10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. MAJOR CHANGE IN US ASYLUM PRACTICES

Border agents have been told to require Spanish speakers and migrants from Latin America to wait in Mexico during the asylum process, memos obtained by the AP reveal.

2. MANAFORT TO LEARN FATE

Trump’s former campaign chairman is scheduled to find out his sentence for tax and bank fraud related to money he earned advising Ukrainian politicians.

3. TORNADO DEAD CHALLENGES TINY ALABAMA COMMUNITY

Notifying the families of the 23 dead was a huge, gut-wrenching task done in the privacy of a church in rural Beauregard.

4. HUAWEI SUES TO CHALLENGE US SECURITY LAW

Calling it tantamount to a corporate “death penalty,” the Chinese tech giant is fighting U.S. efforts to persuade allies to bar it from supplying next-gen telecom networks.

5. A DIFFERENT KIND OF FRESHMAN MARKS PELOSI’S NEW MAJORITY

Young Democrats’ willingness to question the protocols of Congress exposes the House speaker’s leadership team to some high-profile stumbles.

6. HOW FACEBOOK IS CHANGING ITS MISSION STATEMENT

Zuckerberg’s plan is to shift the social network’s focus away from a service that connects everyone to one that favors encrypted conversations it can’t read.

7. WHAT EXPERTS ARE SAYING ABOUT R. KELLY’S MEDIA FRENZY

The R&B singer’s appearance on “CBS This Morning” was risky and could backfire if it gives prosecutors more information to use against him at trial.

8. BRACING FOR BREXIT PAIN IN SPAIN

Britain’s impending departure from the European Union could punch a multi-million-euro hole i

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10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. MAJOR CHANGE IN US ASYLUM PRACTICES

Border agents have been told to require Spanish speakers and migrants from Latin America to wait in Mexico during the asylum process, memos obtained by the AP reveal.

2. MANAFORT TO LEARN FATE

Trump’s former campaign chairman is scheduled to find out his sentence for tax and bank fraud related to money he earned advising Ukrainian politicians.

3. TORNADO DEAD CHALLENGES TINY ALABAMA COMMUNITY

Notifying the families of the 23 dead was a huge, gut-wrenching task done in the privacy of a church in rural Beauregard.

4. HUAWEI SUES TO CHALLENGE US SECURITY LAW

Calling it tantamount to a corporate “death penalty,” the Chinese tech giant is fighting U.S. efforts to persuade allies to bar it from supplying next-gen telecom networks.

5. A DIFFERENT KIND OF FRESHMAN MARKS PELOSI’S NEW MAJORITY

Young Democrats’ willingness to question the protocols of Congress exposes the House speaker’s leadership team to some high-profile stumbles.

6. HOW FACEBOOK IS CHANGING ITS MISSION STATEMENT

Zuckerberg’s plan is to shift the social network’s focus away from a service that connects everyone to one that favors encrypted conversations it can’t read.

7. WHAT EXPERTS ARE SAYING ABOUT R. KELLY’S MEDIA FRENZY

The R&B singer’s appearance on “CBS This Morning” was risky and could backfire if it gives prosecutors more information to use against him at trial.

8. BRACING FOR BREXIT PAIN IN SPAIN

Britain’s impending departure from the European Union could punch a multi-million-euro hole i

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Play About LeBron James to Highlight New Steppenwolf Season

Play About LeBron James to Highlight New Steppenwolf Season

There is a good chance that LeBron James might not be playing basketball in June of 2020, barring a big free agent signing or a trade. But someone will be onstage discussing him.

“King James,” a play by Rajiv Joseph, will be making its world premiere at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago in May 2020, the Steppenwolf announced on Thursday as part of its 2019- 2020 lineup announcement, a diverse slate with a particular emphasis on people of color. Anna D. Shapiro will direct.

The show will depict life in Cleveland after 2016, when the Cavaliers won the championship, as two friends “spar in a verbal game of one-on-one, revealing past secrets, present truths, and a possible future after ‘The King’ has left the building.” (Last summer, Mr. James left Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lake

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Stephen A. Smith: Kobe Bryant Holding LeBron James Accountable for Lakers Issues

Stephen A. Smith: Kobe Bryant Holding LeBron James Accountable for Lakers Issues
** FILE ** In this July 31, 2008, file photo, U.S. Olympic basketball team players Kobe Bryant, left, and LeBron James watch the game against Turkey in Macau. The United States won the gold in men's basketball at the Olympics in August. How many of the best players on this team will be back for the 2012 Olympics and does USA Basketball continue to require a three-year commitment from them? The players have served the time Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball's managing director, required of them for the 2008 Games and are now free to enjoy their summers. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

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ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith said he believes Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is holding current Lakers superstar LeBron James accountable behind the scenes. 

Smith shared his view of the situation on Wednesday’s edition of First Take:

“I think he’s holding LeBron accountable. I think he’s looking at LeBron James and saying, ‘OK, the heat is rising. Excuse me this ain’t Cleveland, 30 minutes from where you grew up. This ain’t Miami. This is Laker Nation. Excuse me, we are about championships with this franchise. You don’t get to get a pass.’ That’s not what he said, but I’m telling you that’s how he feels.”

The Lakers have failed to reach expectations after signing James to a four-year, $153.3 million contract in free agency last offseason. L.A. owns a 31-40 record, including a 1-9 mark in its past 10 games, and will soon be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

It’s hard to blame the struggles entirely on LeBron, though.

The four-time MVP is averaging 27.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 51.4 percent from the field across 51 appearances. He ranks sixth among all players in ESPN’s real plus-minus and seventh in player efficiency rating.

Bryant has remained mostly quiet publicly about the Lakers’ issues. In December, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times noted the five-time NBA champion expressed confidence the James-led Lakers will eventually win a title, though.

“Of course they will. Of course they will,” Kobe said. “They have determination to figure it out. They will figure it out. They have talented pieces …. So enjoy the journey because we’ll be champions before you know it. Then we’ll just be laughing at all the Warrior fans.”

Smith’s comments suggest Bryant might be sounding a different tune privately, however.

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Stephen A. Smith: Reports of LeBron James Refusing to Be Coached Disrespectful

Stephen A. Smith: Reports of LeBron James Refusing to Be Coached Disrespectful
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 31:  LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Luke Walton talk during a timeout during a 123-120 win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on January 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Stephen A. Smith has come to the defense of LeBron James following a report the Los Angeles Lakers star doesn’t want to be coached by anyone. 

During Friday’s episode of First Take, Smith said the “disrespect has gotten ridiculous” when it comes to James:

The topic came up after ESPN’s Michael Wilbon reported Tuesday on Pardon The Interruption that Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers is being told by people not to move to the Lakers if Luke Walton is fired:

“There are people in southern California right now in that environment telling Doc he doesn’t wanna do this. And one of those reasons is simply, LeBron James. He’s been told by people—and I know this—LeBron doesn’t want to be coached. He’s never been coached by someone with that kind of personality, command, authority, acumen, intellect. He’s rejected that. So Doc is being reminded of

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Kyrie Irving ‘Very Empathetic’ of ‘Unfair’ Criticisms of Lakers’ LeBron James

Kyrie Irving ‘Very Empathetic’ of ‘Unfair’ Criticisms of Lakers’ LeBron James
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 7: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics talk during the game on February 7, 2019 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. 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 Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

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As the Los Angeles Lakers’ season continues to spiral further out of control, LeBron James has found support from one of his former teammates. 

Per The Athletic’s Joe Vardon on Saturday, Kyrie Irving said he’s taking no joy in seeing how things have gone for James in his first season with the Lakers. 

“I feel for him. I really do. I feel for him,” Irving said. “I’m very empathetic towards it because how much he wanted to play during that time when he messed up his groin.”

The Boston Celtics star also called criticisms of James “a little unfair because of how much time he missed.”

Irving can empathize with his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate because he knows what it’s like to have a season derailed by injury. 

Last season, Irving missed the Celtics’ final 34 games, including the playoffs, after undergoing two surgic

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Report: Bryce Harper Beats LeBron James for Jersey Sales Record

Report: Bryce Harper Beats LeBron James for Jersey Sales Record

Harper toppled LeBron James and Giancarlo Stanton for the most jerseys sold by Fanatics in 48 hours. 

Bryce Harper broke the Fanatics record for most jerseys sold within 48 hours, according to ESPN’s Eddie Matz.

Harper’s No. 3 Phillies jersey outsold LeBron James’ Lakers jersey and Giancarlo Stanton’s Yankees jersey on the online retailer’s website. Khalil Mack and Jimmy Garoppolo round out the top five Fanatics jerseys with th

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Tim Tebow on Hosting LeBron James-Produced ‘Million Dollar Mile’, Broadcasting Career

Tim Tebow on Hosting LeBron James-Produced ‘Million Dollar Mile’, Broadcasting Career

When Tim Tebow first met LeBron James, the former Heisman Trophy winner was a member of the Denver Broncos. James, then playing for the Miami Heat, was in town for a game against the Denver Nuggets. James’s road trips were how, Tebow says, the two initially got to know each other “a little bit.” Nearly a decade since their first encounter, they have each grown into distinguishable figures beyond sports—particularly in the television and media realm. James, still in the midst of his NBA career, has produced movies and series, and is set to star in Space Jam 2; Tebow has appeared as a college football analyst, made guest appearances on TV shows, and recently produced a movie called Run the Race. So when James tackled one of his latest off-court TV ventures, it was rather fitting he turned to Tebow.

In November, the 31-year-old Tebow was tabbed to host Million Dollar Mile, a 10-part physical competition series, which premieres Wednesday, March 27 on CBS. The show is executively-produced by James, Maverick Carter and Lee Metzger with SpringHill Entertaininment, as well as Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan with Fly on the Wall Entertainment. ESPN’s Maria Taylor and Los Angeles Chargers’ play-by-play announcer Matt “Money” Smith will serve as commentators.

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LeBron’s Dud Of A Season With The Lakers, Summed Up In One Comically Bad Play

LeBron’s Dud Of A Season With The Lakers, Summed Up In One Comically Bad Play

​Barring something extremely improbable, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers won’t be going to the playoffs this year. It’s probably not what LeBron had in mind when he left Cleveland for the West Coast. And we didn’t expect that leaving JR Smith behind in Cleveland would lead to LeBron making JR-level dumb plays in LA. But here we are:

 

Yes, that’s LeBron letting the ball roll up the court to preserve some time on the clock… and then goofing up and l

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Nike LeBron 16 Low “Camo” Features Classic Nike Air Logo

Nike LeBron 16 Low “Camo” Features Classic Nike Air Logo

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For the first time since the 2005 season, LeBron James won’t be wearing his low-top shoes in the Playoffs. That’s because the King and his Lakers didn’t make the cut season, meaning the Nike LeBron 16 Low will probably not see much action in

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Nike LeBron 16 “Minneapolis Lakers” Releasing On April 19th

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LeBron James and his LA Lakers may be slogging through a frustrating 2018-19 NBA season, but at least Lake Show supporters can now look back to the team’s early days of lore with this new “Minneapolis Lakers” colorway of the Nike LeBron 16. Featuring a palette that was frequently called upon for Kobe Bryant‘s past signature models and inspired by the franchise’s time in the Land Of 10,000 Lakes back in the ’50s, the shoes use a soft grey Battleknit for the upper. Powder blue/gold accents are then applied on the outsole, sockliner, and Swooshes to provide contrast. The Zoo

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Dwyane Wade laments impact of injuries on LeBron James’ first season with Lakers: ‘It’s unfortunate’

Dwyane Wade laments impact of injuries on LeBron James’ first season with Lakers: ‘It’s unfortunate’

For the first time since the 2004-05 season, when he was still in his first stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James will not participate in the playoffs. His Los Angeles Lakers have already been eliminated from contention, with the final blow being dealt, fittingly, by former Laker D’Angelo Russell and the Brooklyn Nets last week. 

LeBron missing the playoffs has obviously led to plenty of takes, and there will only be more to come as the regular season winds down, the Lakers take the floor again on Tuesday night against the Wizards (10:30 p.m. ET — Watch on FuboTV with NBA League Pass add-on). One person adding their voice to the chorus is “The King’s” good friend, Dwyane Wade. In the midst of his farewell tour, Wade offered his thoughts on LeBron’s season during a recent interview. Via The Athletic:

LeBron’s not a guy that is accustom to losing and not making the playoffs. Obviously, man, those 18 games that he was out hurt with them, it’s kind of a wash. You can’t even really talk about him not making the playoffs, because of that. They was the fourth seed when he w

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‘Million Dollar Mile’ on CBS and CBS All Access: Date, time, stream, sign-up information

‘Million Dollar Mile’ on CBS and CBS All Access: Date, time, stream, sign-up information

“Million Dollar Mile” is coming to CBS. The high stakes reality competition, from the creators of “Big Brother” and Executive Producer LeBron James, puts contestants in the running for $1 million. How can they get the cash? It’s pretty self-explanatory: Complete the Million Dollar Mile.

The competition is hosted by former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, with Matt Smith and Maria Taylor providing commentary. Top-flight athletes must complete the rigorous obstacle course, as they strive to win the

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Calling shots a tougher task these days for Jordan, Johnson

Calling shots a tougher task these days for Jordan, Johnson

They won 11 championships combined, changed the game, made the league healthy and became icons. You cannot begin to describe basketball without mentioning them and what they did and how many they influenced. That’s the impact of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.

 

As a player, Michael Jordan was one of the most successful ever in the NBA.

They made teams great. But can they create great teams? That’s the ongoing challenge for a pair of Mount Rushmore players who oversee the Los Angeles Lakers (Johnson) and Charlotte Hornets (Jordan) as they learn how success in one area of basketball isn’t so simple in another.

When the playoffs begin on April 13, there’s the very real chance it will go forth without both MJs. Decades ago, this was unthinkable. As players, their teams (Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers) made the playoffs every season and were often strong title contenders.

 

Few can match the accolades and accomplishments of Magic Johnson the player.

The teams they represent today have no shot at any of that.

Johnson is team president of the Lakers, who were eliminated from playoff contention last Friday. The Jordan-owned Hornets are a stumble or two away from elimination, which, if it happens, will be another sign of a new normalcy for him.

The Lakers haven’t made the playoffs in two seasons under Johnson’s watch. The Hornets made the playoffs only twice in Jordan’s nine seasons as owner — and just three times in the 13 years since Jordan, previously the Hornets’ president, has been in control of the franchise. At the very least, it’s a humbling experience for Magic and Jordan and shows how much harder they must work to restore faith among their teams’ fan bases.

 

Pressure to perform in L.A.

Lakers president Magic Johnson has a big summer looming for his roster.

Magic is just getting started, but any leeway you give must be tempered with the higher stakes he faces. Not only does he have LeBron James under contract for three more years, he’s in charge of the Lakers, a proud franchise with 16 championships and a certain standard. That sense of urgency equals a reduced grace period for the relatively new team president.

“I’m a winner, and that’s what we’re gonna do,” Johnson said shortly after being given the franchise keys by controlling owner Jeanie Buss. That bold statement means Magic welcomes the pressure that comes with the job. He did, after all, help lead the Lakers to a title as a rookie in 1979-80 and the good times lasted over a decade with him. Of course, that was when he ran the fast break and threw no-look passes.

 

What lies ahead for LeBron James and Co. as the season continues?

In this job, he must judge talent, negotiate trades, oversee the scouting department and convince free agents there’s no better place to be than in L.A. with the Lakers.

He’s also competing against astute talent evaluators and negotiators who’ve been in their positions for years, individuals who have worked their way up the ranks while being well-versed in the necessary grunt work.

Magic is banking heavily that by clearing salary cap space, he’ll add enough talent around LeBron to make a title run. His plan isn’t foolproof, however, and may backfire should he come up empty this summer.

Johnson traded D’Angelo Russell to the Nets in the summer of 2017 because Brooklyn agreed to take Timofey Mozgov’s clunky contract in return, which was given by former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak in 2016. The Lakers also received a mid-round No. 1 pick in the deal, which Johnson use

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Lessons From LeBron: To Sink More Sales Three-Pointers, Follow The ‘Three Ps’

Lessons From LeBron: To Sink More Sales Three-Pointers, Follow The ‘Three Ps’

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When LeBron James was a junior in high school, he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, which anointed him “The Chosen One.” When he made the jump from high school to the NBA 16 months later, he proved himself worthy of the title, averaging 20.9 points per game his rookie year and becoming the youngest-ever NBA rookie of the year.

We all know what LeBron has done since then: Many people believe he’s become the best player of his era. But he didn’t become the best simply by playing games. Instead, according to Business Insider, he became famous for his tireless work ethic and by spending long hours practicing so he could eliminate his weaknesses. This cycle of continuous improvement is an important part of how LeBron went from being a sub-par outside shooter during his rookie year to becoming one of the better outside shooters in the game.

What does any of this have to do with sales readiness? A lot, actually. Just like LeBron, sales reps need to continuously evaluate their performance, identify weaknesses and then take steps to shore up those weaknesses. And, just like LeBron, I’ve found that even the top sales reps will benefit from this approach — it’s how stars become superstars.

Sales enablement is often viewed as a linear process of learning, applying and doing. But as LeBron shows us, continuous improvement can only be achieved through a cyclical process, where the “apply” and “do” parts are evaluated and then that information is used to drive the next cycle of continuous improvement. Creating this cyclical approach requires implementing the “3 Ps” of sales readiness — preparation, practice and performance — and moving from a linear process to one that embraces the concept that achieving readiness and mastery is cyclical and never “done.”

Preparation

Preparation goes beyond reps simply doing the things they need to do to get ready for a sales call. Preparation should be systemic as part of a culture of continuous learning, so reps are always ready for the next call. There are two key components to creating this culture:

• First, reps need to understand that continuous learning is a job requirement, not an option. This ethic should permeate the sales organization, from top-performing reps (who tend to be curious self-learners anyway) down the line. Just as you expect your accountant or lawyer to always be up to date on the latest laws and regulations, buyers expect sales reps to be knowledgeable about the latest product features and competitor activities.

• Second, the right content and programs need to be in place to remove any barriers to continuous learning. Make sure you’re delivering learning when, how and where reps are working — making it part of their routine workflow. Key focus needs to be placed on proactively delivering content to reps based on criteria such as what solutions they may be positioning or competency areas they need to refine.

Practice

Similar to how they create a culture of continuous learning, organizations should also create a culture of purposeful practice. I say “purposeful practice” because you should take steps to make assessments that map to key knowledge and skills, and to ensure reps practice the right things — otherwise, you risk reinforcing bad habits. As I wrote about in a previous Forbes piece, there are three things to consider when creating a culture of purposeful practice:

• Make practice a job requirement. Every rep, at a minimum, should spend 15 minutes practicing before every call or meeting. For example, reps can rehearse in front of a mirror how they’ll open and close the meeting to increase their confidence and “see” what their prospect will see. Quality of practice — not quantity — is the key. Fifteen minutes of purposeful practice can go a long way in making a call a success.

• Use technology and peers as resources. Technology can help maximize the efficacy of reps’ practice, and it can be easy to use. For example, reps can take short videos of themselves doing product pitches with their phones and then ask peers to review them and provide feedback.

• Make your greatest sales hits available to all. Senior reps can contribute videos, presentations and tips from successful sales efforts that other reps can view and emulate. Seeing “what good looks like” and then practicing to emulate it can drive “A”-player behaviors throughout the organization. Another way to share your greatest sales hits is by creating a regular podcast of selling top hits — where reps are interviewed about particular

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Chris Bosh says LeBron James is still going strong and that people are ‘jaded by his greatness’

Chris Bosh says LeBron James is still going strong and that people are ‘jaded by his greatness’

The Los Angeles Lakers’ season did not go according to plan, with the franchise missing the playoffs for the sixth-straight season, while LeBron James won’t be playing in the post-season for the first time since 2005.

Despite the poor results, James still produced one of his best statistical seasons and former Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh believes he is almost underrated at this point.

“He’s going strong,” Bosh told ESPN’s Lisa Salters. “He set the bar so high that if he averages 25 [points], eight [rebounds], and eight [assists] that’s not enough. After eight [straight] years in The Finals, people have gotten jaded by his greatness.”

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Washington faces Los Angeles, aims to halt 4-game skid

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MLB superstar Mike Trout talks dancing for commercials, signing the biggest contract in league history, free agency, and the Angels’ season

MLB superstar Mike Trout talks dancing for commercials, signing the biggest contract in league history, free agency, and the Angels’ season

It’s been a big offseason for Mike Trout.

After MLB superstars Manny Machado and Bryce Harper signed highly anticipated $300 million and $330 million contracts in free agency, respectively, Trout — widely regarded as the best player in baseball — shattered their numbers with a 12-year, $426 million extension with the Los Angeles Angels.

Read more: Mike Trout reportedly set to sign record-shattering 12-year, $430 million extension with Angels

Few saw the deal coming, but the extension locks the best offensive player in baseball to the Angels for his career, with the goal of building a perennial 80-win team into a World Series contender.

On the heels of the biggest contract in North American sports history, Trout also stepped outside of his comfort zone — by dancing.

Trout stars in a new BodyArmor ad with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck featuring both stars busting out their best disco-dance moves. The commercial could shine more light on an athlete many in the sports world believe is relatively unknown, considering his lofty place in his sport.

Trout spoke to Business Insider to promote his partnership with BodyArmor and discussed his new deal, MLB’s controversial free agency, expectations for the Angels, and more.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for length and clarity.

Scott Davis: Why did you choose BodyArmor? They’re racking up quite a roster of athletes.

Mike Trout: Yeah, obviously I’ve been partnering with them for a few years now. Obviously, with guys at the top like Kobe [Bryant], what more, I mean, it’s self-explanatory having Kobe. I love to represent BodyArmor and be a part of it. It’s something special. And now athletes and the way it’s evolving and changing, and every year it’s growing.

Read more: Kobe Bryant’s $6 million investment in a sports drink is reportedly now worth $200 million

Davis: You have this new ad with Andrew Luck. How natural was your dancing on-camera? Did you nail the moves in one take, or did it take you a few to get them down?

Trout: I mean, I’m not a real good dancer. It took me a little bit of takes, but I think it was respectable. It wasn’t like too long. People were asking me how was it, I said, it was definitely out of my comfort zone. But after it was all done, it was a fun — it turned out great. I had a great time. Had some fun with it. It was pretty cool.

Davis: People say that, relative to your position in baseball as one of the game’s best players, you aren’t all that famous or as recognizable as maybe you should be. Even Commissioner Rob Manfred said you had to put yourself out there more. How do you react to that?

Read more: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred got into a bizarre fight with the Angels about Mike Trout’s popularity

Mike Trout is still relatively unknown to some casual fans.
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Trout: Obviously, I’m a baseball player. Obviously, there’s opportunities for me to do stuff. I don’t do all of them. I gotta make sure that goi

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WATCH: NBA’s Westbrook Threatens Heckler: ‘I’ll F*** You Up. You And Your Wife.’ – The Daily Wire

WATCH: NBA’s Westbrook Threatens Heckler: ‘I’ll F*** You Up. You And Your Wife.’ – The Daily Wire

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook’s threats to a heckling fan on Monday have gone viral — and despite the controversy, the star says if given the chance, he’d “say the exact same thing.”

In response to a fan allegedly yelling at him to “get down on your knees like you [or ‘you’re’] used to,” Westbrook unloaded, threatening not only the male fan but his wife too.

“I’m going to tell you one thing: I’ll f*** him up!” Westbrook told someone on the sidelines, pointing toward the fan, a moment caught on video posted by Utah Jazz sports reporter Eric Woodyard.

Westbrook then turned toward the fan. “I promise you. You think I’m playing? I swear to god. I swear to god. I’ll f*** you up. You and your wife. I’ll f*** you up,” he exclaimed before briefly turning toward the court and responding to apparent pushback. “Nah, f*** that! Nah, f*** that!” he said, then turned back to the fan. “I promise you. On everything I love. Everything I love. I promise you. I swear to god.”

Woodyard tweeted out video of the moment, writing: “Things get heated between Russell Westbrook and Utah Jazz fans again. ‘I’ll

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Take away LeBron James, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers very similar

Take away LeBron James, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers very similar


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Suns insider Duane Rankin explains why the Suns hope the current home stand will take the focus off of some of their other issues.
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Take away LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers (30-32) and the Phoenix Suns (12-51) have a number of similarities going into Saturday’s game at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Young talent: The Suns and Lakers have a combined 26 players with five years of experience or fewer.

Suns 15, Lakers 11. Phoenix has five rookies.

Age: Eight Lakers are 25-years-old or younger.

Kyle Kuzma is 23 while Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball are both 21.

If you think that’s young, the Suns are even younger.

Thirteen Suns are in the same age bracket.

Devin Booker, Josh Jackson, two-way player Jawun Evans and rookie Mikal Bridges are each 22 while rookie 7-footer Deandre Ayton is 20.

“You take a guy like Jamal away from the team, they are extremely young,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said of the Suns as Crawford is 38 years old and an 18-year veteran.

Injuries to franchise player: James and Booker have both missed considerable action this season.

James sat out of 17 straight games with a groin injury and Los Angeles went 6-11 without the four-time NBA MVP.

Phoenix has only won three of the 15 games Booker has missed because of various injuries.

The Suns have also been without starter TJ Warren (right ankle sorenss) for 14 straight games.

Outside the playoff picture: The Lakers went into their game Friday at Milwaukee three games out of the eighth and final playoff spot behind the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs.

The absence of James has put them in this situation, but he’s great enough to lead them to back to the postseason for the first time since 2013.  

Phoenix has been out of playoff contention for months. The Suns started 2-11 and the losses have continued to mount.

Tyson Chandler: The veteran center began this season in Phoenix in the final year of his contract, and he was scheduled to earn $13.5 million.

Less than a month into the season, the Suns bought out his contract.

Then, just days later, the Compton, Calif. native joined his hometown Lakers.

This move didn’t go over well with some Phoenix fans who though Suns interim general manager James Jones was doing his close friend, James, a favor by freeing Chandler, 36, up to join the Lakers.

Chandler actually had his best game this season as a Sun —14 points and 11 rebounds — against the Lakers back in October. He won his first game against the Suns when they came to Los Angeles for the first time.

After the game, Chandler spoke as if was a must-win situation for him.



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Los Angeles Lakers veteran center Tyson Chandler happy to get win over former team in 120-96 victory over Phoenix Suns at Staples Center.
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“I got love for those guys,” he said. “I want to see them grow. I was happy we were able to take care of it because that would not have been a good loss.”

Luke Walton rested Chandler in their third meeting and the Lakers improved to 3-0 against the Suns.

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Despite recent struggles, LeBron James remains confident in Lakers’ playoff push: ‘We like where we are’

Despite recent struggles, LeBron James remains confident in Lakers’ playoff push: ‘We like where we are’

With the Lakers currently sitting in 11th place in the Western Conference standings at 29-31, LeBron James says his team is still in a good place, despite their recent struggles.

The Lakers have lost four of their past five games, dropping their past two against the sub .500 Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans, with the latter visiting STAPLES Center today.

“We like where we are,” James said, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

With the spotlight firmly on the Lakers, who face the reality of missing the playoffs after sitting fourth in the West prior to LeBron’s 17-game absence due to injury, James said that any players letting distractions affect their play were on the “wrong franchise.”

“It’s hard to kind of (determine) what I say to you guys that filters back to my guys,” James responded when asked if his message to the media was t

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LeBron James passes Michael Jordan on all-time scoring list: Old Cavaliers teammates react

LeBron James passes Michael Jordan on all-time scoring list: Old Cavaliers teammates react

BROOKLYN, N.Y — More than 2,000 miles away from his old Cleveland Cavaliers teammates in Los Angeles, LeBron James passed Michael Jordan and moved into fourth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Who better to reflect on that incredible accomplishment than a few Cavaliers who were along for part of that journey?

“It seemed like every other week or every several games he’d break a record or pass somebody just because he’s an all-around threat in so many categories,” Kevin Love said following Cleveland’s 113-107 loss to the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night. “Passing Michael Jordan in all-time scoring is pretty cool. Something to hang your hat on and it’s pretty impressive. Pretty cool.”

James entered the Lakers matchup against the Denver Nuggets trailing Jordan by 12 points. James tied Jordan at 32,292 career point

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Collin Sexton hitting rookie marks set by LeBron James, Kyrie Irving

Collin Sexton hitting rookie marks set by LeBron James, Kyrie Irving

ORLANDO, Fla. — A few nights after breaking Kyrie Irving’s franchise mark for 3-pointers in his rookie season, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Collin Sexton was eye to eye with another franchise legend: LeBron James.

Sexton scored 23 points in the loss against Orlando Thursday night — his fourth consecutive game with at least 20 points, matching James, who twice accomplished that feat during his first season.

Like many youngsters, Sexton experienced early growing pains, sometimes even drawing the ire of teammates and coaches for not making the right play. Through his first 10 games as a pro, Sexton averaged just 10.5 points on 35-of-86 (40.6 percent) shooting. Those early-season struggles led to finger-pointing and eye-rolling from teammates. It also forced head coach Larry Drew’s chat with his players about patience.

That seemed to be Sexton’s turning point.

But then the rook hit a few mor

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LeBron James’ Load Management Has Important Update Ahead Of Bucks Game

LeBron James’ Load Management Has Important Update Ahead Of Bucks Game

The Los Angles Lakers will be without the services of LeBron James for Tuesday night’s road game against the Milwaukee Bucks due to a sore groin, according to a report from Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times.

This is obviously tough news for the Lakers, but it should come as no surprise. James went down with a groin injury earlier this season and subsequently missed 17 games. It seems the team is giving the King this time as a precautionary measure.

In his last outing — a 124-123 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday — James logged 35 minutes, scoring 33 points on 11-of-26 shooting from the field (0-of-6 from beyond the arc), eight assists, six rebounds and one block. He had a chance to win the game for Los Angeles in the closing seconds, but his shot was blocked by Mario H

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LeBron James says Los Angeles Lakers elimination from playoffs ‘not what what we signed up for’

LeBron James says Los Angeles Lakers elimination from playoffs ‘not what what we signed up for’

LeBron James reflected on the Los Angeles Lakers’ official elimination from playoff contention, saying the team’s tough season was ‘not what we signed up for’.

Friday night’s scores

  • Oklahoma City Thunder 116-109 Toronto Raptors
  • San Antonio Spurs 105-111 Houston Rockets
  • Miami Heat 87-116 Milwaukee Bucks
  • Brooklyn Nets 111-106 Los Angeles Lakers
  • Denver Nuggets 111-93 New York Knicks
  • Los Angeles Clippers 110-108 Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Memphis Grizzlies 119-123 Orlando Magic (OT)

The Lakers (31-41) will miss the playoffs for a franchise-record sixth straight season even with James, who fell just short of his 81st career triple-double with 25 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.

The Lakers had only missed the playoffs five times in their first 55 seasons of existence before this current drought.

“It’s been a tough season for all of us,” James said. “It’s not what we signed up for.

“Throughout the year, things happen. Suspensions, injuries, and us just not being able to play sustainable basketball for 48 minutes.



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Highlights of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 111-106 loss to the Brooklyn Nets that ended their faint playoff hopes

“You don’t even try to wrap your head around it. You just keep playing and try to get better and go from there.”

Nets guard D’Angelo Russell took no public pleasure in playing a pretty big role in eliminating the Lakers from playoff contention for yet another season.

Russell is much more excited about the increasing likelihood that he’s about to make his postseason debut with the Brooklyn Nets.

Russell, who was drafted by the Lakers in 2015 and traded away two years later, added 21 points and 13 assists against his former team to help the Nets to improve to 38-36 for the season.



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Kyle Kuzma beat the buzzer from halfcourt during the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Brooklyn Nets

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The sneaker giveaway trend taking over the NBA

The sneaker giveaway trend taking over the NBA

After his second preseason game with the Boston Celtics in 2017, Kyrie Irving walked off the court in Philadelphia and noticed a young fan along the sideline wearing his old No. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers jersey.

On a whim, Irving kicked off his Nike Kyrie 3 signature sneakers and passed them to the beaming boy.

“Can you sign them?” the young fan asked as he pulled a Sharpie out of his pocket. “You’re my favorite basketball player! I’ve got your jersey and everything, bro.”

“I got you, bro,” Irving said.

Just like that, the latest NBA trend was born: the league’s biggest stars signing and giving away their game-worn sneakers to fans.

The 25-second clip on the league’s official Twitter account garnered 960,000 views, nearly 8,000 retweets and became an instant example of how personable players could be in just a sliver of time with their youngest, biggest supporters around the country.

“These are all impromptu moments,” said Bob Carney, the NBA’s VP of Social & Digital Content. “A lot of the moments that we’ve captured, the players would have no idea necessarily that they’re being filmed. That’s what makes some of these moments so special, because they’re so raw and authentic.”

A few nights later, after Irving’s fourth preseason game, the newly acquired franchise point guard spotted a fan in his new Celtics jersey opposite the team’s bench in Charlotte, North Carolina. Irving raced across the court in his socks after the final buzzer to hand off his pair of Kyrie 3s from the night’s victory.

Ever since, some of the league’s biggest names have joined in on the tradition, including Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Donovan Mitchell. Only seventeen of the NBA’s 450 players have their own signature shoe, making the gesture rarified air for young fans while providing an additional spotlight for their All-Star idols’ latest sneakers across social media.

After road wins — particularly during blowouts, when the starters have been pulled and have had time to relax along the bench — Irving, Curry and Westbrook can be seen peering through the crowds in the closing seconds, looking for young fans wearing their jerseys.

One of Curry’s first sneaker giveaways was in Orlando, Florida, in early 2016, after he spotted a fan and his two handwritten signs late in the game. The white poster board etched with blue and yellow marker made mention that not only was it the fan’s birthday, but he had saved up $400 to buy tickets to see Curry play during the Warriors’ lone visit to Florida that season. After a 51-point outburst that ranks tied for his third-highest scoring game, Curry took off his white and blue Under Armour Curry 2s and instructed the team’s security guard to pass them along to the young fan.

Now, Curry personally walks over to hand off the shoes, often working with the team’s security to first pull the pre-selected fan over along the baseline. Unlike most players, Curry leans down and signs the toe cap of each shoe while they’re still laced and on his feet. He ramped up his giveaways late last season and into the fall with the Curry 5, with even more frequent freebies for his game-used Curry 6 model this year.

That’s been by design, as the Warriors are set to move across the bay to San Francisco after this season, closing the book on their 47-year tenure in Oakland, California. His newest Under Armour shoe features a season-long theme of “10 In The Town,” celebrating his 10 seasons with the franchise in Oakland.

He’s made a point all season to find fans in road arenas for giveaways, while also making sure he can give away pairs at Oracle Arena to the loyal home fans who have followed his rise.

“The atmosphere at Oracle is so unique,” Curry said. “From my first season in the league, we didn’t sell out crazy, but

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LeBron James questions Lakers teammates’ lack of focus after loss to Grizzlies

LeBron James questions Lakers teammates’ lack of focus after loss to Grizzlies

With each passing loss, the Los Angeles Lakers drop further out of the playoff picture in the competitive Western Conference, and LeBron James seems to grow more and more frustrated. 

After their disappointing 128-115 loss to the lottery-bound New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night, James questioned his team’s sense of urgency at this point in the season with a potential playoff spot hanging in the balance.  

“How many know what’s at stake if you’ve never been there?” James asked rhetorically of qualifying for the postseason after the game, via ESPN. “I’m playing devil’s advocate, you know? It’s kind of a fine line when you talk about that, because when you’ve never been there or know what it takes to actually shoot for something like that, sometimes you’re afraid to get uncomfortable.

“So you got to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. So I’m not saying that’s what we are as a whole. It kind of looks that way at t

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Michael Jordan joined in on congratulating LeBron James for passing M.J. on all-time scoring list

Michael Jordan joined in on congratulating LeBron James for passing M.J. on all-time scoring list

LeBron James made history by passing Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list Wednesday. He finished the night with 32,311 points, surpassing Jordan’s 32,292. James is now 1,332 points away from Kobe Bryant, a Laker legend, and 6,076 off from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA record.

Naturally, plenty of people wanted to congratulate James on the record, as the Lakers continue to hunt for the playoffs in the Western Conference.

Among those people? His Airness himself — albeit through a statement.

James himself credited Jordan for a lot of his success after the game.

Magic Johnson also congratulated James on his career.

Some of James’

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Walton salutes LeBron ‘greatness’ after eclipsing Jordan’s tally

Walton salutes LeBron ‘greatness’ after eclipsing Jordan’s tally

Luke Walton says LeBron James’ feat of eclipsing Michael Jordan’s NBA points-scoring tally despite being so unselfish “speaks to the greatness to his game”.

James became the fourth-highest scorer in NBA history during a 115-99 defeat for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

The four-time NBA All-Star bettered the legendary Jordan’s mark of 32,292 by pouring in 31 points in the Lakers’ loss at Staples Center.

Lakers head coach Walton saluted forward James on a special night for the 34-year-old.

“I think we should start off by giving credit to what LeBron did tonight individually.” said Walton.

“Becoming the fourth all-time scorer, passing Michael Jordan. To me the most incredible thing about that is what an unselfish player that he is.

“For someone that is always looking to pass first, to score that many points in his career just speaks to the greatness to his game. It was pretty special and cool to be a part of it. Unfortunate that it came in a loss, but a pretty awesome moment.”

The injury-hit Lakers have now lost six of their last seven games to almost certainly miss out on the playoffs and Walton said they may put pri

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Matt Barnes responds to the report that Doc Rivers was told LeBron James doesn’t want to be coached

Matt Barnes responds to the report that Doc Rivers was told LeBron James doesn’t want to be coached

















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NBA, news: LeBron James, Lakers trade; Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson

NBA, news: LeBron James, Lakers trade; Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson











LeBron at the Lakers is a circus, as expected.
LeBron at the Lakers is a circus, as expected.Source: AP

If they can’t build a title contender around him, could the Lakers try to build a title contender without him?

Almost certainly, no. But trading LeBron James is a thought ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy floated Saturday during Los Angeles’ latest loss, its fifth straight, this one at home to Boston, 120-107.

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Year 1 has been Year Lost, the Lakers now 30-36, seven games back of the eight seed and accepting that, somehow, James will not be in the playoffs. LeBron missed extended time and the youth the Lakers have touted have not taken the necessary leaps — and they were not enough to pry Anthony Davis from the Pelicans at the trade deadline.

If the assets Los Angeles has been counting on to turn into superstars do not bloom, where does that leave the team and 34-year-old James, who signed a four-year deal last off-season?

The former Knicks coach believes the Lakers have to at least consider cashing in the best player in basketball instead of wasting him.

“I think in the off-season, they need to rebuild this roster, right?” Van Gundy said. “And to me, it could be a trade for an Anthony Davis, or I think they need to explore trading LeBron for getting as much as they can.”

Perhaps speaking for the world, Mark Jackson asked, “What are you doing, seriously?”

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“You got to get on the right timeline,” Van Gundy said. “I’m going to say, if I could trade him for the Clippers into cap space, which would give me a better chance to get [Kevin] Durant or Kawhi Leonard, would I not do that? … You got to put everything on the table.”

Perhaps of note, LeBron does not have a no-trade clause in his $153.3 million pact. Regardless, the thought of the Lakers trading perhaps the best player of all time a season after they landed him is unthinkable to most (if not Van Gundy).

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With a little over eight minutes remaining in the first half, Paul grabbed a defensive rebound, took the ball up the court, and faced up to Bucks forward DJ Wilson.

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Paul drove right and crossed over Wilson — who stayed on his feet, but ended up at the baseline — before drilling the wide-open triple.

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The Houston bench revelled in the savagery, as did the internet.

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Paul finished with 19 points, Harden had just 23 points on 9-for-26 shooting, while Antetokounmpo put up 19 points and 14 boards for Milwaukee.

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Eric Bledsoe was the standout Buck; going 4-for-7 from deep for his 23 team-high points, and tallying a couple big blocks on Harden.

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Milwaukee improved to 56-19, while Houston dropped to 47-28.

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Aron Baynes started and played 25 minutes in the Boston Celtics’ 116-106 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Aussie big man had four points, two boards, an assist and steal.

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Ryan Broekhoff had 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting from deep in 29 minutes off the bench as the Dallas Mavericks fell 125-121 to the Sacramento Kings.

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Thon Maker played 20 minutes for the Detroit Pistons as they were beaten 95-92 by the Denver Nuggets. Off the bench, the forward had two points, three boards, an assist and steal.

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Patty Mills was scoreless in 19 minutes off the bench in a 125-116 overtime defeat at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets. The Aussie guard had three boards and three assists.

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Chris Bosh stood at centre court, looked out at the Miami Heat fans and just let the words flow. He spoke about his health scare in 2015.

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He spoke of his grandfather, the one he called Daddy Jack, the one who told his first grandson that he was going to be special one day. And was Daddy Jack ever right.

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In Heat history, his grandson is now officially immortal.

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Wearing a Heat championship ring on both hands, Bosh watched a giant banner bearing his name and No. 1 raised to the rafters of AmericanAirlines Arena as the Heat fell 104-99 to the Orlando Magic.

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The ceremony came a little more than three years after Bosh played his final game of a 13-year career, 11 of those good enough for All-Star nods, four of them culminating in trips to the NBA Finals, two of them capped by championships.

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As Luka Doncic Turns 20, NBA Marvels at Runaway Rookie of the Year

As Luka Doncic Turns 20, NBA Marvels at Runaway Rookie of the Year
Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic reacts after being called for a foul late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Houston. Houston won 120-104. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

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LOS ANGELES — With Dirk Nowitzki celebrating an unofficial farewell tour in his 21st NBA season, the Dallas Mavericks are starting anew with one of the best young international players in the world.

Luka Doncic was named the NBA’s Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November, December and January. He’s the runaway favorite for Rookie of the Year, too.

“He’s at a high level of no f–ks given when he plays basketball,” Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers said. “It’s fun to watch.”

Doncic, who turns 20 on Thursday, is averaging 20.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists during his first year with the Mavericks.

“He’s really an all-around package on the offensive end, whether it’s the shot, drives, floaters, the passes,” Nowitzki said. “He’s a big guard, he can see over some of those traps [teams are] throwing at him. His basketball IQ is out of this world for 19. … He’ll be fun to watch for Mavs fans for a very long time.”

The Mavericks traded up two spots to acquire the third pick in the draft last June, which allowed them to snag Doncic. The Atlanta Hawks are pleased with Trae Young, who they chose with the Mavericks’ pick at No. 5. The Phoenix Suns took Deandre Ayton with the top pick, and the Sacramento Kings selected Marvin Bagley III at No. 2.

So far, Doncic is the clear standout.

Some debated if Doncic had enough athleticism for the NBA. Even now, one executive has doubts: “It was expected he would perform ahead of his class, given the fact that he did stuff that no other young player had done in the European league…but it’s hard to say he’s going to be an MVP-type player because he’s already so good this young, and athletically, he doesn’t have the upside of many other kids.”

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One of the Mavericks’ assistant coaches isn’t worried about any perceived athleticism gaps.

“[Doncic is] just really good, very fast and able to get that shot up, which is something that people kind of questioned when he came into the league,” he said.

Rivers is a belie

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NBA Draft 2019: Latest Mock Draft with NCAA Tournament Coming Up

NBA Draft 2019: Latest Mock Draft with NCAA Tournament Coming Up
Duke's Zion Williamson (1) smiles after a play against Syracuse during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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College basketball is at the forefront of many sports fans’ minds right now, as March Madness begins on Sunday evening when this year’s NCAA tournament bracket is revealed.

But after April 8, when the Final Four concludes with the national championship game, the season will be over. And many of the top college stars will all have a new goal in mind—the NBA draft.

Although the NBA draft order won’t officially be set for a while—the NBA draft lottery, which decides the order for the first 14 teams, is May 14—it’s fun to look ahead and predict where the top players from the college and international ranks could begin their NBA careers.

The NBA draft will take place on June 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

           

2019 NBA Mock Draft

1. New York Knicks: Zion Williamson, PF, Duke

2. Phoenix Suns: Ja Morant, PG, Murray State

3. Cleveland Cavaliers: RJ Barrett, SG, Duke

4. Chicago Bulls: Cam Reddish, SF, Duke

5. Atlanta Hawks: Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech

6. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas Mavericks): Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas

7. Memphis Grizzlies: Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt

8. Washington Wizards: Keldon Johnson, SG, Kentucky

9. New Orleans Pelicans: De’Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia

10. Charlotte Hornets: Bol Bol, C, Oregon

11. Los Angeles Lakers: Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina

12. Orlando Magic: Romeo Langford, SG, Indiana

13. Minnesota Timberwolves: KZ Okpala, SF, Stanford

14. Boston Celtics (via Sacramento Kings): Rui Hachimura, PF, Gonzaga

15. Miami Heat: Kevin Porter Jr., SG, USC

16. Detroit Pistons: Brandon Clarke, PF/C, Gonzaga

17. Brooklyn Nets: Sekou Doumbouya, SF, France

18. Boston Celtics (via Los Angeles Clippers): Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG, Virginia Tech

19. Utah Jazz: PJ Washington, PF, Kentucky

20. San Antonio Spurs: Grant Williams, PF, Tennessee

21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tre Jones, PG, Duke 

22. Boston Celtics: Coby White, PG, North Carolina

23. Portland Trail Blazers: Luguentz Dort, SG, Arizona State

24. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Houston Rockets): Jontay Porter, C, Missouri

25. Philadelphia 76ers: Eric Paschall, SF, Villanova

26. Indiana Pacers: Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky

27. Brooklyn Nets (via Denver Nuggets)

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LeBron James and 2 Chainz Form a Superteam to Release a New Album

LeBron James and 2 Chainz Form a Superteam to Release a New Album

LeBron James and 2 Chainz linked up to drop a new album. James served as A&R on the rapper’s latest release Rap or Go to the League.

Watch the video above for more about why fans have dubbed King James “A&R Bron.”

        

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Traina Thoughts: Intentional Or Not, ESPN Looks Petty For Editing Bill Simmons Out of His Interview With Adam Silver

Traina Thoughts: Intentional Or Not, ESPN Looks Petty For Editing Bill Simmons Out of His Interview With Adam Silver

ESPN cuts Bill Simmons out of his interview with Adam Silver.

1. Tsk, tsk, tsk, ESPN. Is it really necessary to be this petty? Did you really think you wouldn’t be called out for such nonsense?

It seems the World Wide Leader may still have some issues with former employee Bill Simmons. The man who now runs The Ringer, interviewed NBA commissioner Adam Silver last week at a conference. One particular clip, in which Simmons and Silver discuss NBA players being unhappy and Silver putting the blame on social media, got a lot of pick up across the Internet. 

Even ESPN picked it up Wednesday. However, when the network aired the snippet of video on Get Up, the clip was edited to zoom in so tight on Silver’s face that you didn’t see Simmons at all. It was like Silver was being interviewed by a ghost and it looked completely ridiculous, as you’ll see below.

This piece of chicanery did not get lost on Simmons, who took to Twitter to voice his displeasure.

I reached out to ESPN for a comment, but so far have not heard back.

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Antonio Brown Forced His Way Out of Pittsburgh Like Only a Star Can

Antonio Brown Forced His Way Out of Pittsburgh Like Only a Star Can

The Antonio Brown saga is over. The blond mustache is out of Pittsburgh and heading to Oakland, taking with him his big chest and his $500 say-anything videos while moving much closer to shooting more sitdowns with LeBron James.

Brown will officially be an Oakland Raider on Wednesday at the start of the new league year, and the Steelers get a third- and fifth-round pick in exchange. The wide receiver also gets a restructured contract, increasing it to $79.2 million ($19.8M APY, which is highest among WRs) and $30.125 million in guarantees (a bump from $0 expected this season), as reported by Albert Breer.

Brown has wiggled his way out of Pittsburgh in a move rarely seen in the NFL. Does the star WR present a roadmap for the rest of the NFL? A how-to guide for getting out of what you consider a bad situation and earning your freedom with the team of your choice? Hardly. The rules are different when you’re one of the best in the world at what you do, and Brown is well on his way to enshrinement in Canton.

First, let’s address Brown’s leverage—and debunk the myth that he held none. He is an attention-seeking player and potential locker room cancer who would

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Mark Jackson rips Rajon Rondo for ‘unacceptable’ behavior – Larry Brown Sports

Mark Jackson rips Rajon Rondo for ‘unacceptable’ behavior – Larry Brown Sports
Rajon Rondo bench

Mark Jackson ripped Rajon Rondo for some behavior he deemed “unacceptable” at the end of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

Jackson, an analyst for ESPN, criticized the Lakers guard for where he was sitting. Rondo was sitting in courtside seats — typically a fan area — rather than with his teammates.

“That can’t happen,” Jackson said firmly.

Jackson said the issues the Lakers are experiencing are “across the board,” meaning they are problems with the players and coaches.

Rondo should not be doing that, and the incident is another example of the problems the franchise is experiencing. But the especially sharp criticism

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Traina Thoughts: Johnny Manziel Was Kicked Out of the CFL AND Duped By a Fake Twitter Account In Same Day

Traina Thoughts: Johnny Manziel Was Kicked Out of the CFL AND Duped By a Fake Twitter Account In Same Day

After getting banned by the CFL, Johnny Manziel responded to a bizarre Twitter user.

1. As you know by now, Johnny Manziel was released by the Montral Alouettes and banned from the CFL on Wednesday for violating his contract. No other details have emerged yet, but you know they will soon enough. In the meantime, Manziel’s day took another odd turn when he replied to a fake Twitter account run by someone named Dick Tator.

Excuse me. Let me correct that. Manziel replied to someone named Real Dick Tator.

I could see Manziel being upset by a report that wasn’t true, but at least check to see if it was a legitimate report. First warning sign: The guy’s  Twitter name is Real Dick Tator. That shoud’ve put up a red flag. Warning sign No. 2: No blue check mark. Warning sign No. 3: If you did the quickest check of Dick Tator’s tweets, you saw stuff like this:

Now, I’ve always said I love fake sportswriter Twitter accounts because stuff like this ends up happening and it’s highly entertaining. So congrats to Dick Tator, who was very happy with himself and took a victory lap.

2. After seeing Twitter barely able to contain itself with breathless panting over Kyle Murray’s measurements Thursday morning, I threw out this tweet:

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As LeBron James passes Michael Jordan on all-time NBA points list, the career stats are slanted in the King’s favor

As LeBron James passes Michael Jordan on all-time NBA points list, the career stats are slanted in the King’s favor

LeBron James has added another feather in his cap in terms of the ongoing debate between himself and Michael Jordan.

Entering Wednesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Lakers All-Star needed to score just 13 points to pass Jordan for fourth place on the NBA‘s all-time scoring list.

James accomplished the feat with a left-handed layup in the second quarter of the team’s 115-99 loss to Denver, officially moving past MJ on the all-time list.

Jordan now sits in fifth place with 32,292 points to his credit, while LeBron moves into fourth. Former Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leads the pack with 38,387 points, with Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant rounding out the top three.

James has also dished out his fair share of assists during his 16 NBA seasons. The Lakers star entered Wednesday night with 8,577 assists, which puts him in 10th place on the all-time

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Here’s when LeBron James might pass Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in career NBA points

Here’s when LeBron James might pass Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in career NBA points

LeBron James has topped Michael Jordan. In career points, at least.

While the Los Angeles Lakers continued their downward spiral following their 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, their failed playoff push was overshadowed by James’ tremendous accomplishment in moving past his role model and arguably the GOAT for fourth on the NBA‘s all-time scoring list.

After scoring 31 points in the loss, James finished the night with 32,311 career points — 19 more than Jordan’s 32,292.

Since James has now surpassed Jordan on the all-time scoring list — something that cannot be debated — let’s take a look at when LeBron will surpass his next targets on the NBA’s all-time scoring list — Kobe Bryant at No. 3, Karl Malone at No. 2 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at No. 1.

When will he get there? We took James’ current pace

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Dwyane Wade on LeBron James, Lakers Missing Playoffs: ‘It’s Unfortunate’

Dwyane Wade on LeBron James, Lakers Missing Playoffs: ‘It’s Unfortunate’
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, shakes hands with Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James at the end of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Dwyane Wade says any talk about how the Los Angeles Lakers missed the playoffs in their first season with LeBron James must include a caveat about his longtime friend and former teammate’s groin injury.

Speaking with Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic, Wade noted the Lakers were firmly in the Western Conference postseason race before the four-time NBA MVP missed five weeks because of the injury.

“LeBron’s not a guy that is accustomed to losing and not making the playoffs,” he said. “Obviously, man, those 18 games that he was out hurt with them, it’s kind of a wash. You can’t even really talk about him not making the playoffs, because of that. They was the fourth seed when he went out. It’s unfortunate.”

The Lakers were 19-14 heading into a game against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas. James was injured in that contest, and by the time he returned, L.A. had dropped to 26-25, which was two games out of the final playoff spot in the West.

Wade said it’s too tough for a team to overcome losing its best player: “Having a year out there in the Western Conference, it is tough. You can’t miss time, you can’t miss games like he missed. So hopefully, going forward, he doesn’t have that.”

He defended James against critics, per Charania:

“People are trying to attack him a lot from the standpoint of age. It’s no secret that he’s getting older, he’s going to get older every year. It’s no doubt that you’re not the same person you was, but he’s still great. If this is a bad year for him—this is a bad year for him? MVPs get this kind of year. He’s had an MVP type of year. I think he understands the scrutiny that comes with being LeBron James. Whether he comes out and talks about it or not, he’s driven by something different. That’s why he’s so great. He helps ratings for TV. He knows that. It doesn’t stop nothing. He continues to approach the game the way he approaches it.”

James has averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.1 assists in 53 appearances after signing a four-year, $153.3 million contract with the Lakers. He ranks seventh among all players in ESPN’s real plus-minus and ninth in player efficiency rating.

It’s fair to wonder whether the outcome of Los Angeles’ season would have been different with better injury luck. Not only did LeBron miss a significant stretch of the campaign, but Rajon Rondo, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram have also missed time.

Nevertheless, the Lakers failed to reach the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, and James won’t participate in the postseason for the first time since 2005.

LeBron’s status as the NBA’s gold standard means the team’s failure to reach expectations is going to result in criticism, regardless of the surrounding circumstances.

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Will LeBron James Be Able to Fix the Lakers Next Season?

Will LeBron James Be Able to Fix the Lakers Next Season?

The Lakers were officially eliminated from playoff contention this weekend following a loss to the Brooklyn Nets. But SI Now’s Robin Lundberg and Amy Campbell wonder if James will be able to fix Los Angeles next year?
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Dwyane Wade on LeBron James, Lakers Missing Playoffs: ‘It’s Unfortunate’

Dwyane Wade on LeBron James, Lakers Missing Playoffs: ‘It’s Unfortunate’
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, shakes hands with Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James at the end of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Dwyane Wade says any talk about how the Los Angeles Lakers missed the playoffs in their first season with LeBron James must include a caveat about his longtime friend and former teammate’s groin injury.

Speaking with Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic, Wade noted the Lakers were firmly in the Western Conference postseason race before the four-time NBA MVP missed five weeks because of the injury.

“LeBron’s not a guy that is accustomed to losing and not making the playoffs,” he said. “Obviously, man, those 18 games that he was out hurt with them, it’s kind of a wash. You can’t even really talk about him not making the playoffs, because of that. They was the fourth seed when he went out. It’s unfortunate.”

The Lakers were 19-14 heading into a game against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas. James was injured in that contest, and by the time he returned, L.A. had dropped to 26-25, which was two games out of the final playoff spot in the West.

Wade said it’s too tough for a team to overcome losing its best player: “Having a year out there in the Western Conference, it is tough. You can’t miss time, you can’t miss games like he missed. So hopefully, going forward, he doesn’t have that.”

He defended James against critics, per Charania:

“People are trying to attack him a lot from the standpoint of age. It’s no secret that he’s getting older, he’s going to get older every year. It’s no doubt that you’re not the same person you was, but he’s still great. If this is a bad year for him—this is a bad year for him? MVPs get this kind of year. He’s had an MVP type of year. I think he understands the scrutiny that comes with being LeBron James. Whether he comes out and talks about it or not, he’s driven by something different. That’s why he’s so great. He helps ratings for TV. He knows that. It doesn’t stop nothing. He continues to approach the game the way he approaches it.”

James has averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.1 assists in 53 appearances after signing a four-year, $153.3 million contract with the Lakers. He ranks seventh among all players in ESPN’s real plus-minus and ninth in player efficiency rating.

It’s fair to wonder whether the outcome of Los Angeles’ season would have been different with better injury luck. Not only did LeBron miss a significant stretch of the campaign, but Rajon Rondo, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram have also missed time.

Nevertheless, the Lakers failed to reach the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, and James won’t participate in the postseason for the first time since 2005.

LeBron’s status as the NBA’s gold standard means the team’s failure to reach expectations is going to result in criticism, regardless of the surrounding circumstances.

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Kyrie Irving on facing LeBron James in Celtics-Lakers rematch: ‘It’s just another game’

Kyrie Irving on facing LeBron James in Celtics-Lakers rematch: ‘It’s just another game’

Celtics star Kyrie Irving is aware of what’s on the line as he prepares to face the LeBron James-led Lakers on Saturday, but he’s calling it “just another game.”

In the first matchup of the season, the Lakers finished with a one-point victory as they topped the Celtics, 129-128. But Irving said it’s been easy to tune out the hype of facing off against his former teammate and is focused on the rematch, instead.

“It’s pretty easy,” Irving said, per masslive.com. “It’s not hard. It’s not hard at all. It’s just another game but going against a great competitor, a teammate like ‘Bron is always fun. You just understand that these head-to-head matchups prob

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LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo sitting out for Lakers at Bucks tonight

LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo sitting out for Lakers at Bucks tonight

MILWAUKEE — For Tuesday night’s tilt between the Bucks and the Lakers, there were low stakes and no stars.

The Lakers (31-39) announced at morning shootaround that LeBron James would be shelved with a sore left groin – the same one that kept the 34-year-old All-Star out for 17 straight games earlier in the season. Minutes later, the Bucks (52-18) acknowledged Giannis Antetokounmpo, one of the NBA’s leading MVP candidates, would also sit out the game with a sprained ankle at Fiserv Forum.

That left not much of a headliner for the game, which featured the Eastern Conference’s best team against one of the Western Conference’s worst.

Coach Luke Walton said he had heard from trainer Mike Mancias that James was sore following Sunday’s loss to the Knicks, when his game-winning attempt was

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NBA Power Rankings: Lakers Slide, Rockets Rise with 5 Weeks to Go

NBA Power Rankings: Lakers Slide, Rockets Rise with 5 Weeks to Go

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25. Atlanta Hawks (21)

It feels fitting that last Friday—as the NFL world fixated on measurements at the scouting combine—the 6’2″, 180-pound Trae Young would set the NBA world on fire.

He logged nearly 56 minutes of a quadruple-overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls, tallying 49 points on 17-of-33 shooting (6-of-13 from deep), 16 assists and eight rebounds along the way. It was the league’s first 49-point, 10-assist effort from a freshman since Earl Monroe in 1968.

“You can say what you want to about size, but when you’re the most dangerous person on the court, it doesn’t matter,” Young told Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwill. “Size was never a factor growing up. College, I faced the same criticism. In the NBA, same thing.”

Young’s critics are growing quieter by the second. He’s been the eighth-best scorer since the All-Star break (28.5 points per game), and if you’re curious how those Stephen Curry comps are coming alone, Young has topped the two-time MVP in points, shooting from all three levels and assists over this stretch.

                 

24. Chicago Bulls (23)

What a week for Zach LaVine. The award-winning aerial artist opened with a 47-point, nine-assist, nine-rebound eruption in that marathon win over the Hawks. Then, he punctuated it with 39 points in Wednesday’s one-point win over the Philadelphia 76ers, sealed by his own double-clutch layup in the closing seconds.

But let’s be real—there’s no better story in basketball right now than near-featured-scorer Robin Lopez. Over his last 11 outings, the 30-year-old is nearly doubling his ca

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Blogtable: Who’s your early favorite for success in 2019 NBA free agency?

Blogtable: Who’s your early favorite for success in 2019 NBA free agency?

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Several teams have positioned themselves to be big players in free agency this July. Who’s your early favorite to win the summer?

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Steve Aschburner:  We’re going to have the four teams in the two biggest markets — the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, and the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers — all flexing max-salary cap space when free agency opens. I like pulling for underdogs, so it would be interesting to see Brooklyn — with a nice core of young talent — and the Clippers grab the biggest names and the headlines. Still, it’s hard to deny the star power of the Lakers, and the presumption that team president Magic Johnson and All-Star LeBron James are going to get at least a major part of what they want. Especially with James’ agency behind the scenes, spinning dials, pushing buttons and pulling levers.

Shaun Powell:  I like the team in LA. The Clippers, I mean. They have solid complementary pieces on team friendly contracts in Montrezl Harrell, Lou Willi

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Bryce Harper Euphoria In Philadelphia Boosts Sales Of His First Phillies Card And Jerseys

Bryce Harper Euphoria In Philadelphia Boosts Sales Of His First Phillies Card And Jerseys

As the Los Angeles Lakers continue to fall further out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference, some have suggested that the Lakers should shut down All-Star forward LeBron James for the remainder of the season in order to preserve his body and health for the future. 

“If I were the Lakers, I would shut LeBron down,” Boston Celtics legend and current ESPN NBA analyst Paul Pierce said last week. “No, seriously. He’s getting older, he has to do too much for them to win. Just look at … he puts out a triple-double, and they can’t win. Just imagine if he really goes out and really exerts himself and has to go for 40… This season was a wash coming into it. They weren’t contending from the jump… Why am I gonna put more wear and tear on LeBron? I need him for three more years. This window is this short.

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LeBron saying young Lakers have ‘unfair expectations’ worse than an excuse – Stephen A. | First Take – ESPN

LeBron saying young Lakers have ‘unfair expectations’ worse than an excuse – Stephen A. | First Take – ESPN

Max Kellerman of First Take reacts to LeBron James’ comments that the younger Los Angeles Lakers are dealing with unfair expectations, saying LeBron is making excuses for the Lakers’ struggles. Max says the blame likely missing the playoffs is more on their poor shooting and not just on the younger players. Stephen A. Smith adds that LeBron’s reaction is far worse than just an excuse because he is directing the blame to everyone else but himself when LeBron should be held accountable for the poor 2018-19 season.

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Grizzlies overcome LeBron James’ triple double, dent Lakers’ playoff hopes

Grizzlies overcome LeBron James’ triple double, dent Lakers’ playoff hopes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Lakers got a triple-double from LeBron James and 32 points from Brandon Ingram but still suffered another dent to their playoff hopes. Mike Conley had 30 points including key free throws in the final minute, Jonas Valanciunas finished w…
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Skip Bayless pays big compliment to Clippers guard Patrick Beverley

Skip Bayless pays big compliment to Clippers guard Patrick Beverley



















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LeBron James: ‘I don’t believe in pressure’ | NBA Sound – ESPN

LeBron James meets with the media before Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies to discuss (0:08) the mood in the locker room after their tough loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, (0:18) how the Lakers can avoid a two-game losing streak, (0:37) how his team can improve defensively, (1:00) Lonzo Ball’s absence in the lineup, (1:35) his relationship with Penny Hardaway, (2:37) Brandon Ingram’s ability to get to the free throw line, (3:15) the one-and-done rule and its impact on the game, (4:15) Reggie Bullock’s impact on the team and (4:38) why they can’t overlook any opponent.

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Lakers say Ball (ankle) out at least another week

Lakers say Ball (ankle) out at least another week

The Los Angeles Lakers say point guard Lonzo Ball will be re-evaluated in a week.

Team physicians on Thursday determined Ball needs more “healing and recovery time” because of a bone bruise related to his Grade 3 ankle sprain suffered Jan. 19. The team says Ball will meet with team physicians in a week and his status will be updated again at that point.

Ball will miss his 15th straight game Friday night against Milwaukee because of the ankle injury. The Lakers will also be without Lance Stephenson, who has been ruled out because of a sprained toe suffered Wednesday against New Orleans.

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James scores 36 points in Lakers’ 123-107 win over Bulls

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LeBron James-Inspired Play ‘King James’ to Debut in Los Angeles in 2020

LeBron James-Inspired Play ‘King James’ to Debut in Los Angeles in 2020
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27:  LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans on February 27, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James will be the subject of an upcoming play entitled King James, according to Jessica Gelt of the Los Angeles Times.

Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph is the playwright. Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago will first stage the play, followed by Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.

Centre Theatre Group provided a brief play description: “King LeBron James’ reign in Cleveland brings promise, prosperity and renewal to a city in desperate need of all three. As the city celebrates a championship, two estranged friends spar in a verbal game of one-on-one, revealing past secrets, present truths and a possible future after The King has left the building.”

Per Gelt, “King James will run at Steppenwolf from May 7 through June 2020.”

James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the 2015-16 NBA cham

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Reviewing ESPN’s Latest Experimental Broadcast, Full Court Press

Reviewing ESPN’s Latest Experimental Broadcast, Full Court Press

As LeBron James dribbled upcourt six minutes into Friday’s Lakers­–Bucks game, red flooded the screen. Not on ESPN’s primary telecast, but on the company’s experimental Full Court Press digital feed. An error message appeared. White text in a black box. 9261OG-00152 No data present. And, for a moment, the future of basketball broadcasting was put on hold. “This is very exciting,” host Adam Amin said.

ESPN has been playing with second-screen experiences for years, but the attempts now carry more weight. Last year, a stats-centered MLB broadcast “drew rave reviews.” In January, Monday Night Football talent hosted an alternative presentation of the college football title game as part of a multi-channel MegaCast. Most recently, MegaCast leader Ed Placey was named “content innovation lead” in February, coinciding with a renewed emphasis across production teams.

This all comes as ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro has made the i-word one of his four key areas of focus, for obvious reasons. NBA commissioner Adam Silver laid them plain on stage at a sports analytics conference on Friday. Speaking with Bill Simmons, Silver said young people “don’t even subscribe to pay TV anymore,” he highlighted the difficulty of “competing against an infinitesimal number of opportunities for people to do other things with their time,” and then he talked about the broadcasts themselves.

“If you think about how our games are going to look five years from now, my belief is it will be dramatically different,” Silver said. “It’s one place where there has been very little innovation.”

Hours later, Amin went live with analysts Tom Thibodeau, Kirk Goldsberry, and Zach Lowe. The online show, featuring live visualizations from computer intelligence company Second Spectrum, did not meet the standard set during the MLB Wild Card game, but ESPN still demonstrated the potential of modern sportscasting

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Lakers’ LeBron James becomes first player in NBA history to be top-10 all-time in points and assists

Lakers’ LeBron James becomes first player in NBA history to be top-10 all-time in points and assists

LeBron James has made more history. During the first quarter of the Lakers‘ matchup with the Grizzlies, he moved into 10th place all-time in assists, becoming the first player in NBA history to be top-10 all-time in points and assists. 

Running a side pick-and-roll with Kyle Kuzma just a few minutes into the game, LeBron whipped a pocket pass through traffic to the cutting youngster. Kuzma obliged with a solid finish to give LeBron the assist. It was his first assist of the night, and the 8,525th of his career. 

In the process, he moved past Andre Miller. LeBron is now the second active player on the all-time top-

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Like Mike: LeBron Overwhelmed After Passing Jordan, His Hero

Like Mike: LeBron Overwhelmed After Passing Jordan, His Hero

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the very first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike. James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron’s competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew …
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B/R Kicks Nightly: LeBron Wears Air Jordan 3-Inspired LeBron 16

B/R Kicks Nightly: LeBron Wears Air Jordan 3-Inspired LeBron 16
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LeBron James passing Michael Jordan for fourth on the all-time scoring list was the highlight of Wednesday’s crowded NBA schedule, but the shoes on display turned heads as well.

There were 10 games on the slate, meaning a number of players had the chance to impress.

         

LeBron 16 Inspired by Michael Jordan

          

LeBron Thanks MJ

           

Raptors-Inspired BB4 for Vince Carter 

         

Race Car-Inspired Adidas N3XT L3V3L for Trae Young

          

DeMar DeRozan in the Brand New Kobe 4 Colorway

          

Dunkman Vibes on the Way of Wade 7 Tonight

          

Kobe’s Accolades on Jonathon Simmons’ Shoes

           

The King Arrives in the LeBron Icon

           

Tobias Harris Brought Out the Nike Kobe 7

           

Tom and Jerry Custom for Thon Maker

         

Paul Millsap with the Nike Hyperdunk X Low

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Nike Gets Onboard With eSports By Inking League Of Legends Deal

Nike Gets Onboard With eSports By Inking League Of Legends Deal


Nike sponsors some of the world’s top athletes. It was once rumored that perhaps the company would consider sponsoring esports players as well given the increasing popularity of this genre. That has now turned out to be true as Nike has signed a three-year deal with the League of Legends Pro League in China. It’s a very big competition that has 16 professional teams competing for the prize.

As part of this deal, Nokia will be supplying all of the squads with sneakers and casual clothing. It will eventually provide them with professional jerseys as well. The League of Leg

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LeBron James passes Michael Jordan for 4th on NBA’s career scoring list

LeBron James passes Michael Jordan for 4th on NBA’s career scoring list

  • Lakers forward LeBron James gestures after scoring the basket that moved him past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list on Wednesday night at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots and scores as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. With the basket, James passed Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots and scores as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. With the basket, James passed Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots and scores as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, center, defends and center Nikola Jokic watches during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. With the basket, James surpassed Michael Jordan for fourth on the NBA’s career scoring list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots and scores as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, second from right, defends and center Nikola Jokic, center, watches along with Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. With that basket, James moved past Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA career scoring list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots and scores as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, center, defends and center Nikola Jokic watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. With the basket, James moved past Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA career scoring list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, is congratulated by guard Rajon Rondo during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. With the basket, James moved past Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA career scoring list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gestures after scoring against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. With that basket, James moved past Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA career scoring list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots as Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, right, defends while guard Jamal Murray watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 115-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James goes up for a dunk as Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 115-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James dunks during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 115-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gestures after scoring during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 115-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, center, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, right, defends and forward LeBron James watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 115-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, talks with rapper 2 Chainz after the Lakers’ NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 115-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 115-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terri

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#WashedGOAT: The Most Hilarious Tweets About LeBron Looking Like A Struggly Old Man On The Basketball Court

#WashedGOAT: The Most Hilarious Tweets About LeBron Looking Like A Struggly Old Man On The Basketball Court
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LeBron James Looks Washed

LeBron James is one of, if not the best, basketball player of all time. The GOAT, if you will. However, he’s spent the better part of 2019 looking like an old washed shell of himself. He’s loo

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The Greatest: LeBron James Produced Muhammed Ali Documentary Set To Debut On HBO In May [Video]

The Greatest: LeBron James Produced Muhammed Ali Documentary Set To Debut On HBO In May [Video]
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LeBron James Produced HBO Documentary Will Highlight Ali’s Amazing Career

LeBron James‘ new documentary about the extraordinary life of Muhammad Ali is set to air on HBO in May.

“What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali”, a two-part HBO Sports documentary, examining the life of one of sports most iconic and legendary figures. Lebron James is one of

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One Foot Out The League: LeBron Preparing To A&R Casnova’s Project Next?

One Foot Out The League: LeBron Preparing To A&R Casnova’s Project Next?
Lebron, Casanova

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Lebron James Spotted In Studio With Another Rapper

Fans of the Lakers, we’re sorry. LeBron James‘ head is on music right now. The baller turned A&R for 2 Chainz’ “Rap Or Go To The League” is now in the studio with another artist. NY rapper Casanova was hanging with LBJ in the studio and shared a flick for fans on Instagram. Maybe there’s another collab with LeBron in the works???

Unfortunately, the pic has fans thinking that his mind is off basketball. Right now, the Lakers look like they aren’t going to be a playoff team th

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LeBron James questions Lakers teammates’ lack of focus after loss to Grizzlies

LeBron James questions Lakers teammates’ lack of focus after loss to Grizzlies

With each passing loss, the Los Angeles Lakers drop further out of the playoff picture in the competitive Western Conference, and LeBron James seems to grow more and more frustrated. 

After their disappointing 128-115 loss to the lottery-bound New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night, James questioned his team’s sense of urgency at this point in the season with a potential playoff spot hanging in the balance.  

“How many know what’s at stake if you’ve never been there?” James asked rhetorically of qualifying for the postseason after the game, via ESPN. “I’m playing devil’s advocate, you know? It’s kind of a fine line when you talk about that, because when you’ve never been there or know what it takes to actually shoot for something like that, sometimes you’re afraid to get uncomfortable.

“So you got to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. So I’m not saying that’s what we are as a whole. It kind of looks that way at t

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Walton salutes LeBron ‘greatness’ after eclipsing Jordan’s tally

Walton salutes LeBron ‘greatness’ after eclipsing Jordan’s tally

Luke Walton says LeBron James’ feat of eclipsing Michael Jordan’s NBA points-scoring tally despite being so unselfish “speaks to the greatness to his game”.

James became the fourth-highest scorer in NBA history during a 115-99 defeat for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

The four-time NBA All-Star bettered the legendary Jordan’s mark of 32,292 by pouring in 31 points in the Lakers’ loss at Staples Center.

Lakers head coach Walton saluted forward James on a special night for the 34-year-old.

“I think we should start off by giving credit to what LeBron did tonight individually.” said Walton.

“Becoming the fourth all-time scorer, passing Michael Jordan. To me the most incredible thing about that is what an unselfish player that he is.

“For someone that is always looking to pass first, to score that many points in his career just speaks to the greatness to his game. It was pretty special and cool to be a part of it. Unfortunate that it came in a loss, but a pretty awesome moment.”

The injury-hit Lakers have now lost six of their last seven games to almost certainly miss out on the playoffs and Walton said they may put pri

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Michael Jordan joined in on congratulating LeBron James for passing M.J. on all-time scoring list

Michael Jordan joined in on congratulating LeBron James for passing M.J. on all-time scoring list

LeBron James made history by passing Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list Wednesday. He finished the night with 32,311 points, surpassing Jordan’s 32,292. James is now 1,332 points away from Kobe Bryant, a Laker legend, and 6,076 off from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA record.

Naturally, plenty of people wanted to congratulate James on the record, as the Lakers continue to hunt for the playoffs in the Western Conference.

Among those people? His Airness himself — albeit through a statement.

James himself credited Jordan for a lot of his success after the game.

Magic Johnson also congratulated James on his career.

Some of James’

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As Luka Doncic Turns 20, NBA Marvels at Runaway Rookie of the Year

As Luka Doncic Turns 20, NBA Marvels at Runaway Rookie of the Year
Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic reacts after being called for a foul late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Houston. Houston won 120-104. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

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LOS ANGELES — With Dirk Nowitzki celebrating an unofficial farewell tour in his 21st NBA season, the Dallas Mavericks are starting anew with one of the best young international players in the world.

Luka Doncic was named the NBA’s Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November, December and January. He’s the runaway favorite for Rookie of the Year, too.

“He’s at a high level of no f–ks given when he plays basketball,” Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers said. “It’s fun to watch.”

Doncic, who turns 20 on Thursday, is averaging 20.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists during his first year with the Mavericks.

“He’s really an all-around package on the offensive end, whether it’s the shot, drives, floaters, the passes,” Nowitzki said. “He’s a big guard, he can see over some of those traps [teams are] throwing at him. His basketball IQ is out of this world for 19. … He’ll be fun to watch for Mavs fans for a very long time.”

The Mavericks traded up two spots to acquire the third pick in the draft last June, which allowed them to snag Doncic. The Atlanta Hawks are pleased with Trae Young, who they chose with the Mavericks’ pick at No. 5. The Phoenix Suns took Deandre Ayton with the top pick, and the Sacramento Kings selected Marvin Bagley III at No. 2.

So far, Doncic is the clear standout.

Some debated if Doncic had enough athleticism for the NBA. Even now, one executive has doubts: “It was expected he would perform ahead of his class, given the fact that he did stuff that no other young player had done in the European league…but it’s hard to say he’s going to be an MVP-type player because he’s already so good this young, and athletically, he doesn’t have the upside of many other kids.”

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One of the Mavericks’ assistant coaches isn’t worried about any perceived athleticism gaps.

“[Doncic is] just really good, very fast and able to get that shot up, which is something that people kind of questioned when he came into the league,” he said.

Rivers is a belie

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NBA Draft 2019: Latest Mock Draft with NCAA Tournament Coming Up

NBA Draft 2019: Latest Mock Draft with NCAA Tournament Coming Up
Duke's Zion Williamson (1) smiles after a play against Syracuse during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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College basketball is at the forefront of many sports fans’ minds right now, as March Madness begins on Sunday evening when this year’s NCAA tournament bracket is revealed.

But after April 8, when the Final Four concludes with the national championship game, the season will be over. And many of the top college stars will all have a new goal in mind—the NBA draft.

Although the NBA draft order won’t officially be set for a while—the NBA draft lottery, which decides the order for the first 14 teams, is May 14—it’s fun to look ahead and predict where the top players from the college and international ranks could begin their NBA careers.

The NBA draft will take place on June 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

           

2019 NBA Mock Draft

1. New York Knicks: Zion Williamson, PF, Duke

2. Phoenix Suns: Ja Morant, PG, Murray State

3. Cleveland Cavaliers: RJ Barrett, SG, Duke

4. Chicago Bulls: Cam Reddish, SF, Duke

5. Atlanta Hawks: Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech

6. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas Mavericks): Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas

7. Memphis Grizzlies: Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt

8. Washington Wizards: Keldon Johnson, SG, Kentucky

9. New Orleans Pelicans: De’Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia

10. Charlotte Hornets: Bol Bol, C, Oregon

11. Los Angeles Lakers: Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina

12. Orlando Magic: Romeo Langford, SG, Indiana

13. Minnesota Timberwolves: KZ Okpala, SF, Stanford

14. Boston Celtics (via Sacramento Kings): Rui Hachimura, PF, Gonzaga

15. Miami Heat: Kevin Porter Jr., SG, USC

16. Detroit Pistons: Brandon Clarke, PF/C, Gonzaga

17. Brooklyn Nets: Sekou Doumbouya, SF, France

18. Boston Celtics (via Los Angeles Clippers): Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG, Virginia Tech

19. Utah Jazz: PJ Washington, PF, Kentucky

20. San Antonio Spurs: Grant Williams, PF, Tennessee

21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tre Jones, PG, Duke 

22. Boston Celtics: Coby White, PG, North Carolina

23. Portland Trail Blazers: Luguentz Dort, SG, Arizona State

24. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Houston Rockets): Jontay Porter, C, Missouri

25. Philadelphia 76ers: Eric Paschall, SF, Villanova

26. Indiana Pacers: Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky

27. Brooklyn Nets (via Denver Nuggets)

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Matt Barnes responds to the report that Doc Rivers was told LeBron James doesn’t want to be coached

Matt Barnes responds to the report that Doc Rivers was told LeBron James doesn’t want to be coached

















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NBA, news: LeBron James, Lakers trade; Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson

NBA, news: LeBron James, Lakers trade; Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson

If they can’t build a title contender around him, could the Lakers try to build a title contender without him?

Almost certainly, no. But trading LeBron James is a thought ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy floated Saturday during Los Angeles’ latest loss, its fifth straight, this one at home to Boston, 120-107.

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Year 1 has been Year Lost, the Lakers now 30-36, seven games back of the eight seed and accepting that, somehow, James will not be in the playoffs. LeBron missed extended time and the youth the Lakers have touted have not taken the necessary leaps — and they were not enough to pry Anthony Davis from the Pelicans at the trade deadline.

If the assets Los Angeles has been counting on to turn into superstars do not bloom, where does that leave the team and 34-year-old James, who signed a four-year deal last off-season?

The former Knicks coach believes the Lakers have to at least consider cashing in the best player in basketball instead of wasting him.

“I think in the off-season, they need to rebuild this roster, right?” Van Gundy said. “And to me, it could be a trade for an Anthony Davis, or I think they ne

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LeBron James and 2 Chainz Form a Superteam to Release a New Album

LeBron James and 2 Chainz Form a Superteam to Release a New Album

LeBron James and 2 Chainz linked up to drop a new album. James served as A&R on the rapper’s latest release Rap or Go to the League.

Watch the video above for more about why fans have dubbed King James “A&R Bron.”

        

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Traina Thoughts: Intentional Or Not, ESPN Looks Petty For Editing Bill Simmons Out of His Interview With Adam Silver

Traina Thoughts: Intentional Or Not, ESPN Looks Petty For Editing Bill Simmons Out of His Interview With Adam Silver

ESPN cuts Bill Simmons out of his interview with Adam Silver.

1. Tsk, tsk, tsk, ESPN. Is it really necessary to be this petty? Did you really think you wouldn’t be called out for such nonsense?

It seems the World Wide Leader may still have some issues with former employee Bill Simmons. The man who now runs The Ringer, interviewed NBA commissioner Adam Silver last week at a conference. One particular clip, in which Simmons and Silver discuss NBA players being unhappy and Silver putting the blame on social media, got a lot of pick up across the Internet. 

Even ESPN picked it up Wednesday. However, when the network aired the snippet of video on Get Up, the clip was edited to zoom in so tight on Silver’s face that you didn’t see Simmons at all. It was like Silver was being interviewed by a ghost and it looked completely ridiculous, as you’ll see below.

This piece of chicanery did not get lost on Simmons, who took to Twitter to voice his displeasure.

I reached out to ESPN for a comment, but so far have not heard back.

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Antonio Brown Forced His Way Out of Pittsburgh Like Only a Star Can

Antonio Brown Forced His Way Out of Pittsburgh Like Only a Star Can

The Antonio Brown saga is over. The blond mustache is out of Pittsburgh and heading to Oakland, taking with him his big chest and his $500 say-anything videos while moving much closer to shooting more sitdowns with LeBron James.

Brown will officially be an Oakland Raider on Wednesday at the start of the new league year, and the Steelers get a third- and fifth-round pick in exchange. The wide receiver also gets a restructured contract, increasing it to $79.2 million ($19.8M APY, which is highest among WRs) and $30.125 million in guarantees (a bump from $0 expected this season), as reported by Albert Breer.

Brown has wiggled his way out of Pittsburgh in a move rarely seen in the NFL. Does the star WR present a roadmap for the rest of the NFL? A how-to guide for getting out of what you consider a bad situation and earning your freedom with the team of your choice? Hardly. The rules are different when you’re one of the best in the world at what you do, and Brown is well on his way to enshrinement in Canton.

First, let’s address Brown’s leverage—and debunk the myth that he held none. He is an attention-seeking player and potential locker room cancer who would

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Traina Thoughts: Johnny Manziel Was Kicked Out of the CFL AND Duped By a Fake Twitter Account In Same Day

Traina Thoughts: Johnny Manziel Was Kicked Out of the CFL AND Duped By a Fake Twitter Account In Same Day

After getting banned by the CFL, Johnny Manziel responded to a bizarre Twitter user.

1. As you know by now, Johnny Manziel was released by the Montral Alouettes and banned from the CFL on Wednesday for violating his contract. No other details have emerged yet, but you know they will soon enough. In the meantime, Manziel’s day took another odd turn when he replied to a fake Twitter account run by someone named Dick Tator.

Excuse me. Let me correct that. Manziel replied to someone named Real Dick Tator.

I could see Manziel being upset by a report that wasn’t true, but at least check to see if it was a legitimate report. First warning sign: The guy’s  Twitter name is Real Dick Tator. That shoud’ve put up a red flag. Warning sign No. 2: No blue check mark. Warning sign No. 3: If you did the quickest check of Dick Tator’s tweets, you saw stuff like this:

Now, I’ve always said I love fake sportswriter Twitter accounts because stuff like this ends up happening and it’s highly entertaining. So congrats to Dick Tator, who was very happy with himself and took a victory lap.

2. After seeing Twitter barely able to contain itself with breathless panting over Kyle Murray’s measurements Thursday morning, I threw out this tweet:

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Mark Jackson rips Rajon Rondo for ‘unacceptable’ behavior – Larry Brown Sports

Mark Jackson rips Rajon Rondo for ‘unacceptable’ behavior – Larry Brown Sports
Rajon Rondo bench

Mark Jackson ripped Rajon Rondo for some behavior he deemed “unacceptable” at the end of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

Jackson, an analyst for ESPN, criticized the Lakers guard for where he was sitting. Rondo was sitting in courtside seats — typically a fan area — rather than with his teammates.

“That can’t happen,” Jackson said firmly.

Jackson said the issues the Lakers are experiencing are “across the board,” meaning they are problems with the players and coaches.

Rondo should not be doing that, and the incident is another example of the problems the franchise is experiencing. But the especially sharp criticism

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As LeBron James passes Michael Jordan on all-time NBA points list, the career stats are slanted in the King’s favor

As LeBron James passes Michael Jordan on all-time NBA points list, the career stats are slanted in the King’s favor

LeBron James has added another feather in his cap in terms of the ongoing debate between himself and Michael Jordan.

Entering Wednesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Lakers All-Star needed to score just 13 points to pass Jordan for fourth place on the NBA‘s all-time scoring list.

James accomplished the feat with a left-handed layup in the second quarter of the team’s 115-99 loss to Denver, officially moving past MJ on the all-time list.

Jordan now sits in fifth place with 32,292 points to his credit, while LeBron moves into fourth. Former Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leads the pack with 38,387 points, with Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant rounding out the top three.

James has also dished out his fair share of assists during his 16 NBA seasons. The Lakers star entered Wednesday night with 8,577 assists, which puts him in 10th place on the all-time

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Here’s when LeBron James might pass Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in career NBA points

Here’s when LeBron James might pass Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in career NBA points

LeBron James has topped Michael Jordan. In career points, at least.

While the Los Angeles Lakers continued their downward spiral following their 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, their failed playoff push was overshadowed by James’ tremendous accomplishment in moving past his role model and arguably the GOAT for fourth on the NBA‘s all-time scoring list.

After scoring 31 points in the loss, James finished the night with 32,311 career points — 19 more than Jordan’s 32,292.

Since James has now surpassed Jordan on the all-time scoring list — something that cannot be debated — let’s take a look at when LeBron will surpass his next targets on the NBA’s all-time scoring list — Kobe Bryant at No. 3, Karl Malone at No. 2 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at No. 1.

When will he get there? We took James’ current pace

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‘Space Jam 2’ with LeBron James slated for July 2021 release

‘Space Jam 2’ with LeBron James slated for July 2021 release

After years in development, the second “Space Jam” movie is set to land in United States theaters, July 16, 2021, Warner Bros. has announced. LeBron James replaces Michael Jordan in this latest adventure, although plot details are yet to emerge. Moviegoers ha…
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James won’t play in Lakers’ matchup with Pistons

James won’t play in Lakers’ matchup with Pistons

DETROIT (AP) — LeBron James will miss Friday night’s game for the Los Angeles Lakers at Detroit.

The Lakers, who have fallen well off the pace in the Western Conference playoff race, have been managing Jam

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Watch: LeBron James had back to Luke Walton during timeout – Yardbarker

Watch: LeBron James had back to Luke Walton during timeout – Yardbarker
LeBron James Luke Walton

A video of LeBron James seemingly ignoring Luke Walton during a timeout in a recent game will do nothing to change the perception that the Los Angeles Lakers star is not a fan of his head coach.

The Lakers have lost four of their last five games, beginning with a defeat at New Orleans last week. During a timeout in the first quarter of the Lakers’ loss to the Pelicans, Walton was talking to his team in a huddle, while James stood away with his back to the coach.

That clip does not show the entire timeout

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2 Chainz & LeBron Unpack “Rap Or Go To The League:” Kanye’s Missing Verse & More

2 Chainz & LeBron Unpack “Rap Or Go To The League:” Kanye’s Missing Verse & More

2 Chainz and LeBron James chop it up for Apple Music.

2 Chainz sat down with LeBron James, who as you might know, played an A&R role on Rap Or Go To The League, for one-on-one interview segment they pitched to Apple Music – they’ve pegged it: “2 Chainz and LeBron James: Rap or Go to the League Interview” for short… but in reality it’s far more engrossing than the title would suggest.

LeBron and 2 Chainz literally go par for par in unpacking each song on the album, listing their favorites, by which a fair amount of anecdotal information has come to light, including this: Kanye West was meant to record a verse on “Momma I Hit A Lic

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LeBron, Lakers officially out of playoffs: A look at what’s happened in the NBA since James last missed postseason

LeBron, Lakers officially out of playoffs: A look at what’s happened in the NBA since James last missed postseason

The Los Angeles Lakers were officially eliminated from playoff contention following a 111-106 loss at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. This will mark the first time LeBron James has failed to qualify for the postseason since 2004-05 — his second season as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Not only does James’ 13-year playoff streak come to an end, so too does his unreal run of eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances.   

There’s certainly been quite a few marquee moments that have occurred around the NBA since LeBron last missed the playoffs 14 years ago. To illustrate just how long it’s been since The King has watched the playoffs as a spectator, we take a look back and see what was happening in the NBA at the time LeBron missed the cut, along with what’s occurred since around the league. We also examine LeBron’s career and how it skyrocketed from that point on. 

When LeBron last missed the playoffs …

Allen Iverson was the league scoring champ. 

A.I. was still dominating the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2004-05 season, and even won the NBA scoring title. During that spectacular season, the 11-time All-Star guard averaged 30.7 points.

Current Lakers coach Luke Walton was playing his second season for the Purple and Gold. 

LeBron’s current head coach started his professional career as a member of the Lakers roster after being the 32nd overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. While Walton only saw limited minutes during the 2004-05 campaign, he appeared in 61 games and made five starts that season for Los Angeles.

Shaq ended his long run with the Lakers. 

L.A. formed a dynasty during Shaquille O’Neal’s tenure with the franchise, but issues between himself and Kobe Bryant eventually led to the front office making a tough decision and breaking up their core. They ended up sending Shaq to the Miami Heat, where he would ultimately help them win their first championship, in exchange for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Brian Grant and a future first-round pick.

Reggie Miller played his final season in the NBA. 

After 1,389 regular-season appearances for the Indiana Pacers, Reggie Miller decided to call it quits following the 2004-05 season. However, he was still quite effective despite being 39 years old at the time, averaging 14.8 points per game during his final season as a professional.

The Seattle SuperSonics made the playoffs for the final time. 

With a record of 52-30, the SuperSonics made the postseason for the final time before the franchise relocated to Okhaloma City a few years later. Led by Ray

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Kyrie Irving on LeBron James, Lakers’ playoff hopes fading away: ‘I feel for him’

Kyrie Irving on LeBron James, Lakers’ playoff hopes fading away: ‘I feel for him’

Any time the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers face each other on the court there’s going to be interest, but it’s only magnified now that former Cleveland Cavaliers teammates Kyrie Irving and LeBron James have entered the rivalry. 

The two stars each had strong games on Saturday night when the Celtics scored their latest victory in the matchup, winning 120-107. Irving finished with 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while LeBron recorded a triple-double with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. And afterwards they embraced, sharing a brief chat on the floor.

Unsurprisingly, that connection continued in the locker room postgame. Irving was asked about LeBron and his situation with the Lakers right now, which is not going so well at the moment. Irving offered praise for LeBro

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Is Giannis Antetokounmpo on Pace with LeBron James at 24?

Is Giannis Antetokounmpo on Pace with LeBron James at 24?
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With his elongated strides, elastic limbs and ferocious athleticism, Giannis Antetokounmpo has turned the NBA into his personal plaything during the 2018-19 season. He’s erased any questions about his superstardom, replacing them with inquiries about his MVP chances and ability to carry the Milwaukee Bucks to an NBA title. 

Antetokounmpo isn’t universally considered the best player in the league (see: Harden, James) or a clear MVP frontrunner. Though Basketball Reference’s NBA MVP Award Tracker, which is based purely upon historical precedent, does give him a 55.1 percent chance at the league’s top individual honor. 

But the Greek Freak is doing all this having just turned 24. Bigger questions than MVP debates await Antetokounmpo.

The modern stars use Michael Jordan as the gold standard—a ghost some future Hall of Famers are still chasing. But LeBron James is the new barometer for those who grew up decades later and watched the four-time MVP torment foes for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers. He’s 2019’s gold standard. 

To be clear, we’re not saying Antetokounmpo is already a G.O.A.T. candidate. We’ll give that debate a decade or so to simmer. 

But everyone has to start somewhere, and keeping pace with The King is a tremendous achievement in and of itself. Looking at their full careers up to the end of their sixth seasons tells us Giannis at 24 vs. LeBron at 24 is a photo finish. 

             

Level of Play Through Age-24 Seasons: It Ain’t Close

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These days, as the basketball-watching world collectively wonders whether James’ incomprehensible streak of eight consecutive Finals appearances will end with a lottery-bound whimper during his first season in Purple and Gold, remembering just the early portion of his career is rather difficult.

Sure, we can recall that he won the 2007-08 scoring title by averaging 30 points per game, or that he made the first All-Star appearance of his career as a sophomore. We can’t forget him dragging the ’07 Cavaliers into a Finals clash with the San Antonio Spurs, who thoroughly trounced an overmatched squad featuring Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Sasha Pavlovic, Eric Snow and Anderson Varejao as the leading members of James’ supporting cast. Memories of his chase-down blocks will live on in perpetuity. 

But separating the full picture from those early-career heroics remains difficult. Though he still racked up plenty of statistics and accolades, he wasn’t nearly as accomplished as he is today. He only had that lone Finals appearance by the time he wrapped up his age-24 season with a loss to the Orlando Magic in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals—a bitter end to a campaign that earned him the first of his four MVP trophies.

Rather than relying on our faulty long-term recollection, let’s instead look at the hard evidence. James’ resume through his first six professional go-rounds stands as follows: 

  • Averaged 27.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.9 blocks with a 55.5 true shooting percentage
  • Earned 84.8 win shares (0.213 per 48 minutes) with an 8.5 box plus/minus, 50.7 value over replacement player and 2,939.62 total points added
  • Five-time All-Star, one-time scoring champion, two-time second-team All-NBA, three-time first-team All-NBA, one-time first-team All-Defensive, one-time MVP (2.091 MVP Award Shares)

That’s just about unimpeachable.

It may already have been enough to get him some Hall of Fame consideration, considering those years alone would’ve placed him at No. 128 on the win-share leaderboard (which now excludes his present-day number), No. 33 in lifetime TPA and No. 23 in career MVP Award Shares, sandwiched directly between Steve Nash (2.429) and Stephen Curry (2.033). Of course, that’s saying nothing of the Herculean efforts required to drag Cleveland into the ’07 Finals as well as other subjective factors that positively color his legacy.  

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At least for the time being, these factors should push him into rarified air that Antetokounmpo can’t come close to reaching. The Greek Freak’s impressive resume, as seen below, might push him into the stratosphere relative to the vast majority of NBA standouts, but that just means James is occupying exospheric territory:

  • Averaged 18.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks with a 58.8 true shooting percentage
  • Earned 49.9 win shares (0.163 per 48 minutes) with a 4.2 box plus/minus, 23.1 value over replacement player and 1,262.08 total points added
  • Three-time All-Star, two-time second-team All-NBA, one-time second-team All-Defensive, zero-time MVP (0.081 MVP Award Shares)

There simply isn’t a case for Antetokounmpo here, despite the versatile frontcourt star submitting a combination of statistics and achievements 99 percent of players couldn’t earn in their wildest dreams. His work through six NBA seasons just isn’t the same, dragged down by a slow start and the adjustments necessary to perform at basketball’s highest level.

He’s a lock to drastically lift his MVP Award Shares tally, regardless of whether he staves off Harden and

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LeBron James Dominant as Lakers Cruise Past Lauri Markkanen, Bulls

LeBron James Dominant as Lakers Cruise Past Lauri Markkanen, Bulls
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LeBron James had 36 points and 10 rebounds and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 24 points off the bench as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Chicago Bulls 123-107 on Tuesday at the United Center in Chicago.

Robin Lopez scored 20 points for the 19-50 Bulls, who have now lost five of their last six games. Lauri Markkanen added 11 points.

The 31-36 Lakers broke a five-game losing skid.

    

Bulls Defensive Deficiencies Prove Why They Must Draft Talented Stopper

The shorthanded Lakers, who are without their starting backcourt in point guard Lonzo Ball and wing Brandon Ingram for the remainder of the season, scored 82 combined points in the second and third quarters. For context, the Lakers scored 3.4 points per minute during that span.

Chicago’s shorthanded itself with shooting guard Zach LaVine recovering from a knee strain, but the bottom fell out on a Bulls defense ranked No. 25 in defensive efficiency, per ESPN.com. A team can get away with being a bottom-third defensive unit if, say, it has an elite offense led by an MVP candidate, like James Harden and the Houston Rockets. But the Bulls average the third-fewest points in the NBA.

Chicago needs help on both ends and should focus on finding someone who can excel offensively and defensively. The obvious answer is Duke forward Zion Williamson, but unless the Bulls get some pingpong-ball help, that isn’t happening.

But Chicago does own the league’s fourth-worst record, so the Bulls’ worst-case scenario is the No. 7 pick right now. Most likely, they’ll be in the neighborhood of No. 4.

Luckily, that gives the Bulls some excellent two-way options, and Duke forward Cam Reddish should be first on the list if he falls out of the top three.

He hasn’t encountered as many issues defensively, amassing 1.8 steals per game. Reddish has also received much praise for his work there.

The Stepien wrote that Reddish had “All-NBA defensive potential” and that

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James scores 36, Lakers end 5-game skid by beating Bulls

James scores 36, Lakers end 5-game skid by beating Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James had 36 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 123-107 on Tuesday night and end a five-game losing streak.

James played 33 minutes and showed no signs of letting up with the Lakers barely hanging on in the playoff race. He took over after the Lakers’ 14-point lead was cut to four with 8:38 left, making a jumper and then on the next possession going through the lane for a thunderous dunk.

James didn’t stop there, hitting a 3-pointer over 7-footer Robin Lopez and capping it off when Josh Hart passed the ball off the backboard to James, who finished with a reverse dunk to put the Lakers up 115-101 with 5 minutes remaining.

Kyle Kuzma added 21 points after missing two games with an ankle injury. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 24 points off the bench for the Lakers, who outscored the Bulls 43-24 in the third quarter.

Lopez had 20 points and seven rebounds, and Otto Porter Jr. finished with 19 for the Bulls.

BUCKS 130, PELICANS 113

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points and Milwaukee used a 45-point third quarter to pull away from New Orleans.

Khris Middleton had 23 points, Malcolm Brogdon added 18, and Eric Bledsoe and former Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic each scored 14 for the Bucks. Brook Lopez finished with 13.

Elfrid Payton had his second co

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DirtySixer Makes NBA Star LeBron James a Custom 36″-Wheeled Mountain Bike

DirtySixer Makes NBA Star LeBron James a Custom 36″-Wheeled Mountain Bike

PRESS RELEASE: Dirty Sixer Bikes

With most sizing charts topping out before 200cm, what do you do if you’re simply too tall for bikes? Well, the answer to that probably comes in the form of DirtySixer and our 36-inch-wheeled bikes.

The model pictured above was made for LeBron James, the 203cm (6’8″) tall LA Lakers basketball player, but we have also made bikes for Shaquille O’Neal and Mark Eaton. The 36-inch wheel is a well-established standard in unicycling (as is the 32″ that DirtySixer also offers) and it has been adapted by DirtySixer to form the basis of our US designed, engine


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Chris D’Elia Could Be Influencing LeBron

Chris D’Elia Could Be Influencing LeBron

Chris D’Elia is best known for his stand-up comedy, but he might be the biggest fashion influencer not getting his due.

In the latest episode of Sneaker Shopping, D’Elia links up with Joe La Puma and makes mention of the time he rocked the same outfit as

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LeBron James frustrated as late turnovers cost Los Angeles Lakers in loss to Milwaukee Bucks

LeBron James frustrated as late turnovers cost Los Angeles Lakers in loss to Milwaukee Bucks

LeBron James showed visible frustration as the visiting Milwaukee Bucks scored 15 of the game’s final 17 points to post a 131-120 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Game leaders

Milwaukee Bucks

  • Points: Eric Bledsoe – 31
  • Assists: Antetokounmpo/Middleton – 6
  • Rebounds: Antetokounmpo – 15

 

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Points: James/Ingram – 31
  • Assists: LeBron James – 10
  • Rebounds: Rondo/Ingram – 8

Eric Bledsoe converted a three-point play with 2:25 remaining to give Milwaukee the lead for good. The win allowed Milwaukee to become the first NBA team to clinch a playoff berth this season.

Eric Bledsoe powers his way to the hoop against the Lakers

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Eric Bledsoe powers his way to the hoop against the Lakers

Bledsoe finished with 31 points, and Giannis Antetokounmpo chipped in with 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks, who won their seventh straight.

LeBron had 31 points and 10 assists for the Lakers, who have followed each of their past six wins with a loss.

In a fourth quarter that featured seven lead changes and six ties, James gave the Lakers their last lead at 118-116 by sinking a three-pointer with 3:11 left. The Bucks dominated the rest of the game.

After Bledsoe’s th

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LeBron James set to make history as Los Angeles Lakers host Denver Nuggets

LeBron James set to make history as Los Angeles Lakers host Denver Nuggets

LeBron James could move past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA all-time scoring list when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Denver Nuggets.


Live NBA: Denver @ LA Lakers

The Lakers welcome the No 2-seeded Denver Nuggets to Staples Center hoping to revive their fading playoff hopes.

The Nuggets (42-21) have been struggling recently, having dropped three in a row. Luckily for them, however, their closest Western Conference rivals have also been struggling – Golden State are 3-4 since the All-Star break and the Oklahoma City Thunder have lost three out of their last four outings. That has allowed Denver to maintain second place in the West and remain just two games out of first place.

The Nuggets most recent loss came by just one point against the Spurs in San Antonio, despite Denver knocking down 17 three-pointers. Nikola Jokic, per usual, delivered an impressive double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Jamal Murray supplied 25 points.

NIkola Jokic and Jamal Murray celebrate against Portland

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NIkola Jokic and Jamal Murray celebrate against Portland

Trey Lyles (left hamstring strain) and Michael Porter Jr (low back surgery) are out. Tyler Lydon and Brandon Goodwin are on G League assignment.

Meanwhile, the Lakers (30-34) are simply hoping to be in the postseason at all. They have lost five of their last seven games, including three straight losses.

Most recently, the Lakers took a crosstown loss to the Clippers on Monday night. The defeat came despite a triple-double from veteran point guard Rajon Rondo and 27 points from LeBron James.

The team’s lack of shooting remains a major issue, as the Lakers are just 28th in the league in three-point percentage and hold the seventh-lowest offensive rating in the league.

The Lakers currently sit six games out of eighth place in the West and will face an uphill battle to force their way back into the Western Conference playoff picture.

Brandon Ingram (right shoulder soreness), Lance Stephenson (left foot, second toe sprain) and Tyson Chandler (neck stiffness) are questionable. Kyle Kuzma (right ankle sprain) and Lonzo Ball (left ankle sprain) are out.

Key battle: LeBron James vs Michael Jordan!

LeBron James scores at the rim against the Memphis Grizzlies

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James scores at the rim against the Memphis Grizzlies

If he scores 13 points against the Nuggets, James will succeed Jordan as the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history.

While the campaign has been disappointing for James in terms of team success, he has enjoyed a history-making season in individual terms. Earlier in the season, he passed Dirk Nowitzki and Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time scoring list and recently became the only player in NBA history to rank among the top 10 in both scoring and assists.

Passing the legendary Jordan will be a moment to savour for James.

Last time out



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Highlights of the Denver Nuggets’ 104-103 loss to the San Antonio Spurs


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Highlights of the Los Angeles Clippers’ 113-105 win over the Lakers

Numbers game

Nikola Jokic scores with a lay-up against Oklahoma City Thunder

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Jokic scores with a lay-up against Oklahoma City Thunder

474 – That’s the total number of assists Nikola Jokic has supplied for his team-mates this season. It’s an average of 7.6 per game, a figure almost unheard of for a center or forward/center. He is simply the best passing big man in the modern game.

In fac

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Like Mike: LeBron Overwhelmed After Passing Jordan, His Hero

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the very first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike. James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron’s competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew …
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Jay Williams Says Lakers Should Shut Down LeBron James

Jay Williams Says Lakers Should Shut Down LeBron James

The 2018–19 Los Angeles Lakers are an absolute disaster, and things don’t appear to be getting turned around any time soon.

The current edition of purple and gold appears to be fundamentally broken. So, one ESPN Analyst opined that team executive Magic Johnson should simply just punt on the season and try to regroup for next year. Jay Williams said on Monday’s “Get Up!” that Johnson should shut the superstar down. (RELATED: LeBron James Throws Ball Off The Back Of The Backboard)

“Magic Johnson needs to shut LeBron James down,” Williams said.

Williams said that while LeBron’s competitive nature will make the decision harder, keeping the 34-year-old fresh for future championship runs should be the franchise’s pri

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“Space Jam 2” release date revealed

“Space Jam 2” release date revealed

It’s been more than 20 years since Michael Jordan teamed up with Bugs Bunny to play a high-stakes basketball game against aliens in “Space Jam.” And in two years, LeBron James will find himself in a similar situation next to Bugs. “Space Jam 2” will premiere on July 16, 2021, James’ production company, SpringHill Entertainment, announced on Twitter. James will take the lead role in the franchise made famous by Michael Jordan.

Millennials who grew up loving the half cartoon, half live-action film rejoiced at the news. Sports reporter Rob Perez pointed out that the premiere date, July 16, may have been chosen to pay homage to both the original “Space Jam” star and the new one: Adding the 16th day of the 7th month equals 23, which is Jordan’s — and LeBron’s — number.

Not only did Jordan star alongside Warner Brothers cartoon characters in the 1996 film, but fellow basketball stars joined him on screen. Larry Bird and Charles Barkley had roles in the original “Space Jam,” and fans are now guessing which current players might join James in the sequel. 

The premiere date also has many fans wondering what the following NBA season might look like. “LeBron James has a player option decision due 15 days before this debuts,” a fan tweeted; “hold on a second WHAT IF LEBRON IS GOING TO ANNOUNCE HIS DECISION IN SPACE JAM 2,” he suggested in another tweet.

While this is just one fan’s speculation, several others commented on the timing of the premiere date release.

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Antonio Brown appears on LeBron James’ HBO show – 247Sports

Antonio Brown appears on LeBron James’ HBO show – 247Sports

Antonio Brown offered his side of the story as opposed to what happened at the end of the 2018 season during his appearance on LeBron James’ HBO show, The Shop. Brown, who asked for his release from the Steelers earlier this offseason, was asked what happened that led to him being inactive during Pittsburgh’s season-finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Brown also continued his criticism of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger while reiterating his claims that Big Ben has an “owner’s mentally”. Brown also admitted to taking issue to Big Ben’s criticism of Brown’s route running on Roethlisberger’s game-ending interception in Pittsburgh’s Week 12 loss to the Broncos.

“Bro, you threw the [crap] to the D-lineman! What the [expletive]? I’m over here wide open,” Brown said, via Jacob Klinger of PennLive.com. “You need to give me a better ball. But it’s like in the league, you’re going to have a guy from the team that’ll be like, boy, you can’t say nothing. I need you to get out there like, but it’s like why I got to be acting? At least ask a … ask a [expletive] how he feels first. Right or wrong. Right?

“Then if it don’t matter how I feel, then [expletive] it then, why am I here, you know what I’m saying?”

Brown’s appearance on LeBron’s show was similar to the interview that Brown gave to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington earlier in the week that will air Saturday morning on ESPN. 

While Brown continues to offer his side of the story, the Steelers are actively trying to find his replacement. Pittsburgh spoke to severa

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With LeBron James set to pass Michael Jordan in points, the career stats are slanted in the King’s favor

With LeBron James set to pass Michael Jordan in points, the career stats are slanted in the King’s favor

LeBron James has added another feather in his cap in terms of the ongoing debate between himself and Michael Jordan.

Entering Wednesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Lakers All-Star needed to score just 13 points to pass Jordan for fourth place on the NBA‘s all-time scoring list.

James accomplished the feat with a left-handed layup in the second quarter of the team’s 115-99 loss to Denver, officially moving past MJ on the all-time list.

Jordan now sits in fifth place with 32,292 points to his credit, while LeBron moves into fourth. Former Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leads the pack with 38,387 points, with Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant rounding out the top three.

James has also dished out his fair share of assists during his 16 NBA seasons. The Lakers star entered Wednesday night with 8,577 assists, which puts him in 10th place on the all-time

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Lakers’ LeBron James set to pass Michael Jordan on NBA’s all-time scoring list

Lakers’ LeBron James set to pass Michael Jordan on NBA’s all-time scoring list

LeBron James has added another feather in his cap in terms of the ongoing debate between himself and Michael Jordan.

Entering Wednesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Lakers All-Star needed to score just 13 points to pass Jordan for fourth place on the NBA‘s all-time scoring list.

James accomplished the feat with a left-handed layup in the second quarter of the team’s 115-99 loss to Denver, officially moving past MJ on the all-time list.

Jordan now sits in fifth place with 32,292 points to his credit, while LeBron moves into fourth. Former Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leads the pack with 38,387 points, with Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant rounding out the top three.

James has also dished out his fair share of assists during his 16 NBA seasons. The Lakers star entered Wednesday night with 8,577 assists, which puts him in 10th place on the all-time

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Raja Bell says Tyronn Lue should be the Lakers coach to start the 2019-20 season

Raja Bell says Tyronn Lue should be the Lakers coach to start the 2019-20 season

With rumors swirling that Luke Walton will likely be fired by the Los Angeles Lakers after the season, it’s could soon be time for the Purple and Gold to look toward the future and their next head coach.

Following the team’s 113-105 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, their fifth loss in their past six games, the Lakers dropped to 30-34. More importantly, the Lakers fell 5.5 games behind the eighth-seeded San Antonio Spurs, as their playoff hopes dropped to just one percent, according to Basketball-Reference.

With Walton likely out after the season, CBS Sports’ Raja Bell believes the Lakers’ next head coach should be none other than Tyronn Lue. Lue had coached the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2016 until the beginning of the 2018-19 season and led LeBron James and the Cavaliers to the NBA title in 2015-16 after taking over for David Blatt as head coach midway through the season.

Bell’s argument for why Lue would fit in as the Lakers’ head coach has purely to do with his previous experience coaching LeBron.

“There’s only one candidate in my opinion and it’s Ty Lue. You can make an argument that any of those other guys are as good, or if not better, coaches than Ty Lue. But there’s only one guy that’s got LeBron experience and there’s something to be said for bringing

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Lakers’ Kuzma (ankle) won’t play against Nuggets

Lakers’ Kuzma (ankle) won’t play against Nuggets

An MRI on Kyle Kuzma’s sprained right ankle Tuesday revealed no structural damage, but the Lakers forward could miss up to a week, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

That means Kuzma is definitely out for Wednesday’s home game against the Denver Nuggets (8 ET, ESPN) because of the sprain he suffered in Monday’s loss to the LA Clippers.

 

Kyle Kuzma suffered a sprained right ankle in Monday’s loss to the LA Clippers.

 

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The New Rules of Wearing All White

The New Rules of Wearing All White

There’s something invincible-feeling about head-to-toe white. Whether it’s that you look like an angel descending from heaven, Justin Theroux in The Leftovers, or a painter with a dope studio is anyone’s guess, but the energy is powerful. Here are two ways we’ve been seeing stylish guys wear it recently that we dig. There’s nothing technically wrong with wearing your white jeans and T-shirts with nothing but a pair of Vans or Chelsea boots, but these moves will take what is already a great flex into style-god territory. Not to mention the fact that they’re supremely fun, too. Remember: the only wrong way to wear it is to be precious about it.

Color Up

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In 2019, wearing white jeans and a white T-shirt isn’t enough. We are living in a time when men wear gowns to the Oscars. The good news is, you don’t have to move mountains to take the uniform from Prince William (good) to LeBron James (GOAT). What he did, what Kanye West has been doing, along with an entire congreg

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Column: Lakers give up on first season with LeBron

Column: Lakers give up on first season with LeBron

Thanks to injuries, trade rumors and just flat-out bad roster construction, the 2018-19 Lakers are jumping train on their derailed first season with LeBron James.

This is to the surprise of most of the league and its fans, who pegged the Lakers as a lock for the playoffs. Vegas set the Lakers’ win total before the season started at 48.5 wins, and a lot of people were clamoring to bet that over. Now in the second week of March, the Lakers find themselves at 30-36 and are the No. 11 team in the Western Conference.

Lonzo Ball, who has been out since mid-January with an ankle injury, has been shut down for the rest of the season. Brandon Ingram has sustained

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A First Look at the Nike LeBron 16 Low Black/White

A First Look at the Nike LeBron 16 Low Black/White

Although the Nike LeBron 16 isn’t the highest cut James signature silhouette we’ve seen, a low variation was always going to happen.

The very first inline pair is set to release later this week.

Nike LeBron 16 Low Black/White
Nike LeBron 16 Low Black/White

Revealed by Sneakersnstuff and scheduled to drop this Friday, March 15, this simplistic black and white colorway is most noticeably felt through its tan suede heel decoration with James’ crown logo at its center.

There are red and pink insoles that call out James’ name while his penmanship marks the tongue. Though rather simple in nature, this is just the first of many 16 Lows and one that will likely play best on-court.

Nike LeBron 16 Low Black/White
Nike LeBron 16 Low Black/White

Take a first look at the Nike LeBron 16 Low Black/White and pick up a pair this weekend.

Nike L

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Knicks block LeBron at the finish, rally to beat Lakers

Knicks block LeBron at the finish, rally to beat Lakers

NEW YORK (AP) — Mario Hezonja blocked LeBron James’ potential game-winning shot with 2.3 seconds to play, allowing the New York Knicks to complete a late rally and beat the Los Angeles Lakers 124-123 on Sunday.

The Lakers led by 11 with under 3 ½ minutes to play before the Knicks charged back largely because of their defense against James. DeAndre Jordan also blocked one of his shots in the final minute, and James also missed a jumper with the Lakers clinging to a one-point lead.

James finished with 33 points, eight assists and six rebounds in his return after sitting out a game, but the Knicks spoiled it with a closing 13-1 burst.

Emmanuel Mudiay had 28 points and eight assists for the Knicks, who snapped an eight-game losing streak. His two free throws with 22 seconds remaining were the final points of the game.

Kyle Kuzma added 18 points for the Lakers, who have lost three straight and eight of nine.

James sat out Friday in De

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AD talks trade saga with LeBron on HBO show

AD talks trade saga with LeBron on HBO show

Marcus Smart was ejected in the Boston Celtics’ Wednesday night loss to the Philadelphia 76ers after he angrily shoved the Sixers’ star center, Joel Embiid, in the back.

On Friday, Smart addressed the incident during the team’s media availability in Charlotte — and he wasn’t exactly apologetic.

“I thought it was just really obvious that it was an illegal screen that should’ve been called and I thought it should’ve been cleaned up,” Smart told reporters. “You know, if you called that screen or you make the right call, you just don’t let an offensive player do what he wanted. Allow the defender to protect himself and protect his space as well. None of that ever happened.

“So, with the illegal elbow, I don’t know if you guys watched this but you can even see Joel le

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‘Space Jam 2’ Scheduled To Be Released July 16, 2021

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The Nike LeBron 16 Low “Black And Tan” Releases This Week

The Nike LeBron 16 Low “Black And Tan” Releases This Week

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For the first time in 14 consecutive seasons, it is looking like LeBron James will not be playing post-season basketball. His Lakers currently sit in the eleventh slot of the packed Western Conference and are losers of five straight games. While the King’s season might be ending on April 9th, the Swoosh will continue to put out clean new colorways of his successful signture sneaker line including this brand new “Black And Tan” version of the LeBron 16 Low. Composed primarily of a black Battleknit upper, this premium take of the 16 Low ushers in a regal touch of tan suede on its heel with a debossed crown graphi

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Matt Barnes breaks down Lakers dysfunction, talks Warriors’ focus & Jayson Tatum | NBA | THE HERD – The Herd with Colin Cowherd

Matt Barnes breaks down Lakers dysfunction, talks Warriors’ focus & Jayson Tatum | NBA | THE HERD – The Herd with Colin Cowherd

Matt Barnes joins Colin Cowherd in studio to discuss a variety of NBA topics. Barnes points to LeBron James and Magic Johnson for the Los Angeles Lakers confusion with the young players, he also explains why the Golden State Warriors focus and approach is different than every team, and his appreciation for Jayson Tatum.

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The Best Rappers in the World Are Babies

The Best Rappers in the World Are Babies

Babies are rap’s hottest trend. There’s Lil Baby, DaBaby, Sada Baby, SahBabii, Bhad Bhabie, Bali Baby, BBG Baby Joe, Yung Baby Tate and, of course, Bryan “Baby” Williams — the most powerful baby of them all. Each Baby has their strengths and weaknesses but, right now, it’s Lil Baby that stands out as the best baby, and one of the best rappers out right now.

Quality Control Music, the Atlanta powerhouse label, has tapped Lil Baby as its heir apparent, and he’s already exceeded expectations, rivaling labelmates like Migos and surpassing ones like Lil Yachty in his short rise. He’s held his own on songs with Drake, Young Thug and Lil Uzi Vert, a trifecta of feature killers. Last year, he released three projects, ranging in quality from the superb Harder Than Ever to the uneven, but star-making collaborative project with Gunna, Drip Harder. The leap Lil Baby has taken from his 2017 breakout hit “My Dawg” is a fascinating one, because he was mostly clueless about the fundamentals of rapping just over a year ago.

“The basics, he [Gunna] helped me a whole lot,” Lil Baby told Rolling Stone in October. “When I say basics, I mean the real deal — how to record, you gotta go back and do your ad-libs. The simplest thing: how to save a song and send it to my phone.”

Lil Baby is the result of over 15 years of Atla

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2 Chainz travels through time in his “Money In The Way” video

2 Chainz travels through time in his “Money In The Way” video

2 Chainz charts over 50 years of history through one elevator in his “Money In The Way” video. The clip, which you can see above, captures the lives of those living in an apartment block and takes in everything from a 1965 civil ri

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Monday’s Hot Clicks: Selection Committee Makes North Carolina Central Coach’s Nightmare a Reality

Monday’s Hot Clicks: Selection Committee Makes North Carolina Central Coach’s Nightmare a Reality

LeVelle Moton said he didn’t want to play Duke. Guess how the bracket turned out. 

Good luck with that

North Carolina Central head coach LeVelle Moton has turned his alma mater into a perennial power in the MEAC, leading the Eagles to their third straight NCAA tournament this year. Moton is realistic about his team’s status on the national level, though, and he’s not going to lie about his team’s chances against the best teams in the country. In an interview Saturday on Raleigh’s WRAL, Moton specificially said he wanted no part of Duke. 

“Zion [Williamson]? That’s like me playing with my six-year-old son in his bedroom,” Moton said. 

And when the brackets came out on Sunday, where did the Eagles land? In the First Four against North Dakota State. If they win, they’ll face Duke on Friday.

That was pretty much unavoidable, though. NCCU is easily the worst team in the tournament field this year. The committee ranked it dead last in the field of 68. Duke got the No. 1 overall seed after winning the ACC tournament, so the committee gave the Blue Devils the winner of the play-in game between the two worst teams in the field. 

At least now Moton may get to see Zion up close and see how apt his comparison to his six-year-old is.

It’s been that kind of season for LeBron

How many times have we seen LeBron James with the ball in his hands in the closing seconds, his team trailing by one score? How many times have we seen him get stopped by Mario Hezonja?

That’s basically how this Lakers season has gone, and LeBron is so obviously fed up with it all. His apparent disinterest caught the eye of Knicks broadcaster Clyde Frazier, who made a pretty good point. 

Cincinnati welcomed MLS in grand fashion

MLS expansion club FC Cincinnati had its first home match last night and saw a sold-out crowd set a new club attendance record (brea

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LeBron James Appears To Bounces Ball Into TV Broadcast On Purpose

LeBron James Appears To Bounces Ball Into TV Broadcast On Purpose

LeBron James has once again appeared to do something incredibly stupid.

Barstool Sports shared a video Monday afternoon on Twitter that appears to show the three-time NBA champion screwing with a TV broadcast.

While warming up for the the Lakers game against the Grizzlies last week, LeBron appears to bounce a ball directly into the TV broadcast on purpose. (RELATED: Los Angeles Lakers Have Less Than 1 Percent Chance Of Making The Playoffs)

Give it a watch for yourself, and decide what you think.

I’m not in the CIA, but I’m pretty confident that ball didn’t fly into the broadcast by accident. Again, I’ve got no formal investigation training, but we all know the video never lies.

Once again, it just appears like LeBron can’t help himself from causing problems lately. He walked off the court in one game, thre

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Lakers News: LeBron James Passes Kobe Bryant on NBA All-Time Made FG List

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Angels”,”url”:”/los-angeles-angels”,”id”:”los-angeles-angels”},”oakland-athletics”:{“title”:”Oakland”,”url”:”/oakland-athletics”,”id”:”oakland-athletics”},”seattle-mariners”:{“title”:”Seattle”,”url”:”/seattle-mariners”,”id”:”seattle-mariners”},”texas-rangers”:{“title”:”Texas”,”url”:”/texas-rangers”,”id”:”texas-rangers”},”nl-east”:{“title”:”NL East”,”id”:”nl-east”,”subLists”:[“atlanta-braves”,”miami-marlins”,”new-york-mets”,”philadelphia-phillies”,”washington-nationals”]},”atlanta-braves”:{“title”:”Atlanta”,”url”:”/atlanta-braves”,”id”:”atlanta-braves”},”miami-marlins”:{“title”:”M

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The Nike LeBron 16 Low “Safari” Has Roots In 2003

The Nike LeBron 16 Low “Safari” Has Roots In 2003

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Set to release as part of the Nike LeBron 16‘s #LeBronWatch campaign, the “Safari”-colored version of the LeBron 16 Low has a lot more to do with the year 2003 than you might expect. Mimicking the revered atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Safari” from that year, the time-tested aesthetic has gone on to adorn a plethora of silhouettes in its stead, and 16 years later it makes perfect sense to revive the animalistic vibes on the king’s 16th signature model. Furthermore, 2003 is the year that the Cleveland Cavaliers selected James number one overall, kickstarting his rise to fame and glory so close to his hometown of

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Ex-NBA Coach Thinks Lakers Must Be Open To Do The Unthinkable On LeBron James

Ex-NBA Coach Thinks Lakers Must Be Open To Do The Unthinkable On LeBron James

ESPN NBA TV analyst Jeff Van Gundy was in prime form on Saturday, saying the Los Angeles Lakers should consider trading superstar small forward LeBron James this summer if they can get a grand haul for the four-time MVP.

LeBron’s first year with the Lakers has been a disaster. When he suffered a groin injury against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas, Los Angeles has been in a downward spiral ever since.

Jeff Van Gundy says LA needs a roster turnover this summer and thinks LeBron James should be moved if it can free up space for guys like Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard, who both become unrestricted free agents this offseason.

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LeBron James appreciates rise of Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo in NBA – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

LeBron James appreciates rise of Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo in NBA – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

In the moments after the conclusion of the All-Star Game, the two teams lined up amid a sea of cameras at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center. High-fives and hugs were shared as the players went through the ceremonial rite of congratulating each other for a game well played.

Eventually, the two team captains met. Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks upstart who has taken the league by storm the past few years, crossed paths with LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the most recognizable athletes and greatest hoopers in the world as well as one of the men Antetokounmpo has admired most throughout the years.

The two captains, a decade apart in age, slapped hands and embraced. As they did so, James shook his head in admiration and uttered words that shocked Antetokounmpo.

“I love everything about you, man,” he said.

It was clear from the look on Antetokounmpo’s face that James’ words touched him. His eyes lit up in pride, amazement and confusion as if to say, “Who, me?”

But the line kept moving. That five-second interaction was over. They went their separate ways.



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At the Milwaukee Bucks media day Giannis Antetokounmpo spike about his commitment to improving.
Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“At the time I didn’t realize,” Antetokounmpo said. “I heard that he said it, but I didn’t realize, like, I wasn’t thinking. I wasn’t putting two and two together. …

“But he’s one of my role models, he’s one of the guys I looked up to. He’s one of the best players in the league. I tried to make my game similar to his, play kind of the same. From him – he’s a legend – coming from him that he loves everything about me, that’s amazing.”

Antetokounmpo and James will meet again at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at Fiserv Forum as the Lakers make their annual trip to Milwaukee. As they do, they’ll be leading teams going in opposite directions.

The Bucks own the best record in the NBA at 52-18 and are poised to compete for the Eastern Conference crown. James owned it for eight straight years but abdicated by leaving Cleveland for Los Angeles last summer. Antetokounmpo has played a huge role in Milwaukee’s success, averaging 27.5 points, 12.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists while establishing himself as one of the most dominant two-way forces in the league and spending the entire season in the thick of the MVP debate.

“You just look at every single year how he’s been able to evolve as a player, obviously his physique has evolved, his mental approach has evolved and the franchise has evolved since his first year,” James said of Antetokounmpo before the two teams played in Los Angeles in early March.

“I think it’s all going in the right direction. I greatly appreciate to see someone that gives their all to the game. When you do that the game automatically gives back to you and that’s the result of what Giannis has been doing these last few

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Lakers-Clippers Highlights: LeBron James chasing Michael Jordan on all-time scoring list

Lakers-Clippers Highlights: LeBron James chasing Michael Jordan on all-time scoring list

The Los Angeles Lakers host the L.A. Clippers at Staples Center. The Clippers won back-to-back games and are seventh in the Western Conference standings. The Lakers are 10th in the West after losing the last two games.

Pregame:

Ivica Zubac of the Clippers is all smiles prior to tonight’s game against his former team.

The 21-year-old center said he’ll use what he learned in practices against the Lakers, whose games he’s regularly tuned in to watch since the trade, which sent Mike Muscala (who was acquired two days earlier from Philadelphia as part of the deal for Tobias Harris) to the Lakers for Zubac and Michael Beasley, who was waived.

While Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Reggie Bullock were dialed-in as they entered the arena, LeBron James flashed a smile on his way in.

Southern California News Group reporter Kyle Goon tweeted that Ingram is listed as questionable with a shoulder issue.

According to SCNG reporter Mirjam Swanson, Luc Mbah a Moute of the Clippers has been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Lakers.

There have been signs of Mbah a Moute returning to the court after missing 61 consecutive games.

This morning he was listed on the team’s injury report as questionable with a sore left knee. When he does return to the court, he will likely play a limited role.

“Obviously, even when he can play, he can’t play a lot, he’s not played all year,” Rivers said Sunday night after the victory over the New York Knicks. “So my guess is he’ll have a very low-minute thing. But you can always put him in to guard someone, Luc can do that anytime. And we need him down the stretch, so it would be great to get him back.”


Update 6:56 p.m.

LeBron James is 40 points away from passing Michael Jordan on the league’s all-time scoring list.

Jordan is fourth on the all-time scoring list with 32,292 career points. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643) round out the top three spots on the list.


Update 7:06 p.m.

Brandon Ingram is officially out for the Lakers in tonight’s Western Conference showdown against the Clippers.

The starting lineups:

Lakers: Rajon Rondo, Reggie Bullock, LeBron, Kuzma and Javale McGee

Clippers: Landry Shamet, Danilo Gallinari, Zubac, Patrick Beverley and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander


Update 7:45 p.m.

The Staples Center crowd showing some love for the Zubac tonight.

Beverley guarding LeBron tonight.

Beverley scores the first basket of the game at Staples Center.


Update 7:59 p.m.

The Lakers lead Clippers 23-18 with 3:30 left in the first quarter. Rondo has six points, three rebounds and three assists, including this bounce pass to Kuzma for the easy bucket.


Update 8:09 p.m.

Kuzma has 11 points and three rebounds as the Lakers finish the first quarter in front of the Clippers 34-26. LeBron contributed with seven points.

Beverley leads the Clippers with eight points and two rebounds.


While the Lakers try to avoid playoff burial against the Clippers, Southern California News Group columnist Mark Whicker writes about Lonzo Bal

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Urban Millennials Will Be So HardTo Find — For Census Workers In 2020

Urban Millennials Will Be So HardTo Find — For Census Workers In 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Census Bureau has a problem that some parents of millennials will recognize: These adults often don’t call. They don’t write. If you want to reach them, you have to use social media.

The 2010 way — mailing a paper form with a follow-up knock on the door or call to a landline — just won’t work for many of the residents the bureau needs to find. State and local governments are helping the agency work to avoid undercounts that sap funding and political power.

“Mail? I feel like that’s a dead thing,” said Tim Slayton, 36, a Washington, D.C., resident for 18 years. “And I don’t have a lot of people randomly knocking at my front door, so I would be a little weirded out. ‘Census Bureau!’ It sounds like a joke. It sounds like you just want me to open my door. So I probably wouldn’t.”

The Census Bureau is learning some lessons long known to those trying to reach young people, said Ben Varquez, managing director of Youth Marketing Connection, which conducts marketing campaigns for businesses and nonprofits in Boston and Washington.

“Not even our nonprofits and associations are relying on direct mail or phone calls, when it comes to millennials and Gen Z,” Varquez said. “U.S. mail is inconvenient and archaic. And it’s tough to get people to get on their phone browser or laptop to fill out online forms, when you’re prompting them with a piece of mail. It’s just too many steps.”

Millennials, generally those born between 1981 and 1996, and Gen Z, those born afterward, make up an estimated 35 percent of the U.S. adult population. States that undercount them risk losing everything from seats in Congress to billions of dollars in federal funding. The trick is to find them and get them to respond.

Eleanor Janhunen, a 25-year-old who manages a jewelry store in the gentrifying NoMa neighborhood of Washington, D.C., agreed that a postcard leading to an online form would be too complicated.

“Asking young people to do an extra step is always going to be harder,” she said.

Today’s millennials are more likely to rent and live in expensive urban areas than previous generations, according to an Urban Institute study in 2018.

The bureau is aware that young urban renters are less likely than they were in 2010 to communicate by mail, by phone or with strangers at the door. So it’s developing social media and other internet publicity that will allow potential respondents to log in and fill out a form next year.

“You’re able to go in and be a part of the census, without getting what we’re sending,” said Deborah Stempowski, the bureau’s chief of census management, speaking at a December meeting of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee in California. “You can do it on the phone on the Metro. It fills that gap.”

A member of the committee, 32-year-old Jessica McKellar, expressed skepticism that the bureau could find her any other way.

“I don’t check my physical mail. I just don’t. I also don’t answer my phone, and I live in an apartment complex. Nobody could get to my door if they tried to,” said McKellar, a tech startup founder in San Francisco, at the meeting.

Can LeBron James help?

Four out of five people ages 25-34 have no landline at home as of 2018, up from about a third in 2008, according to federal statistics. Almost 90 percent of people ages 18-29 use social media, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey (The Pew Charitable Trusts funds Stateline and the research center).

“Somebody like LeBron James could say, ‘It’s halftime! Pull out your phones, and let’s answer the census!’” said Burton Reist, communications chief for the census. “Anybody anywhere can do it right then, right there. It gives us a power we’ve never had before. It’s just huge.”

McKellar said her friends and family likely would respond to social media and celebrity endorsements. In Washington, millennials mentioned political heroes.

“If Obama was explaining it, or even Michelle [Obama], a lot of people would say, ‘OK,’” Slayton said. “They need to hear it from people they trust or like.”

Many areas deemed “hard to count” by the Census Bureau are poor or have large immigrant populations, the bureau said. But rental stat

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LeBron James says if any Lakers are allowing distractions to affect their play, they should find another team – Silver Screen and Roll

LeBron James says if any Lakers are allowing distractions to affect their play, they should find another team – Silver Screen and Roll

After the latest nominee for “most disappointing loss” of this Los Angeles Lakers season, LeBron James was once again asked about distractions stemming from, well, everything, really.

He didn’t seem to have much patience for allowing such things to get in the way of the team’s performance, and made that clear when he was asked if all the talk of the Lakers’ playoff push was creating a distraction for the team (via Spectrum SportsNet):

“At this point, if you are still allowing distractions to affect the way you play, then this is the wrong franchise to be a part of, and you should just come in and say, ‘I can’t do this.’ Like, seriously, if you’re distracted by playoff pushes and all the stuff we’ve been talking about this year, then… (tails off)

“Just come and do you job; we’ll do our job at a high level, and that’s not a distraction. That’s what you want. Every game you want to feel like you’re fighting for something.”

The video doesn’t come off much better than the written word:

Again, the lack of tact James and Magic Johnson have shown in taking any blame for the effect their very public desire to acquire Anthony Davis has had on the Lakers has been re

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LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam’ Finally Has a Release Date and It Can’t Come Soon Enough

LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam’ Finally Has a Release Date and It Can’t Come Soon Enough

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  • There’s a Space Jam sequel happening thanks to LeBron James, and it just got an official release date.
  • It has been 23 years since the original movie with Michael Jordan came out.

    Last September, the world immediately became a better place when basketball legend LeBron James announced he’d be the one to finally give us a Space Jam sequel after 23 years of watching Charles Barkley pray to get his power back. Of course, the original is a classic, but LeBron’s version is totally welcome, and it just got an official release date.

    According to Warner Bros., the movie will be produced by Black Panther‘s Ryan Coogler and will start filming this summer. Come July 16, 2021, we’ll be through another election cycle and probably 12 more Ariana Grande albums, and in the theaters watching LeBron and co. team up with the Looney Tunes Tune Squad.

    Now, it’s not clear what players will join LeBron (hoping for some Ben Simmons content, TBH), but they’ll be taking on an inspiring m


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    Lakers Podcast: With Playoff Chances Dwindling, What’s Next? – LakersNation.com

    Lakers Podcast: With Playoff Chances Dwindling, What’s Next? – LakersNation.com
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    The Los Angeles Lakers have had more than their share of struggles this season, and as the losses to bad teams continue to pile up, the playoffs are looking less and less likely.

    With LeBron James leading the team, the Lakers were expected to be part of the playoffs, but short of a historic run, it doesn’t appear they will reach that goal.

    On this episode of the Lakers Nation Podcast, host Trevor Lane is joined by Jorge Sedano of ESPN to discuss the fallout from the team’s struggles. Where do they go from here? And who is to blame for the team’s struggles?

    Plus, head coach Luke Walton has seemingly been on the hot seat since the early days of the season. If the Lakers do indeed fail to make the playoffs, will he be able to hang onto his job? And is a coaching change really what the team needs at this point?

    We also dive into James and his struggles with i

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    Cavs explored pairing LeBron James and Kevin Durant in summer of 2016

    Cavs explored pairing LeBron James and Kevin Durant in summer of 2016

    Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. ‘ data-reactid=”16″>On June 19, 2016, the Cavs beat the Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. 

    Just over two weeks later, Kevin Durant announced that he was signing with Golden State.

    The Cavs didn’t make the final cut, but not because they didn’t try.

    Zach Lowe has the details:” data-reactid=”20″>ESPN’s Zach Lowe has the details:

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    James scores 36 points in Lakers’ 123-107 win over Bulls

    James scores 36 points in Lakers’ 123-107 win over Bulls

    CHICAGO (AP) — Less than a week after passing Michael Jordan for fourth on the NBA’s career scoring list, LeBron James delivered a memorable night at the arena Jordan first made famous.

    James had 36 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 123-107 on Tuesday night and end a five-game losing streak.

    James played 33 minutes and showed no signs of letting up with the Lakers barely hanging on in the playoff race. He took over after the Lakers’ 14-point lead was cut to four with 8:38 left, making a jumper and then on the next possession going through the lane for a thunderous dunk.

    James didn’t stop there, hitting a 3-pointer over 7-footer Robin Lopez and capping it off when Josh Hart passed the ball off the backboard to James, who finished with a reverse dunk to put the Lakers up 115-101 with 5 minutes remaining.

    James was asked if he had any special thoughts returning to the United Center.

    “Not really, but I definitely recognize the greatness Mike had in this city,” James said. “Pretty much every time I play here I look up at the rafters, look up at the jersey retired and then when the starting lineups come up, when I was a kid watching that starting lineup watching the Bulls run through the city and Jor

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    Get Ready For The Nike LeBron 16 Low Black Tan

    Get Ready For The Nike LeBron 16 Low Black Tan

    The Nike LeBron 16 Low Black Tan is the next iteration of LeBron James’ low-top signature silhouette, and it’s dropping right after the exclusive atmos x Nike LeBron 16 Low Safari. This model sports a simpler look with a knitted black upper and mini white Swooshes on the toe. Finishing details a crown-embossed tan suede heel overlay, red and pink insoles, a white midsole and icy outsole on

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    Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: Elfrid Payton’s chance to shine

    Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: Elfrid Payton’s chance to shine

    It’s time to pick up Elfrid Payton in all leagues. Jrue Holiday has been ruled out ahead of tonight’s matchup with the Raptors with an abdominal strain and will miss at least a week due to the injury.

    Now that former teammate Nikola Mirotic is with the Bucks and with Anthony Davis limited to part-time duty, Julius Randle should assume a rewarding role as a leading playmaker for the Pelicans tonight, making him a fun play in DFS formats and a must-start option in redraft leagues.

    Payton, however, is still a free agent in 35 percent of ESPN leagues and enjoys the highest usage bump on the team with Holiday off the floor this season, netting an increase in usage rate of 5.5 percent in such scenarios and nearly five more fantasy points per 36 minutes. With the Pelicans seemingly happy to run at a high pace and push up the score, it’s helpful to consider tonight’s opening total of 233.5 points in New Orleans as an indicator of fantasy upside.

    Thursday recap

    Highlights

    Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder: 32 points (7-23 FG), 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 3 TO

    Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers: 51 points (15-28 FG), 5 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 blocks, 3 TO

    Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers: 22 points (8-19 FG), 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks, 2 TO

    Lowlights

    Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks: 7 points (3-9 FG), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 TO

    Maurice Harkless, Portland Trail Blazers: 2 points (0-3 FG), 3 rebounds, 1 TO

    Wesley Matthews, Indiana Pacers: 10 points (3-9 FG), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 TO

    Thursday takeaways

    • Even on a night that saw Lillard and CJ McCollum combine for 76 points, their most in a game as teammates, the Blazers fell to the Thunder for the fourth time this season, with Oklahoma City completing the season sweep in overtime on Thursday night. The performance marked Lillard’s fifth career 50-point game, more than twice as many as any other player in team history (former Kings GM Geoff Petrie had two with the Bl

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    LeBron James isn’t worried about what seed the Lakers enter the playoffs in: ‘I don’t fear nothing’

    LeBron James isn’t worried about what seed the Lakers enter the playoffs in: ‘I don’t fear nothing’

    On Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers will begin their quest for their first NBA playoff berth in six years. Hoping to lead them there is LeBron James, who hasn’t missed the postseason in 13 years.

    However, James will come back from the All-Star break in somewhat uncharted territory. The Lakers are currently three games out of the eighth seed in the Western Conference, and a game back from having a .500 record. James hasn’t had a sub .500 record at the All-Star break since his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2004. They didn’t make the playoffs that year.

    As a result, James said that he might have to turn up the intensity a little sooner than he would prefer to this year.

    “It’s been a while. It’s been quite a while for me since I’ve been under .500 going into the All-Star break. I don’t remember the last time. So my level of intensity — for me unfortunately because I don’t like to do it at such an early time — has been activated, so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do,” James said after practice on Wednesday.

    James playing harder after the All-Star break is nothing new, though.

    Last year before the All-Star break, James was averaging 26.5 points, 8.9 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game. After the break, he came back and averaged 29.4 points, the second-most

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    Lakers’ Struggles Shouldn’t Overshadow LeBron James Passing Michael Jordan On NBA Scoring List

    Lakers’ Struggles Shouldn’t Overshadow LeBron James Passing Michael Jordan On NBA Scoring List
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    Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has set numerous records through his 16 NBA seasons but the one he achieves Wednesday will stand out as particularly significant. With the Denver Nuggets coming to town, James sits just 12 points away from Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA all-time scoring list.

    There’s no question that James is a transcendent star, branching out into numerous ventures while cementing his spot as one of the most popular athletes on the planet. And yet, the specter of Jordan has always loomed large.

    With most agreeing that Jordan stands alone as the greatest basketball player to ever take to the hardwood, James, like Kobe Bryant before him, has been constantly compared to the Chicago Bulls legend. The bar set by Jordan is set ridiculously high, but in the ever-confident minds of stars like James, Bryant, and others who have sought the throne, catching the GOAT isn’t an impossible task.

    And so, when James passes Jordan on the all-time scoring list it will be another piece of evidence in the case to prove that the King is indeed a worthy heir to the throne. T

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    LeBron’s unique spot: NBA’s top 10 in points, assists

    LeBron’s unique spot: NBA’s top 10 in points, assists

    LeBron’s unique spot: NBA’s top 10 in points, assists

    LeBron James added another impressive milestone Monday to his lengthy list of basketball accomplishments, joining the NBA’s top 10 in career assists.

    Already No. 5 on the all-time scoring list, James became the only player in the top 10 on both lists when he passed Andre Miller with his first of 11 assists in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 110-105 road loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. James now has 8,535 career assists.

    By adding 24 points and 12 rebounds, James also notched his 79th career triple-double, good for fifth place on the all-time list. Wilt Chamberlain had 78 career triple-doubles.

    Ahead of James on the assist list are John Stockton (15,806), Jason Kidd (12,091), Steve Nash (10,335), Mark Jackson (10,3

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    LeBron James apparently told soon-to-be NBA free agent Kawhi Leonard ‘we’ll be in touch’ after Lakers lost to Raptors

    LeBron James apparently told soon-to-be NBA free agent Kawhi Leonard ‘we’ll be in touch’ after Lakers lost to Raptors

    After a discouraging start to the LeBron James era in Los Angeles, the Lakers will try and pair James with another All-Star this summer in NBA free agency, where names like Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard will be available. Of those names, Leonard is probably the most realistic option for the Lakers.

    Last summer, Leonard requested a trade from the San Antonio Spurs and reportedly listed the Lakers as his preferred destination. Since then, the LA Clippers have emerged as the favorites to sign Leonard if he decided to leave the Toronto Raptors this summer, but as Lakers fans got to see with Paul George last summer, there is no such thing as guarantees before July 1.

    Until then, the Lakers will do everything they can to try and secure a meeting with Leonard this summer — something they were unable to do with George — and James might have started that process on Thursday, when the team visited Toronto.

    After the Lakers’ loss to the Raptors, James walked on the court to say goodbye to Leonard and seemingly arranged plans to link up at some point in the future:

    Now, this could be one of those things when you tell a friend “We should hang out soon,” and they reply with “Definitely,” but it never actually happens (Editor’s Note: Christian, we haven’t hung out, but you don’t have to call me out like this).

    However, this co

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    Space Jam 2 Release Date Set

    Space Jam 2 Release Date Set


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    Not waiting for 2090.

    The sequel to the 90’s basketball Loony Tunes classic Space Jam has set a release date.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, Space Jam 2 will hit cinemas on July 16, 2021. The sequel to the 1996 film that saw Michael Jordan team-up with Bugs Bunny and the gang is set to star LeBron James, despite Jordan’s desires to see a different NBA star in the role.

    Space Jam 2 will be produced by Ryan

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    LeBron’s Lakers finale veers off script

    LeBron James‘ move to the Los Angeles Lakers had all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster.” data-reactid=”22″>Los Angeles (AFP) – As movie pitches go, LeBron James‘ move to the Los Angeles Lakers had all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster.

    An ageing NBA superstar joins a storied-but-struggling franchise and leads a dramatic revival which transforms the team into title contenders.

    But five months after James began training with the Lakers, the perfectly scripted finale has been stuck in what entertainment industry executives call “development hell”.

    Los Angeles Clippers on February 1.” data-reactid=”28″>Much of that slide can be attributed to James’ prolonged absence due to a groin injury, with the 34-year-old missing all of January before returning for a 123-120 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on February 1.

    However, the Lakers have continued to struggle even with James back in the line-up.

    A chastening sequence of results has included the heaviest defeat of James’ career, a 136-94 pounding by the Indiana Pacers, as well as losses to lower-ranked opponents who have little to play for.

    James later appeared to question his team-mates’ focus after Monday’s 110-105 reverse in Memphis, suggesting that any player unable to cope with the pressure of chasing a playoff berth should find another club.

    – Locker room turmoil? –

    “At this point if you are still allowing distractions to affect how the way you play, then this is the wrong franchise to be a part of and you should just come and be like, ‘Listen, I don’t think this is for me’,” James told reporters.

    New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis ended in failure in early February.” data-reactid=”35″>Those kind of comments are unlikely to endear him to a locker room which has reportedly been in turmoil since the team’s pursuit of New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis ended in failure in early February.

    James meanwhile had earlier spoken favourably of a possible link-up with Davis,


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    Is playoff speculation the Lakers’ latest distraction?

    Is playoff speculation the Lakers’ latest distraction?

    It might be the nature of losing. It might be the nature of LeBron James. But after every recent Lakers loss, his words ring the loudest.

    On Monday night as he tried to make sense of a 110-105 defeat in Memphis, James was asked if the noise around the team’s push for a playoff berth has become a distraction. His soundbite carried.

    “At this point, if you are still allowing distractions to affect how the way you play then this is the wrong franchise to be a part of,” he said. “And you should just come and be like, ‘Listen, I can’t do this.’ Like, seriously, if you’re distracted by playoff pushes after all the stuff that’s been talked about this year, nah. Just come and do your job.”

    It was meant as a dismissal – a statement that the Lakers (29-31) have been through more challenging obstacles this year than the media speculating that they could miss the postseason. But the question might be a valid one.

    Coach Luke Walton seemed to take it a little more seriously, saying he could see how the team was under the gun to find some quick cohesion with just 22 games left.

    “Pressure – could be,” he said. “That’s a possibility.”

    For the last month, no team has been under a greater microscope – which is pretty much a given for both the biggest franchise in the NBA and the league’s biggest star. And in two road games in which the Lakers had a chance to get back over .500 against teams with losing records, they flinched, dropping them to 4-10 in their last 14 games.

    Just as the Lakers headed into the All-Star break limping after a 2-4 trip, Walton spoke of stirring his team to do “something special” with a late, improbable run that would vault them back into the top eight teams in the Western Conference. The idea of the run, in one school of thought, would help inspire them.

    The disheartening road swing through Memphis and New Orleans has

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    LeBron James passes Michael Jordan for fourth place on NBA all-time scoring list

    LeBron James passes Michael Jordan for fourth place on NBA all-time scoring list

    LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA all-time scoring list as the Los Angeles Lakers fell to 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

    James started the game needing 13 points to surpass Jordan’s 32,292 career total.

    With the Lakers trailing 55-35 with 6:45 remaining in the second quarter, James hit a mid-range jumper over Nuggets defender Torrey Craig to reach 12 points on the night and pull level with Jordan.

    A minute later he received a bounce pass from Rajon Rondo at the top of the key, drove past Nikola Jokic and finished over Craig at the rim to score the basket that took him past the iconic Jordan.

    He was fouled by Craig and completed the three-point play at the free throw line.

    James was congratulated by Rondo and his other Lakers team-mates as the crowd at Staples Center rose to acknowledge his achievement.

    At the next timeout an emotional James sat alone on the bench with his face buried in a towel as a video tribute to him played on the Staples Centre jumbotron.

    James’ next target on the all-time scoring list is Kobe Bryant, who finished his career with 33,643 points.

    NBA All-Time Scoring Leaders

    • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 38,387 points (1,560 games)
    • Karl Malone – 36,928 points (1,476 games)
    • Kobe Bryant – 33,643 points (1,346 games)
    • LeBron James – 32,311 points (1,190 games)
    • Michael Jordan – 32,292 points (1,072 games)

    Sadly for James, his historic night did not end with a victory. He poured in 31 points on 13-of-22 shooting but could not prevent the Lakers falling to a 115-99 defeat, their fourth successive loss.



    LeBron James dunks en route to 31 points against the Denver Nuggets




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    LeBron James scored 31 points in the Lakers’ loss to the Denver Nuggets on the night he passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list

    Will Barton had 23 points and Nikola Jokic finished with 12 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists for Denver. Jamal Murray and G

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    Nuggets seek bounce-back against skidding Lakers

    One reason – James hasn’t been on a losing team since his rookie year. But in his first season with Los Angeles, James is not only unlikely to reach the NBA Finals for the ninth straight year, but his team is in serious danger of not making the playoffs at all.

    Denver Nuggets. They have lost nine of their last 12, including a crucial matchup against their Staples Center roommates, the Clippers, on Monday night.” data-reactid=”14″>The Lakers (30-34) are 5 1/2 games behind San Antonio for the eighth seed in the Western Conference entering Wednesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets. They have lost nine of their last 12, including a crucial matchup against their Staples Center roommates, the Clippers, on Monday night.

    Now they have to face one of the surprise teams in the West. The Lakers and Nuggets have split their two games this season, each winning at home, and both enter Wednesday’s matchup in a downswing. Denver has lost three straight and is coming off a 104-103 loss at San Antonio on Monday that came down to the last possession.

    The Nuggets have lost three straight for the third time this season, but they have always bounced back. After dropping four in a row and six of seven in November, they ripped off an 11-2 run. An early February losing streak was followed by five wins in a row.

    Denver has weathered adversity before, and head coach Michael Malone is confident that can happen again.

    “This is good for us,” Malone said after Monday’s loss. “As much as we hate to go through it – losing three in a row, this kind of failure – if we’re willing to learn from it, can be a positive. Let’s see what kind of fight we have, let’s see what kind of resolve we have.”

    Gary Harris, Isaiah Thomas and forward Paul Millsap have returned, Denver has struggled to find some rhythm.” data-reactid=”19″>One of the Nuggets’ issues is shaping a healthy roster. S

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    NBA 2019: Lakers lose to Nuggets as LeBron passes Jordan for career points

    NBA 2019: Lakers lose to Nuggets as LeBron passes Jordan for career points

    LeBron James passed Michael Jordan to move into fourth place on the NBA career scoring list, but the host Los Angeles Lakers fell short in a 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

    James, who finished with 31 points, came into the night 12 behind Jordan’s career total of 32,292 points. Next on the list is Kobe Bryant, who finished his career with 33,643 points.

    Will Barton had 23 points and Nikola Jokic finished with 12 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists for Denver. Jamal Murray and Gary Har

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    The Boston Celtics Have Entered The Gauntlet

    The Boston Celtics Have Entered The Gauntlet

    Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo tussling with the Boston Celtics’ Al Horford. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

    Hopefully, the Boston Celtics got plenty of rest over the All-Star break because if last night’s 98-97 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks is any indication, the next few months are going to be a challenge. The Celtics’ early struggles have affected them to the point where they’re going to have to scrape and claw their way through this improved Eastern Conference and the schedule is doing them no favors.

    Like last night, for instance. Coming back to work after a vacation is never fun, but it has to be particularly daunting when you have to face your biggest challenge first. After eight days off, the Celtics had game back was a road game against the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the best record in the NBA and an MVP frontrunner in Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Celtics, meanwhile, were without Gordon Hayward, who twisted his right ankle in practice (he’s expected to return soon) and Aron Baynes (he’s not). The Celtics and Bucks kept things close all game long, and Boston could have had a chance to win had officials called a foul on the Bucks’ Khris Middleton during the last possession of the game.

    While the game ended up being eventful, it wasn’t like the Celtics players weren’t doing anything during their time off. For example, Kyrie Irving coached Team USA to a win in the Rising Stars game, reconnected with old pal LeBron James in the All-Star Game and, once again, raised speculation about his future with the team. After footage of him talking with Kevin Durant about “two max contracts,” presumably referring to the two slots just opened by the New York Knicks, he defended his actions in yet another trademark testy exchange with the media. Obviously, this did little to assuage fears among already nervous Celtics fans regarding his future financial commitment to the team. It might be time for Irving to start taking a few night courses in crisis management.

    It’s fair to say that Jayson Tatum fared far better in the spotlight. Tatum won Saturday night’s Skills Contest, the first Celtics player to do so, and followed it up by saying that he wanted to remain a Celtic for life. Those comments didn’t get a fifth of the coverage that Irving’s off-the-cuff remarks did, even though they coincided with reports suggesting that the Celtics had put the previously untouchable prospect on the “possible” list when discussing trade packages for the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis.

    Discussions swirled around the All-Star Break about the Celtics’ future, but this isn’t a team that can look ahead to that now. This is the heart of the regular season. Crunch time. It’s all on the Celtics to put the outside world on mute and look at the task at hand. After their loss to the Bucks, they have 23 games remaining and 13 of those will be against teams that currently have winnin

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    NBA: LeBron James passes idol Michael Jordan to become fourth on all-time points list; Bulls edge past 76ers

    NBA: LeBron James passes idol Michael Jordan to become fourth on all-time points list; Bulls edge past 76ers

    Los Angeles: LeBron James overtook his boyhood idol and inspiration, Michael Jordan, for fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list Wednesday, making history with a driving layup for the Los Angeles Lakers in a home loss to Denver.

    NBA: LeBron James passes idol Michael Jordan to become fourth on all-time points list; Bulls edge past 76ers

    Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball against the Denver Nuggets during the second half at Staples Center. Reuters

    The 34-year-old superstar matched the Chicago Bulls legend’s career total of 32,292 points with his first 12 of the game, then made history with 5:38 remaining in the second quarter and sank a free throw to complete a 3-point play.

    “A lot of stuff I’ve done in my career – this ranks right up there at the top with winning the championship,” James said. “It’s just crazy, to be honest. It’s beyond crazy.”

    During the next timeout, James went to the bench and buried his head in a towel, appearing to cry while a video tribute played on the scoreboard and he reflected upon the achievement of surpassing the icon he emulated.

    “It was very emotional. A lot of things were going on inside me at the time,” he said. “I didn’t want to show what was going on behind that towel.”

    Denver, led by Will Barton’s 23 points, defeated the Lakers 115-99 to pull within a game of Golden State for the Western Conference lead. The Nuggets (43-21) closed with a 26-12 run to foil a Lakers rally.

    But the night belonged to

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    Kendall Jenner’s boyfriend Ben Simmons opens up about rise to the top and LebBron James as mentor

    Kendall Jenner’s boyfriend Ben Simmons opens up about rise to the top and LebBron James as mentor

    Rising basketball star Ben Simmons has lifted the lid on pain, sacrifice and having LeBron James as a mentor as the sports prodigy chases his dream to become the best player in the world.

    At just 22 years of age, the Melbourne-product has become Australia’s first ever NBA All-Star, taken out the title of Rookie of the Year and earned the praise of some of the game’s biggest stars.

    Even off the court the Philadelphia 76ers player has been scoring mega points, dating the world’s highest paid model Kendall Jenner.

    Rising basketball star Ben Simmons has lifted the lid on pain, sacrifice and having LeBron James as a mentor as the sports prodigy chases his dream to become the best player on the court (Simmons pictured with girlfriend Kendall Jenner)

    Rising basketball star Ben Simmons has lifted the lid on pain, sacrifice and having LeBron James as a mentor as the sports prodigy chases his dream to become the best player on the court (Simmons pictured with girlfriend Kendall Jenner)

    Even off the court the Philadelphia 76ers player has been scoring mega points as he dates the world's highest paid model Kendall Jenner

    Even off the court the Philadelphia 76ers player has been scoring mega points as he dates the world’s highest paid model Kendall Jenner

    All that success could very nearly have never happened after a foot injury at training camp almost derailed his dream.

    Simmons had only just been made the No.1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft before the Sixers snapped him up.

    What was supposed to be his shining debut pro season, was instead a time out as he recovered from a broken foot.

    ‘The injury was definitely the lowest point of my career,’ Simmons said in an exclusive interview with GQ

    Rather than call it quits, a positive Simmons took the setback as an opportunity to do some important life administration.

    Simmons learned how to look after his body and focused his attention on his mental health.

    That last part was of particular importance as his sister Olivia wrestled with depression. 

    ‘Mental health is huge, it’s one of the most important things for an athlete – especially somebody that has a lot of pressure and a lot of things going on around them,’ Simmons said.

    To keep himself in check, Simmons worked with a sports psychologist while studying at Louisiana State University. 

    That kind of practice led Simmons to bounce back from his injury with a determination that helped lift the Sixers as play-off contenders during the following season. 

    Simmons had only just been made the No.1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft before the Sixers snapped him up (Simmons with LeBron James)

    Simmons had only just been made the No.1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft before the Sixers snapped him up (Simmons with LeBron James)

    What was supposed to be his shining debut pro season, was instead a time out as he recovered from his broken foot

    What was supposed to be his shining debut pro season, was instead a time out as he recovered from his broken foot

    A young Simmons joined his five other siblings to pursue AFL, cricket, basketball and rowing when his family still lived in Melbourne.

    ‘All of our kids were treated the same, they were all coached the same way,’ his dad has said. 

    ‘Ben just happened to be the kid who turned out to be 6’10’.’

    For Simmons, it was fate that he chose basketball in the end.

    ‘I think when I was, like, five years old, I had a dream that I would play in the NBA and I wrote it down on a piece of paper at that age,’ he has said. 

    ‘I’ve still got it.’

    So when Simmons was only 15, he headed for the US to turn his dream into a reality and ended up at the LeBron James Skills Camp in Las Vegas.

    Along with 100 other high-school and college basketball propsects, Simmons learned the game under the guidance of LeBron James.  

    James didn’t take long to pick up on Simmon’s potential.

    At the end of one session, Simmons said he felt a hand land on his shoulder.

    A young Simmons joined his five other siblings to pursue AFL, cricket, basketball and rowing when his family still lived in Melbourne

    A young Simmons joined his five other siblings to pursue AFL, cricket, basketball and rowing when his family still lived in Melbourne

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    CRWN: 2 Chainz

    CRWN: 2 Chainz

    CRWN welcomes the ATL’s MVP.

    Fresh off the release of his Rap or Go to the League album, 2 Chainz held court with Elliott Wilson for their

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

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

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

    Well, it looks like some folks were wrong.

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

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

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    Antetokounmpo, James sit out Bucks-Lakers matchup

    Antetokounmpo, James sit out Bucks-Lakers matchup

    Giannis Antetokoumpo and LeBron James, who served as competing All-Star captains, both will miss Tuesday night’s game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.

    Antetokounmpo, an MVP front-runner, turned his right ankle during the Bucks’ loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. He crumpled to the ground after colliding with Joel Embiid while driving to the basket late in the third quarter.

    “Yesterday was an off day but a lot of guys still c

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    Doc brushes off Lakers link: ‘I am going nowhere’

    Doc brushes off Lakers link: ‘I am going nowhere’

    LOS ANGELES — LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers ended any speculation about him coaching elsewhere after the season, revealing Tuesday that he and the Clippers verbally agreed to a longer-term contract extension earlier this season.

    Responding to a question about his potential candidacy for the Los Angeles Lakers‘ job if they were to make a change from Luke Walton following a disappointing season, Rivers shut down any idea of him moving to L.A.’s other NBA team.

    “Well, I have a job and the Lakers have a coach, No. 1, and I am going nowhere,” Rivers said before the Clippers’ 115-109 win against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. “I can tell you that. Straight and up front, I’m going to be here until [Clippers owner] Steve [Ballmer] says get out. I plan on being here a long time.”

    Rivers said he and Ballmer agreed to a contract extension last summer that included an

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    Knicks Should View This Year’s Lakers As Cautionary Tale

    Knicks Should View This Year’s Lakers As Cautionary Tale

    Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James had the worst shooting 4th quarter of his career on Sunday as they were swept by the lowly Knicks, who could learn a thing or two from L.A.’s struggles this season. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)ASSOCIATED PRESS

    It was easy to forget that LeBron James and the L.A. Lakers were in town for a noon eastern tip Sunday afternoon. There was a lot going on in New York City on Sunday, from St. Patrick’s Day festivities to the NYC half marathon to the opening weekend of the brand new mega-billion dollar Hudson Yards development. Hell, it wasn’t even the most important afternoon basketball game in the city, which happened at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center where Saint Louis defeated St. Bonaventure for the Atlantic 10 tournament title.

    Then the 4th quarter at Madison Square Garden happened.

    Not only did James shoot 4-for-15 in the period, the most missed shots he’s ever had in any quarter in his career, his game-winning attempt in the final seconds was blocked by Mario Hezonja of all people and the lowly Knicks swept both games this season from a Lakers team whose soaring ambitions have Hindenburged for all the NBA world to see.

    It’s been that kind of season for Kyle Kuzma and the Lakers (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)ASSOCIATED PRESS

    The Lakers and Knicks are both winding down depressing and forgettable 2018-2019 seasons, but there are certainly lessons New York can learn from its West Coast counterparts. First and foremost, how to successfully lure a superstar to your franchise. The Knicks are looking to land one or both of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving this summer. We’ll see how much of that is dependent on the goings on and machinations of owner James Dolan.

    The Knicks could also learn a thing or two about drafting players from the Lakers. Obtaining Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle over the last five years is pretty impressive. The Lakers even developed a few of those players well, something the Knicks are looking to accomplish with Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina and Mitchell Robinson.

    Newly acquired player Kristaps Porzingis, left, responds to questions as head coach Rick Carlisle, center, and team owner Mark Cuban, right, listen during a news conferences where the newly acquired players were introduced in Dallas, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ASSOCIATED PRESS

    But New York should be careful to not repeat the same mistakes Los Angeles has made over the last couple of years, contributing to where the Lakers currently sit, out of the playoff race despite having one of the greatest basketball players of all time on your side. The Knicks already repeated one Lakers mistake, trading a young, potential-filled top draft pick away too early. Russell enjoyed his first All-Star season this year with the Brooklyn Nets as the Knicks dealt Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas. That blunder cannot be undone.

    There are still things the Knicks can do differently than the Lakers to chart a better course than L.A. going forward. The first is trying to insulate your young players from in-season trade rumors. New York was set back years when it dealt several top young pieces and draft picks mid-season to Denver for Carmelo Anthony back in 2011, but imagine how the young Knicks would’ve felt had the trade not gone through. That’s what the Ingram, Ball and Kuzma have dealt with this year as the Lakers’ Anthony Davis trade talks dragged on and stalled, leaving the young players mentally fatigued and contributing to Los Angeles’ current state of demise.

    Duke’s Zion Williamson (1) celebrates after Duke defeated Florida State in the NCAA college basketball championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Imagine if the Knicks did that with Knox or a future draft pick like Duke’s Zion Williamson or R.J. Barrett or Murray State point guard Ja Morant. How would they handle it? New York shouldn’t want to find out, especially considering how things went down in the end with Porzingis.

    If the Knicks are going to trade for a su

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    James ‘not sitting’ games as Lakers hopes fade

    James ‘not sitting’ games as Lakers hopes fade

    LeBron James has ruled out scaling back his playing time for the remainder of the season in the wake of the Los Angeles Lakers‘ latest defeat which has dealt another blow to their playoff hopes.” data-reactid=”22″>Los Angeles (AFP) – LeBron James has ruled out scaling back his playing time for the remainder of the season in the wake of the Los Angeles Lakers‘ latest defeat which has dealt another blow to their playoff hopes.

    James faces missing the postseason for the first time since 2005 with the Lakers mired in a form slump which has seen them lose nine of their last 12 games.

    The bleak scenario has prompted some to question whether the Lakers would be better served by declaring the season a bust, and preserving James’ body for the challenges of the 2019-2020 campaign.

    Los Angeles Clippers.” data-reactid=”26″>James however told ESPN that he had no intention of reducing his minutes on court following Monday’s 113-105 defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers.

    “Unless I’m hurt, I’m not si


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    NBA Rumors: Latest Trade Buzz on Kevin Durant, CJ McCollum’s Injury and More

    NBA Rumors: Latest Trade Buzz on Kevin Durant, CJ McCollum’s Injury and More
    The Clippers would like to pursue a big-name free agent like Kevin Durant.

    The Clippers would like to pursue a big-name free agent like Kevin Durant.Ben Margot/Associated Press

    Rosters are set as the NBA season has reached its home stretch.

    While the focus is on the final weeks of the regular season and the upcoming playoffs, the future is always top of mind for the large majority of NBA teams.

    The Los Angeles Clippers are one of those teams, and while they are 40-30 and currently inside the playoff structure as the No. 8 team in the Western Conference, owner Steve Ballmer is not satisfied.

    He has said he wants to be in the playoffs, have quality free agents and become a championship contender, and do it quickly.

    Chasing free agents means going after the big names, and the Clippers have the salary-cap room to court two maximum free agents.

    The Clippers, coached by former Boston Celtics boss Doc Rivers, plan to go after Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors and may also pursue Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics, per Gary Washburn of the Boston Glo

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    Why Mark Cuban thinks elite basketball recruits are ‘crazy’ if they choose college over G-League

    Why Mark Cuban thinks elite basketball recruits are ‘crazy’ if they choose college over G-League

    Why Mark Cuban thinks elite basketball recruits are ‘crazy’ if they choose college over G-League originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com” data-reactid=”22″>Why Mark Cuban thinks elite basketball recruits are ‘crazy’ if they choose college over G-League originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com

    WASHINGTON — Mark Cuban has “crazy” thoughts on drawing attention.

    Dallas Mavericks and the Washington Wizards, the outspoken entrepreneur and NBA owner spoke with NBC Sports Washington on several topics including NBA ratings should LeBron James not participate in the playoffs, anonymity among NFL and NHL players, and why elite basketball recruits are “crazy” if they don’t bypass college for the G-League. ” data-reactid=”24″>Before last week’s matchup between his Dallas Mavericks and the Washington Wizards, the outspoken entrepreneur and NBA owner spoke with NBC Sports Washington on several topics including NBA ratings should LeBron James not participate in the playoffs, anonymity among NFL and NHL players, and why elite basketball recruits are “crazy” if they don’t bypass college for the G-League. 

    Cuban discussed the concept of dodging college basketball during a discussion on about another sport. 

    The new Alliance of American Football league generated some decent buzz at launch. The “Shark Tank” star believes the AAF could work if the league avoids becoming the NFL’s “stepchild” and instead develops players cast aside by the NFL and then sells player contracts back to the NFL in a way similar to the international basketball system.

    “All that falls apart unless people show up to the games,” Cuban warns.

    The topic then shifted to whether the G-League, the NBA’s minor league organization, could receive similar attention. “We will,” Cuban stated confidently. 

    He then offered a rather specific and entrepreneurial reason citing Lavar Ball and a 5-foot-7 high school basketball player from central Florida Cuban follows on social media.

    Julian Newman, a member of the 2020 recruiting class, became a viral video sensation starting at eight years old.

    “He’s got a few 100,000 followers on Instagram, and after every one of his games, he’s selling merchandise. He’s his own little business,” said an impressed Cuban. “I don’t know if he’s good enough to make the NBA… but people recognize what the Ball’s did with Big Baller Brand and what others have done. There are building businesses and brands around themselves.”

    The G-League is where Cuban sees basketball, branding and capitalism colliding.

    In October the G-League, which is comprised of 28 teams including the Wizards’ Capital City Go-Go affiliate, announced it would begin offering “select contracts” worth $125,000 annually starting with the 2019-20 season to prospects not yet eligible for the NBA. Often these prospects join the college ranks for a “one-and-done” season.

    Cuban sees another path for those headliners armed with a social media following.

    “If you’re a strong enough brand and a good enough basketball player, you’re crazy I think if you don’t take the [$125,000 salary] in the NBA G-League (because) they can also do their own marketing deals. They’re not constrained by the NBA players association.”

    Duke’s Zion Williamson, the consensus no. 1 overall prospect ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft and a YouTube sensation before stepping on campus, suffered a knee injury last month. The episode sparked a new round of debate over the restrictions of paying college athletes.

    “Pick a very popular player that has a couple of million Instagram followers,” Cuban said. “You can go right to the G-League and probably sign a multi-million shoe deal. Why wouldn’t you do that instead of

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    A lot has changed since LeBron James last missed the… – The Athletic

    A lot has changed since LeBron James last missed the… – The Athletic

    Technically speaking, the Lakers are still playoff-eligible, in that they’ve yet to lose the requisite amount of games for mathematical elimination. Now 6½ games behind the Spurs and Clippers, the team has become the equivalent of a patient on life su

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    LeBron James Throws Ball Off The Back Of The Backboard

    LeBron James Throws Ball Off The Back Of The Backboard

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