise at the deadline themselves, despite the persistent Anthony Davis rumours. Los Angeles sits at 28-27 after a thrilling Thursday night win over the Celtics, but are still on the outside of the playoff race.

After trading Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac to the Clippers for Mike Muscala on Thursday, they are looking to fill their final roster spot amid NBA buyouts. Carmelo Anthony is one possibility.

In the Eastern Conference, the Raptors traded for Marc Gasol, the 76ers added Tobias Harris and the Bucks picked up Nikola Mirotic.

“S**t, I was excited seeing all the moves they made in the East today,” James said. “Those match-ups in the second round, in the Eastern Conference finals, that s**t is gonna be crazy. It’s gonna be fun to watch.”




LeBron James has cited his move to the west as a massive factor in the recent NBA trade period.
LeBron James has cited his move to the west as a massive factor in the recent NBA trade period.Source: AP

MAGIC MEETING AFTER DEADLINE FLOP

Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson plans to meet with players in Philadelphia this weekend after weeks of trade rumours wreaked havoc on team chemistry, according to a report.

Much of the team’s roster — including Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Ivica Zubac and Josh Hart, as well as draft picks — were said to be floated in trade negotiations for Pelicans star Anthony Davis.

Johnson plans to instruct players to focus down the stretch, while emphasising that the NBA is a business, the Los Angeles Times reported.

He hopes the talk will promote an open dialogue and will attempt to speak to anybody on the team with concerns, the report said.

Negotiations for Davis played out publicly, plummeting the team into a slump that culminated in Tuesday’s 42-point loss to the Indiana Pacers — the biggest defeat of LeBron James’ career.

James has, at points, not-so-subtly announced his desire for the Lakers to acquire Davis. James’ longtime agent and friend, Rich Paul, also represents Davis.

Davis was fined $50,000 after Paul publicly revealed his demand to be traded.

In the end, the team made two minor trades near the deadline. It sent Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley to the Clippers for Mike Muscala and acquired Reggie Bullock from the Pistons for Svi Mykhailiuk and a 2021 second-round pick.

The Lakers rebounded after the deadline on Friday (AEDT) with a 129-128 win over the Celtics. They remain in 10th place in the Western Conference, 1.5 games behind the No. 8 Los Angeles Clippers.




Magic has been brought in to steady the ship.
Magic has been brought in to steady the ship.Source: AFP

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LeBron James claims Eastern Conference trades are due to his absence

LeBron James claims Eastern Conference trades are due to his absence

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LeBron James has been a dominant force in the Eastern Conference

LeBron James has been a dominant force in the Eastern Conference

LeBron James has attributed the flurry of pre-deadline trades executed by the NBA’s Eastern Conference contenders to his absence.

For 15 seasons – in Cleveland, Miami, then Cleveland again – James played in the Eastern Conference. Drafted by a hapless Cavaliers franchise in 2003, it took two years for James to make the playoffs.

Since then, James’ teams have appeared in 13 consecutive postseasons, including eight straight NBA Finals. The Heat won two titles, the Cavaliers one.

Tobias Harris celebrates during his Philadelphia 76ers debut

Tobias Harris celebrates during his Philadelphia 76ers debut

But now that he’s in the Western Conference with the Los Angeles Lakers, James said the East teams are trying to seize the opportunity.

“Those top teams in the East, yeah, they’re going for it,” James told The Athletic.

“Toronto is going for it, Milwaukee’s going for it, Philly. Boston believes they can do it, too. They know they ain’t gotta go through Cleveland anymore.

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NBA All-Star Draft, Barcelona-Real Madrid, and More to Watch This Week

NBA All-Star Draft, Barcelona-Real Madrid, and More to Watch This Week
As the leading vote-getter, LeBron James will have the first pick in the NBA All-Star Draft on Thursday night.

As the leading vote-getter, LeBron James will have the first pick in the NBA All-Star Draft on Thursday night.Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

Must Watch: NBA All-Star Draft

With the NBA All-Star rosters, coaches and captains selected, the made-for-TV draft takes place this Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on TNT. As leading fan vote-getters, team captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will draft their teams live for fans and players to watch like they’re back at the park choosing teams for a pickup game.

For the full All-Star roster pool of players to pick, tap or click here. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also announced that two legends will be available to be picked and play in the game to honor their historic careers.

In addition to the draft, there will also be actual basketball played this week, with some top national games and NBA League Pass matchups.

On national television:

Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers  Tuesday 8 p.m., TNT – A matchup of the second and third-place teams in the East

San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors – Wednesday 10:30 p.m., ESPN – The Spurs have shot up the West standings by going 7-3 in their last 10 games. Also, since this game will be in Oakland and not San Antonio, we won’t have a moment like this, which truly is a shame:

Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics – Thursday 8 p.m., TNT – The NBA community can only hope this game begins right after LeBron drafts Kyrie Irving to his All-Star team first overall.

Top NBA League Pass matchups this week:

Los Angeles Lakers at Indiana Pacers – Tuesday, 7 p.m. (Watch) LeBron returned from injury last Thursday, then sat out against the Warriors on Saturday, so he should be back on the court again for this one.

Charlotte Hornets at Dallas Mavericks – Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. (Watch) Two of the most talented and entertaining players in the league face off as Kemba Walkervisits rookie sensation (and All-Star snub?) Luka Doncic.

Here’s how to watch NBA League Pass on B/R Live and here’s the full NBA schedule.

   

2 More Things to Watch This Week

1. El Clásico

You’ve heard the saying less is more, but this section does not follow that principle. For us, more is always better. More Clásicos that is, because after Real Madrid and Barcelona were drawn as Copa del Rey semifinal opponents, there will be three versions of El Clásico (Los Clásicos?) in the span of about a month. Twice in the cup competition and once in La Liga.

For this week, Barcelona hosts Real Madrid in the first leg of the semifinals – Wednesday 3 p.m. ET on beIN SPORTS – The return leg will be in Madrid on Feb. 27, and then the teams will play three days later in the same place in a La Liga showdown. And just for good measure, sandwiched in between their cup matches, each team plays the first leg of its Champions League Round of 16 matchup. It hardly gets better than this.

On the other side of the Copa del Rey draw, Real Betis will host Valencia in Leg 1 this Thursday at 3 p.m., also on beIN SPORTS.

   

2. College Hoops Galore

With the Super Bowl closing the book on the NFL season, basketball can officially take the torch as top sport for the next couple months. And as we mentioned last week, March is coming. Prepare yourselves with these men’s basketball ranked matchups and rivalry games this week:

North Carolina State at No

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LeBron James Helped Octavia Spencer Get Equal Pay

LeBron James Helped Octavia Spencer Get Equal Pay
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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Disney’s original fantasy film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, comes to the shelves on Blu-ray, 4K, and digital.

A new twist based off the original The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by ETA Hoffman and Tchaikovsky’s ballet masterpiece, the live-action film gives us a fresh view of the iconic classic story.

The new film follows Clara, who is coping with her first Christmas since her mother’s death as she receives a special gift left behind by her mother: a silver egg with a unique keyhole. It’s from here, Clara embarks on an adventure looking for the key to the egg where she winds up landing in a magical world called “The Four Realms.”

Though the movie struggles for a deeper storyline touching upon

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Lakers Rumors: Examining Trade Whispers Surrounding Los Angeles

Lakers Rumors: Examining Trade Whispers Surrounding Los Angeles
Los Angeles Lakers' Michael Beasley, right, drives the ball against Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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Despite the previous week leading up to Super Bowl LIII, the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA dominated sports news as the NBA trade deadline of Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. ET approached.

L.A. is looking to make big moves for another All-Star to play alongside LeBron James, which has created some turmoil on the team as no one (excepting James) seems to be safe in the pursuit to acquire another big name.

The tension that the trade deadline has created has put head coach Luke Walton in a difficult position, with veteran players on the team unhappy with him at the moment: 

The Lakers have completely dominated the trade rumors in the past few weeks, which bodes well for them as the deadline looms. Let’s take a look at some of the chatter surrounding the team.

         

Anthony Davis to the Lakers

L.A. has been aggressively pursuing New Orleans Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis for the last few weeks, which has been all that any NBA fan has been talking about.

In a Davis trade, James is really the only Laker who is safe, putting the rest of the team on edge and playing into the tension rising on the squad as the trade deadline approaches.

Leading up to Jan. 31, the Pelicans had been slow to get back to the Lakers about a potential deal involving Davis. Lakers President Magic Johnson finally spoke to Pelicans general manager Dell Demps for the first time Thursday after Demps had taken calls from other teams about acquiring Davis, sources told ESPN.

The Lakers reportedly made an offer that includes point guards Lonzo Ball and Rajon Rondo, forwards Kyle Kuzma and Michael Beasley and a first-round pick, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

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Talks between Lakers, Pelicans over all-star Anthony Davis heat up as Thursday’s NBA trade deadline looms – 89.3 KPCC

Talks between Lakers, Pelicans over all-star Anthony Davis heat up as Thursday’s NBA trade deadline looms – 89.3 KPCC
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The Los Angeles Lakers already made the biggest splash of the NBA offseason when they signed LeBron James, and now they’re working to land themselves the biggest trade of the NBA season so far, as they are among the top suitors for New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis. The clock is ticking, however, as the league trade deadline is approaching at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday.

The L.A. Times reported on Tuesday morning that Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson had spoken to Pelicans general manager Dell Demps and had offered a total of six players, two first-round picks, and salary cap relief, though that offer has not been confirmed and the Times said the sources who provided that information were not authorized to discuss it publicly. The latest confirmed deal we know of was an offer that would have sent three you

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Top Potential Landing Spots for Carmelo Anthony After Rockets-Bulls Trade

Top Potential Landing Spots for Carmelo Anthony After Rockets-Bulls Trade
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony (7) guards Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in New York. The Rockets won 119-111. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Carmelo Anthony’s months-long exile may finally be coming to an end. ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Houston Rockets have agreed to unload the 10-time All-Star to the Chicago Bulls.

Anthony will not play a game for the Bulls, who pursued him in free agency in the summer of 2014. Instead, he will likely be waived in the near future, allowing him to join another team.

His next team, however, is something of a mystery. Anthony didn’t work out in Houston, appearing in just 10 games after signing for the veteran’s minimum over the offseason before he and the team mutually agreed to part ways. He’s been in limbo since November while the Rockets have worked to find a new landing spot for him.

Anthony’s options appear to be limited, even if he’s available on the free-agent market for the minimum. He may still have some value as a bench scorer on the perimeter—if he’s willing to accept a lesser role.

Still, there are a few destinations that make some sense.

   

Los Angeles Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20:  LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers guards Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Houston Rockets during the second quarter at Staples Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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The Lakers are the most obvious landing spot for Anthony because of his close friendship with LeBron James. The Athletic’s Sam Amick reported on Friday that the Lakers are open to the idea of adding Anthony, but they aren’t interested in waiving a guaranteed contract to open up a roster spot to sign him.

It’s tough to project what sort of role Anthony would have on the Lakers. Between James (once he’s healthy), Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley, they have plenty of forwards on their roster already, and Anthony would need some time to get acclimated with his new team before playing significant minutes.

As a basketball fit, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. But James’ influence makes the Lakers one of Anthony’s more likely destinations.

The fact that James himself offered a subtle Melo endorsement on Saturday just adds fuel to a fire that won’t go away until Anthony finds his new team. 

   

Brooklyn Nets

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Anthony’s family still lives in New York, but going back to the Knicks is out of the question. If he wants to return close to home, it could make sense to join the ascendant Nets.

Brooklyn, led by a surging D’Angelo Russell, has been one of the league’s most surprising teams this season and is in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. While head coach Kenny Atkinson may not be a hous

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Explosive Cousins dunk sparks lifeless Warriors

Explosive Cousins dunk sparks lifeless Warriors

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry was in a drought, the Golden State Warriors were sleepwalking through the start of the second half and Oracle Arena felt like it was lifeless.

Then, DeMarcus Cousins, coming off a high pick and roll, took a pass from Kevin Durant and drove toward the rim. Kyle Kuzma slid over in an attempt to take a charge only to watch Cousins rise up and dunk on the Lakers forward with the foul, electrifying Oracle Arena and the Warriors.

Cousins stood above Kuzma and glared, drawing a technical foul. But it would end up being the Los Angeles Lakers who paid, as Cousins’ ferocious dunk sparked a 30-10 run that lifted the Warriors to a 115-101 win over the Lakers.

“I thought his dunk brought the arena to life,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “It brought the team to life. We were searching for energy and emotion up until that point. This was a typical game where you let your guard down a little because the other team’s best player is not playing.

“There’s no life in the building. Our guys weren’t generating any energy. That play changed all of that.”

In his seventh game back si

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Kevin Durant named MVP as Team LeBron beats Team Giannis in All-Star Game | NBA All-Star 2019 – ESPN

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game featured Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo putting on a personal dunk contest and Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry breaking out all of his moves, but the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and Team LeBron claimed the 178-164 victory over Team Giannis with the help from an MVP performance by Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant.

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LeBron James And Dwyane Wade Throw Lobs To Each Other In 2019 All-Star Game | All-Star Weekend – Bleacher Report

LeBron James And Dwyane Wade Throw Lobs To Each Other In 2019 All-Star Game | All-Star Weekend – Bleacher Report

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade reunited in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. This will be the last time the two share a court together on the same team.

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Duke vs. Virginia Condensed Game | 2018-19 ACC Basketball – ACC Digital Network

Duke vs. Virginia Condensed Game | 2018-19 ACC Basketball ACC Digital Network LeBron James on hand to watch human highlight reel Zion Williamson key major Duke win Yahoo Sports RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson lead Duke past Virginia | College Basketball Highli…
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Schedule Alert: Tricky games in the NBA playoff race

Schedule Alert: Tricky games in the NBA playoff race

As the NBA regular-season marathon ticks toward the finish line, every game is amplified, not only for squads fighting for playoff seeding but for those simply trying to get into the big dance. And, indeed, fates can be decided at the very end, as the Nuggets proved last season when they fell short of a playoff berth because of a loss on the last day of the regular season to Minnesota.

This final stretch is likewise critical for potential contenders hoping to keep their stars fresh(ish) for the long postseason ahead instead of burning them out even more before it ever begins. (*Cough cough Houston, James Harden cough cough*).

Alas, it is also during these final few months of the NBA pre-playoff calendar that the league’s schedule will serve up some of its most perilous fatigue-related landmines to several of the NBA’s biggest teams and names, especially in the hotly contested Western Conference.

Witness what Harden and the Rockets are up against March 20 in Memphis: This will mark Houston’s fourth game in six days, its third game in four days and the second of a back-to-back set (both of which are on the road). After facing the Hawks in Atlanta, the Rockets will head to Memphis to face a Grizzlies squad that enters the game with, yes, a three-day rest advantage. Managing Harden’s hefty workload has been a storyline all season long (and for years now, really), but it’s even more important in treacherous games such as this one.

These uphill battles are among the 21 Schedule Alert games remaining in the 2018-19 campaign — or the second half of our full list of 42 that we announced in October.

In other words, we’re at the halfway point, so it’s time for an update. Schedule Alert is based on a formula that identifies games in which travel and fatigue will weigh disproportionately on one of the two teams.

Or, in NBA parlance, it looks for “schedule losses.”

The formula that identifies these games was created by Dr. Cheri Mah, a sleep consultant to NBA teams and physician scientist at the UC San Francisco Human Performance Center. Mah’s formula factors travel, game frequency, recovery time and game location, among other variables, and compares results against more than 12,000 games over the past 10 seasons.

Entering the 2018-19 campaign, Mah’s formula carried a predicted loss rate of 63.1 percent for the 42 Schedule Alert games with a MahScore of 8 or higher.

As the second half of our 2018-19 Schedule Alert slate of games begins with the Suns’ “red alert” tilt in Denver on Friday, we’ve correctly predicted 10 of 21 games, meaning we’re short of the predicted loss rate. One possible factor: For the past four seasons, the NBA has made considerable adjustments to the schedule to create more windows for rest, such as reducing the number of back-to-backs, eliminating four-in-five stretches, etc.

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Luke Walton calls out Lakers veterans for selfish play after loss – KFSN-TV

Luke Walton calls out Lakers veterans for selfish play after loss – KFSN-TV

OAKLAND, Calif. — A tense postgame scene unfolded in the Los Angeles Lakers‘ locker room at Oracle Arena on Saturday following a 115-101 loss to the Golden State Warriors, when coach Luke Walton challenged several players because of their selfish approach to the game and they went back at their coach, sources told ESPN.

The Lakers, playing without LeBron James, who was a late scratch because of soreness, led 81-71 midway through the third quarter before the wheels came off, getting outscored 44-20 the rest of the way.

Sources told ESPN that Walton criticized veterans for contributing to the Lakers’ downfall by not playing a team game and making poor decisions in crunch time. Michael Beasley and JaVale McGee, in particular, took exception with the feedback.

The veterans — both signed to the Lakers on one-year contracts this past offseason — countered Walton’s criticism by expressing frustration with Walton’s inconsistent rotations this season, sources told ESPN.

The confrontation, earlier reported by The Athletic, was “heated,” according to a source but calmed down rather quickly. Beasley, who also got into a verbal spat on the sideline with Walton during the Lakers’ 138-128 overtime victory in Oklahoma City on Jan. 17, repeatedly referred to Walton as “bro” durin

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With LeBron back, Lakers outlast Clippers in OT 123-120

With LeBron back, Lakers outlast Clippers in OT 123-120

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James looked like his old self, even if he wasn’t feeling like it after his first game since Christmas.

James had 24 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a 17-game injury absence, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Clippers 123-120 in overtime Thursday night after blowing a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead.

“Definitely ecstatic about being back out there with my guys,” he said, “but being out five weeks, I’m feeling it right now. I wish I could click my shoes together right now and be home in my bed.”

James came up one assist shy of a triple-double. He made 5 of 7 free throws, had four turnovers and no fouls in 40 minutes of his first game since Dec. 25 at Golden State, when he strained his left groin.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how I feel tomorrow,” he said. “That’s going to be the telltale sign of all the rehabbing and the working and everything I’ve been putting in these last five weeks.”

The Lakers were 6-11 during the longest absence of his 16-year career.

“He looked good,” said Tobias Harris, who guarded James much of the game.

Tied 118-all, James scored the go-ahead basket in overtime. Lance Stephenson drove for a flailing layup, hitting Boban Marjanovic in the nose with his left elbow while getting fouled. After a review by the officials, no additional penalty was called.

The review was for “a possible or potential hostile act,” c

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Snapchat Lays Up Lens Studio Experience for Nike’s Jordan Brand at NBA All-Star Weekend

Snapchat Lays Up Lens Studio Experience for Nike’s Jordan Brand at NBA All-Star Weekend

Nike and Snapchat, having already reigned triumphant with its viral augmented reality ad featuring Lebron James, are teaming up with another basketball legend at NBA All-Star Weekend

This year’s site for the league’s annual star-studded event, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, is Charlotte, North Carolina, the current home of Charlotte Hornets owner and perhaps the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan.

As such, this weekend presents the ideal setting to promote Nike’s Jordan Brand via Snapchat.

Lenses by (from left to right) Allie Jackson, Ben Knutson, and Shaun Lakey. Image by Tommy Palladino/Next Reality

But just another AR Lens accessed via a Snapcode won’t do for this event. Instead, Snapchat will host a Lens Studio workshop at The Mint Museum Uptown for members of the NikePlus loyalty program.

Allie brought her A-game with this World Lens. Images by Tommy Palladino/Next Reality

Three of Snapchat’s Official Lens Creators, Alie Jackson, Ben Knutson, and Shaun Lakey, will guide participants through the desktop development tool as they create their own Lenses with Jordan Brand assets. The newly-minted AR artists will walk away with their own Snapcode to share their work with their friends and followers.

(1) Allie Jackson, (2) Ben Knutson, (3) Shaun Lakey. Images via Snap

If you don’t happen to be in Charlotte this weekend, or if you are and you decide not to join the NikePlus clan, you can still try out th

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Wolves’ Towns scores 11 points, Team LeBron wins All-Star Game

Wolves’ Towns scores 11 points, Team LeBron wins All-Star Game

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

Oh, this mattered.

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Team LeBron, down by 20 in the second half, finally got firing and went on to beat Team Giannis 178-164 in the All-Star Game on Sunday night. MVP Kevin Durant scored 31 points for Team LeBron, the one that James drafted and led to victory in the captain’s-choice format for a second consecutive season. Klay Thompson scored 20, and James and Kawhi Leonard each scored 19 for the winners.

The Minnesota TimberwolvesKarl-Anthony Towns scored 11 points in 11 minutes for Team LeBron.

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

“We just started making shots,” Durant said.

Durant is now a two-time MVP, also winning it back in 2012. He lauded Charlotte for the weekend.

“Thanks for the hospitality,” Durant said. “It was an amazing weekend. Glad we capped it off with a ‘W.’”

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

Curry slammed the ball off the floor on a first-half fast break and watched it ricochet toward the rim with an apex that flirted with the top of the backboard. Too high for most humans — but Antetokounmpo isn’t most humans. The freakishly long Greek star slammed Curry’s unconventional alley-oop pass home, with both benches reacting in disbelief.

It was not a defensive showcase, as always.

Team Giannis set an All-Star record with 23 field goals in the first quarter, topping the mark of 22 set on four other occasions ?

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Bucks’ Giannis leads All-Star Game with 38 points, falls to Team LeBron

Bucks’ Giannis leads All-Star Game with 38 points, falls to Team LeBron

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

Oh, this mattered.

Team LeBron, down by 20 in the second half, finally got firing and went on to beat Team Giannis 178-164 in the All-Star Game on Sunday night. MVP Kevin Durant scored 31 points for Team LeBron, the one that James drafted and led to victory in the captain’s-choice format for a second consecutive season. Klay Thompson scored 20, and James and Kawhi Leonard each scored 19 for the winners.

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

“We just started making shots,” Durant said.

Durant is now a two-time MVP, also winning it back in 2012. He lauded Charlotte for the weekend.

“Thanks for the hospitality,” Durant said. “It was an amazing weekend. Glad we capped it off with a ‘W.’”

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

Curry slammed the ball off the floor on a first-half fast break and watched it ricochet toward the rim with an apex that flirted with the top of the backboard. Too high for most humans — but Antetokounmpo isn’t most humans. The freakishly long Greek star slammed Curry’s unconventional alley-oop pass home, with both benches reacting in disbelief.

It was not a defensive showcase, as always.

Team Giannis set an All-Star record with 23 field goals in the first quarter, topping the mark of 22 set on four other occasions — by both the West and the East in

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Dwyane Wade’s final All-Star Game includes lob to LeBron – Miami Herald

Dwyane Wade’s final All-Star Game includes lob to LeBron – Miami Herald

There was one thing Dwyane Wade wanted to accomplish in his final All-Star Game. Points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and minutes didn’t really matter to him.

All Wade wanted to do was throw one last lob to LeBron James.

Mission accomplished.

Wade threw a lob off the backboard for a James alley-oop with 10:21 remaining in the third quarter of Sunday’s All-Star Game played at Spectrum Center in Charlotte. Team LeBron defeated Team Giannis 178-164.

There was also an alley-oop from James to Wade early in the third quarter, with the pair of lobs bringing back memories from their days as Heat teammates during the Big Three era.

“I had some cool m

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‘It’s more of an aspiration’ – LeBron clears up potential NBA ownership

‘It’s more of an aspiration’ – LeBron clears up potential NBA ownership

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James said owning an NBA franchise is more of an aspiration, not a dream.

James fielded questions after a story in The Athletic quoted him saying, “Ain’t no maybe about it, I’m going to do that s***,” when asked about owning a team after he retires.

Resp

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LeBron James explains why Kyrie Irving’s phone call showed “growth”

LeBron James explains why Kyrie Irving’s phone call showed “growth”

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LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have worked out their differences and then some.

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NBA Youngsters on the Edge of All-Star Status

NBA Youngsters on the Edge of All-Star Status

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    During the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, veterans will take center stage. Despite the wealth of young talent rostered by the league’s 30 franchises, most of the men representing their conferences are at advanced stages of their careers.

    Based on their ages on Feb. 1, the average ages for LeBron James’ and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s squads are 27.5 and 27.1, respectively. That’s even without taking Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki into account.

    But fresh faces will take over before too long.

    This year, D’Angelo Russell (22), Ben Simmons (22), Nikola Jokic (23), Karl-Anthony Towns (23), Antetokounmpo (24) and Joel Embiid (24) hold down the fort for players who haven’t yet celebrated their 25th birthdays—our definition of “youngsters.” More will join them before too long, given the myriad standouts who haven’t yet come close to the quarter-century mark.

    Even featuring double-digit players who are on the cusp of All-Star status and can’t be left out of the 2020 conversation, we have to omit so many notable up-and-comers like Jarrett Allen, Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Lonzo Ball, Clint Capela, Wendell Carter Jr., Aaron Gordon, Buddy Hield, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Zach LaVine, Jaren Jackson Jr., Caris LeVert, Lauri Markkanen, Jusuf Nurkic, Domantas Sabonis and Justise Winslow.

    Trust me when I say that many of those names—Ayton, Ingram and Sabonis, in particular—were painful exclusions. Fortunately, these 10 featured youngsters should provide enough optimism about the league’s future to make up for any hurt feelings.

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    Age: 22

    Per-Game Stats: 24.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.2 blocks

    The Phoenix Suns are slowly putting prominent pieces in place around Devin Booker, but they’re still missing a few key elements.

    Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton, Josh Jackson, Elie Okobo and the other youngsters on the roster could eventually develop into the defensive stalwarts and secondary scorers needed to propel the desert-based organization out of the basement in both offensive and defensive rating—currently Nos. 28 and 29, respectively. A reliable point guard would go a long way, making life easier for everyone. 

    But Booker is already thriving as an offensive ace, excelling in spite of the extra attention to which he’s routinely subjected. 

    Sure, he’s shooting 46.0 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from downtown and 84.8 percent from the stripe, which adds up to a 57.1 true shooting percentage that’s not too far above the league-average mark of 55.9 percent.

    Racking up 3.9 turnovers per game doesn’t work in his favor, either. But both as a shooter and as a distributor, context matters for a young man who’s forced to fill an unnatural role as a primary facilitator while taking shots with a remarkable degree of difficulty. 

    Booker is already putting up the raw offensive numbers necessary to earn All-Star consideration. With efficiency should come even more recognition, though that could be dependent on the progress of the team as a whole.

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    Age: 21

    Per-Game Stats: 19.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.4 blocks

    John Collins’ delayed debut immediately sparked growth from the Atlanta Hawks. By giving them a dangerous off-ball threat who could knock down spot-up triples or cut to the rim and finish plays with thunderous slams, he drew defensive attention away from everyone else and facilitated rises to prominence from Trae Young and the other developing players. 

    With this 21-year-old on the bench, Atlanta has only mustered a minus-9.4 net rating. When he plays, that putrid mark skyrockets to minus-2.3—still unfortunate, but far more respectable and the best mark among all Hawks who consistently factor into the rotation employed by head coach Lloyd Pierce. 

    That impact shouldn’t change as the Peach State representatives become even more competitive. Nor should Collins’ sterling individual numbers, which are predicated upon remaining hyper-efficient within the flow of the offensive schemes.

    Whether he’s tasked with hitting an open shooter on the short roll, finishing plays around the basket or knocking down jumpers, he rarely makes bad decisions en route to just 2.1 turnovers per game and a 63.6 true shooting percentage

    For perspective, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Stephen Curry are the only other qualified players throughout the NBA scoring at least 19 points per contest with a true shooting percentage no worse than 63 percent. Maintaining that level of play for more than a half-season should thrust Collins into the conversation, even if he remains a detrimental defender who doesn’t create too much of his own offense.

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    Age: 19

    Per-Game Stats: 20.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks

    Luka Doncic had a serious All-Star case this year, even if he couldn’t emerge from an overcrowded backcourt field in the Western Conference.

    He enters the All-Star break ranked No. 35 in ESPN.com’s RPM Wins and No. 21 in NBA Math’s total points added, despite filling an oversized role as the unquestioned offensive leader of the Dallas Mavericks right out of the gates.

    He’s one of only five players averaging at least 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists, joining Giannis Antetokounmpo, Blake Griffin, Nikola Jokic and Russell Westbrook. His clutch numbers are off the charts; within the last five minutes of games separated by no more than five points, he’s putting up 34.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.4 turnovers per 36 minutes while slashing 50.0/33.3/73.1. 

    And he’s only going to keep getting better as he continues adjusting to the speed of the NBA. 

    Doncic’s step-back jumper has already become one of the game’s deadlier weapons, and he has a scoring arsenal that allows him to navigate traffic with creativity and the ability to stop on a dime. But he’s only just figuring out how to make the most of his preternatural passing vision, which has recently let him start unleashing LeBron James-esque wraparound feeds and cross-court dishes to shooters in the corners with more frequency.

    His toolbox isn’t nearly as complete as it will be down the road, but it’s already brimming over with skills that let him make a monumental impact for the Dallas Mavericks. 

    Any doubts about his transition from EuroLeague play to the Association should now be firmly erased. He’s the lock of all locks, establishing himself as an up-and-coming star sure to represent the Western Conference many times over the years.

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    Age: 21

    Per-Game Stats: 17.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.5 blocks

    Sometimes the game just slows down for a young point guard. Everything clicks as he sees passing lanes developing one frame at a time, reading a defense with a complete understanding of what’s already come to pass, what’s happening in the present and what will unfold in the immediate future. 

    Such a development always helps up-and-coming 1-guards, but playing in slow-motion is particularly useful when the man in question is one of the NBA’s true speedsters. Living up to the fleet-footed nature of his last name, De’Aaron Fox has been able to parlay his remarkable quickness and increased understanding of professional schemes into massive strides on the scoring end. 

    As a rookie, Fox could reasonably be called one of the league’s least valuable players. He averaged only 11.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists while shooting 41.2 percent from the field, 30.7 percent from downtown and 72.3 percent from the stripe—”good” for a putrid 47.8 true shooting percentage. Just Frank Ntilikina (minus-0.9), Dennis Smith Jr. (minus-0.7) and Josh Jackson (minus-0.7) earned fewer win shares than his tally of minus-0.6.

    This go-round, he’s upped every element of his game. Now averaging 17.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 7.2 assists while slashing 46.1/36.6/72.6 (54.8 true shooting percentage), he’s leading the Sacramento Kings on a prolonged playoff push while ranking No. 76 in the win-share competition (3.8 and counting).

    Fox must continue making progress to emerge from the crowded field and represent the Kings during the midseason festivities. For all the progress he’s made as a jump-shooter, he must keep honing his three-point stroke and shoring up his mid-range game. Further defensive strides wouldn’t hurt, either.

    But while asserting himself as a Most Improved Candidate, this sophomore has already done enough to register as one of those youngsters we definitely shouldn’t count out of the next All-Star conversation.

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    Age: 22

    Per-Game Stats: 22.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.3 blocks

    As Andy Larsen highlighted for the Salt Lake Tribune in early February, Donovan Mitchell is carrying a rather burdensome load f

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NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron beats Team Giannis, 178-164

NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron beats Team Giannis, 178-164
LeBron James, Dwayne Wade — 2019 NBA All-Star Game
Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers both of Team LeBron look on during the trophy presentation ceremony after their 178-164 win over Team Giannis during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on Sun., Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“We just started making shots,” Durant said.

Durant is now a two-time MVP, also winning it back in 2012. He lauded Charlotte for the weekend.

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Team LeBron rallies to beat Team Giannis, 178-164

Team LeBron rallies to beat Team Giannis, 178-164

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

Oh, this mattered.

Team LeBron, down by 20 in the second half, finally got firing and went on to beat Team Giannis 178-164 in the All-Star Game on Sunday night. MVP Kevin Durant scored 31 points for Team LeBron, the one that James drafted and led to victory in the captain’s-choice format for a second consecutive season. Klay Thompson scored 20, and James and Kawhi Leonard each scored 19 for the winners.

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

“We just started making shots,” Durant said.

Durant is now a two-time MVP, also winning it back in 2012. He lauded Charlotte for the weekend.

“Thanks for the hospitality,” Durant said. “It was an amazing weekend. Glad we capped it off with a ‘W.’”

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

Curry slammed the ball off the floor on a first-half fast break and watched it ricochet toward the rim with an apex that flirted with the top of the backboard. Too high for most humans – but Antetokounmpo isn’t most humans. The freakishly long Greek star slammed Curry’s unconventional alley-oop pass home, with both benches reacting in disbelief.

It was not a defensive showcase, as always.

Team Giannis set an All-Star record with 23 field goals in the first quarter, topping the mark of 22 set on four other

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Dwyane Wade Reflecting on Last NBA All-Star Contest: ‘The Game Is in Good Hands’

Dwyane Wade Reflecting on Last NBA All-Star Contest: ‘The Game Is in Good Hands’
CORRECTS TO DWYANE, NOT SWAYNE - Team Giannis' Dirk Nowitzki, of the Dallas Mavericks, and Team LeBron's Dwyane Wade, of the Miami Heat, are given jerseys during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The Team LeBron won 178-164. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Dwyane Wade does not appear to have any regrets about announcing his impending retirement.

“The game is in good hands,” Wade told the Spectrum Center crowd when the NBA presented him and Dirk Nowitzki with jerseys during a ceremony after the third quarter. “So it’s easy to walk away right now.”

In September, Wade announced he will retire following the 2018-19 season. Nowitzki has not yet committed to retiring.

“This one was special,” Wade said.

He continued:

“I’m just thankful for the NBA for making sure and accommodating one of the things that I didn’t even think I needed or wanted. My team did an amazing job, my family. I couldn’t ask for anything more of this weekend. It definitely was my most enjoyable. People like to ask, and this one will take the place now as my most memorable and most enjoyable All-Star.”

Wade finished with seven points, four assists and two rebounds in 10 minutes, connecting with LeBron James with an old-school alley-oop in the third quarter that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

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Stephen Curry and LeBron James high on Duke’s Zion Williamson

Stephen Curry and LeBron James high on Duke’s Zion Williamson

Stephen Curry and LeBron James high on Duke’s Zion Williamson

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LeBron James Reveals Nike Air Force 1 Flyknit “Caramel Chocolate Sundae”

LeBron James Reveals Nike Air Force 1 Flyknit “Caramel Chocolate Sundae”

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Ahead of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, LeBron James has revealed a new “Carmel Chocolate Sundae” PE colorway of the Nike Air Force 1 Low Flyknit. Although the affectionate nickname apparently given to the shoes by the King himself conjures images of sweet treats, it belies the design somewhat as the shoes feature a tiger camo-style pattern. A mixture of abstract-shaped black and white tones make up the base — and interesting accents are offered by textured brown hits that provide a material contrast and provide the “caramel” part of the nickname. Bold Swooshes and a straightforward white midsole then complete the look. Get a first look at the new kicks here, expect the Air Force 1 Low Flyknit model to return to market this spring/summer, and be sure to tune in to the NBA All-Star Game tonight to check out all the crazy on-court footwear that’ll be worn by the NBA’s finest.


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LeBron James turns focus to Lakers playoff push after All-Star win

LeBron James turns focus to Lakers playoff push after All-Star win

LeBron James immediately switched his attention to the Lakers’ playoff push after his team’s victory in the NBA All-Star Game.

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

James’ groin injury, sustained Christmas Day, and extended absence coincided with the Lakers’ drop in the standings, from fourth to 10th in the Western Conference.

And as soon as the All-Star Game was over, James outlined his desire to inspire

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Team LeBron rallies to beat Team Giannis at NBA All-Star Game

Team LeBron rallies to beat Team Giannis at NBA All-Star Game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Catching lobs from Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message without saying a word. …
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The GM of the Milwaukee Bucks — the No. 1 team in the NBA — explains why he believes they’ve built a legitimate contender

The GM of the Milwaukee Bucks — the No. 1 team in the NBA — explains why he believes they’ve built a legitimate contender

As the NBA season winds into the home stretch, the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to finish off what’s been an impressive season.

Through 57 games, the Bucks own the NBA’s best record at 43-14. They have outscored opponents by 557 points, 152 points more than the next team, the Golden State Warriors. They own the NBA’s best defense, the fourth-best offense, and best net rating.

They also have a superstar in Giannis Antetokounmpo, who might be the frontrunner for MVP, a first-time All-Star in Khris Middleton, and a Coach of the Year candidate in Mike Budenholzer.

To Bucks GM Jon Horst, a candidate for Executive of the Year, all of these things are indicators that the Bucks are legitimate contenders.

Bucks GM Jon Horst will be an Executive of the Year candidate.
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Speaking to Business Insider from the NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, Horst explained that the Bucks had done historical research on how regular-season numbers translate to the playoffs, and it makes them feel good about their team.

“In terms of regular season performance as an indicator for being a contender, which there’s something to that, obviously, our overall win-loss record is a key factor, what your net margin is is a key factor, and … your offensive rating and defensive rating, those are key metrics,” Horst said. “And we’ve tested those throughout history, and they really are good indicator

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NBA Player Kyrie Irving Announces He Will Star in and Executive Produce Haunted Hotel Movie

NBA Player Kyrie Irving Announces He Will Star in and Executive Produce Haunted Hotel Movie

The Boston Celtics player will help create the film about a haunted hotel in Oklahoma, familiar to many NBA stars

Kyrie Irving is headed back to the big screen!

The 26-year-old Boston Celtics player, who recently starred in the basketball comedy Uncle Drew, announced on Monday that he would be starring in an upcoming, untitled horror film about a haunted Oklahoma hotel, Variety reported.

Unlike his previous film, however, Irving will be executive producing the movie — a first for his career.

Teaming up with Imagine Entertainment’s chairmen Brian Grazer and Bobby Cohen, Irving will help tell the folklore-inspired story of the legendary Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City.

Amongst NBA players, the hotel has a reputation of being haunted, which was optioned by the production company from an upcoming Players’ Tribune article.

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How does it feel to beat the Warriors? The Lakers are trying to holding on to it

How does it feel to beat the Warriors? The Lakers are trying to holding on to it

It was 93 days from the moment Luke Walton assumed the helm of his new team before the third-year coach got a peek at what L.A. could do.

His team ran the gamut in that span — from the thrill of adding one of the greatest players of all time, to the unexpected disorder stemming from an on-court brawl in their home opener, to the public humiliation of having a closed-door thrashing from team president Magic Johnson leaked after a 2-5 start — and there they were taking it to the vaunted defending champions on their home floor.

Not even a full month has passed since the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 127-101 on Christmas Day. But both teams will sport a different look when they meet Monday night for the second time this season.

Los Angeles probably will still be without LeBron James and Rajon Rondo. They’ll also miss Lonzo Ball, who suffered a Grade 3 sprain of his left ankle Saturday in Houston. Meanwhile, Golden State is a completely new beast with DeMarcus Cousins active for just his second game of the season.

Still, despite the many differences this matchup has from the previous, Walton looks back on that Christmas Day win as a blueprint for his young team’s success without its centerpiece in James.

“[That] was a huge moment for this team as far as them getting to where they want to go,” Walton told ESPN this weekend. “The great part of that game to me was like, ‘Look guys, what we’ve done this season and what we’re going through in learning to play with each other and play with the new staff, it’s working. We’re making this progress and the trust is happening.'”

The Lakers led by 14 points in the third quarter when James stretched