LeBron James calls on MLB to listen to players over Houston Astros sign-stealing

The Astros beat the Dodgers to win their first World Series in 2017

Basketball star LeBron James has called on Major League Baseball to listen to players “disgusted” by the Houston Astros “sign-stealing” scandal.

A MLB report in January found the Astros illegally used a camera to steal signs from catchers to pitchers during their 2017 World Series-winning season.

No Astros players were punished and they will not be stripped of the title.

Several prominent players on other teams have criticised the Astros and MLB’s handling of the case.

“Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be irate,” said Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James on Twitter.

“I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do!”

James told MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to “listen to your players speaking about how disgusted, mad, hurt, broken [they are] about this”.

He added: “Literally the ball is in your co

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The basketball shoe industry is being crushed by the athleisure wave

Michael Jordan changed the way basketball shoes were perceived when he signed his iconic Nike

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 deal in 1984 and debuted the Air Jordan 1. Basketball shoes became so popular that they soon outgrew the court and were being worn as everyday shoes.

For years, basketball shoes adorned with names like LeBron James and Kevin Durant sold well. But lately, the performance basketball shoe market has struggled.

Basketball shoe sales now represent less than 4% of the athletic shoe market, a massive drop from their 13% market share in 2014, according to data from research firm NPD. In addition, basketball performance shoe sales are also down roughly 13% compared to the same period a year ago, the fourth consecutive year that aggregate basketball shoe sales have declined.

A lot of people are still choosing to wear athletic shoes, but not high performance basketball shoes. What happened?

See also: LeBron James earns more from two Instagram posts than he does for a whole NBA game

“This is the culmination of the athleisure trend, where we are wearing athletic inspired footwear and apparel but we don’t intend to use them for sport,” Matt Powell, Senior Industry Advisor at NPD, told MarketWatch.

According to research firm NPD, the athleisure industry grew 7% over a 12-month period in 2019, and shows no signs of slowing down.

That’s one of the reasons having a star like LeBron James’s name on a performance shoe doesn’t guarantee

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Bronny James, Sierra Canyon Beat St. Anthony 61-49

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - JANUARY 04: Amari Bailey #10 of Sierra Canyon Trailblazers dribbles the ball against the Minnehaha Academy Red Hawks during the game at Target Center on January 04, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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Amari Bailey scored 17 points and Brandon Boston Jr. added 12 as Sierra Canyon defeated St. Anthony 61-49 on Tuesday in CIF Southern Section Open Division Championship Pool A play.

SLAM provided highlights of the day’s action, which San Antonio Spurs swingman DeMar DeRozan took in:

Per freelance prep writer Jack Pollon, Ziaire Williams had 11 points, Terren Frank contributed nine and Shy Odom added eight.

Harold Yu and LeBron James Jr. (known as Bronny) each had two. James is the so

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Vanessa Bryant asked to keep items fans left at the Staples Center memorial for Kobe

  • Vanessa Bryant asked to keep some of the items left behind by thousands of fans at the memorial for her late husband Kobe and their daughter, Gianna, outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. 
  • The Los Angeles Times first reported that Lee Zeidman, the president of Staples Center, L.A. Live and Microsoft Theater, said Vanessa had been the one to reach out.
  • Everything that isn’t perishable will be cataloged, packed up, and put in specially made containers before being shipped to the Bryant family. 
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At her request, Vanessa Bryant will be keeping some of the items left behind by fans at the Kobe Bryant memorial outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. 

The memorial honored her husband, their 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and the seven others who died in a helicopter crash on January 26

The Los Angeles Times first reported that Lee Zeidman, the president of Staples Center, L.A. Live and Microsoft Theater, said the plan is to start taking everything apart Sunday after the Super Bowl. 

“It will have been a week. We have contractually obligated events that are moving in,” he said. “Vanessa had reached out to us and said, ‘Our family would like the items out there.’ So we’re going to catalog every one of them. By that I mean, t-shirts, letters, basketballs, stuffed animals, toys. We’re going to put those in specially made containers and we’re going to ship them to the family.”

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An official Kobe Bryant memorial looks likely on February 24 at the Staples Center, where he once dominated the court for the LA Lakers

  • A public memorial event will be held February 24 for Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others who died in a helicopter crash, Vanessa Bryant confirmed Friday.
  • The date, 2/24, would have special significance: No. 24 was Bryant’s jersey number, and No. 2 was his daughter’s.
  • The event will have a tight time frame because the Los Angeles Clippers are scheduled to play the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center right afterward, the Los Angeles Times reported.
  • The Staples Center has already become an unofficial focus of mourning for Bryant since he, Gianna, and seven others were killed January 26.
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A public memorial in honor of Kobe Bryant is due to be held at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on Monday February 24, his wife Vanessa confirmed on Friday.

It will also honor Bryant’s daughter Gianna and the seven others who died in the same helicopter crash in Los Angeles County in late January.

CNN reported the symbolism of the date 2/24: Bryant wore a No. 24 jersey for the latter part of his career, and Gianna played in No. 2 in youth basketball games.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Staples Center memorial will be relatively brief, as it needs to finish in time for a game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

The bodies of all nine victims from the January 26 crash were returned to their families this week by medical examiners in Los Angeles.

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A fan paying tribute to Bryant at a makeshift memorial at Staples Center on January 27.

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Staples Center has alre

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Baseball Commissioner Sorry He Called World Series Trophy A ‘Piece Of Metal’

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred apologized Tuesday for what he called a disrespectful reference to the World Series trophy as a “piece of metal.”

Even before being asked about it, Manfred said he made a mistake with those comments when trying to deliver a rhetorical point in an interview two days earlier.

“I referred to the World Series trophy in a disrespectful way, and I want to apologize for it,” Manfred said. “There’s no excuse for it. … It was a mistake to say what I said.”

MLB players, already upset with Manfred’s handling of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal and some of his comments in trying to explain it, became further infuriated by his “piece of metal” comment during a lengthy interview with ESPN on Sunday, the same day he spoke in Florida.

Even NBA superstar LeBron James joined the anti-Astros chorus, voicing his anger on social media Tuesday.

While speaking at the Cactus League media day in the Arizona desert, Manfred also pledged Tuesday to protect Oakland right-hander Mike Fiers, the ex-Astros pitcher who became the whistleblower when he went public in November to The Athletic.

“We will take every possible step to protect Mike Fiers wherever he’s playing, whether it’s in Houston or somewhere else,” Manfred said. “Mike did the industry a service.?

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The Nike LeBron 17 “Mr. Swackhammer” Opts for a Villainous Green Shade

LeBron James has shared the villainous counterpart of his Space Jam-inspired footwear ”Tune Squad,” the Nike LeBron 17 ”Mr. Swackhammer.”

Debuted during the second half of the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago, the latest iteration was named after the fictional Space Jam villain and arrives in its animated colorway. Its neon green Knitposite upper reflects M

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NBA All-Star Draft 2020: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Rosters and Mock Draft

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Los Angeles, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

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LeBron James, you are now on the clock for the 2020 NBA All-Star draft.

For the second straight year, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar will open the All-Star Game’s playground-style draft by selecting a player with the No. 1 overall pick. And just like in 2019, he is looking to assemble a team that can take down a squad led by Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.

James and Antetokounmpo received the most votes during All-Star voting, which led to them being the captains for the draft that is set to take place Thursday night.

James has the first pick in the first (starters) round, while the Milwaukee Bucks man will have the first pick in the second and final (reserves) round.

The All-Star Game will take place Feb. 16 at United Center in Chicago.

Here’s a look at everything else you need to know for the draft, including the pool of available players and a mock for how it could unfold.

        

2020 NBA All-Star Draft

When: Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. ET

TV and Live Stream: TNT and TNTDrama.com

Captains: LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo

         

Draft Pools

Starters

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

James Harden, Houston Rockets

Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors

Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics

Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

       

Reserves

Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat

Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat

Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors

Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks

Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz

Chris Paul

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Thousands Expected to Honor Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gianna at Sold-Out Staples Center Memorial

(LOS ANGELES) — Thousands of mourners will gather in Staples Center on Monday to say farewell to Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

The basketball superstar and his 13-year-old daughter will be honored in a public memorial at the arena where Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kobe and Gianna Bryant died along with seven others on Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash.

The Celebration of Life will feature speakers reflecting on Kobe Bryant’s impact on his sport and the world, along with music and retrospectives on Bryant’s on-court achievements. Bryant became active in film, television and writing after he retired from basketball in 2016.

Bryant’s family, dozens of sports greats and many major figures in Bryant’s public life are expected to attend.

Staples Center is sold out for the memorial. The money made from ticket sales will be given to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, which supports youth sports programs in underserved communities and teaches sports to girls and women.

Bryant played his entire 20-year NBA career with the Lakers, including the final 17 seasons at Staples Center, which opened in 1999. The five-time NBA champion’s two retired jersey numbers — 8 and 24 — hang high above the arena where he became the third-leading scorer in league history until Lakers star LeBron James passed him on the night before Bryant’s death.

Bryant’s death caused an outpouring of grief across Los Angeles, where he remained the city’s most popular athlete into retirement. Dozens of public memorials and murals have been in

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Here are the rosters for this year’s NBA All-Star Game — and the notable stars who were left off the list

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LeBron James: ‘You Could Definitely Feel’ Kobe Bryant’s Presence at 2020 NBA ASG

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is seen during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

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The memory of Kobe Bryant was never too far from the 2020 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.

James told reporters after his team beat Team Giannis 157-155 that “you could definitely feel” Bryant’s presence at the United Center in Chicago:

Bryant died Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash. His daughter Gianna was among the other eight victims.

To honor Kobe and Gianna, the NBA had the respective All-Star squads wear No. 24 and No. 2. The league also renamed the All-Star Game MVP award after Bryant. Upon accepting

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Anthony Davis, LeBron James Lead Lakers to Easy Win vs. Devin Booker, Suns

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The Los Angeles Lakers continued their dominance over the Phoenix Suns with a 125-100 victory Monday at Staples Center.

Los Angeles has won all three matchups this season and improved to a Western Conference-best 40-12. The trio of Anthony Davis, LeBron James and Rajon Rondo led the way for the Purple and Gold, who are now 4-1 in their last five games.

As for Phoenix, it continued trending in the wrong direction and fell to 21-33 overall and a mere 1-6 in its last seven contests.

          

Notable Player Stats

  • LAL F LeBron James: 17 points, nine assists and eight rebounds
  • LAL F Anthony Davis: 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists
  • LAL G Rajon Rondo: 23 points, six assists and four rebounds on 4-of-5 from three-point range
  • PHX F Mikal Bridges: 18 points, six rebounds and three assists
  • PHX G Devin Booker: 10 points, five assists and four rebounds

           

LeBron, AD and Rondo Cruise Against Overmatched Suns

A healthy Phoenix team would be fighting an uphill battle against the Lakers. Monday’s version had little chance.

The Suns were without Deandre Ayton, Aron Baynes, Frank Kaminsky and Dario Saric in the frontcourt, which meant there was little overall size to protect the rim, cut off James’ penetration and keep Davis away from the low blocks.

That was a problem for the visitors considering Davis notched a double-double in the previous two matchups this season, while James finished with a double-double in one and a 31-point triple-double in the other.

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LeBron James, Michael Jordan Rare Card Sells for Record $900K in Private Sale

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James pumps his fist the Lakers scored against the Sacramento Kings during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. The Lakers won 129-113. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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Goldin Auctions’ Ken Goldin sold a rare basketball card featuring an NBA logo patch from Michael Jordan’s and LeBron James‘ game-worn jerseys in a private sale for $900,000, according to TMZ Sports.

The 2003-04 Upper Deck “Exquisite Collection” card is the only one like it in existence, and it is now the most expensive basketball card in history. Before this sale, the record belonged to a 1969-70 Topps Lew Alcindor sold for approximately $500,000 in 2016. 

Additionally, TMZ added, the card is the highest-selling piece of James and Jordan merchandise.

Per Action Network’s Darren Rovell, the buyer prefers remaining anonymous.

The debate over whether Jam

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LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry Top Preliminary Team USA Olympic Roster

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The 44 finalists to join the U.S. men’s basketball team at the Tokyo Olympics this summer were announced Sunday night.   

Unsurprisingly, LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are in the running. Other notable names are Houston Rockets All-Star duo James Harden and Russell Westbrook, Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard and reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

Durant has been out since Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals with a ruptured Achilles. The Golden State Warriors ultimately lost to a Toronto Raptors side led by Leonard before Leonard signed with the Los Angeles Clippers and KD went to the Brooklyn Nets last summer.

However, New Orleans Pelicans rookie No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson, Memphis Grizzlies rookie second overall pick Ja Morant and Atlanta Hawks All-Star point guard Trae Young were absent from the list.

Twenty-nine of the 44 finalists have combined for 31 Olympic or FIBA Basketball world cup gold medals.

The final 12-player roster will be announced at a later date.

The lead-up to the 2019 FIBA world cup proved how much can change from the preliminary roster to the final roster. Harden, Lillard, Bradley Beal, Anthony Davis, Tobias Harris, Kevin Love, CJ McCollum and JJ Redick were among stars to withdraw their names from consideration for the FIBA world cup

McCollum opened up on Adrian Wojnarowski’s ESPN podcast The Woj Pod as to why so many American stars were skipping the international tournament:

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NBA All-Star Game 2020 Rosters: LeBron vs. Giannis Starters, Reserves, Analysis

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. The Lakers won 125-120. (AP Photo/John Hefti)

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In 2018, the NBA All-Star Game changed to a format featuring two team captains drafting teams. LeBron James has been a captain each of the first two years, and his team was victorious on both occasions.

The Los Angeles Lakers star will now look to improve to 3-0, as he’s a captain for the third straight year. And just like 2019, he’ll be leading his team against a squad led by Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the reigning NBA MVP.

The two teams face off Sunday night, when 24 of the NBA’s top players will battle for All-Star supremacy.

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s NBA All-Star Game, including full rosters and more.

        

2020 NBA All-Star Game

When: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: United Center in Chicago

TV and Live Stream: TNT and TNTDrama.com

            

Rosters

Team LeBron

Starters

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

James Harden, Houston Rockets

Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

        

Reserves

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder

Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers

Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets

      

Team Giannis

Starters

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

Pas

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Zion Williamson Could Be the Next LeBron with a Dash of Anthony Davis

New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson (1) smiles after scoring against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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On Tuesday, Zion Williamson got his first crack at LeBron James, the face of the league for well over a decade, and Anthony Davis, the face of Zion’s New Orleans Pelicans in the years preceding his arrival as the No. 1 pick of the 2019 NBA draft.

The loaded Los Angeles Lakers prevailed in Round 1, 118-109, thanks in large part to LeBron James’ season-high 40 points on 17-of-27 shooting.

But Zion’s 29 points, six rebounds, three assists, many bully-ball drives and constant leap-off-the-screen athleticism served as further reminders that he has next.

Over and over, Zion attacked Lakers defenders, whether AD, Dwight Howard or JaVale McGee, without a hint of fear. He attacked the paint like Mark Ingram II hits holes in the offensive line, lowering his center of gravity to a point that seems almost impossible for a man his size (6’6″, 285 lbs). But even the best analogies fail when trying to describe how Zion explodes out of those lowered-shoulder drives.

That’s part of why, on so many occasions, the Lakers bigs had no choice but to foul the young Pelican. He finished the game 13-of-19 from the free-throw line.

And his ninth straight 20-plus-point game put him one step closer to history, according to ESPN Stats & Info:

“The kid is special,” LeBron told TNT’s Chris Haynes after the game. “… In today’s game, where it’s a track race, it’s fast-paced, it’s high tempo, it fits his game perfectly.”

When Zion has the chance to attack defenses before they get set, he’s borderline unstoppable. He seems to be years ahead of the developmental curve when it comes to seeing cutting lanes and knowing when to exploit them. And he almost never forces bad shots.

Entering Tuesday’s game, 74.6 percent of Zion’s shots had come in the range of zero-to-three feet from the rim. He was shooting 68.9 percent on those shots.

His 8-of-18 performance against the Lakers marked just the second time in his career that he failed to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, but he still showed off the finishing ability that has led to the numbers above.

It’s more than just the cock-back and two-handed hammer dunks. On one possession, Zion drove directly into AD, absorbed contact right after jumping, hung in the air longer than Davis, extended his arm and finger-rolled it in. At the speed and power with which he attacks the rim, his touch is almost unbelievable.

The raw athleticism he’ll show at random moments throu

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Tristan Thompson: LeBron James Has ‘Worst F–king Diet Ever,’ ‘Eats Like S–t’

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. The Lakers won 125-120. (AP Photo/John Hefti)

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has perhaps the most impressive physique in the NBA, but former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Tristan Thompson insists that isn’t a result of good eating habits.

In an interview with Joe Vardon and Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, Thompson provided the lowdown on LeBron’s diet, which clashes with his status as a world-class basketball player:

“He has the worst f–king diet ever. Ask him what he eats for breakfast. He has like five french toast, drowns it in syrup with strawberries and bananas. Then he has like a four-egg omelette and then he goes and just f–king dunks on somebody. It doesn’t make sense.

“He eats desserts with every meal. He’ll come with his one-week diet, vegan crap, but he literally eats like it doesn’t make sense. He’s really a specimen

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LeBron James: Deontay Wilder’s Corner Did Him Favor Throwing in Towel vs. Fury

The referee breaks up British boxer Tyson Fury (R) and US boxer Deontay Wilder after clinching in the corner during their World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight Championship Title boxing match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on February 22, 2020. (Photo by John Gurzinski / AFP) (Photo by JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James issued his take on Saturday’s heavyweight boxing match between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, who fell via seventh-round TKO in Las Vegas.

Wilder’s corner threw in the towel on the fighter’s behalf as Fury unleashed punches on the previously undefeated champion, and James believes the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native’s corner did the right thing:

Wilder thought otherwise in a post-match interview, acknowledging that Fury was the better fighter but noting he preferred to go out on his own terms:

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LeBron James, Giannis, Joel Embiid Praise NBA All-Star Game’s New Format

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and Team Giannis lost the 2020 NBA All-Star Game 157-155 to Team LeBron at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday night.

But the 25-year-old remained in high spirits, calling the 69th annual contest “probably the best All-Star Game ever”:

The event adopted the Elam Ending this year, which makes the fourth quarter untimed and implements a target score. That was 157—the sum of Team Giannis’ leading 133 points after three quarters and 24. The number 24 was used to honor the late Kobe Bryant‘s retired Los Angeles Lakers jersey.

Chris Paul, who played on Team LeBron, suggested the new format:

Paul, as well as captains Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James were among a chorus echoing Embiid’s positive sentiment about the format:

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LeBron James scores 40 points in LA Lakers win over New Orleans Pelicans

Lakers v Pelicans: Ric Flair, LeBron James and Zion Williamson

LeBron James scored a season-high 40 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 118-109.

The three-time NBA champion scored 16 points in the third quarter, while team-mate Anthony Davis finished with 21 points.

Pelicans rookie Zion Wil

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LeBron James Hit With $33 Million Lawsuit Over “More Than an Athlete” Slogan

LeBron James and his athlete empowerment brand UNINTERRUPTED are facing a $33 million lawsuit from a youth organization claiming James and the company stole their “I Am More Than An Athlete” slogan, TMZ reports.

LeBron began using the mantra back in 2018 after Fox News host Laura Ingraham infamously told him to “shut up and dribble.” James responded by posting a picture on Instagram of a neon sign reading “I Am More Than An Athlete.” Since then, the slogan has been used frequently by the 35-year-old athlete and UNINTERRUPTED, as they have gone on to sign deals with Nike, ESPN, and NBA 2K.

Game Plan, the Maryland-based non-profit suing James and UNINTERRUPTED, claims they have been using the slogan since 2016 and subsequently trademarked in 2018. The organization insists LeBron first became aware of the ?

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Don C & Beats Craft Chicago-Inspired Studio3 & Powerbeats Pro Earphones for LeBron James

Chicago native Don C has been enlisted by Beats to customize its Studio3 Wireless headphones and Powerbeats Pro earphones.

The limited-edition collaboration was designed exclusively for LeBron James who will be gifting the set to his fellow NBA All-Star Weekend team players. Don C and Beats also produced a “Just Don” and Beats-branded basketball case as well as a co-branded tote

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Mike Malone Says Nuggets Played ‘Very Un-Nugget Like’ Late in Loss vs. Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers had Anthony Davis and LeBron James and the Denver Nuggets didn’t down the stretch of Wednesday’s showdown, but Nuggets head coach Mike Malone believed his team’s 120-116 overtime loss was about more than just that. 

“Very un-Nugget-like down the stretch,” Malone said when asked to assess how his team played with the game on the line, per Katy Winge of Altitude TV.

While Malone was unhappy with the late execution, James and Davis deserve plenty of credit.

The former finished with 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds while directing the offense as a de facto point guard in crunch time. He scored his team’s first basket in overtime and then drew multiple defenders before finding Davis for two critical three-pointers to help secure the win.

Davis stuffed the stat sheet as well with 33 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and

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LeBron James’ 3-Point Barrage Leads Lakers to Easy Win vs. Spurs

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LeBron James knocked down five three-pointers in a 2:56 span en route to 36 points as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the visiting San Antonio Spurs 129-102 on Tuesday at Staples Center.

By the time James was done, a 87-77 Lakers lead expanded to 108-87, with this three from the wing capping it off:

James added nine assists and seven rebounds for the 38-11 Lakers, who won their second straight game. Kyle Kuzma contributed an 18-point, 12-rebound double-double, and Davis had 18 points as well.

DeMar DeRozan dominated for the 22-28 Spurs with 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. LaMarcus Aldridge went just 3-of-10 for seven points.

An ugly first quarter with 40 combined points gave way to a dominant Lakers second quarter in which L.A. outscored San Antonio 30-22 behind nine from James.

San Antonio was unable to cut its deficit to fewer than eight points for the remainder of the game.

                   

Notable Performances

Spurs G/F DeMar DeRozan: 28 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists

Spurs SG Bryn Forbes: 13 points

Spurs F LaMarcus Aldridge: 7 points

Lakers G/F LeBron James: 36 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds

Lakers F Kyle Kuzma: 18 points, 12 rebounds

Lakers F/C Anthony Davis: 18 points, 5 rebounds

        

Lakers’ All-Around Dominance Dominance Leads To Win

The Lakers’ speed, size and shooting prowess were too much for San Antonio on Tuesday, with L.A. outscoring the Spurs 24-6 on fast-break opportunities and out-rebounding them 58-28 overall.

The speed and size came together on this fast-break chance, with Davis, James and JaVale McGee working in unison to set up the latter player’s dunk:

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LeBron James put up 40 points to outscore Zion Williamson in their first NBA meeting, then described the 19-year-old as a ‘special’ talent

  • LeBron James scored 40 points to outdo Zion Williamson in the pair’s first ever meeting on Tuesday, but afterwards described the 19-year-old as “special.”
  • James put up a season-high points tally as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 118-109 at the Staples Center, while Williamson hit 29 points. 
  • “The kid is special, we all know that,” James said, according to Sky Sports. “They have got a good one in him.”
  • Williamson described his first encounter with James as a “great experience.”  
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LeBron James scored 40 points to outdo Zion Williamson in the pair’s first ever meeting on Tuesday, but afterwards described the 19-year-old as “special.”

James put up a season high total as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 118-109 at the Staples Center, helping his side to a sixth straight NBA victory.

Williamson, who was taken by the Pelicans as first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, hit 29 points. 

“The kid is special, we all know that,” James said of his teenage opponent after, according to Sky Sports. “They have got a good one in him.”

“He is playing exceptional basketball,” James added. “I think his game is going to get better and better,

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LeBron James ate candy on the bench after a dominant performance and sparked a Twitter debate about Twizzlers vs Red Vines

  • After scoring 40 points and helping the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans, cameras caught LeBron James eating a stringy licorice candy many assumed to be Red Vines.
  • James is said to have a sweet tooth, though he didn’t comment on his postgame snack.
  • James’ choice of snack set off another round of a long-running candy debate: Red Vines vs. Twizzlers.
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LeBron James enjoyed the fruits of his labor on Tuesday after scoring 40 points to beat Zion Williams and the New Orleans Pelicans, 118-109.

With the game in hand, James returned to the bench, where cameras then caught him appearing to eat Red Vines, a stringy red candy in the licorice family. While cameras showed someone near the Lakers bench with a box of Red Vines.

James didn’t address eating candy after the game.

That James would enjoy such a postgame snack may not come as a surprise, however. While James is renowned for taking care of his body, former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Tristan Thompson said James has a sweet tooth.

“He has the worst f—ing d

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LeBron James wants people to stop asking him about Kobe Bryant’s death, because he and Bryant’s family are ‘trying to move on’

  • LeBron James says he wants people to stop asking him about Kobe Bryant because he and Bryant’s family are “trying to move on.”
  • Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash last month in California.
  • “I don’t want to keep going back on it,” James said on Sunday, according to ESPN. “I think it’s unfair and it’s unjust to his family, as they’re trying to move on. We’re all trying to move on.”
  • Bryant was honored in a memorial service at Staples Center on Monday night in which his wife, Vanessa; his longtime teammate Shaquille O’Neal; and his mentor Michael Jordan all gave touching speeches.
  • James spent the day “in his own space,” according to ESPN, and on Tuesday described himself as “emotionally a wreck.”
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LeBron James says he wants people to stop asking him about Kobe Bryant because he and Bryant’s family are “trying to move on.”

Bryant and his 13-year-old

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INTERVIEW: Dwyane Wade reflects on his NBA legacy, his retirement plans, and his daughter’s coming out as transgender

  • Former NBA star Dwyane Wade is the subject of the ESPN Films documentary “D. Wade: Life Unexpected.”
  • In an exclusive interview, Wade told Business Insider about his post-retirement plans, including his new production company and his thoughts on coaching in the NBA.
  • Wade also discussed the public’s reaction to his daughter Zaya’s coming out as transgender last month.
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Following is a transcript of Business Insider Today’s interview with Dwyane Wade. The interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length. Watch the interview here.

Dwyane Wade had a professional career that any athlete would be jealous of.

The three-time NBA champion is almost surely bound for the Hall of Fame, and although his basketball career is over, he’s not retiring just yet. We sat down with Wade to talk about his new documentary, “D. Wade: Life Unexpected,” and how he’s prepared for his next chapter.

Dwyane Wade, former NBA All-Star: I think it was roughly around like 25, I started to think differently about the game. And even though I was still in the early and in a prime in my career, I started to take the things I did off the court a lot more serious, and really started focusing on building something that will last and that I can do when I’m done playing the game of basketball.

Havovi Cooper, Business Insider Today host: You went on to create your own production company. Was that an obvious next step? 

Wade: I don’t know if it was obvious or not. But maybe, maybe a little bit. But for me, I just, I want to be able to create content that I want to see and that I feel that others want to see.

Wade’s production company, 59th & Prairie Entertainment, was founded in 2019. Its latest project catalogs Wade’s entire professional career. The documentary is an intimate look at moments with his family, friends, and teammates.

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union

Dwyane Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, are featured in the documentary “D. Wade: Life Unexpected.”

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Wade: So I wanted to own my own story. I wanted to own my own content. So 10-plus years ago, I started that process, and it just so happened that once I ended my career I was like, OK, we got all this footage, let’s do somethi

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LeBron: ‘Never’ have closure over Kobe’s death

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — A day after Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were honored with a “celebration of life” at Staples Center, LeBron James said his emotions are still raw.

“Emotionally a wreck, like everyone else,” James said after shootaround ahead of Tuesday night’s 118-109 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. “Another challenging day for all of us. Like you’ve been hearing me talk about the last couple times you guys asked me about the whole situation, it’s just been hard to kind of talk about it. Trying not to go back. It’s just tough.”

It was unclear whether James attended the ceremony, which took place nearly one month after Bryant and Gianna were among nine people to die in a helicopter crash. James’ agent, Rich Paul, told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that it was an emotional day for James and that he spent the memorial “in his own space.” Despite prompting, Paul did not clarify whether James was in the building.

When James was asked directly about his whereabouts on Tuesday, he turned his focus toward Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, and

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LeBron James Calls Zion Williamson ‘Special’ After Lakers Beat Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson (1) looks on from under the basket during free throws next to Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Zion Williamson has approval from the King.

LeBron James complimented the rookie top overall pick after his Los Angeles Lakers defeated Williamson’s New Orleans Pelicans 118-109 Tuesday night at the Staples Center:

James led the Lakers with a season-high 40 points, while Williamson bucketed 29 points.

This was the first time James and Williamson have taken the court against each other. L.A. had played New Orleans twice already this season, winnin

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LeBron James Outduels Zion Williamson as Lakers Beat Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson (1) looks on from under the basket during free throws next to Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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LeBron James dropped 40 points and Anthony Davis added a 21-point, 14-rebound, six-block night as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the visiting New Orleans Pelicans 118-109 on Tuesday at Staples Center.

James scored 16 of his 40 in the third quarter before helping L.A. outscore New Orleans 30-23 in the fourth to seal the nine-point win.

Brandon Ingram led New Orleans with 34 points, and Zion Williamson added 29 in his first matchup against James.

The 44-12 Lakers won their sixth straight and eighth in nine games. They lead the Western Conference by five games over the second-place Denver Nuggets.

The Pelicans, who had won five of their last six, fell to 25-33. They sit 3.5 games behind the Memphis

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21-year-old Celtics star Jayson Tatum is dominating after ‘reaching a new height’ and earning praise from LeBron James

  • Third-year Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum is on a scoring tear that has gotten the NBA’s attention.
  • On Sunday, Tatum scored 41 points, dueling with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, in a down-to-the-wire loss to the Los Angeles Lakers that drew praise from James.
  • The Celtics have been viewed as pseudo-contenders all season, but if Tatum can sustain his current pace, he may give the Celtics a No. 1 scoring option that could elevate them in the postseason.
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Seemingly out of nowhere, Boston Celtics’ third-year forward Jayson Tatum has made the leap from promising young player to full-blown star.

The 21-year-old is averaging 29 points on 48% shooting, 46% from three, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 8 free-throw attempts per game in February.

Just before the All-Star break, before attending his first All-Star Game, Tatum out-dueled Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers in double-overtime, scoring 39 points on 14-of-23 shooting, with 9 rebounds. 

On Sunday, Tatum went toe-to-toe with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, scoring 41 points on 12-of-20 shooting in down-to-the-wire, losing effort against the Los Angeles Lakers. While James hit a go-ahead jumper to put the

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Nike released a touching tribute to Kobe Bryant on the day of his memorial

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Zion Williamson Comments on LeBron James Ahead of 1st Career Matchup

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James dunks during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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Both Zion Williamson and LeBron James received massive hype at a young age, but Williamson thinks James has actually been underrated during his career. 

“I used to watch him all the time, especially when he was in Cleveland the first time, he was just an incredible player to watch, he always held his own,” the New Orleans Pelicans rookie said, per Omnisport (via Yahoo Sports). 

“Sometimes I feel he doesn’t get the respect he deserves but it’s not for me to decide.”

Williamson will get a chance to face the veteran for the first time Tuesday, when the Pelicans take on the Los Angeles Lakers.

James has certainly lived up to his massive expectations that came before he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft. After winning Rookie of the Year in his first season, he’s earned an All-Star selection in each of the next 16 years, winning four MVP awards while being named first-team All-NBA 12 times.

Even at 35 yea

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LeBron’s ‘Dream Shake’ lifts Lakers over Celtics

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James might have made the go-ahead turnaround jumper with 30.4 seconds left in the Los Angeles Lakers114-112 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday, but he worked the defense the first 47½ minutes to get that shot.

“I had been setting him up all night with the back down, to the drop step, to the baseline, so I figured he would sit on it thinking I would try it again,” James said of Celtics forward Jaylen Brown guarding him. “So, went to my back down, gave a little ‘Dream Shake’ to the baseline and was able to open up middle and get my fadeaway.”

James might have referenced Houston Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon for his clutch shot, but the day was decidedly Lakers-Celtics. Former Lakers luminaries Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper, Robert Horry and A.C. Green were in the building, while Celtics cult heroes Kevin Garnett, Cedric Maxwell, Brian Scalabrine and the greatest winner in NBA history, Bill Russell, cheered on Boston.

Russell donned a white No. 24 Lakers uniform in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, putting aside the rivalry to salute the man who won two Finals MVP trophies that bear Russell’s name.

“Just respect. That’s all,” James said of Russell’s ode to Bryant. “That’s the first thing that went through my mind. At the end of the day, both teams throughout the years are going to battle, push, fight, scratch, curse each other out. At the end of the day, when you give it all to the floor, you have that mutual respect. That’s what

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LeBron James Sued for $33M USD for Allegedly Stealing “More Than An Athlete” Slogan

LeBron James and his company UNINTERRUPTED are now being sued for $33 million USD for allegedly stealing the slogan “I Am More Than An Athlete.”

The claim comes from a non-profit youth organization in Maryland called Game Plan, who claims that James and his company had infringed on its copyright over the slogan which it trademarked back in 2016. James had started using the

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Dwyane Wade talks his new ESPN documentary, ‘peak’ Heat and LeBron James, and young NBA stars he admires today

  • The ESPN documentary “D. Wade: Life Unexpected,” about the NBA star’s life and career, premieres on Sunday.
  • Ahead of the release of the documentary, Wade spoke to Business Insider about the documentary, his NBA career, and more.
  • Wade also discussed the “peak” Miami Heat teams, load management, and the young stars that excite him today.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

One year into retirement, Dwyane Wade is proud.

He is proud of his accomplishments in his career — from his influence on the game, to his championships with the Miami Heat, his impact on free agency and “player empowerment,” and the hands in which he has left the game.

And he is proud to own his own content. On Sunday, “D. Wade: Life Unexpected,” a documentary by ESPN, will premiere. The documentary chronicles Wade’s life and career, with behind-the-scenes footage of his childhood, college career, and 16 seasons in the NBA. The film also dives into Wade’s personal life, from raising his children, his first marriage, and his current marriage to Gabrielle Union.

Ahead of the premiere of the documentary, Wade sat down with Business Insider to discuss his path to the NBA, basketball influences, the Miami Heat, and more.

This interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length.

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Scott Davis: A major focus and theme of your documentary is how you handled adversity — your relationship with your parents, having your first son at Marquette, being down in the Finals, LeBron James leaving Miami, you leaving Miami, all these kinds of things. I was wondering to who and to what do you kind of credit your ability to keep going?

Dwyane Wade: I credit it to life experiences. I think once you’ve been put in a situation enough times where you have to keep going, you figure out how to keep going. It’s like I kind of said in my documentary, when you grow up in the inner-city, when you grew up in a hood, there’s no one really caring about your tears because everyone is struggling. Everyone’s going through the same thing. So, you gotta lace them up tighter, and you gotta keep going. I’ve learned to keep pushing and keep pushing through that. It’s not easy. It’s not always as easy as you may make it seem, but it’s no stop, right? There’s no quit in me because I wouldn’t be where I am today if I did.

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Kobe Bryant was one of Dwyane Wade’s basketball idols.

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Davis: The documentary talks about your upbringing playing basketball. I could probably guess who some of your basketball influences were, but as you grew older and your game changed a little bit, who did you look to learn new things and evolve your game?

Wade: Growing up, Michael Jordan, of course, right? I grew up in Chicago. Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson. Those are like my three. That was the three guys that I was like, okay, let me take a little bit from here, take a little bit from there, and make whatever you see on the court. It was very similar to the way I felt I could play, and the way I did play. And along the way, I think you take things from people who have influenced your life, whether it’s trainers or whether it’s coaches. You just take a lot of things from individuals, and you mix it and make it your own.

Davis: There’s a section in the documentary where Miami Heat GM Andy Ellsberg talks about the 2006 Finals when you helped to lead the Heat back from a 2-0 deficit and won Finals MVP. He says it’s the closest thing to Michael that the Heat have had — obviously Michael Jordan. I was wondering what that means to you, having grown up a fan of him, to be in that air.

Wade: Anytime you are mentioned in conversations with someone of that stature of greatness, you got to take a moment and be like, whoa, like pinch yourself. Because you know, that means you’ve done something special. I grew up watching Michael take over games. I grew up watching Michael take over Finals. I grew up watching him dominate, so I had a vision of how to do it. I just had to learn how to do it myself. And when I got to the place where I felt I was there, like, I thanked him for giving me that vision.

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Dwyane Wade took home Finals MVP while helping the Heat win the 2005-06 championship.

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Davis: The documentary footage of yourself throughout your career. There are times where you’re recording yourself or other people recording you behind the scenes. Did you always know you wanted to document it like this when you were finished playing?

Wade: I knew that it went fast, and I knew that I wanted to look back on these moments. When I first started, when I first started getting all this footage, it was in the beginning of the social media era. So, you didn’t know what the world was going to be today. But I wanted to have my own. I wanted to own my own content. When you get into the place where you want to put things out, and someone else owns it, you’ve got to get it from someone else, and it’s your story. So I wanted to own my own story. I wanted to own my own content. So 10-plus years ago, I started that process. It just so happened that once I ended my career, I was like, okay, we got all this footage, let’s do something with it to kind of wrap up this journey and this pa

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Dwyane Wade says the ‘Big 3’ Heat hit a point where LeBron was at his peak and it felt like they would never lose

  • Dwyane Wade said the 2012-13 Miami Heat was a “special” team and felt like they couldn’t lose, particularly during their historic 27-game winning streak.
  • Wade said that team may have featured LeBron James at his peak — though he argued James may still be there now.
  • The dominance of that Heat team and the fun they had on the court changed public opinion of them after the “Big Three” joined up, according to Wade, a decision he is also proud of.
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The 2012-13 Miami Heat can boast a claim as one of the greatest teams in NBA history.

In their third year with the “Big Three” of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, the Heat went 66-16 in the regular season, including a 27-game win streak, the second-longest NBA history. They went 12-4 in the first three rounds of the playoffs, then won the championship in a thrilling, seven-game series with the San Antonio Spurs, notching their second straight title.

While speaking to Business Insider ahead of the release of his ESPN documentary, “Life Unexpected,” Wade said that Heat team knew they were doing something “special” and created memories they’ll never forget.

“I think going through that process, we knew that it was something special that was being done,” Wade said. “You could feel it.”

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LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

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The 27-game win streak, in particular, featured some of the most dominant basketball the league has ever seen. The Heat did not lose from February 3

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LeBron James criticizes MLB commissioner’s handling of the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal

“Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be F*^king irate! I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do!”
James wrote on Twitter.

“Listen here baseball commissioner listen to your players speaking today about how disgusted, mad, hurt, broken, etc etc about this. Literally the ball is in your court(or should I say field) and you need to fix this for the sake of Sports! #JustMyThoughtsComingFromASportsJunkieRegardlessMyOwnSportIPlay”

Angels star Mike Trout rips MLB for Astros cheating scandal, said he 'lost respect' for players
James’ Twitter posts come on the heels of
Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout criticizing Manfred for not
punishing the players. Trout called the situation “sad for baseball.”
The Astros were caught for creating a system to decode and communicate
an opposing team’s pitching signs during the team’s 2017 championship season. While sign stealing is commonplace, MLB rules prohibit the use electronic devices to do so.
Employees for the Astros used a live game feed of the center field camera to decode sign sequences and then relayed that information to hitters. MLB, following a story that detailed allegations of the scheme in the sports news website The Athletic, investigated and
released a report in January detailing the scheme.

Manfred suspended Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, who were subsequently fired by Astros owner Jim Crane. The Astros must forfeit the team’s regular first- and second-round selections in the 2020 and 2021 drafts and pay a $5 million fine.

A key figure in the scandal, Alex Cora, who led the Red Sox to a World Series title in 2018 as manager and was the Astros’ bench coach in 2017, left his job as Boston’s manager. Former Astros player Carlos Beltran
stepped down as manager of the New York Mets over his involvement in the scandal.
Astros apologize again for sign stealing, but owner Jim Crane says he shouldn't be held accountable

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Dwyane Wade says he would sign up for load management if he played today, but thinks there is no ‘right answer’ for the league

  • Dwyane Wade told Business Insider that he would sign up for load management if he played today.
  • Wade said load management, a controversial practice of resting players in the NBA, can be important, especially for star players coming off of long playoff runs and preparing for another.
  • Wade said he understands the criticism, citing fans who pay money to see players play, but said there is “no right answer” to the dilemma.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Dwyane Wade knows the toll heavy minutes and a long playoff run can take on the body, and doesn’t blame today’s NBA players and teams for managing players wisely.

While speaking to Business Insider ahead of the release of his new documentary with ESPN, “Life Unexpected,” Wade said he approves of “load management” — the practice of managing NBA players’ minutes and game totals in hopes of getting more rest for the postseason.

“Sign me up for load management,” Wade said. “It’s a long season.”

Kawhi Leonard is the face of load management in the NBA. When the Toronto Raptors traded for Leonard in 2018, they developed a plan to rest him throughout the season, coining the term “load management,” as Leonard had mi

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Nike LeBron 17 “James Gang” Nods To LeBron James’s Family

A king is nothing without his court, so Nike Basketball is saluting LeBron James‘s beloved family with a new LeBron 17 “James Gang.” Drawing its moniker from an affectionate nickname LeBron bestowed upon his immediate family — wife Savannah, daughter Zhuri and sons Bronny and Brice Maximus, both rising basketball stars in their own right — the “James Gang” also offers a whimsical, fun-loving colorway.

Battleknit uppers are split between a stark black tone and marbled multicolor accents, with the former mostly used on the toebox while the latter is densely conc

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Dwyane Wade reviews the infamous suits from his legendary 2003 draft night: ‘We got enough fabric on these suits to clothe the entire country’

  • The 2003 NBA Draft is legendary for the talent it produced and their bad suits on draft night.
  • Dwyane Wade, who was part of the 2003 draft, joked to Business Insider, “We got enough fabric on these suits to clothe the entire country.”
  • Wade said that 2003 was a “baggy era” and that many players were wearing what was fashionable, including himself.
  • Wade said that the current look of tight, cropped suits will one day be laughed at and that baggy will come back around, because fashion is cyclical.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The 2003 NBA Draft is legendary for both the players taken, and for their sartorial choices.

Considered one of the best draft classes in NBA history, the 2003 draft welcomed LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, and many more into the league. In the years since, the class has become just as known for the baggy, boxy suits that many of the prospects wore on draft night.

While speaking to Business Insider ahead of the release of his new documentary with ESPN, “Life Unexpected,” Wade said that on draft night in 2003, he and his fellow draftmates “did not represent fashion and style.”

“We got enough fabric on these suits to clothe the entire country,” Wade said while looking

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NBA predictions: MVP, Finals matchups and best rookie

Can LeBron James catch Giannis Antetokounmpo in the NBA MVP race? Who is the favorite to win the NBA Finals? Does Zion Williamson have any chance in the Rookie of the Year race against Ja Morant?

We polled the ESPN Forecast panel of experts for their predictions now that we are two-thirds of the way through the 2019-20 NBA season. The topics include the most likely conference finals and NBA Finals matchups, the best franchises for the next three seasons, the player you’d want most in a championship series and more.


Who is most likely to win MVP?

Note: Voters ranked their top three picks.

On a dominant Bucks team, Antetokounmpo is increasing his lead in this MVP race. In December, he took 56.5% of first-place votes here, and now he’s up to 80%.

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo | MIL (80% first-place votes): 161 points

  • LeBron James | LAL (17.1%): 108 points

  • James Harden | HOU: 16 points

  • Luka Doncic | DAL: 14 points

  • Kawhi Leonard | LAC (2.9%): 6 points

Others receiving votes: Anthony Davis, Chris Paul, Nikola Jokic, Jimmy Butler, Damian Lillard, Pascal Siakam

MORE: LeBron adds to epic collection of iconic images with must-see dunk

Who is most likely to win Rookie of the Year?

Morant’s clean bill of health has given the Memphis Grizzlies point guard a nearly insurmountable lead. Can Williamson keep up his blazing start to challenge for the award?

MORE: How high is Zion Williamson’s NBA superstar ceiling?

Which team will get the final playoff spot in the West?

The Portland Trail Blazers have gone from playing in the Western Conference finals last season to being on the fringes of postseason qualifying this season. Can the Blazers, Pelicans, Spurs and Kings make a run at the 8-seed?

  • Grizzlies: 51.4%

  • Trail Blazers: 20%

  • Pelicans: 20%

  • Spurs: 5.7%

  • Kings: 2.9%

MORE: Can Zion and the Pelicans push their way into the playoffs?

What is the most likely Eastern Conference finals matchup?

Everyone believes in the Bucks, but the rest of the East has little consensus. In December, 76.1% of our experts had the Sixers here. Now the Raptors have the lead.

  • Bucks vs. Raptors: 37.1%

  • Bucks vs. Celtics: 34.3%

  • Bucks vs. Heat: 14.3%

  • Bucks vs. 76ers: 11.4%

MORE: Did the Heat and Rockets trade their way into the title chase?

What is the most likely Western Conference finals matchup?

The two Los Angeles teams still look to be squaring off in the conference finals, but the Nuggets, Jazz and Rockets have retooled their rosters in hopes of challenging the Lakers and Clippers.

MORE: NBA trade deadline debate — bold moves and what’s next

What is the most likely NBA Finals result?

The Bucks, on a 70-win pace, are the panel’s leaders to win the NBA title.

Winner

  • Bucks: 45.7%

  • Lakers: 34.3%

  • Clippers: 20

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A children’s book written by LeBron James to be published in August

HarperCollins Publishers announced a two-book deal with the LeBron James Foundation on Tuesday. James’ debut book is a picture book titled “I Promise.” It is scheduled for release on August 11, 2020.

“Books have the ability to teach, inspire, and bring people together. That’s why these books, and the opportunity to get children and parents reading together, mean so much to me,” James said in a news release.

“Most importantly, we wanted to make sure these stories are ones that every single kid can see themselves in.”

James was inspired by the values and initiatives of his foundation’s I Promise program when he started on the picture book, the news release said. A second book, a novel for middle-grade students, will follow in 2021.

The book is illustrated by New York Times bestselling children's book artist Nina Mata.

The three-time NBA champion has dedicated his time off the court to helping students in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. He started the
I Promise School, a public school where students have an opportunity to earn full-tuition college scholarships, in fall 2018.
Inaugural class at LeBron James' school to receive free tuition to Kent State

The school has an on-site full family resource center that offers GED assistance, legal aid, medical and mental health resources, job and family services, financial literacy programming and unlimited access to a food pantry, the news release said

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LeBron James says he would be ‘f—ing irate!’ if the Astros cheating scandal had cost him a championship, demands Rob Manfred fix it for all sports

  • LeBron James wants MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to fix the sport’s cheating problem.
  • James said he would be ‘f—ing irate’ and ‘uncontrollable’ if something similar had happened to him.
  • The NBA star cited the anger being shown by several star Major Leaguers and said the commissioner needs to listen to them.
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Listen here, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred … LeBron James is not pleased with the state of your sport.

On Tuesday, James posted a pair of tweets slamming the Houston Astros and Major League Baseball for the recent sign-stealing scandal that has engulfed the sport.

James said he would be “f—ing irate!” if a team did something similar to him and then dir

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LeBron James calls out MLB commissioner Rob Manfred over response to sign-stealing scandal

Never one to hide his opinions about issues beyond pro basketball, LeBron James on Tuesday turned his attention to Major League Baseball’s sign-stealing scandal.

The Los Angeles Lakers forward – who over the weekend help turn a historically lackluster NBA All-Star Game into a spirited competition – clearly expressed how he would feel in the cleats of players who lost to the Houston Astros and their trash can-banging scheme in the 2017 playoffs.

“I know if someone cheated me out of winning t

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NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James and others praise Elam Ending format after thrilling finish – CBS Sports

Fans couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. For the first time in years, the players involved seemed to truly care about the outcome of the game, and one of the biggest reasons for that appears to have been the new Elam Ending format. With a target score of 157 set at the end of the third quarter, both teams furiously raced to the finish with Team LeBron ultimately landing on top, 157-155, after a nine-point comeback. The reviews have been universally positive from those who watched the game, but what about those who played it in?

Unsurprisingly, the players involved were all big fans. LeBron James was the first player to voice his approval after the game. 

“I didn’t know what to expect because it was a new format, new year. None of us knew what to expect. But throughout the whole fourth quarter and at the end of the game, everybody was like, ‘That was pretty damn fun.’

That was fun. Having to play for a set number and seeing that — I’ve watched a lot of basketball in the summertime, and I forgot the name of the league where the guys, you know, their alma mater, they go back and play for their teams and things of that nature, they have a set number they have to get to that, that $2 million championship tourna

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Team LeBron tops Giannis and Raptors in thrilling NBA all-star game – Toronto Sun

CHICAGO — Like playground rules, it was next basket wins at the revamped NBA all-star game.

Unfortunately, that victory came via a made free throw, a boring ending to a thrilling night. Hometown kid Anthony Davis sunk it after he was fouled by Kyle Lowry, the six-time Raptors all-star, who had made some great late plays to get the game that far. Davis missed his first shot, but nailed the second and Team LeBron earned the 157-155 win.

Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 30 points, including eight three pointers and earned the first renamed Kobe Bryant all-star MVP trophy.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25, Kemba Walker, LeBron James and Chris Paul 23. Toronto Raptors guard Lowry had 13, along with eight assists and Pascal Siakam had 15 in his first all-star start.

“That was extremely fun,” James said afterward and he sure was right.

The night began with all-time great Magic Johnson taking the mic to pay tribute to David Stern and Bryant, the two NBA icons who both died in the last two months. Chicago native Jennifer Hudson followed with a stirring and instantly iconic rendition of ‘For all we know’ in Bryant’s honour.

The game that followed was nearly as good. It was the first all-star contest played under new rules which were aimed at making it more interesting and hard-fought.

The winner of each of the first three quarters donated to charities, while the team w

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2020 NBA All-Star Game: Luka Doncic and Team LeBron is the greatest lineup of all time – Mavs Moneyball

The 2020 NBA All-Star Game is officially upon us. The thing we all love and pay great attention to! The rules are different, several of the players are different, but the bitching about the lack of defense will assuredly remain the same.

For those not in the know, here is an extremely dumbed down version of the major format changes: each of the first three quarters will start with a score of 0-0; the winning team of each of those quarters will win money for their designated charity; at the start of the fourth quarter the scores from the previous three quarters will be added up; a goal score will be set at 24 points higher than the higher of the two…whatever who cares. It’s still the All-Star Game. It’ll be a little different, but I’m sure you’ll figure it out.

The starting lineup for Team LeBron is filled with big, versatile players—including the Mavericks’ own Luka Doncic. Each of Team LeBron’s players can do a little bit of everything on the court. Five multi-positional players between 6’5” and 6’10” is a modern NBA fever dream. Team LeBron will be a menace.

G- James Harden

G- Luka Doncic

F- LeBron James

F- Kawhi Leonard

F- Anthony Davis

The reserves for Team LeBron feature players that can do…anything. True masters at their crafts.

You need a blowtorch-hot shooter? I got a Damian Lillard Devin Booker right h

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Kawhi lights out from beyond arc to claim MVP

CHICAGO — The 2020 All-Star Game saw Kawhi Leonard win the first Kobe Bryant MVP Award and saw both teams honor the late Los Angeles Lakers legend in the most fitting fashion: by playing hard to the last second.

Under the new Elam Ending rule instituted this season, with the game ending when one team reached a specific target score, the game ended when Chicago native Anthony Davis sank the second of two free throws to lift Team LeBron to a 157-155 victory over Team Giannis at the United Center.

The format change provided all the drama the league could have hoped for, with the final few possessions leaving the crowd hanging on every bounce of the ball and players on both teams playing the untimed fourth quarter full-bore.

“It felt like playing in the league in a playoff game,” Davis said. “It’s a great competition, and it’s 24 players who go out and compete at a very high level, and to do it in front of a crowd like this, with a new format that we were a little skeptical of, we didn’t know how it was gonna go, but everyone, at the end of the day, they loved it. It brings back the competition, so it was great.”

After James Harden made two free throws to make it 154-152, Pascal Siakam went 1-for-2 from the line to make it 154-153. From there, the two teams — playing without the benefit of TV timeouts during the fourth quarter — went back and forth trying to make a basket. Eventually, the score reached 156-155 in favor of Team LeBron, which meant that the next basket for either side would result in a victory.

In the fourth quarter, the game took on a thrilling, desperate edge. Both teams were called for multiple offensive fouls and settled for contested, ugly shots that looked as if they were taken with tired minds and legs.

Eventually, it ended shortly after a foul when Davis, a 7-footer, posted up 6-foot Kyle Lowry in the post. After Lowry was called for a foul, Davis missed the first free throw while being booed by almost the entire crowd. After he walked away from the line and smiled, he made the second one, spreading his arms wide as his teammates mobbed him after what was an anticlimactic ending to an otherwise thrilling game.

That led to split opinions on how the ending played out.

“I think we definitely can’t end on a free throw,” Siakam said.

“I mean, we try to do whatever to get the win,” Davis said. “They shouldn’t have fouled me. Joel Embiid was trying to say we shouldn’t be able to win [on] a free throw, but hey, that wasn’t in the rule book. I’m glad we got the win.”

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced during his news conference Satur

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Paying homage to greatness — 2020 NBA All-Star Game showed the power of basketball

CHICAGO — Perhaps no one in recent history cared more about winning the All-Star Game than Kobe Bryant. The format changes and his memory combined to create a game Sunday night at the United Center that would’ve made Bryant proud.

Technically, the winners were Team LeBron over Team Giannis 157-155 and local charities, as $500,000 was donated. The last hero was Chicago native Anthony Davis, who made the winning free throw. But the real victor was the competitive spirit Bryant embodied. Regardless of the headwinds that have made this a difficult NBA season, this contest was a reminder of the greatness of NBA basketball.

As the late David Stern used to say when the league faced troubles: “The greatness of the game will always carry us.”

This All-Star Game was great. The Elam scoring system created a wonderfully enriching fourth quarter, the most intense play this weekend has seen in decades.

LeBron James was stealing the ball from Giannis Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo was blocking James, including a crucial one at the rim that created the most intense replay review we’ve seen to date. Kyle Lowry was taking charges. Chris Paul, who brought the idea of the target scoring to the league months ago, was everywhere — from finishing alley-oops to leading a late comeback. Joel Embiid was trying to single-handedly bring back the post player.

And, of course, the final play, on which James, who has spent this season doing everything he can to make Davis as happy as possible to cement his re-signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, gave up the chance to win the game to gift wrap a pass to Davis that forced a final foul.

“You could definitely feel [Bryant’s] presence,” James said. “So he was definitely here.”

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LeBron James shares his thoughts on the new format of the NBA All-Star Game and on what honoring Kobe Bryant meant to everyone.

There were tributes everywhere. From jerseys honoring Bryant and his daughter Gianna that each player will likely treasure as a keepsake, to pregame and halftime ceremonies.

But the real honoring came with the play, and perhaps no one embodied it more than Kawhi Leonard, the game’s MVP, and Paul.

At All-Star Weekend in 2012 in Orlando during his rookie season, Leonard found Bryant at a Nike party and used the meeting to ask probing questions about offseason workouts and strategies. A few years later, after Bryant’s last game in San Antonio on his retiremen

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The fourth quarter of the All-Star Game will never be the same again

The 69th NBA All-Star Game was bound to be delightful. There were 10 first-time All-Stars, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo served as captains for the second straight season, and it was in Chicago for the first time in 32 years.

New changes to the format of a game constantly wrought with questionable defense and effort would ensure a unique experience, and those changes were made in honor of the late Kobe Bryant.

The new format featured a revamped fourth quarter in which the teams play to a final target score, first introduced in The Basketball Tournament as the Elam Ending. The final target score was determined by taking the leading team’s total cumulative score through three quarters and adding 24 points — the 24 representing Bryant’s jersey number. The first team to reach the final target score during the untimed fourth quarter wins the game.

That number was 157 after Team Giannis led Team LeBron 133-124 at the end of three quarters. Fifty-one minutes of commercial-free chaos ensued in the form of charges, coach’s challenges, fouls and defense — and the people ate it all up:

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Kawhi Leonard Becomes First to Win All-Star MVP Award Named for Kobe Bryant

(CHICAGO) — Kawhi Leonard made it look effortless, nailing one 3-pointer after another and nearly matching an All-Star Game record.

The tough part came afterward. Finding the right words to express how he felt after becoming the first Kobe Bryant MVP award winner wasn’t so easy.

Leonard scored 30 points and hit eight 3-pointers to lead Team LeBron to a 157-155 victory over Team Giannis on Sunday night.

He was presented the MVP trophy that the league renamed after Bryant on Saturday, three weeks after the Lakers great and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine people killed when their helicopter crashed near Los Angeles.

“It’s very special,” Leonard said. “Like I said, I had a relationship with him. Words can’t explain how happy I am for it. Able to put that trophy in my room, in my trophy room, and just be able to see Kobe’s name on there, it just means a lot to me. He’s a big inspiration in my life. He did a lot for me.”

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CHICAGO – As he clutched the trophy in his hands, Kawhi Leonard stared at it. He struggled to explain what it meant to win the NBA’s first Kobe Bryant MVP Award in Sunday’s All-Star game. But Leonard told the whole story with his body language. 

“Words can’t explain how happy I am for it,” Leonard said after leading Team LeBron to a 157-155 win over Team Giannis on Sunday at United Center. “I’m able to put that trophy in my room, in my trophy room. Just to see Kobe’s name on there, it just means a lot to me. He’s a big inspiration in my life. He did a lot for me.” 

Like with many other NBA players, Bryant worked out informally with Leonard and gave him countless strategic tips.

Despite that history, the Clippers forward did not enter Sunday’s game with the intent on winning the All-Star Game MVP award that the league renamed to honor the late Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash at 41 in January. After Leonard made his first two shots, though, he changed his mind, telling himself, “I’m going to try to get it.”  

NBA All-Star Game winners and losers: Best from Team LeBron’s win over Team Giannis

Leonard boosted his chances by finishing with 30 points while shooting 11-of-18 from the field, and 8-of-14 from 3-point range. That marked Leonard’s first All-Star MVP after winning Finals MVP with San Antonio (2014) and Toronto (2019). Leonard is not considered a favorite to win this year’s regular-season award, though.

Despite averaging 27.2 points on 46.3% shooting, 7.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists, he has missed a combined 13 games this season because of injury maintenance on his left knee. That partly explains why the Clippers (37-18) rank third in the Western Conference behind Denver (38-17) and the Lakers (41-12).

“My mindset is always just to try to make my team the best team at the end of the season,” Leonard said. “If I’m fortunate enou

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Jennifer Hudson Sings Her Heart Out In Moving Tribute To Kobe Bryant At NBA All-Star Game

Grammy award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson belted out a heartbreaking tribute to Kobe Bryant before the National Basketball Association’s 2020 All-Star Game Sunday evening in Chicago three weeks after the sports legend’s tragic death in a helicopter crash.

Hudson sang “For All We Know,” standing before giant photos of Bryant tearing up the court — and embracing his children. 

“We will never see another basketball player quite like Kobe,” Magic Johnson said before the game as fans chanted the Laker legend’s name and kept an eight-second moment of silence in honor of Bryant’s jersey No. 8. “He was passionate about being a great father, husband, filmmaker.”

Before the game, Common also gave a moving tribute, highlighting Bryant’s legacy. “Even in the darkest times, you’ll feel Kobe’s light,” he said.

Halftime performances featured Chance the Rapper, Quavo, Lil Wayne and DJ Khaled

Earlier Sunday, the NBA released a powerful video tribute to Bryant by Dr. Dre that also highlighted touching moments with Bryant’s children and his Mamba moves. Dre was recruited, along with videographer Gibson Hazard and Jack Bannon, to do the video by the NBA.

Bryant died with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, six other passengers and the pilot when the helicopter he was traveling in went down in hilly terrain near Calabasas, California, on Jan. 26. No one survived. 

When the game got started, players on LeBron James’ team wore Gianna’s No. 2 on their jerseys. The rival team, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, wore 24, Bryant’s number during the latter half of his time with the Los Angeles Lakers.

In Bryant’s honor, the All-Star Game MVP award was permanently renamed the NBA All-Star Ga

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NBA All-Star Game MVP Award is now the Kobe Bryant MVP Award

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NBA All-Star Game 2020: LeBron vs. Giannis Rosters, TV Schedule and MVP Odds

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, slaps hands with guard LeBron James during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

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There are few more sure things in sports than LeBron James making the NBA All-Star Game.

Now in his 17th season, James has been named an All-Star each of the past 16 years. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) and Kobe Bryant (18) received more All-Star selections than James has.

For the third straight year, James is serving as a team captain. He drafted the members of Team LeBron, which will face a squad captained by Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo on Sunday night at United Center in Chicago.

James has led his team to victory each of the previous two years, which included defeating a team led by Antetokounmpo last season.

With the All-Star Game getting closer, here’s a look at some important information for this year’s game, including full rosters, MVP odds and more.

     

2020 NBA All-Star Game

When: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: United Center in Chicago

TV and Live Stream: TNT and TNTDrama.com

             

Rosters

Team LeBron Starters

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

James Harden, Houston Rockets

Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

        

Reserves

Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (injured, will not play)

Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder

Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacer

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LeBron James earns $300,000 per sponsored Instagram post and is the NBA’s highest paid social media influencer

  • LeBron James earns more than $300,000 per sponsored Instagram post, making him the NBA’s highest paid social media influencer, according to data compiled by OnlineGambling.ca.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers star has 59.7 million followers on the platform, and promotes a number of brands including GMC Hummer, Ladder Sport, and Nike.
  • In just two sponsored posts, James could eclipse is per game wage with the Lakers, which is approximately $450,000, according to ESPN.
  • Celebrity manager Mayah Riaz told Business Insider brands pay James so much because he has a higher reach than other advertising methods, and that fans are “bought into” his life online.
  • James’ earnings on Instagram are small compared to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylie Jenner however, who earn $975,000 and $1,266,000 per sponsored post respectively, according to Hopper HQ.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

LeBron James earns more than $300,000 for every sponsored Instagram post, making him the NBA’s highest paid social media influencer.

That’s according to data compiled by OnlineGambling.ca, who says the Los Angeles Lakers star makes nearly twice as much per post than any other player in the league.

James has 59.7 million followers on Instagram, the fourth most of any active sports star in the world, and uses the platform to promote a number of brands including car manufacturer GMC Hummer, nutrition brand Ladder Sport, and Nike, with whom he has a lifetime shoe deal worth more than $1 billion, according to GQ.

The report says James pockets an average of $300,850 pe

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Zach LaVine nearly pulled off an astounding 360-dunk from the free-throw line that has fans clamoring for him to be in the Dunk Contest

  • This weekend the biggest stars in the NBA are heading to Chicago to take part in All-Star Weekend.
  • Two-time Dunk Contest champion Zach LaVine is not scheduled to compete this year, but a video of the Bulls guard attempting a 360-dunk from the free-throw line has fans calling for him to make a surprise appearance.
  • While LaVine didn’t complete the dunk in the video that’s gone viral, he’s close enough to believe that he could throw it down in competition.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Zach LaVine left fans in awe after a video of LaVine nearly throwing down a 360-dunk from the free-throw line made the rounds online.

LaVine is a two-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion, having taken the title in back-to-back years in 2015 and 2016. But despite the fact that Chicago is hosting this year’s All-Star festivities, the Bulls guard is not scheduled to make an appearance in the contest this year.

Ever the showman, LaVine decided that he didn’t need to be participating in the Dunk Contest to leave NBA fans delirious with his aerial talents.

As more fans found the video

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Tiger Woods offered a subtle tribute to Kobe Bryant after sinking his putt on the 8th hole at the Genesis Invitational

  • Tiger Woods shot a two-under 69 in the first round of the Genesis Open on Thursday.
  • Woods sank a 24-foot, 8-inch putt to eagle the first hole of his round. “It was a nice way to start,” said Woods, noting that the numbers matched the two numbers that Kobe Bryant had worn during his NBA career.
  • Then at the eighth hole, which had a purple-and-gold flag to honor Bryant, Woods gave a subtle flick of the wrist after sinking his putt.
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Tiger Woods shot a two-under, 69 in the first round of the Genesis Invitational on Thursday.

During his round, Woods had two moments that served as tributes to Kobe Bryant, one intentional, and one that came more or less out of the blue.

Woods reached the green of the par-5 No. 1 at Riviera Country Club in two shots and was left with a long putt for a potential opening eagle.

Just how long of a putt was it? 24 feet, eight inches — both numbers that Bryant wore throughout his career with the Lakers.

Woods sunk the putt to start his day at two-under.

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Lebron James stuns 193 students

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Watch “Full Circle” weeknights at 5 p.m. ET.”,”imageUrl”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/191118164022-third-birthday-parade-1-large-169.jpg”,”title”:”Town throws parade to celebrate child who beat incredible odds”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/us/2019/11/20/birthday-parade-sick-child-smard-acfc-goods-vpx.cnn/index.xml”,”videoLeafUrl”:”/videos/us/2019/11/20/birthday-parade-sick-child-smard-acfc-goods-vpx.cnn”,”videoId”:”us/2019/11/20/birthday-parade-sick-child-smard-acfc-goods-vpx.cnn”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/us/2019/11/20/birthday-parade-sick-child-smard-acfc-goods-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/acfc-the-goods/”,”surrogateKey”:”video_8DCCBAA1-E19D-BD93-EC80-A9C12334BA64″},{“descriptionPlainText”:”CNN’s Anderson Cooper has the story of an 8-year-old boy from Maryland who came up with a touching way to honor our veterans. 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‘ + videocardContents.showName + ‘ | ‘;} else {showDetailsSpanContent = videocardContents.showName + ‘ | ‘;}}fastdom.measure(function getShowInfo() {var $show = jQuery(‘.metadata__show’),$isShowDetailsSpanExists = $show.find(‘span’).hasClass(‘metadata–show__name’),$showName = jQuery(‘.metadata–show__name’);fastdom.mutate(function updateShowInfo() {if (!$isShowDetailsSpanExists) {$show.prepend(‘

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Tristan Thompson says LeBron James ‘eats like s—‘ and has the worst diet ever, but dominates anyway

  • LeBron James’ former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Tristan Thompson told The Athletic that James “eats like s—” and has “the worst f—ing diet ever.”
  • Thompson said James has a love of sweets, eats copious amounts of food, breaks diets, and still dominates everyone on the floor anyway because his body burns it all off.
  • James is said to spend $1.5 million per year on body care, from trainers to recovery devices, but his diet may be one area where he is lax.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

LeBron James is known for his intense preparation and care for his body, but according to his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Tristan Thompson, that may be overstated.

Thompson told The Athletic’s Joe Vardon and Jason Lloyd in an article full of anecdotes about James that “The King” also eats like one.

“He has the worst f—ing diet ever,” Thompson said, adding, “He eats like s—.” Thompson said James has a love of sweets and consumes tons of food, but it never seems to affect him.

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Bronny James went berserk on the sideline after his little brother, Bryce James, dropped a defender

  • Bryce James found himself the ultimate hype man in his older brother, Bronny James, according to a clip SLAM HS Hoops posted on Twitter.
  • LeBron James’ eldest child, who plays for Sierra Canyon high school, went wild on the sideline after his little brother dropped a defender and drained a jumper in a game.
  • Check out the video below.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

LeBron James’ son, Bronny James, has been balling out for Sierra Canyon this year, but he’s not the only James kid with his dad’s aptitude on the court.

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Students in LeBron James’ school program were surprised with 4 years of free college tuition at Kent State University

  • The LeBron James Family Foundation and Kent State University announced on Wednesday that the inaugural class of LeBron James’ I Promise Network will receive free tuition to Kent State. 
  • The 193 students were surprised with the gift — which includes free tuition for four years and one year of free room and board — during a visit to Kent State. 
  • In order to receive the tuition, students have to be accepted into Kent State, fill out financial aid forms, and complete community service hours each semester.
  • They will have to work to hold on to the scholarship by remaining in good academic standing, continuing community service, and taking an undisclosed amount of credits every semester.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Students from the inaugural class of LeBron James’ I Promise Network in Akron, Ohio, won’t have to worry about college costs — they’ve been granted four years of free tuition at the nearby Kent State University.

The LeBron James Family Foundation made the announcement in partnership with Kent State on Wednesday, saying that all 193 students from the I Promise’s first graduating class are receiving the surprise gift.

The students are currently juniors in high school, and they were told of the free tuition on a visit to Kent State.

“You are Mr. LeBron James’ first class, his

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The Denver Nuggets tried to talk smack with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and the Lakers made them pay

  • The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets 120-116 in overtime on Wednesday night in a battle between the two top teams in the Western Conference.
  • Both before and during the game, the Nuggets talked a bit of smack, directing shots at Lakers superstars Anthony Davis and LeBron James.
  • Davis was the leading scorer of the game with 33 points to go with his 10 rebounds, while James had a triple-double of 32 points, 12 rebounds, and 14 assists.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night in a battle between the two top teams in the Western Conference.

Before the game began, the Nuggets decided to do a bit of needling in the Lakers direction, posting images of Los Angeles center Anthony Davis and Nuggets center Nikola Jokić.

“We just wanted to share some pictures of the best center in the NBA and Anthony Davis,” the caption read.

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Headspace raises $93 million in equity and debt as it pursues clinical validation for mindfulness

Headspace, the Los Angeles-based mindfulness and meditation company locked in a bitter competitive struggle with Calm for leadership in the mental wellness world, has raised new capital to try to take the pole position.

The company has just closed on $93 million in new equity and debt financing from a slew of investors as it pursues a number of clinical studies that could provide scientific validation for the somewhat nebulous claims around the benefits associated with mindfulness and meditation.

That clinical validation can also unlock new dollars in the form of government payments for mindfulness therapies that could be used to treat a variety of conditions. It also makes more valid the company’s pitch to companies as a useful component of an employee benefit program.

The company touted a pipeline of 70 clinical studies working in conjunction with academic partners, including Carnegie Mellon, University of

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How to watch Team Giannis vs. Team LeBron online from anywhere

The captains have been announced, the drafts are complete and now the action is all set to start for this year’s NBA All-Star Game. LA Lakers legend LeBron James and reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo both received the most fan votes and are once again the captains for this year’s exhibition match which showcases 24 of the league’s star players.

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The format of this year’s All-Star Game has been changed somewhat, with some of those changes made in order to honor Kobe Bryant who tragically died last month in a helicopter crash.

Each of the first three quarters this year will have the score set to 0-0, with the winning side of each receiving $100,000 per quarter for a Chicago-based charity of their choice.

The fourth quarter will be untimed and will see each side trying to reach a target of 24 points (Bryant’s old uniform number) more than the total of whichever team has the lead at the end of third quarter (i.e., if the team in the lead has 100 points, the target score would be 124). The first team to reach that target wins the game.

The draft saw Team Giannis’ opt for a line-up made up entirely of Eastern Conference players, while Team LeBron’s line-up is made up of all players from the Western Conference. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel will coach Team LeBron while Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse will take charge of Team Giannis.

Check out the full rosters below and read on for full details on how to get a live stream of the NBA All-Star Game 2020 no matter where you are in the world with our guide below.

NBA All-Star Game 2020: Where and when?

The NBA All-Star Game 2020 takes place on Sunday, February 16, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The venue has a maximum capacity of 23,500.

The tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern (5 p.m. Pacific, 1 a.m. GMT on Monday).

Watch the NBA All-Star Game 2020 online from outside your country

We have details of all the U.S., UK, Australian and Canadian broadcasters of basketball’s marquee match-up further down in this guide. If you’re intent on watching the All-Star game, but find yourself away from home then you’ll run into problems when trying to stream your domestic coverage online from abroad as its likely to be geo-blocked. That’s where a VPN (Virtual Private Network) can be a lifesaver. They allows you to virtually change the ISP of your laptop, tablet or mobile to one that’s back in your home country, letting you watch as if you were back there.

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How to watch NBA All Star Game 2020 online in the U.S. exclusively on TNT

TNT has exclusive rights to broadcast the 69th NBA All-Star Game live in the US. That means you’ll be able to watch the game on the TNT app, but you’ll need to be able to log in with a pay TV account. It doesn’t mean you necessarily need to have an expensive cable TV subscription to watch the game however, as there are a number

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LeBron: Lakers not focusing on being No. 1 seed

DENVER — The Los Angeles Lakers increased their stranglehold on the Western Conference’s No. 1 spot with an impressive road win against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, but LeBron James claims seeding isn’t a topic of conversation for L.A.

“We don’t talk about it,” James said after the Lakers’ 120-116 overtime win gave L.A. a four-game lead over the Nuggets heading into the All-Star break. “For us, we would love to play in front of our home fans as much as we can. We love being there with our Laker faithful.

“But at the end of the day, you go out and play each and every game like it’s its own game. You can’t worry about what could happen the following day. You can only look at the present, like we did tonight.”

Maybe James didn’t need to say anything to let his team know the significance of Wednesday’s game. Several of his teammates noted his serious tone in the pregame locker room as he suited up 80 minutes before tipoff — far earlier than usual — to show his level of preparedness.

James went on to lead L.A. with 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds to notch his 12th triple-double of the season and keep pace with Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks for the league lead. It was James’ 20th triple-double since he joined the Lakers, making him just the fourth player in team history to record that many, joining Magic Johnson, Elgin Baylor and Kobe Bryant, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau.

James, Anthony Davis and the coaching staff will head to Chicago for All-Star Weekend and take the court in Sunday’s main event. Dwight Howard will make the trip to compete in the dun

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LeBron James’ Brilliance Leads Lakers Past Jamal Murray, Nuggets

DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers posts up on Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets on February 12, 2020 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

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If Wednesday was a Western Conference Finals preview, the Los Angeles Lakers appear ready to make a championship run.

Los Angeles defeated the Denver Nuggets 120-116 in overtime on Wednesday at Pepsi Center in a thrilling showdown between the teams that entered play with the two best records in the conference. LeBron James and Anthony Davis spearheaded the effort, as they so often do, helping the Purple and Gold improve to 41-12 on the season with a third straight win. 

As for the Nuggets, they are still an impressive 38-17 overall even though their four-game winning streak came to an end.

         

Notable Player Stats

  • LAL F LeBron James: 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds
  • LAL F Anthony Davis: 33 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks
  • LAL C Dwight Howard: 14 points and 11 rebounds
  • DEN G Jamal Murray: 32 points and 10 assists
  • DEN C Nikola Jokic: 22 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals

             

LeBron Heads Into All-Star Break on a High Note

James is 35 years old and in his 17th season, nine of which have featured grueling trips to the NBA Finals. Wednesday was the Lakers’ last game before the All-Star break, and they have the best record in the Western Conference.

It would have been easy for the King to shift into cruise control before some time off from the regular-season grind.

Instead, he unleashed his individual brilliance and was perhaps at least somewhat motivated by Monte Morris’ decision to talk trash to him in the first half. LeBron silenced the Nuggets’ fans, caused a delay of game with

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LeBron on star-studded list of US Olympic finalists

LeBron James is considering a return to the Olympics.

James, a two-time gold medalist and three-time Olympian, is among the 44 players announced by USA Basketball on Monday as finalists for the team that will play this summer in the Tokyo Games. James played in 2004, 2008 and 2012, helping the U.S. win gold in his two most recent appearances.

“My name is in the hat, and it’s always predicated on one, my body, how my body is feeling at the end of the season. I hope to make a long playoff run,” James said. “And then where my mind is, and then where my family’s head is. So it’s a lot of factors, but my name is in the hat.”

The pool includes 19 players who have won a total of 31 gold medals in Olympic or world cup competition for the Americans, including nine players who captured the Olympic title for USA Basketball four years ago in Rio de Janeiro.

“I’ve always maintained that equity is important,” USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo told The Associated Press. “And you earn equity by participating. So we think they’ve earned the right to be named to the overall roster for USA Basketball. It’s pretty elite. It’s a tremendous pot, and the good news is they’ve all said they want to play.”

James has played in 68 games for the U.S. national team and has said several times over the past year or so that he is thinking about another Olympics after sitting out the Rio de Janeiro Games for a variety of reasons. Part of his interest in participating this summer is to have a chance to play for U.S. coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs.

There will be no tryouts. USA Basketball will pare the list down to a 12-person Olympic team by early June, with the decisions to be made by a selection committee and to be based in part on player availability and health. Training camp will start in early July, potentially as soon as two weeks after the end of the NBA Finals. The Olympics start July 24.

USA Basketball officials, including Colangelo and Popovich, have met with players in a variety of ways over the past several weeks. Some talks have been directly with players, some with their agents, some with their NBA clubs, sometimes a combination — and, Colangelo noted, there were some instances when players reached out to express interest.

If a player is on the list, that means USA Basketball is convinced he wants to play.

“I feel very good about the response,” Colangelo said.

Also included in the pool: 15 of the 16 players from the United States who are scheduled to play in Sunday’s NBA All-

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The 10 Most Promising Young NBA Players

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, G, Oklahoma City Thunder

While Gilgeous-Alexander may not have the top gear of some positional peers, he gets wherever he wants through masterful manipulation of opposing defenders. His arsenal is full of herky-jerky dribble moves, and his understanding of how and when to change speeds goes well beyond his 21 years of age.

He’s more of an adequate spacer than a good one (career 35.5 percent from three on low volume), and he still hasn’t assumed complete control of an offense. That’s enough to deny him a top-10 spot, but his poise and potential are too rich to let him go unmentioned.

                   

Jonathan Isaac, F, Orlando Magic

Isaac looks like the creation of a defensive-minded coach with access to a basketball laboratory. The modern game is all about versatility, and he’s the ultimate Swiss Army knife on defense. Only Giannis Antetokounmpo owns a better defensive box plus/minus, and before Isaac lost the remainder o

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One of the Best Nike LeBron Sneakers Ever Is Returning

Brand: Nike

Model: LeBron 7

Key Features: The Nike LeBron 7 “All-Star” features a Chlorine Blue-colored synthetic upper, a padded synthetic leather collar, and full-length Air Max cushioning. The sneaker is decorated with various branding hits, including multiple Nike Swooshes and LeBron James insignias.

Release Date: February 12

Price: $189

Buy: Select retailers including Sneakersnstuff

Editor’s Notes: With NBA All-Star Weekend just days away, Nike is gearing up for a string of subsequent releases, as are a number of other like-minded brands. One of this week’s more high profile drops is the “All-Star” LeBron 7, which is returning for the first time ever.

LeBron James famously wore this particular iteration of the Nike LeBron 7 in the 2010 NBA All-Star game in Dallas. Here we are 10 years later, and the colorway just so happens to blend perfectly with this year’s Chicago flag and transit-inspired All-Star Game uniform

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The Morning After: A Samsung Galaxy Z Flip sneak peek

The Morning After: A Samsung Galaxy Z Flip sneak peek

It’s not just an app problem.The Engadget Podcast: How tech (and humans) failed the Iowa caucus

This week on the Engadget Podcast, Devindra and Cherlynn chat about what exactly went wrong for Iowa’s Democratic Party. The mysterious app from an unknown progressive tech firm was mostly to blame, but it was also helped by some good old fashioned human error. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Pocket Casts or Stitcher.


Roll some more of that test rack footage.How reliable is the Motorola Razr, really?

The other day, CNET strapped Motorola’s new flexible handset into a test bench and experienced issues after about 27,000 folds. That’s fewer times than you might expect to open and close the $1,500 handset in one year. Now, Motorola has responded with footage of its own and some explanations about why the other test might not reflect real-world use. The new Razr only just went on sale, so we don’t have extended experiences to draw on yet, but hopefully, this goes over better than Samsung’s first Galaxy Fold attempt.


Looking for a new show to binge-watch this weekend? All nine episodes are available now.Apple TV+’s Mythic Quest is ‘Silicon Valley’ but for game devs

According to Devindra Hardawar, this new comedy on Apple TV+ is “sharp and funny enough to keep non-gamers hooked, it actually tackles major issues facing the industry, and at times, it’s surprisingly sweet and poignant.” It’s produced by Ubisoft and made by some of the folks behind It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia so you’ll have some idea of what to expect. Plus, it’s already greenlit for a second season. Read the full review and then give it a look.


GM is pulling out all the stops in its electric vehicle push.LeBron James helps GMC pitch its Hummer EV in a Super Bowl ad

GM thinks it has a simple way to drum up hype for its future GMC Hummer EV: give it the kind of celebrity endorsement that sports fans would notice. No less than LeBron James is pitching the company’s all-electric pickup truck — even if he’s not a pro football player.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo roasted James Harden during the NBA All-Star draft — ‘I want somebody that’s going to pass the ball’

Giannis Antetokounmpo roasted James Harden during the NBA All-Star draft — ‘I want somebody that’s going to pass the ball’
  • The team captains Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James selected their teams for the 2020 NBA All-Star game in a televised draft Thursday night.
  • When it came time to select his first guard, Antetokounmpo said he was torn between the Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Trae Young and the Boston Celtics ankle breaker Kemba Walker.
  • When the TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley asked why the reigning MVP was not considering “the dribbler” — i.e., James Harden — for the pick, Antetokounmpo chuckled and said “I want somebody that’s going to pass the ball.”
  • The Milwaukee Bucks star went with Walker for his third pick, and James went on to select Harden with the next pick.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

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Team Giannis & Team LeBron Draft | 2020 NBA All-Star – NBA

Team Giannis & Team LeBron Draft | 2020 NBA All-Star – NBA

Watch LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo make their selections for the 2020 NBA All-Star game on February 16 in Chicago!

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The Warriors cashed in their biggest trade chip to make a massive gamble on Andrew Wiggins

The Warriors cashed in their biggest trade chip to make a massive gamble on Andrew Wiggins
  • The Golden State Warriors traded D’Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 first-round pick, and 2021 second-round pick.
  • Many in the NBA world suspected that the Warriors would eventually trade Russell for more pieces, but the questions remained when they would do it and for what.
  • In making the deal, the Warriors are taking a big gamble on Wiggins, a naturally skilled, 24-year-old No. 1 pick, who has disappointed in Minnesota, but has plenty of potential.
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The Golden State Warriors did not wait long to cash in D’Angelo Russell for more pieces, including a big bet on a former No. 1 pick.

The Warriors on Thursday agreed to trade guard D’Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves for forward Andrew Wiggins, a top-three protected 2021 first-round pick, and a 2021 second round pick, according to reports. The Warriors will also send guard Jacob Evans and big man Omari Spellman.

The Warriors acquired Russell, a 2018 All-Star, in a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets when Kevin Durant chose to join the Nets in free agency. Russell figured to serve as a secondary playmaker and scorer in the backcourt with Stephen Curry while Klay Thompson recovered from a torn ACL.

However, both Russell and the Warriors acknowledged that it might not be a long-term partnership. Curry, Russell, and Thompson would have all jostled for minutes in the backcourt once healthy. The Warriors would be undersized with all three on the court, meaning one of the three would often be on the bench. 

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D’Angelo Russell.

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Still, when the Warriors would cash in on Russell

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NBA All-Star Rosters 2020: LeBron-Giannis Starters, Reserves, Likely Injury Subs

NBA All-Star Rosters 2020: LeBron-Giannis Starters, Reserves, Likely Injury Subs
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, slaps hands with guard LeBron James during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

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For the second straight season, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are captaining the NBA All-Star Game squads. 

James, who has two All-Star victories as a captain, will play alongside Los Angeles Lakers teammate Anthony Davis in the February 16 event at United Center in Chicago. 

Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic and James Harden are the other starters on James’ squad, which was drafted Thursday night. 

Antetokounmpo chose Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam, Kemba Walker and Trae Young to be part of his starting five. 

The best reserve on both rosters could be Damian Lillard on Team LeBron, as he is in the middle of one of the most impressive individual runs of the 2019-20 NBA season. 

                

NBA All-Star Game Rosters

            

Team LeBron

Between Davis, Doncic, James and Leonard, there is plenty of size in the Team LeBron starting five. 

The chemistry between James and Davis should be an advantage the squad attempts to exploit in the first quarter. 

Getting off to a quick start will be a key for the 2020 All-Star Game because of the new rules implemented for the contest. 

Team LeBron should also benefit from Harden’s scoring, as he leads the NBA with 35.4 points per game, which is five points better than Antetokounmpo in second place.

With the other four starters expected to take up more space down low, Harden may fire at will from three-point range to ignite a fast start.

Doncic, who is averaging 28.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game, could be Team LeBron’s X-factor in his first All-Star start if he is deemed healthy. He is dealing with an ankle injury that has kept him out since January 31.

The combination of Lillard and Russell Westbrook off the bench could give Team LeBron the advantage it needs to earn its third straight victory.

After putting up 26 points Thursday, Lillard has a streak of 17 consecutive 20-point performances, with 11 of them featuring 30 or more points. 

Westbrook eclipsed the 30-point barrier seven times over the last nine games, including his 41-point outburst versus the Lakers Thursday. 

Nikola Jokic could be the key to setting up transition baskets or second-chance opportunities for the pair of guards, as he is averaging a double-double for the third straight campaign. 

Chris Paul will likely take charge of ball-handling in the reserve group, while Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum and

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Lakers’ LeBron James Says Andre Iguodala’s ‘Championship DNA’ Makes Heat Better

Lakers’ LeBron James Says Andre Iguodala’s ‘Championship DNA’ Makes Heat Better
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) defends Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) in the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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LeBron James believes the Miami Heat will get a good boost from the acquisition of Andre Iguodala.

“I saw it and I was like, ‘OK,'” James said Thursday, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “I think it makes them a better team because of his championship DNA, you add that to that championship culture down there. So it helps them right away. … I know that ‘Dre is happy to be suiting it back up.”

Iguodala had been sitting out all season after his trade from the Golden State Warriors to the Memphis Grizzlies, but he was reportedly traded Thursday in a six-player deal that also included Justise Winslow and Dion Waiters, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Heat have already showed they can be a contender in the East this season behind Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, enteri

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Gianna Bryant’s school retired her No. 2 jersey in an emotional memorial ceremony

Gianna Bryant’s school retired her No. 2 jersey in an emotional memorial ceremony
  • Gianna Bryant will be the last student to wear the No. 2 basketball jersey at Harbor Day School.
  • Gianna, or ‘Gigi,’ and her father Kobe were among nine people to die in a helicopter crash last month.
  • At a ceremony, her coach, teacher, and peers remembered her caring, humble attitude and drive.
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Harbor Day School, in Corona Del Mar, California, has retired Gianna “Gigi” Bryant’s No. 2 basketball jersey. 

On Wednesday, Vanessa Bryant shared a photo of the jersey displayed at the school and video clips of the ceremony.

“My Gigi. I love you! I miss you. You’ve taught us all that no act of kindness is ever too small,” Bryant wrote on Instagram. “Mommy is still and will ALWAYS be so proud of you mamacita.”

Gigi, 13, and her father Kobe Bryant were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on January 26.

 

Gigi Bryant dreamed

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NBA All-Star Rosters 2020: Final Mock Draft for Team Giannis vs. Team LeBron

NBA All-Star Rosters 2020: Final Mock Draft for Team Giannis vs. Team LeBron
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 19:  Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers hug following a game at Fiserv Forum on December 19, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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Last season, the draft for the NBA All Star Game became must-see TV.

Watching team captains Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) and LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) select their respective rosters in real time was the kind of drama that fans couldn’t wait to behold.

Who would go first?

Who would go last?

Those were the kind of burning questions that were answered with the live broadcast.

This year, the Draft show, presented by Jordan Brand, will air on TNT on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. ET.

The format for the draft remains the same.

As the leading vote-getter, James will choose first, followed by Antetokounmpo.

In the second round, the Bucks superstar will make the first selection from the pool of reserves, followed by the Lakers superstar.

Here’s the latest mock draft for the 69th annual midseason classic.

     

Starters

1. Team LeBron: Anthony Davis

2. Team Giannis: Luca Doncic

3. Team LeBron: Kawhi Leonard

4. Team Giannis: Pascal Siakam

5. Team LeBron: James Harden

6. Team Giannis: Joel Embiid

7. Team LeBron: Kemba Walker

8. Team Giannis: Trae Young

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For Team LeBron, the first pick should be a no-brainer, if not somewhat forced.

As a Lakers teammate, Anthony Davis, who is playing at an MVP level, he should be the first player off the board.

From there, it’s anybody’s guess.

Conventional wisdom suggests that Antetokounmpo select Joel Embiid to offset Davis, but this is the All Star Game.

It’s not about height, it’s about ability, especially in the open court.

That means Luca Doncic should be the next one to hear his name called.

Things get interesting from there.

Kawhi Leonard is battling with James for the title of “King of L.A.,” but the latter may put all of that aside for the good of the game and take him next.

James Harden is the most logical choice to get selected after Leonard, but considering his history with Antetokounmpo, it’s probably a reach that all will be forgotten.

Pascal Siakam, who’s made the most of his opportunity to step into a starring role with the Toronto Raptor

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NBA All-Star Game 2020 Rosters Revealed After LeBron vs. Giannis Draft

NBA All-Star Game 2020 Rosters Revealed After LeBron vs. Giannis Draft
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 19:  Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers hug following a game at Fiserv Forum on December 19, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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NBA All-Star Game captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo chose their teams for this year’s matchup, which will take place in Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 16.

The taped draft was shown on TNT’s NBA Tip-Off Thursday prior to the Bucks’ home game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

James took Lakers teammate and big man Anthony Davis with the first overall pick, while Antetokounmpo countered with Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid.

James and Antetokounmpo, who were also All-Star Game captains last year, alternated picks for the remainder of the starter round. Antetokounmpo led off the reserve round by taking teammate Khris Middleton, and James responded with Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard.

Here’s a look at the two rosters, the draft order and an explanation for how this year’s All-Star Game will work after recent changes announced Jan. 30.

              

Team LeBron

Captain: Los Angeles Lakers G/F LeBron James

Remaining Starters: Lakers F/C Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Clippers F Kawhi Leonard, Dallas Mavericks PG Luka Doncic, Houston Rockets G James Harden

Reserves: Trail Blazers PG Damian Lillard, Philadelphia 76ers PG Ben Simmons, Denver Nuggets C Nikola Jokic, Boston Celtics F Jayson Tatum, Oklahoma City Thunder PG Chris Paul, Rockets PG Russell WestbrookPacers F/C Domantas Sabonis

     

Team Giannis

Captain: Milwaukee Bucks F Giannis Antetokounmpo

Remaining Starters: Philadelphia 76ers C Joel Embiid, Toronto Raptors F Pascal Siakam, Boston Celtics PG Kemba Walker, Atlanta Hawks PG Trae Young

Reserves: Bucks G/F Khris Middleton, Miami Heat C Bam Adebayo, Utah Jazz C Rudy Gober



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J.Lo and Shakira just did that.

If you’re still trying to pull yourself together after the epic Super Bowl LIV halftime show, you’re not alone. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira brought the energy as they wowed us with a combination of mesmerizing choreography, special guests (shout out J Balvin, Bad Bunny and J.Lo’s 11-year-old daughter, Emme), wardrobe changes and upbeat renditions of their smash hits, including “Whenever, Wherever,” “Hips Don’t Lie,” “Jenny from the Block,” “Ain’t it Funny” and “Get Right.”

From LeBron James to Lady Gaga, the collective social media world went wild over the Latin superstars’ electric performance at Hard Rock Stadium. Oh, and it wouldn’t be a J.Lo performance without an Alex Rodriguez reaction. Spoiler: He was as impressed as the rest of us.







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The Ballad Of Kobe And LeBron

The Ballad Of Kobe And LeBron

“I’m Not Ready but here I go” is how LeBron James began the Instagram post, and man, if that isn’t every goddamn one of us right now. The Lakers will return to the court at Staples Center on Friday, welcoming the Trail Blazers to Los Angeles for their first game since the shocking, horrifying death of Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash on Sunday. LeBron James will play basketball for the first time since the tragedy, which came just one day after he passed Bryant for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. That night, the two legends spoke on the phone for what would be the final time.

“It’s just too much. It’s too much. The story is too much,” James told reporters in Philadelphia last Saturday after moving ahead of Bryant in the record book but before the tragedy. “It’s surreal. It doesn’t make no sense, but the universe just puts things in your life.”

James was talking about the good things: all the opportunities that paved the way to this latest milestone, and the chance not only to achieve it in the Lakers uniform that Bryant wore with distinction for two decades, but to do it in Kobe’s hometown. Sometimes the universe puts other things in your life, too. Right now, it has put something dark and daunting in LeBron’s, impossible to manage but unavoidable all the same: the need to find a new normal for himself, and a way to carry on, to keep “continuing to move the game forward,” as Kobe put it in his final tweet.

In the moment, it was a compliment, a show of respect. Now, those words—the last ones Bryant would ever share in public—read more like a charge, an assignment of responsibility punctuating a relationship that spanned nearly 20 years and defined two eras of NBA basketball, even if it never quite found the form that basketball fans always hoped it would.

It’s easy to forget now, with LeBron having long since surpassed Kobe as a player in the estimation of most of the basketball-watching world. In the early years of this century, though, LeBron was like the rest of us—a fan watching, awestruck, as Bryant became the first guard ever to make the leap from taking his SATs to taking the court at the highest level of professional basketball.

“It’s another guy that I looked up to when I was in grade school and high school,” James said last Saturday, in a lengthy postgame press conference about Bryant that now takes on the tone of a eulogy. “Seeing him come straight out of high school, he is someone that I used as inspiration. It was like, ‘wow.’ Seeing a kid, 17 years old, come into the NBA and trying to make an impact on a franchise, I used it as motivation. He helped me before he even knew of me because of what he was able to do.”

The first time they met, at All-Star Weekend in 2002, James was still a teen in high school. He was so over the moon at Kobe giving him “a special red, white and blue colorway of his signature sneakers” that he wore them in a marquee matchup against fellow top prospect Carmelo Anthony—even though they were a size too small.

LeBron also walked in Kobe’s footsteps when it came to testing his wares against pros. As a prep star at Lower Merion High School in 1995, Bryant famously practiced against members of the 76ers, including former North Carolina star and no. 3 draft pick Jerry Stackhouse; he reportedly “more than held his own and even beat Stackhouse in a one-on-one game.” Fast-forward six years. James—not yet a junior at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio, but already a high school megastar receiving national attention—gets an invitation to suit up for a run at Hoops the Gym in Chicago with a bunch of NB

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LeBron James Is the Face of GMC’s New Hummer EV Campaign

LeBron James stars in the latest commercial for GMC’s upcoming electric Hummer. The spot was unveiled during Super Bowl 54 in Miami and follows teasers posted last week ahead of The Big Game.

The teasers didn’t feature LeBron James, instead previewing the Hummer EV’s capabilities, which include 0 to 60 in 3 seconds and 1,000 horse power. The first full trailer compares the Hummer EV’s stealthy power to LeBron James on-court dominance. Watch it below.

LeBron James featuring in the commercial is noteworthy because he’s not just another superstar athlete lending his name to a company or product but rather because he has a personal history with the model.

During his senior year of high school, LeBron James drove a Hummer H2. It was gifted to him by his mom but raised eyebrows and resulted in the player being investigated by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. His mother was said to have financed the purchase with a car loan and the “controversy?

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LeBron James teases electric Hummer in quiet Super Bowl ad

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After 10 years of no Hummers, we’ve now got an electric Hummer and an inspirational speech by LeBron James to get you pumped about it. Yes, the discontinued gas-guzzler was officially revived this week. But now it’s an all-electric, battery-powered vehicle. 

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LeBron James, L.A. Lakers pay tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant

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Less than a week after the helicopter crash that resulted in the deaths of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, the Los Angeles Lakers played again at the Staples Center, where Bryant played in and attended so many games over the years. Friday’s game between the Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers began with a pre-game tribute to Bryant, Gianna, and fellow victims Alyssa Altobelli, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan.

The Lakers all appeared on the court wearing Bryant’s numbers 8 and 24, and every seat was draped in his signature jerseys. The tribute included performances by Usher and Boyz II Men, as well as a speech from LeBron James. 

“It doesn’t really feel like you’re here for a game,” fan Jeff Nadal told the Associated Press. “It feels like you’re here for something a lot bigger than that. We didn’t even know the guy, but we feel like we did.”

The Staples Center also asked the crowds of fans amassed outside to watch the tribute to Bryant and other victims of Sunday’s accident at home with their loved ones. The pre-game tribute was not broadcast on the Staples Center screens.

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Damian Lillard: Portland Trail Blazers point guard continues scoring streak

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Damian Lillard (right) is the first player in NBA history to score six three pointers in six consecutive games

Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard posted 51 points in their 124-107 win over Utah Jazz – continuing a scoring run that has seen him average 48.8 over the past six games.

Lillard has scored at least 36 points every game during his run, which started with 61 points against the Golden State Warriors on 21 January.

“I’ve never been in this type of rhythm in my life,” point guard Lillard said.

“You figure out what makes you at your best and I’ve found that space.”

He added: “I’ve stepped up my preparation – getting more sleep, getting off my feet, hydrating – things to make myself feel good about myself, my life, and do things to give myself the best chance on the court.”

Saturday night’s points haul was his fourth 50-point game of the season, with the home fans at the Moda Center giving him a standing ovation and chanting “MVP” at the end.

He has also become the first pla

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LeBron James’ words salve hurting Lakers

LeBron James’ words salve hurting Lakers

LOS ANGELES —
LeBron James has only been a part of the Los Angeles Lakers for 19 months. The West Coast is a late stop on an NBA odyssey that already yielded rings, trophies and innumerable indelible moments in Cleveland and Miami.

Yet when this venerated franchise needed a leader to honor a legend during one of the most traumatic times in its history, James took the microphone and stood alone in a golden spotlight at Staples Center on Friday night.

Five days after Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash, the simple eloquence of James’ words left most of the arena cheering through tears.

In just four minutes, LeBron’s speech captured the melancholy mood of a city while suggesting it’s both possible and necessary to move on after unthinkable tragedy.

“As I look around this arena, we’re all grieving,” James said. “We’re all hurt. We’re all heartbroken. But when we’re going through things like this, the best thing you can do is lean on the shoulders of your family.”

Cleveland might be James’ home, but a part of him is now permanently purple and gold.

After James’ heart, humor and empathy commanded the arena Bryant essentially built, he tore down any lingering skepticism among the Lakers’ vast fan base about whether LeBron could truly be embraced by LA.

A fan-fueled, 13-year rivalry between Bryant and James for overall NBA supremacy left many Lakers lovers viewing LeBron’s move west with skepticism, even after Bryant hailed the decision.

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Watch LeBron James’ Laker Game Speech Honoring Kobe Bryant

Watch LeBron James’ Laker Game Speech Honoring Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles Lakers returned to the hardfloor again for the first time since the passing of franchise legend Kobe Bryant. Prior to the game against the Portland Trailblazers, the organization planned a tribute that consisted of music performances and ultimately a speech from team star, LeBron James.

It was an emotional night and James started his tribute by honoring all those who died in the tragic helicopter crash that took Bryant and his daughter Gianna’s life along with John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Ara Zobayan, Sarah Chester and Payton Chester.

James, who had a speech written down at the request of the organization, put down the piece of paper and chose to speak from the heart instead. He was emotional but very thankful for the opportunity. Below is the complete transcript of James’ tribute:

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James leads tributes at Lakers’ first game since Bryant death

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LeBron James led tributes to LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in the team’s first game since he died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter Gianna and seven other people.

The Lakers lost 127-119 to the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center on a night when the team remembered Bryant’s 20-year career in LA, which delivered five NBA championships.

Lakers players wore shirts with Bryant’s numbers – eight and 24 – displayed on them in the warm-up and a ‘KB’ logo was printed on the court.

The tribute began with each member of the Lakers’ line-up being introduced as “number eight, Kobe Bryant”, before R&B artist Usher sang Amazing Grace in front of yellow rose arrangements in the shapes of Bryant’s jersey numbers.

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‘);if (Modernizr && !Modernizr.phone) {$owlFirstItem.find(‘.media__icon’).hide();}}CNN.Videx.Metadata.init({dateCreated: videocardContents.dateCreated,descriptionText: videocardContents.descriptionText,duration: videocardContents.duration,sourceLink: videocardContents.sourceLink,sourceName: videocardContents.sourceName,title: videocardContents.headlineText},{videoCollectionDivId: ‘cn-1h56uxo’,videoDescriptionDivId: ‘js-video_description-1h56uxo’,videoDurationDivId: ‘js-video_duration-1h56uxo’,videoTitleDivId: ‘js-leaf-video_headline-1h56uxo’,videoSourceDivId: ‘js-video_sourceName-1h56uxo’});if (CNN.Utils.exists(videocardContents.showName)) {if (CNN.Utils.exists(videocardContents.showUrl)) {showDetailsSpanContent = ‘
‘ + videocardContents.showName + ‘ | ‘;} else {showDetailsSpanContent = videocardContents.showName + ‘ | ‘;}}fastdom.measure(function getShowInfo() {var $show = jQuery(‘.metadata__show’),$isShowDetailsSpanExists = $show.find(‘span’).hasClass(‘metadata–show__name’),$showName = jQuery(‘.metadata–show__name’);fastdom.mutate(function updateShowInfo() {if (!$isShowDetailsSpanExists) {$show.prepend(‘

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WATCH: Los Angeles Lakers honor Kobe Bryant with stunning video celebration of his life and career

WATCH: Los Angeles Lakers honor Kobe Bryant with stunning video celebration of his life and career

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LeBron James Reveals Tattoo Honoring Kobe Bryant

LeBron James Reveals Tattoo Honoring Kobe Bryant

On Friday, LeBron James shared a closer look at his new tattoo honoring fallen NBA star Kobe Bryant.

James posted the photo to Instagram with the caption “My brother” ahead of the Lakers’ first basketball game since Bryant’s death.

“Mamba 4 Life,” the tattoo reads underneath a venomous black mamba snake that inspired Bryant’s “Black Mamba” nickname and inspirational “Mamba” brand.

James got the tattoo earlier this week as the Lakers mourned the NBA superstar who, a

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