At 14, He Stayed Away From Trouble. But a Bullet Flew 100 Yards.

At 14, He Stayed Away From Trouble. But a Bullet Flew 100 Yards.

“He was nothing but joy,” said his friend Daja, 15, who declined to give her surname.

Aamir liked to dance and play video games. But he defined himself through basketball.

He had been a chubby child, round cheeks, short stature. It didn’t matter. He played as if he were tall and lithe, always working drills, challenging friends, entering tournaments. He walked around with a basketball tucked in the crook of his arm, and passers-by knew to ask him about his game. He idolized Kyrie Irv

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Washington Nationals win first World Series

Washington Nationals win first World Series
  • The Washington Nationals are world champions for the first time in franchise history.
  • The Nationals defeated the Houston Astros in Game 7 on Wednesday night, completing a series in which every game was won by the road team.
  • It is the first World Series championship for a team from Washington, DC, since the Senators in 1924.
  • Pitcher Stephen Strasburg was named MVP of the series.
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The Washington Nationals are world champions for the first time in franchise history.

The Nationals completed their season-long comeback with a 6-2 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. For the first time, the road team won all seven games in a World Series.

Howie Kendrick, Anthony Rendon, and the Washington Nationals completed their amazing comeback journey, fittingly, with one final, late rally on the road.

In Game 7, no less.

Kendrick and Rendon homered in the seventh inning as the Nationals overcame a two-run deficit.

With all eyes on Max Scherzer and his remarkable recovery after a painkilling injection, these Nationals truly embraced their shot.

Even more against the odds: Juan Soto and Washington rallied from behind to win five elimination games this postseason, an unprecedented feat.

Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin, and the Nats brought the first World Series championship to the nation’s capital since ol’ Walter Johnson delivered the crown for the Senators in 1924.

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Stephen Strasburg was named World Series MVP.
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Strasburg was named the MVP of the World Series. He was the winning pitcher in Games 2 and 6, allowing four runs in 14 1/3 innings with 14

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Anthony Davis proved he was worth the massive price the Lakers paid for him with a performance the NBA hasn’t seen since Wilt Chamberlain

Anthony Davis proved he was worth the massive price the Lakers paid for him with a performance the NBA hasn’t seen since Wilt Chamberlain

It’s no secret that Anthony Davis is a lethal weapon on the basketball court.

Still, whether or not he was worth the steep price the Los Angeles Lakers paid for him during this past offseason — which included dealing Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks to the New Orleans Pelicans — was certainly up for debate.

But Davis’ 40-point, 20-rebound performance Tuesday night that featured 26 points from the charity stripe — a stat line only registered by one Wilt Chamberlain during his record-smashing 100-point game — may have been enough to silence his doubters.

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Anthony Davis drives to the basket in the Lakers Tuesday night contest against the Memphis Grizzlies.
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In just 31 minutes on the floor, the 6-foot-10 power forward went 7-of-17 from the floor and missed only one of his 27 free throw attempts on the night, becoming the first Laker to register a 40-20 game since Shaquille O’Neal achieved the feat in 2003. In addition to his eight offensive rebounds and 12 grabs off the glass on the defensive end, Davis tacke

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Southern California will get lashed by its worst fire weather yet

Southern California will get lashed by its worst fire weather yet

NBA star Lebron James fled his Los Angeles home early Monday morning as the wind-whipped Getty Fire consumed the city’s dry brush. 

But even more severe wind-driven fire conditions will likely hit burning Los Angeles and the greater Southern California region on Tuesday night, lasting through Wednesday and Thursday. These winds blowing in from the vast eastern desert, called Santa Ana winds, will be the strongest of the season in some areas and at least as potent as the vigorous wind events of last week, explained National Weather Service meteorologist Alex Tardy in a video briefing Tuesday night. 

“This presents itself as very high fire danger,” Tardy said. 

“Strong, damaging winds, long duration of low humidity and dry vegetation will make this a very critical event!” emphasized the National Weather Service’s Los Angeles office. 

Though these California winds can grow exceptionally intense, they are common in the fall and winter, and continually blow dry air on already parched vegetation during each wind event, leading to ever more dryness. Then, all you need is a spark. And in a region rife with human activity, wind-whipped power lines, car fires, or the innocuous use of a hammer are readily available to throw a hot spark on the cracked, parched brush. 

What’s more, the Santa Ana winds — which get amplified as they swoop down mountains and through canyons — often arrive before the onset of California’s rainy season, which at its earliest begins in October. Critically,

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LeBron James sent a taco truck to the base camp of first responders fighting the California wildfires

LeBron James sent a taco truck to the base camp of first responders fighting the California wildfires
  • LeBron James sent a taco truck to first responders fighting the Getty Fire in California.
  • James had tweeted that he and his family had to evacuate their LA home on Monday morning because of the fire.
  • James on Tuesday told reporters that he appreciated the bravery of first responders and fire fighters.
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LeBron James on Tuesday showed his appreciation to the first responders fighting the Getty Fire in California.

According to reports, James sent a taco truck to firefighters who are trying to control the blaze, which broke out at the Getty Center around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning and has spread across 656 acres in Los Angeles.

James tweeted on Monday that he and his family had to evacuate their LA home because of the fires. James said they drove ar

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Wildfires and blackouts in California: The situation so far – The Globe and Mail

Wildfires and blackouts in California: The situation so far – The Globe and Mail

A meteor streaks across the sky in Knights Valley, east of Healdsburg, Calif., on Oct. 30 as gusty winds create an ember cast on a valley oak tree burned by the Kincade Fire.

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The latest

  • More than one million Californians were in the dark on Wednesday in the third wave of blackouts by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., a utility facing rising public anger over its desperate efforts to prevent its equipment from triggering more fires. Some residents have been without electricity for four days due to a previous shutoff over the weekend.
  • In the northern wine country, firefighters on Tuesday coped with gusts of 48 kilometres an hour while tackling the Kincade Fire, which has burned 189 homes and other structures and charred an area more than twice the size of San Francisco. Meanwhile, ferocious Santa Ana winds returned to Southern California, where a fire that erupted Monday in the tony Brentwood area of Los Angeles has destroyed a dozen homes.
  • Northern Californians have been getting used to an annual exodus in recent years as destructive wildfires become the new normal in the state. California officials told The Globe and Mail’s Tamsin McMahon that previous fire seasons have improved firefighters’ tactics and they were better prepared for this year, but when it comes to the Kincade fire, they’re not out of the woods yet.

Where the fires are

Firefighters have made progress in containing many of the more than 300 wildfires that erupted in just 24 hours over the weekend. But some fires are too large to easily control, and others have brought devastation to Los Angeles and its environs. You can check the California forestry department’s latest map of the fires here.

The largest blaze so far is the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County north of San Francisco, which, as of Wednesday, had burned 189 homes and structures and was 15 per cent contained. Utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. acknowledged last week that the Kincade Fire broke out near a damaged PG&E transmission tower at about the time a live high-voltage line carried by that tower malfunctioned.

The latest fire broke out Tuesday near the Getty Center museum on the west side of Los Angeles. The Getty Fire forced evacuations in Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and other neighbourhoods. That fire was sparked when strong winds drove a tree branch into a power line and caused it to arc, the state Department of Water and Power says.

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A handout satellite image courtesy of 2019 Planet Labs Inc., shows smoke rising above the hills during the Kincade Fire near Jimtown, in Sonoma County, on Oct. 27.

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Where the power’s out, and why

Millions of Californians get their power from PG&E, whose equipment malfunctions have been blamed for several of the fires that have destroyed homes and killed scores of people in recent years. The company is facing billions of dollars in claims that drove it into bankruptcy this past January.

This year, it’s tried to contain the risk of more fires by shutting off large areas of the state’s power grid when fire-provoking winds are expected. PG&E’s latest blackout, its third so far, started Tuesday and affected 605,000 customers – about 1.5 million people – in 30 counties. Some of those people had never had electricity restored after the previous round of blackouts, which shut power to more than 2.5 million people starting on Saturday.

PG&E’s drastic measures have been sharply criticized by Governor Gavin Newsom, who has argued that corporate greed and mismanagement kept PG&E from upgrading its infrastruct

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Announcement on student-athlete benefits greeted with muted exuberance

Announcement on student-athlete benefits greeted with muted exuberance

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NCAA board votes to allow student athletes to endorse brands, accept sponsors

(Reuters) – U.S. college athletes can profit from brand sponsorships and endorsement deals under a new rule approved on Tuesday by the governing board of the NCAA, the organization that regulates U.S. collegiate sports.

The unanimous vote follows growing pressure on the National Collegiate Athletic Association to lift restrictions on athletes that have kept them from sharing in the financial rewards generated by their performances.

The change will likely benefit athletes in high-profile sports such as football and basketball, which drive billions of dollars in advertising and revenue for media outlets, schools, coaches and the NCAA itself.

“Its a beautiful day for all college athletes going forward from this day on!” Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James wrote on Twitter.

James, who bypassed college basketball and went straight from high school to the National Basketball Association, cautiously applauded the move as “not a victory but a start.”

California has already approv

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Hundreds of Thousands Have Fled Their Homes as Wildfires Explode Across California

Hundreds of Thousands Have Fled Their Homes as Wildfires Explode Across California

California’s wildfire season arrived with a fierceness earlier this month and conditions have once again become dangerous up and down the Golden State. On Monday, residents near Los Angeles, including basketball star LeBron James, awoke to mandatory evacuation orders as the Getty Fire exploded. Fires also continue to burn in Northern California, including the Kincade Fire that forced roughly 200,000 to evacuate their homes as well.

The Getty Fire started on Monday near the 405 freeway early on Monday. It stood at 50 acres when the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) first began fighting it. Less than two hours later, the department reported that the fire ballooned more than eight-fold in size. The infamous Santa Ana winds—hot, dry winds that can create explosive fire conditions—are helping push the fire farther west.

So far, the LAFD has confirmed at least two structures have caught on fire. Some 3,300 homes were under mandatory evacuation orders in West Los Angeles though that number is expected to increase. While the recent change in winds and fire direction is awful news for the residents in that area, it may benefit UCLA, which is also in the mandatory evacuation zone but sits further easts. Officials are urging residents in the area who are not yet under any evacuation orders to prepare.

“If you’re in the mandatory evacuation zone and you’re watching this, you’re an idiot,” Paul Koretz, the city council member who represents the area, said at a press conference. “Get the hell out. As soon as you get an evacuation order, follow it.”

A red flag warning remains in place in Los Angeles and the surrounding area with the National Weather Service calling for winds of 40-50 mph in wind-prone areas with even high gusts in the mountains. The National Weather Service also called for humidity dropping to “minimum values between 5 and 10 percent” on Monday, which could affect how fast the Getty Fire spreads (or any others that ignite for that matter).

The winds haven’t been forgiving in the northern part of the state either. The Diablo Winds—the Northern California equivalent of the Santa Anas—reached 70 mph over the weekend. The gusty conditions helped the Kincade Fire nearly double in size overnight Saturday into Sunday. The Kincade Fire, which broke out Thursday, is only 5 percent contained and has burned more than 54,000 acres. The 200,000-person evacuation is the largest evacuation order that the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department has seen.

In response to the Kincade Fire as well as the Tick Fire in Southern California, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Friday. The Tick Fire is 70 percent contained, but it has destroyed some 22 structures since starting last Thursday.

A structure being burned by the Kincade Fire.
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While parts of California light up in flames, other regions remain in the dark. Literally. PG&E, the state’s largest utility whose infrastructure has been the cause of some 1,500 wildfires in the past, has shut off power to some 940,000 customers. The hope is that by cutting off power, the company can prevent the wind

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LeBron James, family among evacuees as LA fire grows – Sports Interactive Network Philippines

LeBron James, family among evacuees as LA fire grows – Sports Interactive Network Philippines

Basketball star LeBron James was among evacuees as a fire that erupted early Monday in Southern California grew to more than 70 acres.

The Los Angeles Lakers player tweeted just before 4 a.m. that he was trying to find rooms for his family after having to “emergency evacuate” his house, calling the fires “no joke.” He later tweeted that he found accommodation, said he was praying for those affected and advised people to get to safety.

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LeBron James has multiple DVRs and says he can watch every NBA game at once so he can study his opponents

LeBron James has multiple DVRs and says he can watch every NBA game at once so he can study his opponents
  • LeBron James said he has multiple DVRs to record and watch every NBA game.
  • James said he can watch every game at the same time and then focus in on particular games when something interesting is happening.
  • James said watching NBA games isn’t for “entertainment” but for strengthening his mind, comparing it to reading a good book.
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LeBron James doesn’t allow himself to miss much NBA action.

While speaking to reporters before the Los Angeles Lakers’ Friday night game against the Utah Jazz, James said he DVRs every NBA game. He didn’t say exactly how many DVRs he has, but he smiled and s

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LeBron James says the California wildfires forced his family to evacuate their home and drive around looking for shelter all night

LeBron James says the California wildfires forced his family to evacuate their home and drive around looking for shelter all night
  • LeBron James says the California wildfires drove his family from their Los Angeles home on Monday night.
  • “Man these LA [fires] aren’t no joke. Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms,” James tweeted at 3:50 a.m. local time.
  • On Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department enforced a mandatory evacuation for residents west of the 405 freeway. James’ $23 million Brentwood home is in the affected area. 
  • James tweeted at 4:11 a.m. to say he and his family had finally found a place for the night, and urged people to get to safety. 
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Basketball star LeBron James has said that the California wildfires forced his family to evacuate their home in western Los Angeles and drive about all night to find shelter.

“Man these LA [fires] aren’t no joke. Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No luck so far!” James tweeted at 3:50 a.m. local time on Monday.

A series of deadly wildfires are currently burning throughout California, including eight in the greater Los Angeles region. Affected regions in Los Angeles include the Pacific Palisades, Saddleridge, and the area around the Getty Center.

The

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‘Man These LA Aren’t No Joke.’ LeBron James Forced to Evacuate Amid California Wildfires

‘Man These LA  Aren’t No Joke.’ LeBron James Forced to Evacuate Amid California Wildfires

NBA star LeBron James was forced to evacuate his home near Los Angeles because of wildfires raging in the region, the basketball star said on Twitter.

James said he was faced with a shortage of rooms as he drove around with his family looking for accommodations.

Officials said the Tick Fire, which has burned more than 4,600 acres near Lo

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With California Ablaze, Firefighters Strain to Keep Up

With California Ablaze, Firefighters Strain to Keep Up

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LOS ANGELES — At one smoldering end of California, Capt. Alex Arriola and hundreds of other firefighters charged up flaming hillsides in the middle of the night Monday to battle a brush fire that exploded on the tinder-dry edge of West Los Angeles.

As helicopters doused the hills to protect the priceless artworks at the nearby Getty Center and homes went up in flames, the fire crews on the ground began attacking the blaze to keep it from leaping across the street and taking out other multimillion-dollar houses.

“It was pretty much chaos,” said Captain Arriola, a 34-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Four hundred miles to the north, an army of 4,150 firefighters and support teams raced to take advantage of a brief lull in the scorching winds to contain a fast-growing wildfire that has spread across thousands of acres. As a yellow haze curtained the barns and pumpkin farms of Sonoma County on Monday, firefighters sat through briefings before trudging back into a moonscape of charred homes and smoking roads.

The two blazes raging through dry vegetation at opposite ends of California fueled fears that the state’s vicious wildfire season was rapidly pushing its limit, straining the resources of fire departments that are already spread out battling 16 fires across the state and pushing fire crews beyond the brink of exhaustion.

“It’s all starting to blend together,” said Joe Augino, a firefighter with the Arcadia Fire Department in Southern California who had just finished battling a wildfire in the canyons north of Los Angeles last week when his company was summoned eight hours north to help fight the Kincade fire in Sonoma County.

With no rain in the forecast, a brief break in the whipping winds on Monday offered Mr. Augino’s crew and other firefighters a tiny but crucial window to try to gain control over the fast-spreading fires. But forecasters warned that the respite would not last and that wind gusts would grow to 50 or 60 miles per hour by Tuesday.

On a winding road near the front lines of the Kincade fire, where about 156,000 people remained under mandatory evacuation orders on Monday, Mr. Augino and his fellow firefighters were extinguishing spot fires with water and hand tools.

The Kincade fire grew to more than 74,000 acres and was 15 percent contained on Monday night, according to Cal Fire. California’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric, cut power to millions of people as the fires approached over the weekend, and Gov. Gavin Newsom said that 880,000 were still without power, adding to the strain and anger as residents search for safe shelters and answers about whether their homes are endangered.

PG&E, whose equipment is suspected as the cause of the Kincade fire, also told state regulators on Monday that its lines, poles or transformers might have been involved in three other blazes.

On the ground, firefighters have coalesced from rural and urban California, from northern and southern corners of the state to battle the Kincade, one of the many wildfires that are being mad

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LeBron James and Arnold Schwarzenegger are among thousands of LA residents fleeing a fire near the Getty museum. Here are the latest updates.

LeBron James and Arnold Schwarzenegger are among thousands of LA residents fleeing a fire near the Getty museum. Here are the latest updates.
  • LeBron James and Arnold Schwarzenegger are among thousands of Los Angeles residents evacuating their homes due to a fire near the Getty Center.
  • The fire broke out early Monday morning and has spread to over 600 acres. At least 13 structures have burned and another 10,000 are threatened. 
  • Santa Ana winds have fueled the fire’s westward spread, aided by dry conditions across California. 
  • As the climate warms, California’s wildfire season is getting longer, and weather conditions that bring a high risk of wildfires are becoming more common.
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A fire that broke out near the Getty Center around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning has spread across more than 600 acres in Los Angeles.

The blaze, called the Getty Fire, has forced thousands to flee their homes, including LeBron James and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The flames led parts of the 405 freeway to close as they pushed westward, fueled by powerful Santa Ana winds.

The brush fire has already destroyed at least eight structures and damaged at least five. The blaze threatens another 10,000 structures. The fire was 0% contained as of Monday morning, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, so officials expect to see more damage as the day progresses. 

“Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms,” James said said on Twitter at 3:53 a.m. local time. “No luck so far!” Eighteen minutes later, however, he said they’d found accommodations.

 

In a press conference, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned residents to “get out when we say get out,” and never to fight flames with garden hoses.

“The only thing you cannot replace is you and your family,” he added.

Schwarzenegger echoed the warning, tweeting: “If you are in an evacuation zone, don’t screw around. Get out.”

Affected residents can find shelter at the Westwood Recreation Center, the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Recreation Center, the Stoner Recreation Center, the Palisades Recreation Center, and the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center. The West Valley and West LA animal shelters are also open to pets, and the Hansen Dam Rec Area is accepting large animals.

Though flames are visible from the Getty Center, the museum itself is safe for now.

“Many have asked about the art — it is protected by state-of-the-art technology,” the museum said in a statement on Twitter. “The safest place for the art and library collections is inside.”

Santa Ana winds are spreading fires quickly across California

Getty Fire

A firefighting helicopter flies over the Getty Fire as it burns in the hills of W

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Celebrities who have evacuated or lost their homes as wildfires spread across California

Celebrities who have evacuated or lost their homes as wildfires spread across California

Arnold Schwarzenegger left his house and urged others to not “screw around.”

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Celebrities flee fire threatening wealthy Los Angeles neighborhoods

Celebrities flee fire threatening wealthy Los Angeles neighborhoods

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A fast-moving wildfire on Monday destroyed at least five multimillion-dollar homes in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles and forced celebrities to flee in the middle of the night.

Among neighborhoods under evacuation orders was the posh area of Brentwood, a section on the west side of the city that became world famous in 1994 when former football star O.J. Simpson was accused of killing his ex-wife and a waiter there.

Today Brentwood is home to basketball superstar LeBron James, A-list Hollywood actors, wealthy producers and media company executives.

James, who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, said he and his family had to drive around in the early morning hours looking for a place to stay after fleeing the home he shares with his wife and three children.

“Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms,” James wrote on Twitter around 4 a.m. He later added that he found a pl

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Fast-moving Los Angeles wildfire destroys homes, prompts evacuation orders

By Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Wind-whipped flames chased thousands of residents from wealthy Los Angeles neighborhoods and threatened the city’s famed Getty Center museum on Monday, the latest outbreak in a wildfire season that has triggered mass evacuations and power outages across California.

The new conflagration broke out at around 1:30 a.m. PDT near the Getty Center on the west side of Los Angeles, hundreds of miles (km) from where crews were fighting the state’s biggest and most destructive fire, the Kincade, north of San Francisco.

“I know this moment generates a tremendous amount of anxiety,” California Governor Gavin Newsom told a news conference, speaking of the two major blazes burning at opposite ends of the state.

The governor said he was confident that firefighters had secured enough perimeters around the Kincade fire that it no longer posed an imminent threat to two communities north of Santa Rosa, although he conceded the fight was not over.

“I’m not naive about shifting winds and shifting conditions so we are putting all the assets we have onto this fire,” said Newsom, who declared a statewide emergency on Sunday.

As of midday the Kincade Fire, which erupted on Wednesday night, had blackened 66,000 acres (26,709 hectares) across parts of Sonoma County’s picturesque wine country, destroying 96 homes and other structures.

More than 4,100 firefighters working to put out the blaze had built containment lines around only 5% of the flames following a wind-fanned flare-up on Sunday.

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Massive evacuations underway in LA as Getty fire explodes to 400 acres

Massive evacuations underway in LA as Getty fire explodes to 400 acres

The Getty Fire in Los Angeles erupted early Monday and is forcing thousands of residents to flee their homes as winds reach extremely dangerous levels in Southern California.

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Getty Fire

Burning in the hills north of Los Angeles’ famous Getty Center, the Getty Fire, which started just before 2 a.m. local time, has consumed over 600 acres. The Getty Center and Getty Villa are safe, but many houses were ablaze.

Mandatory evacuations are in effect in Los Angeles from the 405 freeway to the ocean — which spans some of the most expensive real estate in the city. Southbound lanes of the 405 freeway, the busiest highway in the country, are now closed.

PHOTO: A firefighter watches as flames approach the Mandeville Canyon neighborhood during the Getty fire, Oct. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles.Christian Monterrosa/AP
A firefighter watches as flames approach the Mandeville Canyon neighborhood during the Getty fire, Oct. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles.
PHOTO: The Getty Fire burns next to the 405 freeway in the hills of West Los Angeles, Calif. Oct. 28, 2019. Gene Blevins/Reuters
The Getty Fire burns next to the 405 freeway in the hills of West Los Angeles, Calif. Oct. 28, 2019.

In Los Angeles’ upscale Brentwood neighborhood, fire crews put out fires on multiple homes early Monday as the sky glowed orange from the flames and dense smoke.

LeBron James said he was among those forced to evacuate from his home overnight.

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he also evacuated in the middle of the night.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s parents also evacuated, and the mayor Monday morning urged anyone in an evacuation area to leave immediately. He said multiple homes were destroyed.

“We’ve seen fires and tragedies were people have believed they could stay,” Garcetti said. “Do not do that. The only thing you cannot replace is you and your family.”

Roughly 25,000 people live in the evacuation zone, the mayor said.

Natalie Rodriguez, a nursing student at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, said she woke up to the smell of smoke just before 2 a.m.

“Even inside the dorms it was very smoky and it was hard to breathe,” Rodriguez told ABC News. “You could feel the heat from the flames that were so close to us on the other side of the mountain.”

PHOTO: A firefighter gets in position to hose down flames as a home burns in the Getty fire area, Oct. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
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Disney+ Orders ‘Becoming’ Docuseries Produced by LeBron James

Disney+ Orders ‘Becoming’ Docuseries Produced by LeBron James

A new docuseries produced by NBA star LeBron James and his SpringHill Entertainment company is coming to Disney+. The streaming service has ordered 10 episodes of Becoming, a project that takes a closer look at the upbringing of some of the world’s most famous entertainers, musicians and athletes.

Created with ESPN Films, Spoke Studios and ITV America, each episode of the docuseries will visit a celebrit

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Stronger winds whip California fires as power cut and homes evacuated

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Wind-driven wildfires burned largely uncontrolled in tinder-dry California early on Tuesday, as firefighters battled blazes threatening thousands of homes in a race against time with even stronger gusts expected later.

An air tanker is seen through high voltage transmission lines in Geyserville, California, U.S. October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Thousands of residents have already fled and hundreds of thousands of others were left in the dark with power companies cut off electricity to try to prevent more fires being sparked by snapped cabling in the brushland.

“I know this moment generates a tremendous amount of anxiety,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Monday about the two major blazes burning at opposite ends of the state.

The latest fire broke out near the Getty Center museum, housing priceless artworks, on the west side of Los Angeles, hundreds of miles from where crews were fighting the biggest and most destructive fire, the Kincade, north of San Francisco.

Los Angeles Lakers basketball great LeBron James, “Terminator” actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well other celebrities, said on Twitter they had been forced to leave their homes.

Weather forecasters are forecasting there could be worse to come.

“The worst of this (weather) is coming later today and tonight,” Marc Chenard, a forecaster with the National Weather Serv

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LeBron James and Anthony Davis Combine for 53 PTS In First Win On Lakers – Bleacher Report

LeBron (32 PTS, 10 REB, 7 AST) and AD (21 PTS, 7 REB, 5 BLK ) lead the Lakers to their first win of the season against the Utah Jazz

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LeBron James’ UNKNWN Launching Thom Browne Collaboration

LeBron James’ UNKNWN Launching Thom Browne Collaboration

LeBron JamesMiami boutique and brand UNKNWN has just confirmed an upcoming collaboration with American fashion designer Thom Browne and his eponymous label, reports WWD.

The basketball superstar is a known fan of Browne, having been spotted numerous times wearing a Thom Browne suit on the NBA catwalk. LeBron even purchased and suited his whole Cavaliers team with Thom Browne suits during the 2018 playoffs. Along with the aforementioned, and Thom Browne being

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LeBron James Should Just Recap Your Crappy Team’s Games From Memory

LeBron James Should Just Recap Your Crappy Team’s Games From Memory

Thursday’s Lakers media scrum afforded LeBron James yet another opportunity to showcase his impeccable memory for the press. As he explained his habit of watching every NBA game during his off-days, James rattled off several plays from Wednesday night’s Timberwolves-Nets OT thriller.

The play-by-play confirms his retelling, although he did gloss over some boring possessions in between Karl-Anthony Towns’s game-tying three and that Kyrie Irving-Jarrett Allen pick-and-roll. We get it: The man can just rewind and replay this stuff in his head like a movie. He also has a lot of DVRs.

James is describing a compelling NBA game here—even though it did include Andrew Wiggins—but here’s a different idea: Why couldn’t we put this great mind to use to help out despairing fan bases? Hornets “fans” would probably rather see LeBron recite the plays of their team’s last game from memory than sit down and watch the actual accurse

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Nike’s LeBron James Building Designed by Olson Kundig in Oregon

Nike’s LeBron James Building Designed by Olson Kundig in Oregon

Nike’s LeBron James Building Designed by Olson Kundig in Oregon

Nike has announced that the latest building in its World Headquarters (WHQ) campus expansion will be named after LeBron James. The new building is designed by Olson Kundig and will be home to Nike’s Beaverton-based Advanced Innovation team. The project will include a state-of-the-art Sport Research Lab and explore the future of sports science.


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Courtesy of Olson Kundig

As Lebron James said, “It’s so surreal,” says James. “It’s been an honor to be a part of such a great company for the last 18 years. And to know that a building with my name will reside on campus — it’s truly an honor, and I feel truly special.” The new Nike Sport Research Lab (NSRL) will be five times the size of the team’s current space, and the project include a full NBA-size basketball court, a 200-meter endurance track, a 100-meter straightaway and an artificial turf training pitch. The design will also feature a waffle pattern concrete slab that is visible under the fourth floor cantilever, where the NSRL will sit. This engineered, structural approach was selected for functional properties, and the waffle pattern is a nod to Nike’s innovation legacy.

A central feature of the design is a 15.63 percent inc

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LeBron James’ UNKNWN Confirms Collab With Thom Browne

LeBron James’ UNKNWN Confirms Collab With Thom Browne

LeBron James‘ Miami boutique and brand UNKNWN has confirmed a collaboration with Thom Browne. LeBron has been a HUGE fan of Browne’s suits, even buying them for the whole Cavaliers team during the 2018 playoffs. The brand has also been stocked in UNKNWN for years.

The collection will consist of nine pieces, but UNKNWN has not yet divulged any product breakdown. It’ll release online and in-store upon the opening of UNKNWN’s new store in the Wynwood district of Miami.

This isn’t Browne’s only foray into the world of sports. His brand also collaborate

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Kawhi Leonard has added yet another weapon to his arsenal, and the Clippers look like a force to be reckoned with

Kawhi Leonard has added yet another weapon to his arsenal, and the Clippers look like a force to be reckoned with
  • Kawhi Leonard has been doing more play-making and excelling at it for the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Though it’s only been two games, Leonard is averaging a career-high seven assists per game, running the pick-and-roll more often, and showing off chemistry with his Clippers teammates.
  • While it’s still very early in the season, the Clippers look as good as the NBA world expected and will only be more fearsome if their best player has added a new skill to his game.
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Through two games, the Los Angeles Clippers look to be worthy of the offseason hype, as they’ve raced out to a 2-0 start with impressive wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors.

Several things have stood out about the Clippers: a deep bench, a seemingly endless supply of competent defenders, and three-point shooters, a defense that has held its two opponents to a combined 41% shooting.

But one noteworthy development has been Kawhi Leonard becoming far more of a playmaker than he’s shown before.

Leonard has never averaged more than 3.5 assists per game in his career and averaged 3.3 per game last year with the Toronto Raptors.

Assists, of course, are not the end-all, be-all of passing statistics, but Leonard is averaging seven assists per game to begin this season — double what he’s ever averaged before.

Through much of the 2018-19 regular season, the Raptors ran two offenses — the Raptors offense and the “Kawhi offense.” The latter,

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Shaq weighed in on the NBA’s ongoing feud with China and defended Daryl Morey just minutes before the first game of the season tipped off

Shaq weighed in on the NBA’s ongoing feud with China and defended Daryl Morey just minutes before the first game of the season tipped off
  • Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal supported the Houston Rockets’ general manager, Daryl Morey, for his tweet expressing support for protesters in Hong Kong that ignited backlash in China against the NBA.
  • The NBA legend’s comments came Tuesday night during a broadcast of “Inside the NBA” on TNT just minutes before the first game of the 2019-2020 NBA season tipped off.
  • O’Neal said “one of our best values here in America is free speech” and defended Morey’s right to “speak up about injustices.”
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Just minutes before the first game of the 2019-2020 NBA season tipped off, Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal publicly defended the Houston Rockets’ general manager, Daryl Morey, for his tweet expressing support for protesters in Hong Kong that ignited backlash in China against the NBA.

During a broadcast of “Inside the NBA” on TNT on Tuesday night, the legendary center and current sports television analyst said “Daryl Morey was right.”

“We, as American people, do a lot of business in China,” O’Neal began. “And they know and understand our values and we underst

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China doesn’t air NBA openers; protests in LA

China doesn’t air NBA openers; protests in LA

Chinese state television did not air the NBA’s opening night games Tuesday, and the league’s streaming partner, Tencent, reduced its schedule and showed just the LakersClippers contest.

Outside that game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, a group of protesters chanted and offered fans T-shirts that read: “Fight For Freedom Stand For Hong Kong.” A smattering of fans wore them inside Staples during the game.

CCTV has customarily shown the league’s opening night games but has pulled all NBA broadcasts in the wake of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet on Oct. 4 supporting anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Tencent has reduced its schedule but did stream some preseason games.

Tencent is a media partner of ESPN and the NBA. The NBA declined comment.

In a commentary over the weekend, CCTV said NBA commissioner Adam Silver will face “retribution sooner or later” for saying last week that Chinese officials made it clear they wanted Morey fired. The Chinese government denied Silve

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Michael Jordan raised eyebrows in the NBA world by saying Stephen Curry is ‘not a hall of famer yet’

Michael Jordan raised eyebrows in the NBA world by saying Stephen Curry is ‘not a hall of famer yet’

Michael Jordan — a six-time NBA champion and five-time MVP widely considered one of, if not the, greatest player in the history of basketball — took a jab at one of the sport’s current megastars.

In an appearance on NBC’s “Today” Monday morning, Jordan claimed that Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry is not, at this point, a lock for the Hall of Fame.

“He’s still a great player,” Jordan said. “Not a Hall of Famer yet, though.”

MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin, who was conducting the interview, laughed heartily as Jordan smiled and added: “he’s not.”

 

Curry — who has won two regular-season MVP awards of his own — is already almost certain to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer upon eligibility. The face of the Warriors franchise, Curry led Golden State to three championships victories in four years. And in that off-year, when the Warriors fell to LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in a grueling seven-game series, Curry shattered the record for most three-pointers by draining 402 triples on the season.

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NBA ’19-20: Suspense returns; LA teams seek Hollywood ending – ABS-CBN Sports

NBA ’19-20: Suspense returns; LA teams seek Hollywood ending – ABS-CBN Sports
NBA '19-20: Suspense returns; LA teams seek Hollywood ending

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 5: LA Lakers forward Anthony Davis, during the preseason on October 5, 2019 at Oakland Arena in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press

For five years the NBA Finals have returned to the same spot, the longest run ever in one Western Conference location.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis want to bring them back to Los Angeles.

So do Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

With the Warriors weakened and powerhouse pairs popping up all over the place, the 2019-20 NBA season, unlike many in recent years, is a suspense story.

Both L.A. teams will try to give it a Hollywood ending.

When a whirlwind of player movement was finished, the real winner, as James noted, was Staples Center, which is now home to two title contenders in the Lakers (the way it used to be) and Clippers (the way it’s never been.)

“I agree with what Bron said,” George said. “The Staples Center is where you want to be with the team we got and with the team they have.”

The finals’ Western Conference headquarters had moved north in recent years, with Golden State building a dynasty in the Bay Area. But Kevin Durant is gone, Klay Thompson is injured, and even Stephen Curry’s sharpest shooting might not be able to keep the run going

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LA rivalry, Zion Williamson and China disputes – the big talking points before new NBA season

LA rivalry, Zion Williamson and China disputes – the big talking points before new NBA season
Kawhi Leonard won an NBA title with the Toronto Raptors last season before moving to the Los Angeles Clippers in the summer

It has been a little over three months since the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 4-2 to win their first NBA title.

The Raptors, led by Finals Most Valuable Player Kawhi Leonard, prevented the Warriors from claiming their third straight title in the process.

Summer moves and draft picks followed as each of the 30 teams restocked to go again next season.

With the 2019-20 campaign beginning this week, BBC Sport looks at the big talking points before another NBA season.

Battle for LA

This season the two favourites for the NBA title share not just the city of Los Angeles, but the same building – the Staples Center.

The Lakers are basketball royalty, have LeBron “The King” James and added another of the league’s best players in Anthony Davis to their roster.

For the majority of their existence the Clippers would barely qualify as noisy neighbours; entering their 50th season, they have never reached a Conference Finals. The Lakers have won the whole thing 11 times in that period.

But that dynamic has shifted in the past decade, culminating in July when the Clippers pulled off a massive coup by persuading reigning Finals MVP Leonard to sign with them instead of the Lakers. Alongside Leonard, another superstar Paul George joined via a trade. They’re ready to win now.

The NBA have scheduled the LA pair to meet on the first night of the season – Tuesday in the US, Wednesday morning (03:30 BST) in the UK – and Christmas Day. Set your alarms.

After the Gold

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Opinion: Zion Williamson’s knee injury deflates Pelicans, NBA season before it begins

Opinion: Zion Williamson’s knee injury deflates Pelicans, NBA season before it begins


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USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt breaks down the expectations surrounding top pick Zion Williamson in New Orleans.
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NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans tried to slow the Zion Williamson Hype Train.

A troublesome right knee brought it to a screeching halt.

Not only will Williamson miss the Pelicans’ season opener Tuesday at Toronto (8 p.m. ET, TNT), he will miss about six-to-eight weeks after undergoing surgery Monday to address a torn right lateral meniscus, the team said in a news release late Monday afternoon.

So what was billed as a marquee lid-lifter features the defending champion Raptors without NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and the Pelicans without the most touted rookie since LeBron James.

Williamson’s absence puts a damper on opening night and the first two months of the season. He was already a must-see attraction and his debut will have to wait until sometime near Christmas.

The Pelicans’ growth will also be stunted because Williamson is such a big part of their present and future, and though the Pelicans still have talent to win games, the excitement around their season crashed before it even began. In the deep Western Conference, New Orleans is a borderline playoff team, and without Williamson even for six-to-eight weeks, it makes postseason goals that much more difficult.

But for the Pelicans, Williamson means more than one season. Yes, they want him on the court as much as possible, but his long-term health – and we’re talking multiple seasons – is far more important than two months worth of games. New Orleans needs to be cautious. There’s no other way around it. There’s just too much at stake.

Everyone involved in the NBA wanted to see his debut Tuesday, the most anticipated since James played his first game for Cleveland in 2003. That includes networks TNT and ESPN. The Pelicans are on national TV, including NBA TV, nine times the first five weeks.

Williamson will eventually play, but this absence invites larger questions about his health. He was injured at Duke, was held out of summer league games as a precaution after sustaining a bruised left knee and now this. Individually, each issue is not a big deal. Collectively, though, are these signs of the potential for long-term health problems?

He is an explosive big man (6-6, 285) who puts pressure on his knees and feet and that has resulted in lingering health problems for other players. Greg Oden is the extreme example and Amar’e Stoudemire is an example of a player who had knee injuries but forged a productive career. Then, there’s James, who has been relatively injury free despite his combination of size, power and quickness.

A person with

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NBA 6 milestones to watch for in 2019-20 NBA season – ABS-CBN Sports

NBA 6 milestones to watch for in 2019-20 NBA season – ABS-CBN Sports

NBA.com staff report

The 2019-20 season is set to begin and there’s no shortage of notable stats and numbers to know before basketball begins. Here are six you should keep in mind once the regular season tips off…

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LeBron could soon pass Kobe

The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James begins his 17th season needing 1,101 points to pass Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Based on his career average, James (32,543 points) would need 41 games to pass Bryant (33,643) and settle in behind No. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and No. 2 Karl Malone (36,928).

The potential scoring milestone is just the start for James in 2019-20. He is poised to climb closer to the top in several major categories. Based on his career averages, here are some of his projected all-time regular-season rankings by the end of this season.

On another scoring note, James is on the verge of becoming the third player to record at least 1,000 games of 20 or more points.

Westbrook on cusp of history

With his next triple-double, Westbrook will pass Magic Johnson for sole possession of second place

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NBA forecast: An LA team will win title – and it’s not the Lakers – Sports Interactive Network Philippines

NBA forecast: An LA team will win title – and it’s not the Lakers – Sports Interactive Network Philippines

CHICAGO – The best team in the upcoming 2019-20 NBA season is in Los Angeles. And it’s not the Lakers.

The best player is also in Los Angeles. And it’s neither LeBron James nor Anthony Davis.

It’s the L.A. Clippers and Kawhi Leonard, respectively. And when you add one with the other, it equals to a championship next June.

Don’t worry, I’m not about to plant a flag of originality or singular boldness in making this unadventurous prediction.

The USA Today, ESPN (54.5 percent probability), Bleacher Report and Westgate odds makers in Las Vegas (plus 350 favorites) all think the Clippers have what it takes to crush all comers.

Forty-six percent of the league’s 30 GMs also forecast the Clippers to win their first title in franchise history. This is the nugget I take the most stock of because an NBA GM’s pick comes from a very learned place, possessing all the inside info, X’s and O’s, and the esoteric details that make a team tick or tank.

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I’m not here to ride on some established persons or organizations’ bandwagon. I’m just here to provide the “here’s why” such conclusion was arrived at.

Kind of like the stats detective collecting all the clues while in the manic throes of uncovering a mystery.

The Clippers finished last season at 48-34, eighth in the Western Conference, They were 9th in offensive rating and 21st in defensive rating. They were fifth in points scored per game (115.1) and 25th in points allowed (114.3).

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NBA Reveals Actual Heights of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and More

The NBA recently decided to get more serious when it comes to recording players’ ages and heights in an effort to avoid purposeful inflation and deflation of the important statistics. Players will often exaggerate their height to stay within a certain position’s range, but back in September, NBA spokesman Mike Bass confirmed to The New York Times that a new vetting process would be enacted in the near future. “A consistent process has been created to ensure the integrity and accuracy of the data on team rosters,” he outlined.

Kevin Durant previously admitted to the Wall Street Journal that he changes his height based on the situation. “For me, when I’m talking to women, I’m 7 feet,” he jokingly explained. “In basketball circles, I’m 6’9”. But really, I’v

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LeBron James Jersey Worn on ‘Sports Illustrated’ Cover Sold for Over $180K USD

LeBron James Jersey Worn on ‘Sports Illustrated’ Cover Sold for Over $180K USD

LeBron James is currently entering his 17th season in the NBA, which is no small feat for a professional basketball player. Fans and collectors realize that the superstar’s career is likely reaching its last legs, resulting in somewhat of a mad rush to buy up all of his merchandise before he exits the league. As a result, the jersey worn by James on his first Sports Illustrated cover has just been sold for a staggering $187,500 USD in a Goldin Auctions event.

The faded gold and gre

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LeBron James talks favorite 1980s movies, attempts to list every LA sports team | NBA on ESPN – ESPN

LeBron James talks favorite 1980s movies, attempts to list every LA sports team | NBA on ESPN – ESPN

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James speaks to reporters after practice on Sunday morning. LeBron talks about the team’s first regular-season game on Tuesday against the LA Clippers and how different it is playing at Staples Center when the Lakers aren’t the home team. LeBron then somehow pivots to his favorite 1980s movies, including The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. He then goes on to discuss the Los Angeles sports scene and attempts to list every professional sports team in LA.

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The Center of the N.B.A. Universe Moves to Los Angeles

The Center of the N.B.A. Universe Moves to Los Angeles

It has been six years since a team other than the Golden State Warriors won the Western Conference, and eight since a team other than the Warriors or the San Antonio Spurs won it, but that appears almost certain to change.

The Los Angeles Clippers added Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to a playoff team, and the Los Angeles Lakers traded for Anthony Davis to complement LeBron James. In a far riskier move, the Houston Rockets reunited James Harden and Russell Westbrook in a backcourt that could be more productive than anything the league has ever seen — or a disaster for both players.

But even after those moves, there is still a sense that the conference, and the N.B.A. in general, is wide open. The stranglehold the Warriors had on the entire league has been released, and in the resulting power vacuum, at least four or five teams have emerged that could easily rise to the top of the West.

Pacific Division

Key additions: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Maurice Harkless

Key subtractions: Danilo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Draft: Mfiondu Kabengele (No. 27), Terrance Mann (No. 48)

Everyone knows about Kawhi Leonard (N.B.A. champion, defensive maestro) and Paul George (perennial All-Star, defensive maestro), and there is no question that their joint arrival in Los Angeles this summer instantly vaulted the Clippers into the realm of bona fide contenders.

More often overlooked is that the Clippers did not need to trade away half their roster — cough, Lakers, cough — to attain their two new stars. Consider the players who are returning from the team that went to the playoffs last season, and even pushed the Warriors to six games in a first-round series: Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell, Landry Shamet.

That is a decent core to build around. George will miss the early part of the schedule as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery, and there are always chemistry questions when new players come to town. But Leonard and George fit the blue-collar, roll-up-your-sleeves attitude that the team came to embrace last season, and it would be a huge surprise if the Clippers do not position themselves as one of the teams to beat in the Western Conference. SCOTT CACCIOLA

Key additions: Anthony Davis, Jared Dudley, Danny Green, Dwight Howard, Quinn Cook

Key subtractions: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart

Draft: None

The Lakers are trying to reboot for the second season of the LeBron James Experience: new coach, new supporting cast and loftier expectations after nearly everything that could have gone wrong last season went wrong.

James, after missing a big chunk of last season with a groin injury, watched the playoffs from home for the first time since the 2004-05 season, when he was a second-year forward with the Cleveland Cavaliers. No one expects the Lakers to finish with another losing record after they (finally) traded for perennial All-Star Anthony Davis over the off-season. They also added some much-needed shooting by signing Danny Green and Jared Dudley.

But the Lakers lack depth — they shipped a fleet of promising young players to the New Orleans Pelicans to acquire Davis — and an injury to one of their front line stars would likely doom their championship aspirations.

Underestimate James at your own peril, though, even at age 34 and even after a preseason full of geopolitical distractions stemming from the team’s recent trip to China. James has a chance to make his mark yet again in a wide-open conference. SCOTT CACCIOLA

Key additions: D’Angelo Russell, Willie Cauley-Stein, Omari Spellman, Glenn Robinson III, Marquese Chriss

Key subtractions: Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, DeMarcus Cousins, Quinn Cook, Alfonzo McKinnie, Jordan Bell

Draft: Jordan Poole (No. 28), Alen Smailagic (No. 39), Eric Paschall (No. 41)

After five consecutive trips to the N.B.A. finals and three championships, the Warriors were radically remade through the combination of Kevin Durant leaving for Brooklyn, Andre Iguodala being traded, Shaun Livingston retiring and Klay Thompson being sidelined indefinitely with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

The Warriors did their best to salvage the off-season, acquiring D’Angelo Russell, a 23-year-old All-Star point guard, in a sign-and-trade for Durant. But even that move could limit them, as it put them under a hard cap for salaries for the season, meaning the team they have on Day 1 is likely to be the team they have all season, beyond the roster fillers at the end of the bench.

Golden State still has one of the game’s most devastating offensive weapons in Stephen Curry, and its most versatile defender in Draymond Green. When Thompson returns they would be the only team in the N.B.A. that could put a lineup on the floor with four players who had made an All-Star team in the last two seasons. But there is no question that the team’s championship-level defense has been gutted.

Key additions: Dewayne Dedmon, Trevor Ariza

Key subtractions: Willie Cauley-Stein

Draft: Justin James (No. 40), Kyle Guy (No. 55), Vanja Marinkovic (No. 60)

If Coach Luke Walton deploys the offense that most people expect from him, then Buddy Hield, De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic should all be taking even more shots from 3-point range. The team invested a chunk of change in retaining Harrison Barnes, who is familiar with Walton from their time together in Golden State, but a playoff spot in the West typically requires some defense. Beyond

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Lakers Injury Updates: Kyle Kuzma Will Not Play Against Clippers, Alex Caruso Listed As Day-To-Day With Bone Contusion In Pelvis – LakersNation.com

Lakers Injury Updates: Kyle Kuzma Will Not Play Against Clippers, Alex Caruso Listed As Day-To-Day With Bone Contusion In Pelvis – LakersNation.com

Following a successful 2019 NBA preseason, the Los Angeles Lakers are preparing for their 2019-20 NBA season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 22.

While LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the supporting cast showed what they can eventually become, Los Angeles did deal with injuries before and during the preseason.

As it currently stands, all of the attention is on Kyle Kuzma and Alex Caruso. As Kuzma is working his way back from a stress reaction in his left foot, Caruso exited the team’s final preseason game against the Golden State Warriors.

After additional testing, Caruso is listed as day-to-day with a bone contusion in his pelvis now, according to Lakers:

As for Kuzma, he will not play Opening Night:

With Kuzma being cleared for non-contact basketball activities on Oct. 15, this is not a surprising development. Head coach Frank Vogel recently shared he was moving past ‘Paul George workouts’ and toward contact on Oct. 18.

And for Caruso, this is good news considering he did not return followin

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PewDiePie says he’s been banned in China

PewDiePie says he’s been banned in China

Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg is the world’s largest independent YouTube channel — but if you live in China, you can no longer enjoy the Swedish star’s content. Following a series of jokes referencing the Hong Kong protests, the PewDiePie channel now appears to be censored.

The YouTuber announced his blacklisting in a recent video, where he shows a screenshot of what happens if you search “PewDiePie” in China. Nothing comes up. This is likely due to China’s reliance on a massive surveillance and censorship program that is sometimes referred to as the “Great Fire Wall of China.”


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Kjellberg isn’t exactly surprised by this turn of events — recently, high profile musician DJ Zedd also got banned from China, allegedly for merely liking a South Park tweet. Kjellberg, meanwhile, featured a meme on his YouTube channel that jokingly referred to China as a “dumb bitch.” The YouTuber also spent

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China facts of the day

China facts of the day

Sports Business Journal recently estimated that the NBA’s presence in China is worth $5 billion to the league.

And:

Nike, with [Lebron] James as a primary spokesman in China, received 17% of its $37.2 billion in brand revenue from Greater China in fiscal 2019…James also has served Tencent as a spokesperson, consultant and endorser

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NBA’s Best 50 Plays | 2019-20 Preseason – NBA

NBA’s Best 50 Plays | 2019-20 Preseason – NBA

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Stephen Curry Explains Why LeBron James and Lakers Are Going to Be ‘Tough’ – Lakers Daily

Stephen Curry Explains Why LeBron James and Lakers Are Going to Be ‘Tough’ – Lakers Daily

While Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry lost an MVP-caliber teammate this past offseason, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gained one.

In an interview with Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Warriors icon opened up about James, Anthony Davis and the new-look Lakers.

“I mean they’re tough,” said Curry. “You start with LeBron and AD. Those are two guys who demand your attention every possession, and I think they showed (on Wednesday night) a little bit how they can work in tandem, putting pressure on that three or four spot, with either JaVale (McGee) or Dwight (Howa

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Highlights: 2019 Warriors Preseason – Golden State Warriors

Highlights: 2019 Warriors Preseason – Golden State Warriors

Check out some of the top plays of the Warriors’ 2019 preseason action. The team went 2-3 with four of those game

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Lakers News: Zach Norvell Jr. Details Breaking Jordan Poole’s Ankles For Second Time – LakersNation.com

Lakers News: Zach Norvell Jr. Details Breaking Jordan Poole’s Ankles For Second Time – LakersNation.com

Despite a 124-103 loss to the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Lakers have to be happy with how they have looked ahead of 2019-20 NBA Opening Night.

Head coach Frank Vogel rested his starters and most of the rotation as they have proven they are more than ready for regular season action. LeBron James and Anthony Davis showed they have already established some chemistry, particularly in the pick-and-roll as they have connected on several highlight-reel plays while the shooters around them have provided the necessary spacing that was lacking from last season.

While it is never wise to draw too much from preseason games, Los Angeles may have found a legitimate gem in Zach Norvell Jr., who went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft. After showing out in NBA Summer League, Norvell has impressed in the preseason with his knack for knocking down jumpers and ge

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Demonstrators, police prepare for another weekend of protests in Hong Kong – Global News

Demonstrators, police prepare for another weekend of protests in Hong Kong – Global News

Hong Kong anti-government protesters are set for another weekend of civil disobedience as they prepare to hold an unauthorized protest march to press their demands.

Supporters held a prayer rally on Saturday night to call for international help for their cause. The protest march is planned for Sunday, with organizers vowing to hold the event even though it failed to win approval from police, who cited risks to public order.

As the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s political crisis extends into a fifth month, protesters are trying to keep the pressure on the government to respond to their demands, including full democracy and an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality.


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They’re also using Sunday’s rally to raise a more recent demand for the government to scrap a ban installed this month on face masks at public gatherings.

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Organizers said demonstrators would defy the police because Hong Kong’s constitution guarantees the right to protest.

“We don’t think that because police haven’t given their approval we shouldn’t demonstrate,” Figo Chan, vice-convener of the Civil Human Rights Front, told reporters. “Even though they have rejected our appeal, there will surely be many residents taking to the streets.”

Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers including Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Rep. Alexandra Ocasio Cortez wrote to tech company Apple and video game studio Activision Blizzard to condemn what they called protest-related censorship on behalf of China.






Group plans to give out thousands of pro-Hong Kong T-shirts to Raptors fans ahead of season opener


Group plans to give out thousands of pro-Hong Kong T-shirts to Raptors fans ahead of season opener

The group urged Apple to

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Hong Kong protests: NBA fans join anti-China display

Hong Kong protests: NBA fans join anti-China display

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Protesters held signs and wore masks during the pre-season basketball game in New York

Dozens of spectators at a US basketball game have held signs and donned T-shirts and masks in support of protests in Hong Kong.

Demonstrators gathered during a match in New York between the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors.

The move was organised by film producer Andrew Duncan, who bought 300 tickets for the activists.

It comes amid an ongoing row between China and the NBA over the protests that have rocked Hong Kong since March.

Images from the pre-season game on Friday show demonstrators wearing T-shirts emblazoned with “Stand With Hong Kong” and “Free Tibet”.

Two other people were also pictured wearing Winnie-the-Pooh costumes. The cartoon bear is used as a symbol to mock Chinese President Xi Jinping and is banned in China.

Footage from the protest was shared on social media.

Among the group was Hong Kong activist Nathan Law, the former chairman of Demosisto, a pro-democracy party he co-founded with fellow campaigner Joshua Wong.

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Hundreds of activists supporting the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong filled the stands at a Brooklyn Nets game

Hundreds of activists supporting the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong filled the stands at a Brooklyn Nets game
  • Pro-democracy protesters filled the stands at a preseason game between the Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn, New York, Friday night. They wore shirts and masks and held signs in support of Hong Kong.
  • The protests in Hong Kong have been escalating for nearly five months. However, the NBA was pulled into the controversy earlier this month, after the general manager of the Houston Rockets Daryl Morey tweeted out an image of support for protests in Hong Kong.
  • The NBA responded to the since-deleted tweet, noting that it “deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable.” However, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a follow-up statement that the league would not censor players or team owners.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Pro-democracy protesters filled the stands at a preseason game between the Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn, on Friday night, wearing shirts and holding signs in support of Hong Kong.

The protests in Hong Kong have been escalating for nearly five months. What began as protests over a controversial extradition bill that would have allowed the extradition of Hong Kongers to mainland China, have morphed into larger pro-democracy protests.

However, the NBA was pulled into the controversy earlier this month, after the general manager of the Houston Rockets Daryl Morey tweeted out an image of support for protests in Hong Kong.

The NBA responded to the since-deleted tweet, noting that it “deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable.”

“While Daryl has made it clear that his tweet does not represent the Rockets or the NBA, the values of the league supports individuals educating themselves and sharing their views on matters important to them,” the NBA statement read.

The Nets majority owner Joe Tsai, a Taiwanese-born billionaire, wrote an open letter following the d

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No. 1 NBA draft pick Zion Williamson will miss the start of the NBA season with a knee injury, but it could be a blessing in disguise for the Pelicans

No. 1 NBA draft pick Zion Williamson will miss the start of the NBA season with a knee injury, but it could be a blessing in disguise for the Pelicans
  • Zion Williamson — the Duke sensation whom the New Orleans Pelicans selected first overall in the 2019 NBA Draft — will miss a “period of weeks” to start his NBA career with a right knee injury, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
  • Though the news has undoubtedly unnerved Pelicans fans who have already tabbed Williamson with reinvigorating and bringing glory to their waning franchise, the 19-year-old’s delayed debut may be a blessing in disguise for New Orleans.
  • Many of Williamson’s new teammates are not accustomed to the spotlight that comes with playing with someone widely considered to be the most highly-anticipated rookie since LeBron James.
  • With their young star sidelined, the Pelicans will have a chance to get acquainted in their own right without the pressure of playing the literal first game of the NBA season with the buzziest new star drawing added attention to the team.
  • To be sure, New Orleans is a far superior team with Williamson on the court than they are with him sidelined, but if his injury is truly minor, it may just be the best thing the Pelicans could have hoped for.
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Zion Williamson — the high-flying Duke dunker whom the New Orleans Pelicans selected with the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft — has already stunned even his most adamant doubters with his incredible efficiency throughout his NBA preseason showings.

On Friday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the 6-foot-6 power forward will miss a “period of weeks” to start his NBA career thanks to a right knee injury he sustained during those preseason games. Even though Wojnarowski noted that the injury is not severe, the news has undoubtedly unnerved Pelicans fans who have already tabbed Williamson with reinvigorating and bringing glory to their waning franchise.

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Zion Williamson has been inundated with media attention since well before he arrived in the NBA.
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But the 19-year-old’s delayed NBA debut may just be a blessing in disguise for basketball in the Big Easy.

Williamson is the most highly-anticipated NBA rookie since LeBron James first stepped on an NBA court for the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2003. But along with those soaring expectations comes an inordinate am

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Hundreds Flood Brooklyn Nets Game In ‘Stand With Hong Kong’ T-Shirts

Hundreds Flood Brooklyn Nets Game In ‘Stand With Hong Kong’ T-Shirts

Hundreds of protesters in black “Stand With Hong Kong” T-shirts filled seats at a Brooklyn Nets game Friday to protest the National Basketball Association’s failure to stand up for anti-government Hong Kong demonstrators because of business concerns.

The fans waved signs and chanted at the Barclays Center, where the Nets lost  to the Toronto Raptors 107-123 in the preseason game.

It was the first opportunity for fans to vent since the Nets returned this week after playing exhibition games against the Los Angeles Lakers in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

The games were not televised in China and several events were canceled because of simmering tension between the nation and the NBA. Houston Rockets’ General Manager Daryl Morey posted a tweet early this month in support of Hong Kong protesters — then deleted it and apologized when it angered Chinese officials. China’s state broadcaster nevertheless said it would stop showing Rockets games, and sponsors began suspending their contracts with the NBA.

Nets owner Taiwanese-born Joe Tsai, co-founder of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, wrote a long criticism of Morey’s tweet.

But a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers called it “outrageous that the NBA has caved to Chinese government demands for contrition.”

Nets star guard Kyrie Irving was sympathetic to the protesters Friday. “The reality is that as individuals it’s our job to stand up for what we believe in,” he told The Associated Press.

The protesters also included a “Free Tibet” faction.

One of the protesters was Nathan Law, a Hong Kong politician and activist, and the former chairman of pro-democr

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Lakers’ JaVale McGee faking an injury to get a wide-open dunk is the best play of the NBA preseason – CBS Sports

Lakers’ JaVale McGee faking an injury to get a wide-open dunk is the best play of the NBA preseason – CBS Sports

Prior to his back-to-back championship seasons with the Golden State Warriors, JaVale McGee was largely known in NBA circles for his occasional humorous foibles on the court. He was featured so prominently on the blooper show, “Shaqtin’ a Fool” that it led to a contentious beef between McGee and NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, who hosts the show.

On Wednesday night, however, McGee was the one doing the fooling. In the third quarter of the Lakers‘ 126-93 preseason win over his former team, McGee busted out one of the most clever, entertaining acts of subterfuge we’ve seen in sports. After getting his leg tangled up with Warriors forward Alfonz

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Adam Silver: Financial consequences have been dramatic after Morey tweet – Sportsnet.ca

Adam Silver: Financial consequences have been dramatic after Morey tweet – Sportsnet.ca

It has been almost two weeks since Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey sent out a deleted tweet in apparent support of protestors in Hong Kong, and we’re still learning the full extent of the fallout.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver described some of the ongoing repercussions of the since-deleted tweet during a conversation with Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts at the Time 100 Health Summit on Thursday.

“The losses have already been substantial,” Silver told Roberts. “Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we’ll see what happens next.”

“I don’t know where we go from here,” he added. “The financial consequences have been and may co

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China Denies Asking for Morey’s Firing Over Hong Kong Tweet

China Denies Asking for Morey’s Firing Over Hong Kong Tweet

BEIJING (AP) — China is refuting NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s claim that it demanded the firing of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over a tweet that supported anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says the “Chinese government never posed this requirement.”

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China denies it asked for Morey’s firing over HK tweet

China denies it asked for Morey’s firing over HK tweet

The rift between the NBA and China appeared to widen again Friday, as the fallout over Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong continued.

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A day after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Chinese officials wanted Morey fired, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry told reporters that no such demand was made by the government there. That becomes the latest chapter in the now 2-week-old saga over Morey’s tweet that was quickly deleted but has led to considerable damage to the long relationship between the NBA and China.

“I felt we had made enormous progress in terms of building cultural exchanges with the Chinese people,” Silver said Thursday during an appearance at the Time 100 Health Summit in New York. “Again, I have regret that much of that was lost. And I’m not even sure where we’ll go from here.”

That future seems even murkier now.

During that same appearance, Silver revealed that the Chinese government told the NBA it wanted Morey fired.

“Obviously, we made clear that we were being

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The biggest match in world soccer, Barcelona and Real Madrid’s ‘El Clasico,’ has been postponed due to fiery protests in Catalonia

The biggest match in world soccer, Barcelona and Real Madrid’s ‘El Clasico,’ has been postponed due to fiery protests in Catalonia

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid’s “El Clasico” match on October 26 has been postponed due to safety fears surrounding the ongoing violent protests in Catalonia. 

Nine Catalan separatist leaders were imprisoned on Monday, resulting in wild clashes between hundreds of thousands of protesters, right-wing groups, and state police throughout the week, which have included the throwing of petrol bombs, according to The Guardian.

80 people were injured and 33 arrested during Thursday night’s most recent protest, according to Spanish authorities, and the upcoming match at Camp Nou between Barcelona and Madrid has now been postponed. 

A statement from The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Friday confirmed the fixture’s deferral, and said that the two clubs must agree on a new date by 10 a.m. on Monday October 21 or a committee will do so for them.

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Hong Kong supporters rally as NBA comes to Vancouver – CityNews Vancouver

Hong Kong supporters rally as NBA comes to Vancouver – CityNews Vancouver

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Pro Hong-Kong demonstrators rallied at Rogers Arena ahead of a pre-season NBA game Thursday.

One protester says she wants basketball fans to learn more about the Hong-Kong protests and to recognize that human rights and freedom of expression are at stake.

“The Hong Kong people, they are not just fighting for themselves, they are [at] the very very forefront [of the ] fight for democracy and freedom for all people,” says Thekla Lit.

Protests have been gripping Hong Kong for months. They began as a response to a now-withdrawn extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent for trial in Communist Party-controlled courts in mainland China. The movement then ballooned to encompass broader pro-democracy demands. The protests have led to violent clashes between protesters and police, and thousands have been arrested.

Basketball became an unlike

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South Park Mocks Lebron James’s Defense Of China Word For Word

South Park Mocks Lebron James’s Defense Of China Word For Word

In 1929 a German doctor named Friedrich Ritter and his former patient Dore Strauch landed o

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16 players who could take home the NBA MVP, ranked

16 players who could take home the NBA MVP, ranked
  • The 2019-20 NBA season is here.
  • After a wild summer of player movement, the MVP race feels wide open, as the circumstances have changed for many of the league’s best players.
  • We took a look at 16 players who can take home the MVP, based on their odds, projected seasons, and narratives.
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LeBron James threw an incredible, no-look pass while falling down

LeBron James threw an incredible, no-look pass while falling down
  • LeBron James threw an amazing, no-look pass over his head to Danny Green while falling down. Green sank the three-pointer.
  • James finished the game with 11 assists and might have had another on a slick bounce pass to Green, whose shot was blocked.
  • Watch the two plays below.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

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Nepotism Is Everywhere, Trevor Noah Says

Nepotism Is Everywhere, Trevor Noah Says

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Come On, LeBron

Come On, LeBron

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

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Christian Dior becomes latest western company to apologize to China

Christian Dior becomes latest western company to apologize to China

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

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

China claims sovereignty over Taiwan, which rules itself.

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

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

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LeBron James Faces Backlash Unseen Since ‘The Decision’

LeBron James Faces Backlash Unseen Since ‘The Decision’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Debate, Brexit, Fort Worth: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Debate, Brexit, Fort Worth: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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

Good evening. Here’s the latest.

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

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

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


3. Congress is back from recess.

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

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

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

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


4. How close is a Brexit deal?

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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6. More on the Fort Worth shooting.¶

This is an undated photo of Aaron Dean, the po

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LeBron: Won’t talk NBA-China dispute again

LeBron: Won’t talk NBA-China dispute again

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

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

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

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

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

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

On Tuesday in Hong Kong, fans

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LeBron jerseys are lit. Literally.

LeBron jerseys are lit. Literally.


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Hong Kong protesters are legit burning LeBron James jerseys

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

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

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

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

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

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LeBron James addresses ‘tough situation’ after China backlash

LeBron James addresses ‘tough situation’ after China backlash


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SportsPulse: LeBron James had some critical words for Daryl Morey when he addressed the media on Monday night, calling the Rockets GM ‘ misinformed’.
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Los Angeles Lakers’ star coined the catch phrase, “More than an Athlete” as part of his business portfolio. Yet, there are times even LeBron James believes he should shut up and dribble.

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

Why not?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OPINION:LeBron undermines values he’s espoused 

OPINION: LeBron’s stance on China weakens his voice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He is not the man we thought he was.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Published 3:51 a.m. ET Oct. 16, 2019 | Updated 7:59 a.m. ET Oct. 16, 2019



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Ex-State official to testify in impeachment inquiry

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



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

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



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

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



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PR advice for celebrities on how to deal with China

PR advice for celebrities on how to deal with China

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Rudy rebuffs subpoena

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

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

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

2. Democrats debate in Ohio

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

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

3. Cuba accused again

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

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

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

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

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

4. LeBron fuels China controversy

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

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

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China Threatens to Retaliate if U.S. Passes Hong Kong Bill…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Your Tuesday Briefing

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Good morning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

• Who will control northeastern Syria?

• How will this turn out for the Kurds?

• How are civilians affected?

• Will ISIS come back?

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Want more? We’re ramping up our On Politics email newsletter to five days a week. Sign up to receive it in your inbox here.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LeBron James Says Executive Was ‘Misinformed’ in China Tweet

LeBron James Says Executive Was ‘Misinformed’ in China Tweet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When asked to clarify his thoughts, James went further.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LeBron James no longer King James in Hong Kong

LeBron James no longer King James in Hong Kong

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

Protesters in Hong Kong burn LeBron jerseys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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SportsPulse: LeBron James had some critical words for Daryl Morey when he addressed the media on Monday night, calling the Rockets GM ‘ misinformed’.
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LOS ANGELES — As LeBron James spoke, the frustration in his tone and body language increasingly grew.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She r

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LeBron Made His Choice, And He Chose LeBron

LeBron Made His Choice, And He Chose LeBron

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LEBRON BOWS TO COMMUNISTS

LEBRON BOWS TO COMMUNISTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Difficult week –

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

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

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

Twitter users pounced, s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters

LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LeBron: Morey ‘misinformed’ on China situation

LeBron: Morey ‘misinformed’ on China situation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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No longer King James for Hong Kong protesters…

No longer King James for Hong Kong protesters…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shortly after, James used

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LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters

LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

Our Opinion section tells how racial hierarchies changed, a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The NBA Is Going to Have to Choose

The NBA Is Going to Have to Choose

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

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

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LeBron James And Nike Just Released The LeBron Witness 4

LeBron James And Nike Just Released The LeBron Witness 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Changing the business model of college sports – KGO-TV

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Who is the best player in the NBA?

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

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

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

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

This transcript has been edited for clarity and length.

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Take your pick: Giannis or Kawhi?

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

MacMullan: OK.

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

MacMullan: Kawhi Leonard.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Would you like to know what happened?

Windhorst: Yes. Remind me.

MacMullan: OK, in 41 matchups —

Windhorst: It was a pretty damn big important moment.

MacMullan: It kind of was.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lakers’ Davis suffers thumb sprain in China game

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

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

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

Davis initially stayed in the game, getting the thumb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hating Comic Sans Is Not a Personality

Hating Comic Sans Is Not a Personality

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hong Kong protests – key facts

US basketball is a big deal in China

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

During today’s Houston R

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anthony Davis found out LeBron James was gifting him the No. 23 with a surprise gift in a to-go bag at a fancy restaurant
  • LeBron James took Anthony Davis out to dinner in Los Angeles shortly after the Lakers traded for the All-Star big man.
  • According to a report, James wrote Davis a card and put a No. 23 “Davis” jersey in a to-go bag to give Davis his jersey number.
  • Nike ended up squashing the number exchange, and Davis chose No. 3 instead, but said the gesture still resonated with him.
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After the Los Angeles Lakers traded for Anthony Davis, LeBron James was so excited that he took Davis out to dinner to woo him and present him with a gift, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

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

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NBA games in China in doubt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following conversation has been lightly edited for clarity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Drake responds after dad says rapper made up absentee father claims to sell records: ‘So hurt’ – Yahoo Entertainment

Drake responds after dad says rapper made up absentee father claims to sell records: ‘So hurt’ – Yahoo Entertainment

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

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


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UPDATE: BEIJING PUNISHES NBA…

UPDATE: BEIJING PUNISHES NBA…

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

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

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

Daryl Morey,

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

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

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

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

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

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Joe Tsai.

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Zion Williamson needed just 3 dunks in 28 minutes to have NBA fans drooling over his potential in his debut

Zion Williamson needed just 3 dunks in 28 minutes to have NBA fans drooling over his potential in his debut
  • Zion Williamson put on a show in his first NBA preseason game on Monday.
  • Williamson finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists in 28 minutes, throwing down three jaw-dropping dunks in the process.
  • While the New Orleans Pelicans have tried to calm the hype around Williamson, the NBA’s most anticipated prospect in years, it seems Williamson is indeed going to electrify crowds this season.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

It’s been months since basketball fans have seen Zion Williamson on the court, and he did not disappoint in his NBA debut on Monday.

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

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

After the game,

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

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


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

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

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

OPINION: It’s time for LeBron James to speak out on China, regardless of Nike ties

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

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

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

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

The NBA is attempting to thread a difficult needle right now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“We’re strongly dissatisfied and oppose Adam S

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California Governor Signs Bill Allowing NCAA Athletes to Earn Sponsorship Income

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LeBron James’ high school jersey up for auction

LeBron James’ high school jersey up for auction

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

The online auction listing says the gold me

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

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

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

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

Relative True Shooting Percentage: +3.7

Net Rating Swing: N/A

Box Plus/Minus: 8.1

Win Shares per 48 Minutes: 0.250

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

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

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

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

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

Phew…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here a

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Harden apologizes as rift grows: ‘We love China’

Harden apologizes as rift grows: ‘We love China’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This was the first tas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Justin Bieber’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

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

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

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

Lil Uzi Vert’s Patek Philippe Nautilus

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

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Jimmy Butler’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Rainbow”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All of it was a work in progress.

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

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

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

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

James offered his comments after the session.

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

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

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

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

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How Zion Williamson Is Lifting The Trading Card Industry

How Zion Williamson Is Lifting The Trading Card Industry

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

LeBron James among riskiest early-round fantasy basketball picks

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

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

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

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


LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers (5.5 ADP)

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

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

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

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

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

This offseason, Harden teased a new move, saying

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

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

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

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

Along with the collaborat

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

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




Gov. Gavin Newsom | Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo

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

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

But not to LeBron James.

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

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

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

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

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California Will Let College Athletes Sign Endorsement Deals

California Will Let College Athletes Sign Endorsement Deals

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

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

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

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

Newsom predicted other states will introduce similar legislation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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