Bronny James teams up with FaZe Clan – Reuters

Bronny James teams up with FaZe Clan – Reuters

LeBron “Bronny” James Jr. has joined esports FaZe Clan.

The younger James is a promising basketball player who also is known as an avid consumer of video games. The 15-year-old is expected to stream for the organization, which announced their affiliation in a pair of tweets on Sunday.

One of them included a video that mixed some of James’ best moves on the basketball court with his best action in Fortnite and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

James, a sophomore at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, Calif., is a 6-foot-2 guard lis

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Melo eyes Blazers return: ‘Think I found a home’

Melo eyes Blazers return: ‘Think I found a home’

Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony isn’t done yet.

The 36-year-old Anthony, who had spent more than a year out of the NBA — after sour endings in Oklahoma City and Houston — before signing with the Trail Blazers last season, expects to return to the league next season.

“In my mind, I’ll be right back in the fray of things when next season comes,” Anthony said Saturday after the Trail Blazers fell to the Los Angeles Lakers in a season-ending, 131-122 Game 5 loss. The Lakers won the series four games to one.

And, more than anything, Anthony, who averaged 15.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists during the regular season, said he’d like it to be with Portland.

“I pray that it can be Portland, I think I found a home in Portland,” An

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NBA roundup: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers, advance to semis – Reuters

Kawhi Leonard had 33 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists and the Los Angeles Clippers eliminated the Dallas Mavericks from the playoffs with a 111-97 victory in Game 6 on Sunday in the NBA bubble near Orlando.

Aug 29, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) handles the ball against Portland Trail Blazers guard Gary Trent Jr. (2) during the second quarter in game five of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Ivica Zubac had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Paul George contributed 15 points, nine boards and seven assists for the Clippers. Leonard added five steals.

The Clippers advanced to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, where they await the winner of the Utah Jazz-Denver Nuggets series. The Nuggets won later Sunday to tie the series 3-3. Game 7 is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:3

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Bronny James signs with FaZe Clan

Bronny James signs with FaZe Clan

Esports and gaming organization FaZe Clan has announced high school basketball recruit LeBron “Bronny” James Jr will join their organization.

The news was posted via two FaZe Clan tweets on Sunday afternoon with one including a hype video featuring basketball highlights of Bronny James, the son of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, as well as highlights from video games, namely Fortnite and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

A highly touted high school player, Bronny James is No. 24 in ESPN’s 2023 recruiting rankings. The younger James is also an avid gamer, having played Fortnite with FaZe Clan creators in the past.

Earlier this week, Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons joine

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Lakers & Bucks reach second round of NBA play-offs

Lakers & Bucks reach second round of NBA play-offs
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Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks will play the Miami Heat in the second round of the play-offs after the latter swept the Indiana Pacers 4-0

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks both reached the second round of the NBA play-offs after games resumed on Saturday.

The Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 131-122 to win their Western Conference best-of-seven series 4-1.

The Bucks also secured a 4-1 series win in the Eastern Conference by beating the Orlando Magic 118-104 in game five.

The games were rescheduled after they were postponed in protest following the shooting of Jacob Blake.

An agreement to resume the play-offs came after a “candid, impassioned and productive conversation” between NBA officials, players, coaches and staff.

LeBron James, who scored 36 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds against Portland for his 25th career play-off triple-double and now has a perfect 14-0 record in the first round of the play-offs, said the Lakers wanted to “get better as the series went on”.

“And we did. We have an opportunity to decompress just a little bit and wait for our next opponent,” added James, after his side brushed past the Trail Blazers, who were badly missing injured star player Damian Lillard.

The Lakers will play either the Houston Rockets or the Oklahoma City Thu

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Colin Kaepernick Writes LeBron James, Thanks Him After NBA Walkouts Over Jacob Blake Shooting

Colin Kaepernick Writes LeBron James, Thanks Him After NBA Walkouts Over Jacob Blake Shooting

LeBron James has been extremely vocal this past week following the Jacob Blake shooting in Wisconsin, and amid the NBA’s walkouts in response.

Colin Kaepernick is right behind him.

Colin Kaepernick writes LeBron James, thanks him for protesting

Kaepernick — who first started protesting during the national anthem exactly four years before Wednesday’s walkouts — wrote a letter to James this week thanking him. 

“Four years ago on August 14, 2016, I began protesting against systemic racism and social injustice,” Kaepernick wrote to James. “Truth is what I sought. Solidarity is what you showed me. Love is what moves us forward. 

“Thank you for staying true.”



James shared the letter on his Instagram story on Friday afternoon.

“Standing/kneeling right next to you brother! Appreciate you,” James wrote on the story.

The Milwaukee Bucks were the first team to stage a walkout on Wednesday afternoon after Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot in the back multiple times by Kenosha, Wisconsin, police on Sunday as he tried to get into his car. He is now paralyzed from the waist down. 

Every other team in the league quickly followed the Bucks’ lead — as did several other major sports leagues — and the play

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Lakers move on to next round after taking down Trail Blazers – Reuters

Anthony Davis scored 43 points and LeBron James added 36 to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 131-122 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night near Orlando to win the Western Conference first-round series in five games.

Aug 29, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; The Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before playing the Portland Trail Blazers in game five of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Davis was 14-of-18 shooting and collected nine rebounds, while James made 14 of 19 shots and recorded 10 rebounds and 10 assists to increase his NBA playoffs 30-point, triple-doubles record to 13.

Los Angeles won a playoff series for the first time since beating the Denver Nuggets in the first round in 2012 during Kobe Bryant’s tenure.

The Lakers will face the winner of the series between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder in t

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NBA star LeBron James emerges as potent political force ahead of November U.S. election – Reuters

(Reuters) – Two years after a conservative commentator told LeBron James to “shut up and dribble,” the NBA star has become an increasingly influential political force as issues of racial justice and voter suppression move to the forefront in the November presidential election.

July 30, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, USA; LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers takes to the court prior to the game against the LA Clippers at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on July 30, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

James, an outspoken activist and frequent critic of President Donald Trump, helped form a group that will spend millions of dollars to battle voter disenfranchisement in predominantly Black communities ahead of the Nov. 3 election between the Republican Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.

He also has helped push the National Basketball Association to recognize racial justice issues and the Black Lives Matter movement, including the decision to postpone playoff games this week after a player boycott to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Wisconsin.

The NBA and its players said on Friday the playoffs would resume after they agreed to have teams that own and control their stadiums turn them into polling places in November to allow for safe in-person voting in areas vulnerable to COVID-19 — an early initiative of James’ group More Than A Vote.

The NBA said it will also form a social justice coalition to work on increasing access to voting and promoting civic engagement.

James, who campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton four years ago, has promised to campaign for Biden this year. Given that Black voter turnout dropped in 2016 for the first time in 20 years

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Obama counseled ‘a small group’ of NBA players amid boycotts

Obama counseled ‘a small group’ of NBA players amid boycotts

The source also confirmed that Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was on the call. It was Paul, the source said, who organized the discussion.

Katie Hill, a spokeswoman for Obama, told CNN in a statement, “As an avid basketball fan, President Obama speaks regularly with players and league officials. When asked, he was happy to provide advice on Wednesday night to a small group of NBA players seeking to leverage their immense platforms for good after their brave and inspiring strike in the wake of Jacob Blake’s shooting.”

“They discussed establishing a social justice committee to ensure that the players’ and league’s actions this week led to sustained, meaningful engagement on criminal j

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Political protests by NBA players will ‘destroy basketball’, says Trump

Political protests by NBA players will ‘destroy basketball’, says Trump

US president denounces Kenosha-inspired boycott of playoffs and warns NFL football season could also sufferDonald Trump has claimed that what he viewed as political activity by the National Basketball Association would destroy the sport.After star players suc…
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Report: James, Leonard push for boycott of remaining games – Reuters

LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard are not planning to return to the court this season and could leave the NBA bubble as early as Thursday morning.

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According to The Athletic, James and the Lakers and Leonard and the Clippers voted to boycott the remainder of the 2020 playoffs at a meeting Wednesday night. A follow-up meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET on Thursday with the fate of the postseason and beyond hanging in the balance.

Players have been in the Orlando area for the resumption of the season since mid-July.

The Milwaukee Bucks, the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, conferenced with the

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White House’s Kushner says he will reach out to NBA superstar LeBron James – Reuters.com

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House Adviser Jared Kushner on Thursday said he would reach out to basketball superstar LeBron James following an NBA player boycott to protest racial injustice in the wake of a police shooting that paralyzed a Black man in Wisconsin.

The National Basketball Association postponed all three of its playoff games on Wednesday after the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted Game 5 of their series against the Orlando Magic to protest racial injustice, triggering similar moves across other sports.

The action by the Bucks, a team bas

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When Player Protests of the Kenosha Shooting Halted the Sports World

When Player Protests of the Kenosha Shooting Halted the Sports World

It started with empty chairs.

The Orlando Magic came out to warm up for their N.B.A. playoff game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, but the Bucks weren’t there. Soon the Magic players were gone, too. Then the N.B.A. postponed games involving four more teams amid rumblings that at least some of their players planned to walk out, too.

Within hours, the job action spread to other sports: The Milwaukee

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What to Know About California’s Coronavirus Testing Expansion

What to Know About California’s Coronavirus Testing Expansion

Good morning.

California officials on Wednesday flexed the market muscle of the nation’s most populous state, announcing a deal they said would more than double the state’s coronavirus testing capacity, driving down costs significantly.

“We are moving forward in a different direction to disrupt the market,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said. “We’re advancing this partnership as only California can with our purchasing power and the number of people we have.”

[Track every coronavirus case in California by county.]

Coming in addition to the more than 100,000 tests conducted across the state on average each day, the new lab and supply chain run by the diagnostics company PerkinElmer, based in Massachusetts, will allow for 150,000 more tests per day, with a required turnaround of no more than two days, allowing public health officials to move quickly to identify outbreaks.

That speed and capacity, officials said, will be critical for safely reopening schools and businesses. Mr. Newsom said that he would unveil updated reopening guidelines on Friday.

[Read about the state’s most sweeping rollback of reopening efforts, in mid-July.]

The lab will ramp up starting this fall, a time at which experts worry a second wave of coronavirus cases will coincide with flu season, creating what Mr. Newsom described as a kind of respiratory “twindemic.”

He said the deal with PerkinElmer would allow health care workers in California to test simultaneously for the flu and the coronavirus at no additional cost.

The announcement comes not long after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly revised its testing guidelines to exclude people who don’t have symptoms of Covid-19, even if they have been exposed.

Public health experts, who attribute much of the virus’s spread to people who are infected but not symptomatic, called the guideline change alarming and dangerous.

California was the first state to recommend tests for some people without symptoms, and officials have been vocal about the need for widespread testing — particularly in populations that have been disproportionately affected by the virus, such as Latino Californians working in essential jobs.

[Read about why some experts have said focusing care on workers in Central Valley was overdue.]

But in mid-July, the state had to adjust its testing guidelines to be stricter, as the state contended with soaring cases and a national shortage of testing supplies.

On Wednesday, Mr. Newsom roundly rejected the C.D.C. guidelines and positioned the new testing program as a kind of response to insufficient help from the federal government.

“This is exactly what the federal government should be doing,” he said. “If you had seen the federal government doing this, it would’ve saved taxpayers billions of dollars.”

[Is California doing enough testing? Here’s what to look for.]

State officials said the average cost of a coronavirus test currently ranges from $150 to $200. Once the new partnership is at full capacity, each test will cost as little as $31, though the higher figure also included things like staff protective gear, while The Sacramento Bee reported the lower price does not.

Testing availability has varied widely across the country, and waits for results have stretched into weeks in some cases, making it impossible to warn contacts in time to contain the spread.

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Mr. Newsom on Wednesday once again underscored the historic scale of the wildfires this year.

“If you don’t believe in climate change, please come to the state of California,” he said. “We will educate you.”

[Read more about why prescribed burns are a critical tool for fighting destructive wildfires.]

In this latest round of blazes, he said, more than 15,000 firefighters were battling fires that have burned 1.3 million acres, with the weather continuing to be a challenge. Over the past day, 423 more lightning strikes sparked 50 new fires — though firefighters were able to suppress all of them.

Seven deaths have been linked to the fires, though the governor warned that more may be discovered as neighborhoods reopened. Similarly, the number of homes and buildings that have been destroyed, currently 1,690, was expected to increase significantly once officials and residents could better survey the dama

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Jared Kushner calls NBA players ‘very fortunate’ to take night off work, says he will reach out to LeBron James

Jared Kushner calls NBA players ‘very fortunate’ to take night off work, says he will reach out to LeBron James
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USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt breaks down the demand from NBA players after boycotting playoff games.

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White House adviser and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, took a swipe at NBA players on Thursday over their decision not to play playoff games Wednesday as they protested the shooting of Jacob Blake by police. Kushner also said in an interview that he would reach out to Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James on Thursday.

“The NBA players are very fortunate that they have the financial position where they’re able to take a night off from work without having to have the consequences to themselves financially,” Kushner said in an interview with CNBC. “They have that luxury, which is great. Look, with the NBA, I think there is a lot of activism and they’ve put a lot of slogans out, but what I think we need is to turn that from slogans and signals into actual action that’s going to solve the problem.”

In an interview with Politico Thursday morning, Kushner said that if James “reached out to the White House, we’re happy to talk with him.” He added that he hadn’t reached out to James but said, “I’ll reach out to him today.”

Several NBA players have used their platform to speak out on issues of systemic racism and have led initiatives that funnel resources back to underserved and underrepresented communities. James opened the “I Promise” school in 2018, which is a public school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and is a partnership between Akron and the LeBron James Family Foundation.

James also teamed with fellow NBA All-Star Trae Young, WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith and longtime NBA great Jalen Rose, among others, to launch More Than A Vote. The organization helps Black people register to vote and provides education on how to vote, as well as raising awareness on voter suppression tactics.

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The Difference Between a Strike and a Boycott

The Difference Between a Strike and a Boycott

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If you follow sports at all (or even if you don’t), you probably noticed that neither the NBA nor WNBA played any of the games they were scheduled to play yesterday. It started with the Milwaukee Bucks refusing to play their scheduled playoff game with the Orlando Magic, and quickly snowballed into no basketball games being played at all, and some baseball and soccer games not happening as well.

The fact that no games took place is undeniable (and unprecedented), but there seems to be a lot of confusion over exactly what to call this sudden lack of sports. “Boycott,” “strike,” “work stoppage,” and the very gentle “postponement” have all been used by the workers (that is, players), management and/or the press to describe what happened, but these words all have very specific meanings and connotations, particularly “boycott” and “strike.”

For starters, this was not a mere “postponement,” and referring to it as such takes away from what these workers have done. A postponement is something that happens because of inclement weather, and both the NBA and WNBA (who have been committed to taking action for some time now) have been very clear about the fact that they are withholding their labor in response to the police shooting of 29-year old Jacob Blake that happened in Kenosha, Wis., last Sunday.

Several players, including LeBron James, have referred to the lack of basketball as a “boycott,” but that’s not quite right either. (The players may have their reasons for using this terminology however, and we’ll get to that in a moment.)

Before we go any further, let’s back up and examine the definition of the words “strike” and “boycott.” According to Oxford Languages, a strike is “a refusal to work organized by a body of employees as a form of protest, typically [empahsis mine] in an attempt to gain a concession or concessions from their employer.” A boycott is “a punitive ban that forbids relations with certain groups, cooperation with a policy, or the handling of goods.” To boycott something means to “withdraw from commercial or social relations with (a country, organization, or person) as a punishment or protest.”

These workers are refusing to work as an organized body to protest police brutality and demand justice for Jacob Blake, which makes this a strike, not a boycott. (The players are not telling their fans to not buy tickets or merchandise from the NBA, or telling other companies to not do business with the NBA, which are just two examples of a what boycott could look like.)

So why would James and other players refer to it as a “boycott”? That could have to do with the legality of the strike.

Like so many collective bargaining agreements, the NBA’s has a “no-strike and no-lockout” clause, which expressly forbids this kind of thing. (If any of you out there plan to bargain a new contract soon, try to keep this clause out of it!) This makes this action a “wildcat strike,” which is not technically legal (and can have very serious legal repercussions), but it is extremely badass. According to two labor law experts the Los Angeles Times talked to, the wildcat nature of the strike could be why we’ve seen players publicly using the word “boycott”:

“From a pure legal standpoint, I would term these wildcat strikes,” said Joseph Longo, an adjunct professor who teaches sports law at Loyola Law School. He’s also an attorney and MLB player agent.

“I think it’s a euphemism for a work stoppage,” Thomas Lenz, a law lecturer at USC and attorney specializing in labor and employment law, said of players describing the postponeme

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With Walkouts, a New High Bar for Protests in Sports Is Set

With Walkouts, a New High Bar for Protests in Sports Is Set

Jaylen Brown is 23. Sterling Brown is 25. LeBron James, one of the older players in the league, is only 35. All three, like so many of their N.B.A. compatriots, are part of an emboldened generation of Black athletes, a vanguard challenging America’s norms in numbers never seen before.

At the very same time, the Republican National Convention represented and embraced an entirely different vision — one nostalgic for the past, wary of change and angry for an entirely different reason. Sports personalities from an era when player protests were rarer figured prominently. Lou Holtz, the renowned 83-year-old college football coach who last led a team 16 years ago, proclaimed stead

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NBA players are the most powerful employees in America — and they know it

NBA players are the most powerful employees in America — and they know it
  • NBA players made history on Wednesday when a sudden “wildcat strike” in protest of police violence brought the league’s restart, and playoffs, to a sudden halt.
  • The history of the league shows a willingness to strike from players since the 1950s, but activism has never been as common or pronounced as in the Black Lives Matter era.
  • The league, Disney, and ESPN have billions riding on the conclusion of the season, and the players know the leverage they have.
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In June, not everyone thought the NBA should come back. 

Its return would only detract from the historic protests over the police killing of George Floyd, which was caught on video. Now, less than a month after play resumed on July 30, Milwaukee Bucks players have gone on strike — what the team originally called a boycott — to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which was also caught on video. Blake was shot in the back and now appears to be paralyzed from the waist down.

By the evening after Milwaukee’s players went on strike, the next three games had been called off. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Bucks players were attempting to contact Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul from their locker room.

Later on Wednesday night, Charania, David Aldridge, and Joe Vardon reported the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers — the two best teams in the league this season aside from Milwaukee — had voted to cancel the season, though other reports indicated the vote was not a binding one. By Thursday, Charania reported the players had agreed to continue playing “but want to find new and improved ways to make social justice statements.”

They have already made a bold statement.

The sudden collective action by NBA players — essentially a “wildcat strike,” or when union members stop work without leadership’s authorization — is already the largest sudden work stoppage in NBA history. Even if the playoffs conclude, this moment has high stakes for the league and its partners, especially Disney and its subsidiary ESPN, with $1 billion invested in creating the “bubble” that allows play to safely resume.

NBA players, long unionized and ready and willing to strike, have all the leverage right now over their league and its partners.

The dynamics have clicked into focus over the past 24 hours: A group overwhelmingly made up of Black workers has withheld its labor to advocate for political changes, with billions on the line.

They are the most powerful employees in America, and they are acting like they know it.

Labor, employment, and replaceability 

The members of the Players Association have outstanding leverage, compared with many employees, because of a variety of factors. 

The first is commonly associated with Michael Jordan: the superstar effect. Teams already employ the best of the best: Just 1.2% of college players and 0.03% of high-school players make it to the NBA, according to the NCAA. That might suggest thousands of basketball players are waiting in line to play if an athlete steps out of line, but the superstar effect — whereby the marginal difference between very good and exceptional leads to outsize financial rewards — allows for big-name pla

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NBA players decide to continue season after boycott over racial injustice – Reuters

(Reuters) – The National Basketball Association (NBA) said on Thursday it hopes to resume play in a day or two after a boycott by players protesting racial injustice and police brutality, while President Donald Trump denounced the league.

NBA Executive Vice President Mike Bass said the league is “hopeful” it will resume games Friday or Saturday after the protest, which was sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and led to game cancellations in other sports as well.

The NBA players, a majority of whom are Black, decided not to extend the boycott in a meeting on their quarantined campus at Disney World in Florida, where games have occurred due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump, during a briefing on Hurricane Laura on Thursday, criticized the NBA for postponing six games in response to the players’ action. “They’ve become like a political organization and that’s not a good thing,” Trump said.

The basketball players’ protest began when the Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the court for Game 5 of their playoff series against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.

The Bucks players said they were unable to focus on basketball due to demonstrations and violence in Kenosha, which is about 40 miles (60 km) south of Milwaukee.

The police shooting of Blake reminded Americans of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in May.

That incident sparked anti-racism demonstrations and civil unrest across the United States and globally as well as prompted a national reckoning on race and justice that has rippled through U.S. life.

After the player boycott

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LeBron James, other NBA players support walkout over shooting of Jacob Blake

LeBron James, other NBA players support walkout over shooting of Jacob Blake

Kneeling wasn’t enough. So NBA players walked off the court. 

The Milwaukee Bucks refused to play their game with the Orlando Magic on Wednesday to protest police violence after the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

The teams were set to play Game 5 of the first round of the NBA playoffs. Soon after the Magic players left the court, the NBA announced the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Portland Trailblazers, and Los Angeles Lakers would not play their Wednesday games as well. The Magic later released a statement in support of the walkout. 

For Bucks forward Sterling Brown, it’s personal. Two years ago, after coming out of a Walgreens, Milwaukee police officers stepped on his ankle and tased him over a bad parking job. One of the officers on the scene later joked about it on Facebook

After video of the arrest was released, he refused to settle with the city. 

“I want more than just money,” he wrote last month in The Players’ Tribune. “I want cops to show respect and to be held accountable when they step out of line, especially in the neighborhoods they are supposed to serve and protect every day.”

Bucks and Magic players did not comment on the protest. Alex Lasry, SVP of the Bucks, tweeted in support of the team’s players.

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The NBA playoffs are on the brink after an ‘ugly’ meeting where the Lakers and Clippers left early after voting to end the season

The NBA playoffs are on the brink after an ‘ugly’ meeting where the Lakers and Clippers left early after voting to end the season
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The NBA season is on the brink of ending early after a meeting on Wednesday involving players, coaches, and referees that David Aldridge of The Athletic descibed as ending “ugly.”

The remaining teams in the Disney World bubble held a meeting after all six NBA teams scheduled to play on Wednesday boycotted games to protest the police killing of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The boycotts began when the Milwaukee Bucks did not take the floor for Game 5 of

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Lou Holtz at R.N.C. Says President Trump Is a ‘Winner’ While Young Black Athletes Call for Racial Awakening

Lou Holtz at R.N.C. Says President Trump Is a ‘Winner’ While Young Black Athletes Call for Racial Awakening

“For me, I think no matter what, I wasn’t going to play tonight,” said Mookie Betts, the star Dodgers outfielder, who is Black.

The N.B.A. players are withholding their labor, it is not clear for how long, to promote an as-yet undefined campaign for systemic change that includes, but also transcends, ousting the current president.

“BOYCOTTED, NOT *POSTPONED,” the Lakers star LeBron James, who supports Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee, wrote on his Instagram feed late Wednesday.

Even before the Milwaukee Bucks players announced their boycott of Wednesday’s playoff game, Black athletes and their coaches had been offering yearning expressions of anguish as resonant as anything utte

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LeBron James on Jacob Blake Shooting: ‘F–k This Man!!!! We Demand Change’

LeBron James on Jacob Blake Shooting: ‘F–k This Man!!!! We Demand Change’
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James reacts against during the second quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

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LeBron James didn’t hold back after the Milwaukee Bucks refused to play Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic (warning: NSFW language).

The Bucks decided not to play their first-round playoff game in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot by police officers in Wisconsin, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder are also reportedly planning not to play their game later Wednesday, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers followed suit by refusing to play their Game 5 matchup Wednesday, per Charania.

James has often used his platform to discuss social justice, especially in the past few months amid ongoing nationwide protests. The movement grew after George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was killed in police custody in Minnesota.

After Blake’s shooting was captured on video and spread through social media, James discussed the latest e

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Jacob Blake shooting – Trump Jr shares unconnected arrest history of unarmed black man hours after he was s – The Sun

Jacob Blake shooting – Trump Jr shares unconnected arrest history of unarmed black man hours after he was s – The Sun

DONALD Trump Jr retweeted a post which detailed the alleged criminal record of an unarmed black man who was shot in the back by police.

Harrowing video showing Jacob Blake, 29, being blasted seven times by a cop in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday has sparked fresh Black Lives Matter protests in the city.

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Donald Trump Jr retweeted a post detailing Jacob Blake's alleged criminal history

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Donald Trump Jr retweeted a post detailing Jacob Blake’s alleged criminal historyCredit: Reuters

Police say they were responding to a domestic disturbance when Blake was gunned down as he entered his car while his children were sitting in the back seat.

Amid the anarchic violence which has since erupted in Kenosha, Trump Jr, the son of President Donald Trump, retweeted a post by journalist Andy Ngo which detailed Blake’s criminal history.

Mr Ngo is a reporter known for his coverage of street protests in the US including those by left-wing groups Antifa and BLM.

His post included a report claiming Mr Blake had been arrested for pulling a gun on a customer in a bar and allegedly caused “soft tissue damage” to a cop during the subsequent arrest.

The allegations have not been independently verified and the outcome of the case is not known.

Mr Ngo also references an arrest warrant in Mr Blake’s name charging him with third-degree sexual assault, trespassing and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse on July 6.

Trump Jr also posted a video from a YouTuber showing “BLM arsonists” appearing to set fire to a car dealership in Wisconsin.

Jacob Blake, 29, was shot seven times in the back in Kenosha, Wisconsin at the weekend

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Jacob Blake, 29, was shot seven times in the back in Kenosha, Wisconsin at the weekendCredit: Facebook
Footage shows Mr Blake climbing into his SUV before cops open fire

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Footage shows Mr Blake climbing into his SUV before cops open fireCredit: Raysean White via TMX.news
Blake was shot seven time in front of his children on Sunday

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Blake was shot seven time in front of his children on SundayCredit: Raysean White via TMX.news

The issues of racism in America and police brutality towards black people have been inflamed by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.

Police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed holding his knee on the neck of Mr Floyd – who died minutes later – who appeared distressed and repeatedly said he was struggling to breath.

Since then, BLM protests have erupted nationwide and the shooting of Jacob Blake has further enraged the movement.

The Kenosha incident happened on Sunday at about 5pm local time as officers were responding to a “domestic incident”.

A video circulating on social media showed the man walking towards a car followed by two officers and one of them shooting him in front of his kids as he opens the car door.

Witnesses said Blake was trying to break up an argument between women in a home nearby.

The 29-year-old is recovering in hospital and is expected to survive.

Following the shooting, furious crowds gathered at the scene and threw bricks and Molotov cocktails at police, according to reports.

Some rioters smashed squad cars and one police officer collapsed to the pavement after he was hit with a brick.

The unrest, which raged for a second night on Monday, has prompted the County of Kenosha to declare a state of emergency.

Shocking footage shows unarmed black father shot SEVEN times in front of his young children by Police in Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Father says Black Wisconsin man shot by police is paralyzed – 680 News

KENOSHA, Wis. — The father of a Black man who was shot, apparently in the back, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, says his son was left paralyzed from the waist down.

Jacob Blake’s father told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was told his son was shot eight times during the Sunday evening confrontation with police, which was captured on cellphone video and led to two nights of unrest in the city between Milwaukee and Chicago.

He said his son now has “eight holes” in his body,and is paralyzed from the waist down, though doctors don’t know if the paralysis will be permanent.

Anger over the shooting of a Black man by police spilled into the streets of Kenosha for a second night Monday, with police again firing tear gas at hundreds of protesters who defied a curfew, threw bottles and shot fireworks at law enforcement guarding the courthouse.

The southeastern Wisconsin city became the nation’s latest flashpoint in a summer of racial unrest after cellphone footage of police shooting Blake — apparently in the back as he leaned into his SUV while his three children sat in the vehicle — circulated widely on social media. The 29-year-old was hospitalized in serious condition.

The shooting drew condemnation from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who also called out 125 members of the National Guard on Monday after protesters set cars on fire, smashed windows and clashed with officers in riot gear the previous night.

Police first fired tear gas Monday about 30 minutes after the 8 p.m. curfew took effect to disperse protesters who chanted, “No justice, no peace” as they confronted a line of officers who wore protective gear and stood shoulder-to-shoulder in front of the courthouse entrance. But hundreds of people stuck around, screaming at police and lighting fires, inc

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LeBron Speaks for All of Us: We Are Terrified

LeBron Speaks for All of Us: We Are Terrified

A child sits on his farther’s shoulders at a protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis.

A child sits on his farther’s shoulders at a protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis.
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LeBron James articulated the fears of an entire community last night and sadly the trauma that coincides with it.

When Police in Kenosha, Wis., repeatedly shot Jacob Blake in the back at close range on Sunday, an entire race once again had to endure the trauma of seeing an individual have his life nearly taken by people who are supposed to “serve and protect.”

Blake is now paralyzed from the gunshot wounds, yet thankfully he is still alive. For Black Americans like James, seeing the video footage of Blake nearly losing his life is a frightening reality that is far too common for darker-skinned people in America.

“I know people get tired of hearing me say it, but we are scared as Black people in America,” James said during his postgame interview after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA Playoffs on Monday. “Black men, black women, black kids, we are terrified.”

“If you’re sitting here and telling me that there was no way to subdue that gentleman or detain him or just before the firing of guns, then you’re sitting here and lying to not only me, but you’re lying to every African American, every Black person in the community,” James stated. “Because we see it over and over and over.”

Many have argued over the past few days that if Blake had simply followed directions from the officer that day he’d still be able to walk. It’s a claim that we still don’t know entirely to be true because of the lack of evidence presented. However, even if Blake were being disobedient, should the price of disobedience towards law enforcement be your livelihood?

Should walking away from an officer result in multiple bullets in your back?

Do your kids who were in the car with you that day deserve to witness a lifelong traumatic event because an officer couldn’t do his job effectively?

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Kentucky AG in spotlight over Breonna Taylor probe

Kentucky AG in spotlight over Breonna Taylor probe

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — When he ran for attorney general of Kentucky, Daniel Cameron never expected to one day hear from Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé and LeBron James. But now that the Republican has their attention, he says he remains committed to “doing the responsible thing” in the investigation into Breonna Taylor’s death.

He just has to figure out what that is.

Cameron, the state’s first African American attorney general, must decide whether three Louisville police officers will be criminally charged for their actions in the March shooting death of Taylor. The 26-year-old Black emergency medical technician was killed when officers entered her apartment with a no-knock warrant during a drug investigation. No drugs were found, and Taylor’s family has questioned the legitimacy of the warrant.

Since then, Taylor’s name has been on the lips of demonstrators nationwide, and her death has become part of a national reckoning over racism and police brutality.

The case landed in Cameron’s lap in mid-May after a local prosecutor recused himself, just as public impatience intensified for the officers to be charged.

Protesters have gathered outside Cameron’s suburban Louisville home and at Kentucky’s Capitol in Frankfort to demand justice for Taylor. Beyoncé wrote to Cameron, saying the officers “must be held accountable for their actions.” Winfrey was behind publicizing the case on billboards in Louisville.

Cameron, 34, a protege of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — and tagged by some as his heir apparent in the U.S. Senate — recently met with Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, acknowledging the enormity of her loss even as he asked her to be patient.

Afterward, Palmer withheld judgment about where Cameron is headed.

“He wants to have the right answer, so he doesn’t want to rush through i

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LeBron James Still Reigns as the N.B.A. Returns

LeBron James Still Reigns as the N.B.A. Returns

As for Antetokounmpo, the odd atmosphere became apparent to him when he went to shoot free throws in the first quarter.

“It was just quiet,” he said. “But at the end of the day, you play basketball, try to make the right play. Just listen to your coach. So for me personally, I tried to lock in.”

Antetokounmpo also said that he felt out of shape, adding that he hoped to spend the next couple of weeks ratcheting up his fitness. All he did against the Spurs was score 22 points in 21 minutes while shooting 9 of 13 from the field. Imagine the havoc once he has his legs under him.

The Lakers, too, are dealing with some absences. Avery Bradley, their top perimeter defe

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LeBron James and a Multimillion-Dollar Push for More Poll Workers

LeBron James and a Multimillion-Dollar Push for More Poll Workers

More Than a Vote, a collective of athletes headlined by LeBron James that is fighting to combat voter suppression, will announce a multimillion-dollar initiative to increase the number of poll workers in Black electoral districts ahead of November’s general election.

The project, a collaboration with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, aims to recruit young people to serve at polling locations in Black communities in swing states, including Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida and Ohio. The effort will involve poll worker recruitment, a paid advertising campaign and a corporate partnership program that will encourage employees to volunteer as poll workers.

Election officials throughout the country have reported a shortage of poll workers to staff in-person voting sites amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has upended every facet of American life — including the electoral process.

In April, Wisconsin, one of the first states to hold a primary election after the virus spread nationally, had to cut in-person locations in Milwaukee to five from 180 because of poll worker shortages. Experts said the closures had a particular effect in Black communities, where access to in-person polling locations is already under threat. Residents in line waited for more than four hours, and many complained about not receiving a mail-in ballot after requesting one.

The national outcry after the Wisconsin primary left a lasting impression on the group of athletes, which formed More Than a Vote in June in the wake of a national outcry against ongoing racism.

Mr. James and several other basketball stars involved in the More Than a Vote effort are currently quarantined at the N.B.A. campus in Orlando, as the league seeks to finish its season and crown a champion. In a phone interview, two other members of the initiative — Michael Vick, the former N.F.L. star, and Renee Montgomery of the W.N.B.A. — framed the efforts as necessary to ensure equitable ballot access.

“As someone who had their voting rights restored,” said Mr. Vick, whose record-setting career was sunk after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge in 2007 for his involvement in a dogfighting ring, “I want to influence younger people to be a part of this More Than a Vote campaign.”

“We want to get them to register, get involved and try to help society in whatever way they can,” he added. “It’s about becoming a leader in your own right.”

Ms. Montgomery, who plays for the Atlanta Dream, is currently sitting out the women’s basketball season to focus on political activism. She is a former college national champion and W.N.B.A. champion with the Minnesota Lynx.

“I felt like I needed to do something in my community,” Ms. Montgomery said. “We can’t just protest. We have a responsibility to take those protests and take that energy and march all the way to the polls.”

“I live in Atlanta, so this issue is right on my front door,” she added. “We have the long lines, it’s condensed and Covid is being used as a way to have voter suppression.”

This is More Than a Vote’s second national campaign. Previous efforts included partnerships with teams in Los Angeles and Atlanta to turn their stadiums into polling places, as well as a statewide effort in Florida to help the formerly incarcerated restore their voting rights.

This year, athletes across the country — and particularly Black athletes — have seen a surge in political activism mirroring the national wave. Mr. Vick credited people like Mr. James and Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who knelt during the national anthem to protest racism, for making political advocacy a

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LeBron James Says He Doesn’t Care if Trump Shuns N.B.A. Over Protests

LeBron James Says He Doesn’t Care if Trump Shuns N.B.A. Over Protests

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers provided a pointed response on Wednesday night to President Trump’s criticism of players’ kneeling during the national anthem: The games will go on without you watching.

After Trump said earlier Wednesday that he regarded N.B.A. players’ kneeling during the national anthem as “disgraceful” and vowed to stop watching games, James said that the basketball community was not “sad about losing his viewership.”

In a Wednesday morning telephone interview with Fox & Friends, Trump said he turned off N.B.A. games “when I see people kneeling” and “disrespecting our flag and disrespecting our national anthem.” Asked about Trump’s comments after the Lakers’ 105-86 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder later in the day, James fired back.

“The game will go on without his eyes on it,” James said at his postgame news conference from the N.B.A.’s so-called bubble at Walt Disney World in Florida. “I can sit here and speak for all of us that love the game of basketball: We could care less.”

The practice of teams lining up and kneeling during the national anthem to protest systemic racism and police brutality has become a standard feature of every game at the N.B.A. restart since the league offici

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Jazz vs. Pelicans: Live Score and Updates of N.B.A.’s Restart

Jazz vs. Pelicans: Live Score and Updates of N.B.A.’s Restart

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If LeBron James shoots a jumper but no fans are there to see it, did he shoot a jumper?

We kid. But on Thursday, the N.B.A. made its return at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla., with several of its most visible stars, including James, Zion Williamson, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis taking part in a doubleheader. The games were sloppy — the rust after a four-month layoff was real — but they were nonetheless compelling, both of them coming down to the final seconds.

The most striking images came before the games, when members of all four teams kneeled during the national anthem. Several players wore “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts. The N.B.A. ran commercials with coaches and players expressing their desire to fight for social justice.

In the opener between the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans, the game came down to a final shot. Brandon Ingram of the Pelicans rimmed out a last second 3-pointer, and the Jazz pulled out a 106-104 win. Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz with 23 points off the bench.

The Los Angeles Lakers led for much of their game against their crosstown rivals, the Clippers. But like the opener, this game came down to the final possession. After James made a tip shot with 12 seconds left, Paul George missed a contested 3-pointer for the Clippers as time expired, much like at the end of the opening game. The Lakers won, 103-101.

Here’s how the Lakers beat the Clippers, and how the Jazz came back to beat the Pelicans.


The highly anticipated N.B.A. restart tipped off with a symbol of solidarity, rather than rivalry. Pelicans and Jazz players, coaches and staff kneeled together in front of a Black Lives Matter floor mural painted on the edge of the court as a wordless rendition of the national anthem by the musician Jon Batiste played.

It was the first of many demonstrations for social justice causes expected this season. The players across the 22 teams participating in the restart were allowed to replace their names on the backs of their jerseys with phrases related to social justice. On the floor today were “peace,” “equality” and “listen to me” among others.

And as the Compton Kidz Club sang the national anthem on a video screen before the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers tipped off later in the evening, both teams kneeled. Several players on both teams, including LeBron James, wore T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”

Commissioner Adam Silver had released a statement earlier in the night saying that the N.B.A.’s longstanding rule, which prohibits players from kneeling, would not be enforced.

Many N.B.A. players have been active in various social justice initiatives this summer.

In early June, James and a group of prominent Black athletes and entertainers — including Trae Young, Draymond Green, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Jalen Rose — announced that they would be starting a new group aimed at protecting African-Americans’ voting rights.

“Yes, we want you to go out and vote, but we’re also going to give you the tutorial,” James said of the organization, called More Than a Vote. “We’re going to give you the background of how to vote and what they’re trying to do, the other side, to stop you from voting.

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Rudy Gobert, the first N.B.A. player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus, snagged the first points of the restart, swooping in with a shot from near under the basket after grabbing the ball from the tipoff.

Despite an early Jazz lead, the Pelicans took control in the last minutes of the first quarter, going into the second quarter up 26-23. Pelicans guard JJ Redick put in the work that pushed the Pelicans ahead, shining with his notorious 90 percent sink rate and a clean assist to guard Jrue Holiday to close the gap.

Zion Williamson got going with a few buckets in the quarter. He averaged 23.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in 19 games this season.

Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry vowed to use Zion Williamson in “short bursts” after Williamson missed so much practice time recently tending to an urgent family matter. But New Orleans’ other stars have clicked quickly to compensate for the limited minutes. Brandon Ingram (15 points) and Jrue Holiday (12 points) have complemented Williamson’s 9 points on 4-for-4 shooting in just seven minutes. It’s been sharp offensive start for the Pelicans in building a 60-48 lead, as they seek to build early momentum in their quest to wrest the West’s No. 8 seed away from Memphis.

Ah, one point of familiar comfort in an N.B.A. broadcast: the TNT analysts Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith bantering with host Ernie Johnson at halftime. They sat socially distanced, with dividers between one another on set at a very long table.

“They could have the Last Supper on this table,” Barkley joked.

Barkley said that normally, the group would be watching the game together in the same room. Now, they had to watch by themselves in individual rooms. They all acknowledged the awkwardness.

“I’m not used to watching games like this,” O’Neal said. He added, “I really have to concentrate.”

The Pelicans’ lead tightened, 87-79, as the Jazz upped their offensive game in the third with help from a few 3-pointers — with Utah’s Royce O’Neale coming in hot toward the last three minutes of the quarter. But Utah’s success in the paint really sealed its comeback.

Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson and the Pelicans’ Ingram led the board with 18 points a piece. Lonzo Ball, the Pelicans point guard, leads the game in assists. And Gobert — despite being benched with a little over two minutes left on the clock after taking a foul from JJ Redick — still led in rebounds. New Orleans had 20 fouls by the quarter’s end.

Zion Williamson tossed clear assists to both Jrue Holiday in a dunk and Lonzo Ball for a layup early in the third, proving the 20-year-old’s chemistry is intact in his 20th career game. Redick also landed two 3s, holding the Pelicans’ lead.

A considerable concern for many teams after just three weeks of full-speed practices was their readiness for games that count and how ugly the product might look early. Utah was shooting 24.1 percent from the 3-point line through three quarters (7-of-29) and had committed 15 turnovers, with Donovan Mitchell shooting just 4-of-11 from the field for 12 points. The Jazz, though, entered the final period trailing by just 8 points, despite their up-and-down offense.

The N.B.A.’s first game amid the coronavirus pandemic ended with a gripping back and forth for a Jazz victory over the Pelicans, fitting for the novel atmosphere the game was played in. Tied with 7 seconds left, the win was decided by Rudy Gobert’s t

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A Momentous First Night Back for the N.B.A.

A Momentous First Night Back for the N.B.A.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — When his postgame Zoom interview was over, before making a triumphant exit to the team bus, Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz acknowledged that the historic play he was savoring did not go exactly as planned.

“I wasn’t supposed to get a post-up,” Gobert said. “I was supposed to get a dunk.”

After using a Donovan Mitchell screen to shake free, finally corralling a deflected pass and then spinning back toward the baseline, Gobert dropped the ball in over his former teammate Derrick Favors inside the first 20 seconds on Thursday night. Gobert’s brief nod that followed seemed to acknowledge the significance of the score.

What Gobert ultimately got was a layup that will be recorded as the first N.B.A. basket in July that has ever counted. He scored the first two points and the last two points in Utah’s 106-104 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in the first game of the N.B.A. restart at Walt Disney World — 141 days after Gobert’s positive coronavirus test on March 11 led to the indefinite suspension of the season.

“Life works in a mysterious way,” Gobert said.

That opening sequence and his clinching free throws, as a mere 62.1-percent foul shooter, helped make it a redemptive evening for Gobert. His moment came swiftly after the pregame moment — moving social justice protest, in an arena without fans but teeming with unity and purpose, that made this return engagement an even bigger occasion for the N.B.A.

[Read: How the Jazz beat the Pelicans, and how the Lakers beat the Clippers]

For more than four minutes before the Jazz and the Pelicans tipped off, both teams’ players, coaches and staff members, along with the referees, congregated side by side, stretching from baseline to baseline. They gathered near the BLACK LIVES MATTER lettering affixed to the floor near the scorer’s table, then knelt in unison during a playing of the national anthem recorded by the musician Jon Batiste.

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers, Staples Center co-tenants and rivals, came together to do the same before their game, during a recorded rendition of the anthem by the Compton Kidz Club from the Los Angeles area. Later, after LeBron James had helped the Lakers clinch a 103-101 victory with winning plays at both ends in the final 12.8 seconds, he told TNT in a postgame interview: “I hope our fans are proud of us.”

James wasn’t talking about the basketball. Nor was he referring to the league’s comeb

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NBA star LeBron James’ group plans effort to recruit poll workers for November – Reuters Canada

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens as she is introduced at a campaign rally by the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

(Reuters) – A group of athletes led by NBA star LeBron James will roll out a multimillion-dollar program in the next few weeks to recruit poll workers in heavily Black electoral districts for November’s election, a person familiar with the plans said on Monday.

More Than a Vote, a group of prominent athletes fighting voter suppression, will collaborate with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on the program in a dozen states, including battlegrounds such as Georgia, Michigan, Florida and Wisconsin, where dis

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Ja Morant’s Dunks Are Amazing. His Misses Are Even Better.

Ja Morant’s Dunks Are Amazing. His Misses Are Even Better.

“I knew he was athletic, but damn,” Love told reporters after the game. “He legit jumped over me.”

When the Cavaliers hosted the Grizzlies in December, Love had a couple of thoughts that surfaced when Morant collected a loose ball near the 3-point line and began to accelerate toward the basket with a hard dribble.

The first was that Love wanted to draw a charge. (In the past, Love said, the Cavaliers had awarded players $100 for such feats.) The second was fear in the form of a haunting image: the 7-foot-2 Frederic Weis getting demolished by Vince Carter at the 2000 Summer Olympics, the so-called dunk of death.

Sure enough, Morant tried to vault himself over Love and spike the ball throug

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LeBron James Reacts to Police Shooting of Jacob Blake: ‘This S–t Is So Wrong’

LeBron James Reacts to Police Shooting of Jacob Blake: ‘This S–t Is So Wrong’
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) walks on the court during the first half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James condemned the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!!” James tweeted Monday. “Someone please tell me WTF is this???!!! Exactly another black man being targeted. This s–t is so wrong and so sad!! Feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE!! We want JUSTICE.”

A video surfaced on social media Sunday showing Blake walking toward the driver’s side door of a gray SUV. Two officers approach Blake, one of whom grabs his tank top. Police then shoot him multiple times in the back, per CNN.

Blake was transported to a hospital, where he’s “in serious condition and fighting for his life.”

Ben Crump, an attorney representing the Blake family, said Blake was at the scene in order to separate two women who were having an altercation. Police, meanwhile, had received a report of a domestic disturbance.

Two Kenosha police officers have been placed on administrative leave for their roles in the situation.

The Milwaukee Bucks issued a statement saying they “stand firmly against reoccurring issues of excessive use of fo

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Trout rookie card sets record for highest price

Trout rookie card sets record for highest price

A one-of-a-kind Mike Trout baseball card set a record Saturday night as the highest-selling sports card of all time, selling for $3,936,000.

The 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Superfractor signed rookie card sold at Goldin Auctions online, eclipsing the previous record, which was set in 2016 in the sale of a 1909 Honus Wagner T-206 card for $3.12 million.

The Trout card is in mint condition, graded by Beckett Grading Service as a Mint 9 with a certified autograph i

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NBA roundup: LeBron dominates, Lakers take 2-1 lead – Reuters

LeBron James recorded 38 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 116-108 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round series on Saturday night near Orlando.

Aug 22, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Portland Trail Blazers guard Gary Trent Jr. (2) in the first half in game three of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Davis scored 23 of his 29 points in the second half and finished with 11 rebounds, eight assists and three blocked shots as Los Angeles took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series ahead of Monday’s Game 4. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13 points, and Alex Caruso added 10 points and seven assists.

Portland star Damian Lillard contributed 34 points and seven assists while playing with a dislocated left index finger. CJ McCollum registered 28 points and eight rebounds, Carmelo Anthony had 20 points and four steals and Jusuf Nurkic added 10 points.

Lillard made 5 of 11 shots from 3-point range and was 8 of 20 overall but made just 2 of 9 field-goal attempts in the second half. The Trail Blazers connected on 41.1 percent of their shots and were 12 of 35 from 3-point range.

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James scores 38 as Lakers win, take 2-1 lead over Blazers – Reuters

LeBron James recorded 38 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 116-108 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round series on Saturday night near Orlando.

Aug 22, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) warms up before game three of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Davis scored 23 of his 29 points in the second half and finished with 11 rebounds, eight assists and three blocked shots as Los Angeles took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13 points and Alex Caruso added 10 points and seven assists.

Portland star Damian Lillard contributed 34 points and seven assists while playing with a dislocated left index finger. CJ McCollum reg

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Gameday Thread: Blazers vs. Lakers Game 3 – Blazer’s Edge

Gameday Thread: Blazers vs. Lakers Game 3 – Blazer’s Edge

Tip-off: 5:30 p.m. PT

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The new usual rules apply:

  1. No swearing.
  2. No pictures/videos
  3. No discussions of streaming besides all the legit ones.
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It appears that LeBron James will indeed assert himself in this postseason

It appears that LeBron James will indeed assert himself in this postseason

In his 17 seasons in the NBA, LeBron James has developed a system to prepare for the playoffs.

There is a ramp-up at some point in the last third of the NBA season, a handful of games in which he pushes himself to play more minutes than most observers would probably like him to. But he does it so that he’ll know that gear is there later, when he needs it.

Then there is a brief cooldown, when he gets his legs back under him before the playoffs begin. Then there is a shutdown, when he closes himself off to the outside world until the mission — or the season — is complete.

No social media. No extra interviews. Just total focus.

This year has not been typical.

There was no ramp-up or cooldown. There was a shutdown — of the NBA season, but not of James’ social media or interviews.

In fact, on Monday, the day before the Los Angeles Lakers‘ playoff opener, James taped an interview with Cari Champion and Jemele Hill for their new show on Vice TV, noting, “I don’t let many people see me inside my room right now.” But he wanted to support them in their new endeavor and discuss his More Than a Vote initiative.

In the bubble, it has taken James and the Lakers a while to get back to the dominant form they showed before the season was suspended. These are unlike any other playoffs in league history.

James had a 23-17-16 triple-double in Game 1, but it came in a loss that saw him miss his only two fourth-quarter free throws and make only one basket in the last seven minutes. Despite a blowout win in Game 2, James had only 10 points, with more turnovers (six) than field goals (4-of-11).

Finally, in the third game of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Portland Trail Blazers, James seemed to find the dominant flow he has shown in 14 other trips to the postseason.

“I just think my offensive pace tonight,” James said, setting up an elaborate car metaphor that actually worked very well to describe his play, “at times I was fast, slow, medium-paced. It was like a stick shift. Sometimes I was in gear 1, sometimes I was in gear 6. Being able to read and react, depending on whether I had the cruise on or was in a residential area or the highway or I was on the straightaway. Being able to have a car that can go in different speeds and zones, depending on what the traffic is, is very key.”

James finished with 38 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists to lead Los Angeles to a 116-108 win over Portland to take a 2-1 series lead. He did it by attacking everything in his path.

“LeBron finally got hot,” Lakers shooting guard Danny Green said. “It’s the first time. … We haven’t had a game where

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‘That’s Not My Life. That’s Not My Style.’ NBA Bubble MVP Damian Lillard on Why He Won’t Join a Superteam

‘That’s Not My Life. That’s Not My Style.’ NBA Bubble MVP Damian Lillard on Why He Won’t Join a Superteam

On Aug. 8, Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard—the MVP of the NBA’s restarted “bubble” season in Orlando—called out Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George on Instagram. “Keep switching teams,” Lillard wrote. “Running from the grind.” In recent years, George has moved from Indiana to Oklahoma City—where he was paired with a second superstar, Russell Westbrook—to Los Angeles, where he and Kawhi Leonard form a so-called “superteam.” LeBron James has engineered several moves throughout his career to join other stars and win championships: Kevin Durant famously signed with the Golden State Warriors, and Stephen Curry, in 2016 and won two titles.

Lillard insists, however, he has nothing against players who join forces to chase titles. (Lillard has spent his entire eight-year career in Portland). On Aug. 8, George and teammate Patrick Beverly taunted Lillard after he missed key free throws in a Portland loss to Los Angeles. “We just had a run in,” Lillard said in a Time100 Talks conversation on Thursday. “I came up short at the end of a game, they said what they said, I said what I said. But it a’int like no personal beef. We’re men. When a man says something, another man is going to say something back, and it’s going to be what it’s going to be. And that’s what it was … they took a jab at me, so I just took one back.”

“My only thing is, that’s not my preference,” says Lillard about joining a superteam. “I don’t have an issue with other people deciding to do it.” Why, then, would winning a title in Portland feel that much sweeter than if he would leave the Pacific Northwest in free agency and triumph somewhere else? “I think for one, because of the time invested,” Lillard tells TIME from his new Orlando hotel room (despite his MVP status, Lillard calls his new playoffs digs “a definite downgrade.”) “The time invested in growing, figuring it out, and having hard experiences, having great experiences. I feel like you have to go through the ups, sometimes you’re going to have high moments, then you’re going to have low moments. But I’ve always been about the journey. Just embracing the journey. The peaks and valleys, having it come back around, knowing you worked hard, you did stuff right, you took the good with the bad, and then you get the reward for all of that. Like Dirk did.”

In 2011, Dirk Nowitzki won a title in Dallas, the place he spent the entirely of his 21-year NBA career. “That’s the example I always think of,” says Lillard. “I’m sure that one ring of his, made his career just perfect. It may not go that way for me. But that’s what i want to see for myself.

“I feel like if I did say, ‘oh, these two guys are in New York, or in LA, or whatever,’ if I did decide I want to go play with some other guys, I feel like its a pretty good chance we’ll win it,” says Lillard. “And I’m sure that’s what a lot of guys feel like. There’s a pretty good chance that I’ll be able to win it all. But I don’t just want to win it all. I want to w

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Conservative Organization Swung for LeBron James’ Throne – and Missed

Conservative Organization Swung for LeBron James’ Throne – and Missed

Don’t come at the king.

Don’t come at the king.
Image: Getty

LeBron James found himself Friday defending his throne, which he has recently extended to not only his play on the court, but leadership on fixing our structurally racist system of casting a ballot.

James took to Twitter to fend off a misinformation campaign that started with a website called Protect My Vote, according to a The Washington Post report. The platform has been circulating ads on Facebook that paint mail-in voting as unreliable. Protect My Vote, a right-wing group that has been supported by convervative organizations like Freedomworks, made the baseless claim in direct contrast with James’ More Than a Vote initiative, founded to support Black voters in general, but also urging voters to request a mail-in ballot.

One of Protect My Vote’s now deleted June Facebook posts features a LeBron tweet in painting Kentucky gutting the number of polling places as “systemic racism.” That was in the midst of voter suppression taking place during Georgia’s June primaries.

The Facebook post intentionally flips James’ tweet suggesting that he was linking the closures to the expansion of mail-in-voting ahead of the general election.

Adam Mendelsohn, a longtime advisor to James, told The Post that the ads were “shameless,” adding that lawyers are examining the situation.

James also tweeted Friday: “Nobody should be able to use my name (or anyone else [sic] name) to lie and deceive about the election. Not sure what we can do legally but definitely trying to

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Lincoln Project Uses Trump’s Goodyear Boycott Call To Blast Him In Ohio Ad

Lincoln Project Uses Trump’s Goodyear Boycott Call To Blast Him In Ohio Ad

The Lincoln Project, led by conservative Republicans, is using President Donald Trump’s startling call to boycott Goodyear in a scathing attack ad this week in Ohio.

The ad criticizes Trump for calling for a boycott of the 122-year-old American company just as the nation is reeling from 175,000 COVID-19 deaths and record unemployment. Why call for a boycott that risks 3,300 union jobs? the ad asks. Because Trump’s “feelings got hurt.”

Trump called for the action Wednesday against one of Ohio’s largest employers after Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. banned political message attire at its plants. Trump falsely claimed the company banned “Make American Great Again” hats, but they were not mentioned in the Goodyear policy.

Trump “talks a good game, but he’s not on our side,” says a narrator in the Lincoln Project ad. “Never has been. Never will be.”

Trump’s tweet immediately sent the company’s stock down

The company dropped the policy after Trump’s tweet. Trump, meanwhile, was slammed as a “snowflake” and a “cancel culture” hypocrite.

Ohio residents, union leaders and lawmakers were stunned that Trump could cavalierly demand an economic blow to the largest tire manufacturer in the nation. Akron, Goodyear’s headquarters, is known as “Rubber City.” The boycott call in a battleground state runs the risk of jeopardizing Trump’s reelection chances.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan slammed Trump in a tweet for “coming to destroy the American economy and heartland jobs, adding: “Luckily, you seem to fail at everything you do.” It included a gif of NBA hometown star LeBron James in a judge’s wig. (James said

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LeBron James Fires Back at Political Ad Campaign for Misrepresenting Tweet

LeBron James Fires Back at Political Ad Campaign for Misrepresenting Tweet
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) looks on during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Kim Klement/Associated Press

A digital ad campaign has been misconstruing one of LeBron James‘ tweets, and the Los Angeles Lakers star is not happy about it. 

He took to Twitter Friday to call out the ad and said he is looking into his legal options:

As ESPN explained, James was addressing a story from Isaac Stanley-Becker of The Washington Post about the website Protect My Vote created by Freedom Works, a nonprofit aligned with “causes central to [President] Trump’s reelection.” The story explained the website is circulating advertisements on Facebook saying mail-in voting is not reliable ahead of November’s election and used one of James’ tweets in the ads.

The tweet was from June and said polling closures in Kentucky were signs of racism, but the Facebook post suggested James was saying the

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BTS’ New Song ‘Dynamite’ Is a Contender for Song of the Summer

BTS’ New Song ‘Dynamite’ Is a Contender for Song of the Summer

Global superstars BTS are back with a bright and breezy new track that makes them instant contenders for “Song of the Summer” honors.

The boy band unveiled their new song “Dynamite” Friday, marking the K-pop group’s first all-English release. The shimmery, disco-lite track bounces and grooves with an infectious beat and uplifting chorus you’ll be singing back after one listen.

The three and a half minute track is one of the poppiest songs the group has released to date, and was written by David Stewart and Jessica Agombar, who most recently teamed up for the Jonas Brothers’ hit, “What a Man Gotta Do.”

The new song finds the BTS members trading verses about bringing the party while name-dropping everyone from King Kong to Lebron James. A release says the song “aims to bring a new surge of much-needed ‘energy’ to reinvigorate the global community in the midst of

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Davis, Lakers bounce back, blitz Blazers – Reuters

Anthony Davis scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Thursday, and the Los Angeles Lakers played to their credentials as the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, earning a 111-88 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 of their first-round series near Orlando.

Aug 20, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) warms up before a NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2020 NBA playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James added a modest 10 points with six rebounds and seven assists in 27 minutes as the Lakers rebounded from a 100-93 defeat to the eighth-seeded Blazers in Game 1.

It was the Lakers’ first victory in the playoffs since Game 3 of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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NBA Draft Lottery 2020: Pelicans chasing history, change of luck for the Knicks among top six storylines – CBS Sports

NBA Draft Lottery 2020: Pelicans chasing history, change of luck for the Knicks among top six storylines – CBS Sports

The NBA Draft Lottery will take place at 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday from remote locations across the United States — on brand for 2020!. And when the Ping-Pong balls come to a stop, one franchise’s future may be changed forever. 

The Warriors, Cavaliers and Timberwolves all have the best odds of experiencing the best possible outcome, with a shared 14.0% chance of winning the lottery, and thus, the No. 1 overall pick. But as we saw last year with the New Orleans Pelicans — who had just a 7.5% chance and won the lottery — anything can happen on lottery night.

As we gear up for Thursday, here are six storylines to watch as the official lottery order gets sorted out.

1. Which player will come away as big winner?

A year ago it was obvious to anyone and everyone that the Pelicans, immediately upon winning the lottery, would select Zion Williamson with their pick. And they did.

But this year it’s still unclear who the top prospect in this class is, and scouts I’ve spoken with think it’s a three-man race between James Wiseman, LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards, with fit and need serving as a tie-breaker. (Wiseman is a center, LaMelo is a lead guard, Edwards is a shooting guard/wing.) It won’t immediately be clear which player comes away as the big winner, but we should get much more clarity with the order set in stone.

2. Can the Pelicans make history?

The Pelicans struck gold last season by moving from outside the top five into the No. 1 spot, using the pick to select Zion Williamson. But repeating



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LeBron James, Lakers Wear Crossed-Out MAGA Hats Demanding Justice For Breonna Taylor

LeBron James, Lakers Wear Crossed-Out MAGA Hats Demanding Justice For Breonna Taylor

LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates made a statement Tuesday with edited “Make America Great Again” hats demanding justice for Breonna Taylor instead of supporting President Donald Trump.

The NBA star and fellow Lakers wore the bright-red hats before and after their first playoff appearance against the Portland Trail Blazers. The hat read, “Make America Arrest the Cops who Killed Breonna Taylor.”



Taylor was the 26-year-old emergency room technician shot and killed by police officers in her Kentucky home in March. Police had used a no-knock warrant to enter in search a suspect who did not live there.

Earlier in the night, the Los Angeles Lakers Twitter account shared images of the team wearing the hat, with James leading the charge.

At a news conference on Tuesday night after the game, James explained his decision to wear the hat:

You know the situation that’s going on in Louisville, Kentucky. An innocent woman being killed by the name of Breonna Taylor. A woman who had a bright future, and her life was taken away from her. There’s been no arrests. There’s been no justice, not only for her but for her family. And we want to continue to shed light on that situation, which was unjust. That’s what it’s about.

The Lakers join many high-profile people and groups calling for the arrests of the officers involved in Taylor’s death — Detective Brett Hankison, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove.

Last month, WNBA players announced they would pay homage to women who have been killed by police and in episodes of racial violence wi

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LeBron James and LA Lakers teammates wear parody Make America Great Again cap to call for justice for Breonna Taylor

LeBron James and LA Lakers teammates wear parody Make America Great Again cap to call for justice for Breonna Taylor
LeBron James arrived at the LA Lakers' game against Portland wearing a parody MAGA cap: Instagram/KingJames
LeBron James arrived at the LA Lakers’ game against Portland wearing a parody MAGA cap: Instagram/KingJames

LeBron James used the LA Lakers’ opening NBA play-off game to take a powerful stand against racial inequality, with the basketball great arriving at the AdventHealth Arena wearing a red cap that read ‘Make America arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor’.

The cap also featured the words ‘Great Again’ crossed out in what was a clear message to President Donald Trump to call for justice for Taylor’s death at the hands of police officers, and James was also absent from the national anthem ahead of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

His LA Lakers teammates also wore the parody cap of Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan, with Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Jared Dudley, Quinn Cook, Rajon Rondo, Danny Green, and JR Smith all seen arriving wearing it.

James also wore a T-shirt displaying the message ‘By Any Means’, with the 35-year-old posting the same words on his Instagram profile on Tuesday night and adding ‘#JusticeforBreonnaTaylor’.

Taylor was shot dead in her Louisville home on 26 March by police officers who have not faced any action for the killing. Her death was followed by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by police officers, with one forcing his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes despite re

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Lillard clutch down the stretch as Blazers upset Lakers in Game 1 – TSN

Lillard clutch down the stretch as Blazers upset Lakers in Game 1 – TSN

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — After sinking a deep 3-pointer midway through the final quarter, Damian Lillard did a little dance and teammate Jusuf Nurkic pointed to his wrist.

This was Dame Time, playoff edition.

“Every game since we’ve been here has been a playoff game. So that prepared us for a game like this,” Lillard said. “It’s only one win. I’m happy to be here competing in the playoffs again, but we’ve got to move on to the next one.”

Lillard had 34 points and the Portland Trail Blazers spoiled LeBron James‘ first playoff appearance for the Los Angeles Lakers with a 100-93 victory on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the teams’ playoff series.

James had 23 points, 17 rebounds and 16 assists, becoming the first player to have as many points, rebounds and assists in the playoffs. It was his 24th post-season triple-double and his assists were a career playoff high.

“We had a couple of breakdowns, which you can’t have down the stretch, especially against a team like Portland,” James said.

Jusuf Nurkic had 16 points and 15 rebounds for Portland, which led by as many as 16 points in the first half. The Lakers, making their first playoff appearance since 2013, narrowed the advantage to 57-56 at the break and stayed close the rest of the way.

Trailing 78-75 goi

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Lakers’ LeBron James Says He Will Campaign for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

Lakers’ LeBron James Says He Will Campaign for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) walks on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Ashley Landis/Associated Press

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is going to do what he can to prevent Donald Trump from winning a second presidential term in November’s election.

TMZ Sports noted James joined Cari Champion and Jemele Hill for the premiere of Cari & Jemele: Stick To Sports, which airs Wednesday night, and said he will campaign for Democratic nominee Joe Biden and vice president Kamala Harris.

“We are in a time where we need change,” he said. “In order for change, it’s all about leadership—and leadership starts at the top.”

James also discussed the matter with Chris Haynes on NBA on TNT:

James also campaigned for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and joined her on a stage during a rally.

I

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Lillard leads upstart Blazers past top seeded Lakers – Reuters

EditorsNote: adds location in lede; changes to “six of its past seven” in fourth graf; adds sentence to last graf

Aug 18, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers on the court prior to game one of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Damian Lillard scored 34 points, and the eighth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers defeated the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers 100-93 in Game 1 of their Western Conference opening-round matchup on Tuesday in the NBA bubble near Orlando.

CJ McCollum had 21 points and Jusuf Nurkic contributed 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Blazers. Carmelo Anthony added 11 points and 10 rebounds while Hassan Whiteside collected five blocks to go along with eight rebounds and seven points.

Anthony Davis finished with 28 p

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NBA roundup: Top seeds fall in playoff openers – Reuters

Damian Lillard scored 34 points, and the eighth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers defeated the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers 100-93 in Game 1 of their Western Conference opening-round matchup on Tuesday in the NBA bubble near Orlando.

Aug 15, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers moves the ball up court against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first quarter in the Western Conference play-in game one at The Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

CJ McCollum had 21 points and Jusuf Nurkic contributed 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Blazers. Carmelo Anthony added 11 points and 10 rebounds while Hassan Whiteside collected five blocks to go along with eight rebounds and seven points.

Anthony Davis finished with 28 points and 11 boards while LeBron James had 23 points, 17 boards and 16 assists for the Lakers. Kyle Kuzma chipped in 14 points.

Gary Trent Jr.’s 3-pointer with 1:15 remaining gave the Blazers a 98-93 edge after a dunk by Davis allowed the Lakers to close within two. A slam by Nurkic sealed it for Portland, which has won six of its past seven in the bubble.

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The New Space Jam Has a Suitably Ostentatious Outfit

The New Space Jam Has a Suitably Ostentatious Outfit

The Tune Squad takes to the court once more.

The Tune Squad takes to the court once more.
Image: The LeBron James Family Foundation

There are arguably two vital components to making a new Space Jam. One is that the almighty clash of animated Looney Tunes enmeshes with the real-world stuff as well as our brains remember the original doing. The other is the Tune Squad must be decked out in an iconic look, and Space Jam: A New Legacy is already searing it into our eyeballs.

Last night A New Legacy star LeBron James took to social media—via Maverick Carter, in a new tease for the LeBron James Family Foundation—to give us our first look at the Tune Squad’s 2021 threads. They are…a lot.

Compared to the stark white of the kit worn by Michael Jordan and his animated cohorts in the ‘90s classic, there is a lot going on here. The only real similarities are the Tune Squad name and the concentric circle design that’s evocative of the Looney Tunes “That’s All Folks!” end titles. Except this time, that design is off-center and blown up way bigger compared to its place behind the original logo, stretching over both the jersey and onto the shorts.

And that’s even before you get to the almighty sky blue/neon orange clash of the outfit’s color palette! It’s, well, let’s say vivid. It’s a lot to take in, but then again, arguably the new look for a Space Jam movie should be kind of eye-searingly bold, right?

Space Jam: A New Legacydirected by Malcolm D. Lee, is currently expected to hit theaters in July 2021.


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Daily Cartoon: Monday, August 17th

Daily Cartoon: Monday, August 17th

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LeBron James Wraps Up ‘Space Jam 2’ With Inspiring Speech

LeBron James Wraps Up ‘Space Jam 2’ With Inspiring Speech

Production for the long-awaited Space Jam sequel has wrapped up, and the movie’s lead star LeBron James took the opportunity to give an inspiring speech to his fellow cast and crew, opening up about his childhood and journey to where he is now. The audio was captured and obtained by TMZ, and you can listen to the entire three-minute clip below.

The NBA star began by saying that starring in the upcoming title has been a dream come true for him. “I’m gonna be honest completely with you guys – when I found out about the project, I was like it’s Space Jam! It’s a movie that I grew up watching,” James said. “People in the movie that I idolize

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Move Over Lebron, All Hail King Kawhi

Move Over Lebron, All Hail King Kawhi

When the 2020 NBA Champs are crowned, Kawhi Leonard will be the undisputed king of the league.

When the 2020 NBA Champs are crowned, Kawhi Leonard will be the undisputed king of the league.
Illustration: Eric Barrow (Getty Images)

When the dust clears on the 2020 NBA playoffs, there will be a new king in the Association.

He will hail from L.A., the Staples Center.

His resume will be swole, on steroids, if you will — for doing what most didn’t think would be possible.

The king will be Kawhi Leonard.

And no, don’t insert that crazy Kawhi laugh that sports-talk radio stations have been playing as a drop since the day he uttered the famous chuckle that people can’t get enough of.

To the contrary, the NBA will be in tears. Leonard, the Los Angeles Clippers’ star, will have both destroyed and conquered the competition.

Enter LeBron James. The current face of the NBA will be dethroned — and on not one front, but two.

The league will be in awe of Leonard. Somehow, the soft-spoken, non-diva star will have finally made the Clippers World Champions after decades of drowning in losses and futility. Like the Washington Generals, the Clippers were never supposed to win.

But there, in the Orlando Bubble, they will be holding up the championship trophy. And Leonard will be the reason why — again.

And when it happens. It would mean that Leonard had won back-to-back titles with two different teams after winning a title with the Toronto Raptors last year.

Leonard’s feat will be even more mind-boggling when you realize that both teams had never won jack before he put on either uniform.

And the final piece, the crowning moment that won’t be up for debate is that Leonard had become the first player in NBA history to LEAD three different teams to

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When ‘Space Jam 2’ Wrapped Production, LeBron James Gave a Touching Farewell Speech

When ‘Space Jam 2’ Wrapped Production, LeBron James Gave a Touching Farewell Speech

LeBron James Space Jam 2 Speech

There’s been talk about Space Jam 2 since NBA superstar LeBron James signed a movie and TV deal with Warner Bros. back in the summer of 2015. Nearly a year later, the project started to become a reality with Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin coming on board. The filmmaker didn’t stick with the project, which ended up being directed by Malcolm D. Lee, who replaced the previously hired Terence Nance. So it’s been a long road for Space Jam 2.

Thankfully, Space Jam 2 did end up getting in front of cameras, and now it has the title of Space Jam: A New Legacy. The film is currently set for release in the summer of 2021, but we’ll see if the coronavirus pandemic allows Warner Bros. to keep that release date. In the meantime, we have some wonderful words from producer and star LeBron James that recently surfaced from a recording of his farewell speech on the last day of production. If you’re looking for your daily dose of inspiration, here you go.

TMZ obtained an audio recording of LeBron James’ candid speech when Space Jam 2 was wrapping production (or at least when he was done shooting). James recalled how he didn’t hesitate when the opportunity to make the sequel came along. He said:

“I’m gonna be honest completely with you guys ?

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LeBron James After Kristaps Porzingis Ejected vs. Clippers: ‘BOGUS as HELL’

LeBron James After Kristaps Porzingis Ejected vs. Clippers: ‘BOGUS as HELL’
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a call against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

Kevin C. Cox/Associated Press

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was disappointed to see Kristaps Porzingis ejected from Monday’s game between the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers.  

Porzingis picked up his second technical foul after intervening in an argument between Mavericks teammate Luka Doncic and Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr.

James reacted to the decision, calling it “BOGUS AS HELL”:

Even Clippers head coach Doc Rivers wasn’t a fan of the call:

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Rob Pelinka Says LeBron James ‘Locked in’ to Win Title With Lakers This Season – Lakers Daily

Rob Pelinka Says LeBron James ‘Locked in’ to Win Title With Lakers This Season – Lakers Daily

Los Angeles Lakers general manager and vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka believes that LeBron James is zeroed in on leading the Lakers to their first NBA title in a decade.

Pelinka appeared on Spectrum SportsNet and spoke about the intense focus of James.

“You spend time around the great greats, not just the greats but some of the greatest to ever play, and when it gets close to playoff time, those guys get so locked in,” Pelinka said. “It’s just another level of the mental approach,

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2020 NBA play-offs: All you need to know about the first-round match-ups

2020 NBA play-offs: All you need to know about the first-round match-ups
LeBron James in action for the LA Lakers
Will LeBron James add to his three NBA titles this season?

The 2020 NBA play-offs start on Monday in what is set to be one of the most unpredictable post-seasons in years, after a regular season like no other.

The play-offs usually begin in April but the coronavirus pandemic saw the season postponed on March 11.

It finally restarted without fans inside the NBA ‘bubble’ at Walt Disney World in Orlando at the end of last month, featuring 22 of the 30 franchises still in contention for a play-off place.

Those franchises have now been whittled down to 16. Here is what to look out for as they battle it out for a spot when the NBA Finals start on 30 September.

Lakers and Bucks ones to beat

Where else to start but LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers? The 35-year-old is in his 17th NBA season and is trying to win his fourth NBA title with his third franchise, having previously lifted it with the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Lakers clinched top seed in the Western Conference, despite winning just three out of eight games in the bubble, to reach the play-offs for the first time since 2013 and face the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round.

Victory for the Lakers would also be a fitting tribute to NBA and Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash in January.

While the Lakers’ attack is led by James and Anthony Davis, they will face a man in form in Damian Lillard.

Lillard top scored with 31 points as they beat the Memphis Grizzlies in the special play-in series to secure the final play-off berth on Saturday night. Afterwards he was named player of the bubble, having averaged 37.6 points as they won six of their eight games.

The 30-year-old has enjoyed a stellar year and his 61 points in Portland’s 134-131 win over Dallas Mavericks this month also saw him become only the second player in history to score 60-plus points in three matches in a single NBA season, after the legendary Wilt Chamberlain.

Western Conference
Los Angeles Lakers (1) v Portland Trail Blazers (8)
Los Angeles Clippers (2) v Dallas Mavericks (7)
Denver Nuggets (3) v Utah Jazz (6)
Houston Rockets (4) v Oklahoma City Thunder (5)
Eastern Conference
Milwaukee Bucks (1) v Orlando Magic (8)
Toronto Raptors (2) v Brooklyn Nets (7)
Boston Celtics (3) v Philadelphia 76ers (6)
Indiana Pacers (4) v Miami Heat (5)
Conference semi-finals start on 31 August, Conference finals on 15 September and NBA Finals on 30 September

The Toronto Raptors made history last year when they became the first non-American team to win the NBA title with a 4-2 series victory over Golden State Warriors.

Despite losing two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard to Los Angeles Clippers, the Raptors secured second place in the Eastern Conference this time round and a first-round meeting with the Brooklyn Nets.

Leonard meanwhile helped his new side the Clippers secure number two seed in the Western Conference for the first time in the franchise’s history. Like James, he is bidding to win an NBA title with his third franchise, having won with San Antonio Spurs in 2014 and the Raptors last year.

The Clippers take on Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks in the first round. Slovenian Doncic became just the second European player to be named NBA Rookie of the Year last season following his move from EuroLeague side Real Madrid.

Damian Lillard, James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo
Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks have starred for their teams this season

This year he is averaging a near triple-double of 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists, which has seen him enter Most Valuable Player discussions at the age of just 21.

Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo helped Milwaukee Bucks become the team to secure a play-off spot earliest in NBA h

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NBA playoffs: Eastern and Western Conference first-round series preview – Yahoo Sports

NBA playoffs: Eastern and Western Conference first-round series preview – Yahoo Sports

With the regular season over, it’s time for business in the Orlando bubble.

The Portland Trail Blazers completed the NBA’s playoff bracket with their play-in win against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.

Now, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks, the LeBron-James led Los Angeles Lakers and Kawhi Leonard’s Los Angeles Clippers are among the teams vying for supremacy at Walt Disney World Resort.

With the postseason scheduled to start on Monday, we use STATS data to preview the first-round series.

Eyeing their first NBA championship since 1971, the Bucks head into the opening-round series struggling for form.

The Bucks, who went 52-8 from their first 60 games, recorded a 4-9 win-loss ratio from their last 13 fixtures – becoming the first team in NBA history to have more losses in their final 13 regular-season games than they did in the entire season prior to that.

Inside the bubble but in familiar surroundings, the Magic have the chance to snap a playoff drought, despite the odds being stacked against them.

Not since 2010 have the Magic won a playoff series. Orlando swept the Charlotte Bobcats and Atlanta Hawks en route to the Conference finals, before losing to the Boston Celtics. The Magic have since suffered first-round exits at the hands of the Hawks (2011), Indiana Pacers (2012) and Toronto Raptors (2019).

Defending champions the Raptors have form on their side in pursuit of back-to-back championships.

Toronto went 27-5 over their last 32 games, easily the best record in the NBA during that period – ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder (21-10), Los Angeles Clippers (20-10), Bucks (20-11) and Celtics (21-13).

Nets star Spencer Dinwiddie has been one of the most clutch players this season, making an NBA-high seven go-ahead baskets in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime.

Dinwiddie’s seven for 13 is better than the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic (five), Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray of the Nuggets (both four).

The Celtics renew hostilities with rivals the 76ers, having won the past four series between the two teams – Philadelphia have not claimed a series against Boston in the playoffs since 1982.

Philadelphia’s hopes will rest on Joel Embiid in the absence of injured fellow All-Star Ben Simmons, who is the only player in NBA history to average 8.0-plus rebounds and 8.0-plus assists per game for his career.

The 76ers are 35-22 (.614 per cent) with Simmons in the team, while they are just 7-8 (.467 per cent) without the Australian star on the court. Philadelphia also allow more opposition points per game in his absence – 113.6 compared to 107.2.

All eyes will be on Indiana’s T.J. Warren, who averaged 31.0 points per game with a .664 effective field-goal percentage this month following the restart.

Since 1985-86, the players with 30.0-plus points and a .650-plus effective field-goal percentage in a month (minimum five game played) are Charles Barkley (1990), Stephen Curry (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019), Antetokounmpo (2017 and 2019) and Karl Anthony-Towns (2019).

With Heat pair Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson, Miami are the first NBA team to have two undrafted players averaging 13.0-plus points per game in the same season – minimum 70 per cent of team games played – since the Philadelphia Warriors in 1956-57 (Joe Graboski and Neil Johnston).

 

Making their first postseason appearance since 2013, the Lakers – who have a 74.6 per cent chance of winning this series using Stats Perform’s advanced simulation tool – are one of the favourites to go all the way thanks to James and Anthony Davis.

James and Davis have combined well in LA, where the former has supplied 184 assists for the All-Star recruit this season – the most to one player in 2019-20, ahead of Damian Lillard to Hassan Whiteside (132). Three-time champion and four-time MVP James is also the second-oldest player to average 10 assists or more in a season in NBA history, with Steve Nash averaging 10.0-plus assists in each of his final three campaigns.

This will be the second playoff meeting between James and Carmelo Anthony. James and the Heat eliminated Anthony and the New York Knicks in the first round in 2012. Both averaged 27.8 points in the series. James was the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, while Anthony was the third pick. Their matchups date back to high school, when LeBron was at St. Vincent St. Mary’s and Carmelo at Oak Hill Academy.

Portland’s go-to man Lillard leads the NBA in scoring inside the bubble at 37.6 per game, including the play-in clash. The Trail Blazers star is averaging 46.3 points in his past four games following a career-high 61 against the Dallas Mavericks earlier this month. He has contributed to Portland averaging a league-high 126.0 points per game at Walt Disney World Resort, while the Lakers have only managed 106.4 points per game – the second worst behind the

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Lauren London Pays Tribute to Nipsey Hussle on What Would Have Been His 35th Birthday – Entertainment Tonight

Lauren London Pays Tribute to Nipsey Hussle on What Would Have Been His 35th Birthday – Entertainment Tonight
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Blazers’ Damian Lillard Named Unanimous NBA Bubble MVP for Seeding Games

Blazers’ Damian Lillard Named Unanimous NBA Bubble MVP for Seeding Games
Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard (0) dribbles during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

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Giannis Antetokounmpo or LeBron James can have the regular-season MVP. Damian Lillard just earned something that may never be given out again in NBA history.

The Portland Trail Blazers star was unanimously voted MVP of the league’s seeding games at Walt Disney World Resort on Saturday after thriving in the campus-like environment that was set up to resume the season after it was suspended in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press shared all of the NBA bubble award winners:

Each team played eight seeding games with playoff positioning and spots on the line, and Lillard was one of a number of players who stood out in the unusual circumstances.

There really didn’t seem to be a much competition for the MVP award. The Blazers entered the season restart with a 29-37 record, 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. 

Lillard averaged 37.6 points and 9.6 assists during the eight seeding games, shot 43.6 percent from three-point range and led the Blazers to a 6-2 record.

Portland, which moved into the No. 8 seed, will play Memphis in the play-in-series starting on Saturday. If the Blazers win on either Saturday or Sunday, they will advance to the postseason to take on the Los Angeles Lakers

Few individuals captured the attention of the nation quite like Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren, who has largely been a role player or someone who didn’t get much national recognition playing on Phoenix Suns teams that underperformed throughout his career.

The Pacers traded for him this offseason, and he led the team in scoring during the season with Victor Oladipo bouncing in and out of the lineup. He took that scoring to another level in the bubble, exploding for 53 points in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers and more than 30 three other times.

Warren gives Indiana another scoring threat who can take

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Lakers’ LeBron James Comments on Missing His Family While Playing in NBA Bubble

Lakers’ LeBron James Comments on Missing His Family While Playing in NBA Bubble
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

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Many NBA players inside the league’s bubble near Orlando, Florida, have been without their families for more than a month now.

The league invited 22 teams to its restart with the catch being no one from outside could join them until later in the playoffs. With six of those teams heading home before the postseason begins Monday, those who remain are starting to feel the isolation more than ever.

Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope told the Los Angeles Times’ Tania Ganguli he misses the chaos that comes with being home in the mornings. His teammate, LeBron James, couldn’t help but agree:

“You can’t replicate actual presence when you’re waking up and you’re in the living room or you’re in the kitchen or you’re outside playing with your kids or playing with your daughter, playing video games with your boys or working out with your boys. You can’t replicate that. I’m not there.

“Savannah [James’ wife] is a beast at what she does. That’s controlling the home and being that rock for our family. So I’m not worried about that. But you definitely, you have that miss factor when you miss your fa

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NBA Playoffs 2020: Postseason Schedule, Bracket Format and Odds

NBA Playoffs 2020: Postseason Schedule, Bracket Format and Odds
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) handles the ball against Indiana Pacers forward Doug McDermott (20) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

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Lofty expectations accompany the Los Angeles Lakers into the NBA postseason. 

LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Co. have looked strong all season, but now they have to get through three potentially difficult series just to reach the NBA Finals. 

Even with a tougher road ahead compared to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Lakers are viewed as the favorite to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

The Lakers, Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers carry the three best NBA Finals odds going into the playoffs, which start Monday.

While those odds seem right at this point, there is one surprising number attached to a potential title contender that could give it the best title-winning value.  

                  

NBA Playoff Bracket

B/R

  

Odds

To Win the Championship

Los Angeles Lakers (+200; bet $100 to win $200)

Milwaukee (+300)

Los Angeles Clippers (+300)

Boston (+1100)

Toronto (+1100)

Houston (+1200)

Denver (+2000)

Portland (+3000)

Miami (+3500)

Oklahoma City (+3500)

Dallas (+4000)

Philadelphia (+5000)

Utah (+7500)

Indiana (+15000)

Orlando (+50000)

Brooklyn (+100000)

Odds via Caesars Palace.

The two Los Angeles teams and Milwaukee are worth the bet now because their prices will likely drop as the postseason goes on. 

Even though they could face tests along the way, each of the three is expected to win at least two postseason series. 

Milwaukee has the easiest path of the trio, since it opens with Orlando and then has to face Miami or Indiana. 

The Lakers could be forced to slow down Damian Lillard and James Harden in back-to-back series, which would be a tough task for their revamped backcourt. 

The Clippers have to deal with Luka Doncic in the first round, but the defens

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The players from LeBron James’ Miami Heat championship teams

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The players from LeBron James’ Miami Heat championship teams
  • The LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh “Big 3” with the Miami Heat made the Finals four straight years and won two championships.
  • Much of the team broke up after LeBron James left in 2014.
  • Here’s a look at where key members of those team

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Dodger Stadium To Serve As Polling Place Come November

Dodger Stadium To Serve As Polling Place Come November

Dodger Stadium, the home stadium of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has agreed the venue can serve as a polling place for the upcoming election. The move follows at least three NBA teams volunteering their arenas as voting sites in November.

NBA superstar LeBron James and his voting rights initiative More Than a Vote collaborated with the Dodgers to make the new polling place a reality.

The group congratulated the Dodgers on Thursday for becoming the first Major League Baseball team to make its stadium available as a voting location.

The Dodgers said in a statement that all registered voters in Los Angeles County will be allowed to park for free and vote at the stadium in the five days leading up to the Nov. 3 election. 

The site will follow Centers of Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding social distancing, the team said.  

The NBA’s Atlanta Ha

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Kings end season with victory over Lakers – Reuters.com

Buddy Hield scored 28 points and the Sacramento Kings capped their season with a 136-122 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday near Orlando.

Aug 13, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Players take a knee during the national anthem before the start of a game between the at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 13, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Bogdan Bogdanovic had 27 points, nine assists and six rebounds, while Nemanja Bjelica contributed 15 points, 13 assists and eight boards for the Kings (31-41). Jabari Parker added 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting and eight rebounds and Cory Joseph chipped in 13 points.

Dion Waiters led the Lakers (52-19) with 19 points. LeBron James finished with 17 points and four

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Dreadful COVID ordeal is a potent reminder to stay vigilant

Dreadful COVID ordeal is a potent reminder to stay vigilant

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Don’t let your guard down.

Although veteran L.A. Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke had for months vigilantly “abandoned” any group settings where the new coronavirus flourishes, he acknowledged recently letting his guard down. And COVID-19 hit him hard. In his first column in almost two weeks, Plaschke said he dined out with friends in a couple of lawful, socially-distanced outdoor environments — where the masks inevitably came off. Plaschke thinks he got infected there. 

Though the now-recovering journalist wasn’t hospitalized, Plaschke wrote his piece to share that even a healthy person without a heightened vulnerability (like older age or health conditions) can get pummeled by a disease that presently has no proven cure nor a vaccine

The microbial parasite is around. It’s part of our lives. Experts don’t expect the virus to magically disappear. And COVID-19 doesn’t just bring intense physical woes.

“Nobody tells you about the dread,” wrote Plaschke. “From the moment my doctor phoned me with the test results, to the moment I am writing this column, I have been scared out of my mind.”

While sick, Plaschke knew fatality rates were low — though experts know the rate of death is substantially higher than the common flu and the virus has killed over 166,000 Americans as of Aug. 13 — and that he was an otherwise healthy person. But that couldn’t quell the understandable anxiety.

“It doesn’t matter,” Plaschke continued. “Once you realize you have a virus that could kill you and there’s nothing anybody can do about it, you live in constant fear.”

Fear is reasonable, considering SARS-CoV-2 is still a relatively newly emerged human pathogen. That means our population has little to no natural immunity. 

 “It has everyone on the planet to attack,” Dan Janies, a professor of bioinformatics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte who researches viruses, told Mashable in May.

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Heat’s Goran Dragic Says He Loves Jimmy Butler’s Leadership: ‘He’s Here to Win’

Heat’s Goran Dragic Says He Loves Jimmy Butler’s Leadership: ‘He’s Here to Win’
Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) dribbles against the Indiana Pacers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

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The Miami Heat are finishing off their best regular season since LeBron James’ final year with the team in 2013-14, and offseason acquisition Jimmy Butler has played a key role in that effort.

Veteran Heat point guard Goran Dragic praised Butler’s leadership in comments to reporters Friday, calling him one of his “favorite teammates” and adding more information for ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on the reporter’s podcast (h/t Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald).

“For me, I even talked to some guys. I said, ‘How did that even come out with the media or players that Jimmy is a bad guy?’ I don’t know. If I’m honest, I really don’t know. He wants to win.

“Jimmy is one of those players that he’s going to call you out. If you’re not doing your job, he’s going to call you out. As professional players, we need that. He’s our leader. Everybody knows that. It’s nothing personal. He’s here to win and we’re here to win. Maybe other organizations with those young fellas, they couldn’t handle that. I think they’e wrong. Everybody needs to be vulnerable and everybody needs to accept criticism, too. … That’s how Jimmy operates and I love him for that.”

The Heat entered Friday with a 44-28 record after going 39-43 the year before. Butler has averaged team highs with 19.9 points,

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NBA roundup: Lillard, Blazers claim final play-in berth – Reuters

Damian Lillard scored 42 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers escaped with a 134-133 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night near Orlando to clinch the eighth seed in the Western Conference and a berth in the play-in series against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Aug 13, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, (right) goes up for a shot against Brooklyn Nets’ Jarrett Allen (31) during the first half of an NBA basketball game at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Ashley Landis/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Following games of 51 and 61 points, Lillard helped Portland (35-39) clinch by scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer from the edge of the NBA logo at halfcourt. He produced his 11th game of at least 40 points this season by shooting 13 of 22, including 8 of 14 on 3-point attempts.

Portland will host the ninth-seeded Grizzlies on Saturday, needing just one win to ensure a playoff berth. If the Blazers lose, the teams will play again Sunday, with the winner claiming the final playoff spot. The winner will draw the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.

Lillard’s biggest play down the stretch actually came on the defensive end. Portland took a 134-130 lead on a jumper by C.J. McCollum with 53.4 seconds left, after Lillard poked the ball from behind while defending Caris LeVert just past midcourt. LeVert responded with a 3-point play to get within one, but his step-back attempt to win it just before the buzzer was short.

Memphis Grizzlies 119 — Milwaukee Bucks 106

Jonas Valanciunas and Ja Morant each recorded a triple-double, helping Memphis gain a spot in the NBA play-in g

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‘He wasn’t political’: Trump picks Michael Jordan over LeBron James

‘He wasn’t political’: Trump picks Michael Jordan over LeBron James

Donald Trump has waded into the anthem debate as well as the long-running conversation over the merits of LeBron Jame…
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LeBron James Posts Motivational Message on Michael Porter Jr.’s Instagram

LeBron James Posts Motivational Message on Michael Porter Jr.’s Instagram
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) pressures Denver Nuggets' Michael Porter Jr. (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James provided some motivation for Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. following their on-court encounter Monday.

Following his team’s 124-121 defeat, Porter shared two photos of himself and James on Instagram with the caption, “Learn & keep getting better!

James commented on the post: “Every single day do JUST THAT!! Don’t settle for nothing less of GREATNESS for yourself.”

Porter scored 15 points and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field Monday, adding

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Kuzma’s last-second 3-pointer lifts Lakers past Nuggets – Reuters

Kyle Kuzma’s 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to a 124-121 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night near Orlando.

Aug 10, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) and Anthony Davis (3) celebrate after defeating the Denver Nuggets 124-121 during an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ashley Landis/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James had 29 points and 12 assists for the Lakers (52-18), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Anthony Davis finished with 27 points and Kuzma contributed 25.

Reserve guard PJ Dozier had 18 points to lead the Nuggets, who had eight players reach double figures. Michael Porter Jr. had 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting including 3-of-3 o

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Kuzma’s last-second 3-pointer lifts Lakers past Nuggets – Reuters

Kyle Kuzma’s 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to a 124-121 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night near Orlando.

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LeBron James had 29 points and 12 assists for the Lakers (52-18), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Anthony Davis finished with 27 points and Kuzma contributed 25.

Reserve guard PJ Dozier had 18 points to lead the Nuggets, who had eight players reach double figures. Michael Porter Jr. had 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting including 3-of-3 on 3-pointers.

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LeBron Plants Seed of Failure by Once Again Throwing Teammates Under the Bus

LeBron Plants Seed of Failure by Once Again Throwing Teammates Under the Bus

LeBron James always gets credit for the wins, but his teammates always get the blame when things don’t go well.

LeBron James always gets credit for the wins, but his teammates always get the blame when things don’t go well.
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For all we know, LeBron James could be right.

After all, he’s closer and more inside it than anyone. Maybe, the Los Angeles Lakers do have problems off the court and that’s why they have played like hot garbage during the NBA’s Orlando Bubble restart.

Still, it’s hard not to think that LeBron accomplished his mission when he opened up to a reporter the other day about the team’s lack of rhythm on offense. The target? His own team.

“It’s just some things that you can’t control that’s here, that I really don’t want to talk about, that’s off the court,” James said. Enter a reason many star players over the years have elected not to play with James when given a chance in free agency. None bigger than Kawhi Leonard. He would have been on easy street had he joined James and Anthony Davis.

Instead, Leonard picked the Los Angeles Clippers who have NEVER won jack.

It didn’t make sense to some. For others, it was obvious.

While some consider James to be the G.O.A.T., no one else gets any credit when he wins. But his teammates usually end up being the scapegoats when he loses. And James has lost more Finals sets than any regular-season MVP in NBA history. James is an unimpressive 3-6 in the Finals.

James, 35, has a great chance to win a championship this season. If the Lakers don’t win, remember this nugget LeBron planted. Many of his minions will go back to this as the reason why, and not put it on LeBron.

Without elaborating on what ails the Lakers, folks can only guess what James is talking about. Worse, reporters and analysts can

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NBA roundup: Kuzma’s trey carries Lakers past Nuggets – Reuters

Kyle Kuzma’s 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to a 124-121 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night near Orlando.

Aug 10, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (0) tries to outrun Denver Nuggets’ PJ Dozier (35) on a drive to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ashley Landis/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James had 29 points and 12 assists for the Lakers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Anthony Davis finished with 27 points, and Kuzma contributed 25.

Reserve guard PJ Dozier had 18 points to lead the Nuggets, who had eight players reach double figures. Michael Porter Jr. had 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting, including 3-of-3 on 3-pointers. Jamal Murray had 14 points, Paul Millsap scored 13 and Nikola Jokic chipped in 12 for Denver.

The Nuggets rested their starters for much of the fourth quarter, and the loss left them 1 1/2 games back of the Los Angeles Clippers for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference with two games remaining. The two teams meet Wednesday.

Toronto Raptors 114 – Milwaukee Bucks 106

Chris Boucher had a career-best 25 points to go with 11 rebounds, and Toronto defeated Milwaukee for the first time this seaso

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LeBron, Giannis and Harden named MVP finalists – Reuters

The NBA announced the finalists for six major awards on Saturday, including Most Valuable Player hopefuls Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden and LeBron James.

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Antetokounmpo, who won the award last season, entered Saturday averaging career highs in scoring (29.7) and rebounding (13.7) for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Harden, the 2017-18 MVP, is on track to win his third consecutive NBA scoring title with 34.3 points per game for the Houston Rockets.

James, a four-time MVP, is averaging 25.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and a league-leading 10.3 assists for th

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NBA roundup: Doncic goes off in Mavs’ OT win over Bucks – Reuters Canada

Luka Doncic had 36 points, a career-high 19 assists and 14 rebounds for his 17th triple-double of this season and 25th of his career while leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 136-132 overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night near Orlando.

Aug 8, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates a three point basket with teammate Dorian Finney-Smith #10 during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Dorian Finney-Smith added 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Kristaps Porzingis contributed 26 points and 11 rebounds as the Mavericks (42-30) rallied from a late seven-point deficit in regulation. Maxi Kleber scored 15 points, and Trey Burke had 10.

Brook Lopez recorded season highs of 34 points and six 3-pointers, and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 34 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots for the NBA-best Bucks (55-15). Khris Middleton registered 21 points and 11 assists, and Eric Bledsoe had 15 points.

Dallas scored 16 straight points — the final seven of regulation and the first nine of overtime — to open up a 128-119 lead. The Bucks closed within two points before Doncic’s highlight-reel, lefty bounce pass between his own legs set up Kleber’s three-point play to se

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Video: LeBron James Congratulates Leah Still on Being Cancer-Free for 5 Years

Video: LeBron James Congratulates Leah Still on Being Cancer-Free for 5 Years
FILE - In this April 12, 2016, file photo, Devon Still and his fiancee, Asha Joyce, pose with their daughter, Leah, then 5, in New York. Leah was diagnosed in 2014 with cancer and became an inspiration to millions as her football-playing father shared details of her brave fight. She was given a prognosis of just over 50 percent to survive stage 4 neuroblastoma. Leah is now a healthy 8-year-old girl in third grade who lives in Houston. Devon Still has become an author, motivational speaker, and an inspiration--especially to strangers suffering like his family did. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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Leah Still, daughter of former NFL defensive lineman Devon Still, is celebrating the five-year anniversary of being declared cancer-free.  

On Saturday, Leah received a message of congratulations from LeBron James:

Leah was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in 2014 at age four and was given a 50-50 chance of surviving. Devon put his NFL career on hiatus to be with his daughter as she underwent surgery and chemotherapy. 

On Nov. 25, 2015, Devon wrote a message on Instagram: “Thanks for all the support and prayers! Just got the phone call that her scans showed NED (no evidence of disease)!”

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First Take on LeBron James addressing President Trump’s comments – ESPN

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Harden carries Rockets past LeBron-less Lakers – Reuters

Aug 6, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; The Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets at The Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden paired 39 points with 12 assists and the Houston Rockets claimed the season series against the Los Angeles Lakers with a 113-97 win on Thursday in The Arena at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.

Harden added eight rebounds and three steals to his ledger in carrying the load with All-Star Russell Westbrook (right quad contusion) sidelined. Ben McLemore (20 points) and Jeff Green (15 points) helped with a combined 8-for-20 3-point shooting. Houston (43-25) hit 21 of 57 3s.

The Lakers (51-17) played without LeBron James (sore right groin) and continued their offensive struggles. Anth

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Fact check: The NBA did not threaten to “never play again” unless Trump resigns – Reuters

A story circulated by social media users makes the claim that the National Basketball Association (NBA) asked U.S. President Donald Trump to resign, stating that otherwise the league would “never play again.” This claim is untrue and originally stems from a satirical article.

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Examples of the claim are visible bit.ly/3gAZvZi and bit.ly/3gDpbV9 .

The stories on social media state the that NBA recently suspended its season, given positive cases of COVID-19 among some of its players. The article adds, however, that anonymous sources had purportedly confirmed “that a league shutdown has been in the making for months and that they were simply looking for a good excuse to shut it all down.”

Further down, the story says that players, “led by Washington Generals All-Star Power Forward Art Tubolls, held a secret vote prior to the beginning of the season to suspend the league for any credible reason until President Donald Trump resigns from office or is voted out.”

Art Tubolls is not a real person

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James Harden Drops 39 as Rockets Top Lakers with LeBron James out Injured

James Harden Drops 39 as Rockets Top Lakers with LeBron James out Injured
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) gestures to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

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A battle between two shorthanded teams ended in the Houston Rockets’ favor as they took down the Los Angeles Lakers 113-97 on Thursday.

The Rockets hit 21 three-pointers on 57 attempts, while the Lakers went just 2-of-19 from beyond the arc.

James Harden and Ben McLemore each hit five threes. Harden also paced Houston with 39 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds on 11-of-19 shooting.

The Lakers were without LeBron James (groin), Alex Caruso (neck) and Rajon Rondo (thumb). The Rockets took the court sans Russell Westbrook (quad) and Eric Gordon (ankle).

The 43-25 Rockets are now tied with the Utah Jazz for fourth in the Western Conference. The 51-17 Lakers have already clinched the West’s No. 1 seed.

         

Notable Performances

Lakers F Kyle Kuzma: 21 PTS, 5 REB

Lakers F/C Anthony Davis: 17 PTS, 12 REB

Rockets G James Harden: 39 PTS, 12 AST, 8 REB

Rockets G/F Ben McLemore: 20 PTS, 4 REB

            

Rockets’ Defense Takes Center Stage

The Rockets haven’t been known for their defensive efforts during the Mike D’Antoni era, with the high-paced, three-point-happy offense symbolizing the team’s on-court brand.

However, Houston’s defense stood out Thursday, even if it was against a shorthanded Lakers team whose offensive rating is league-worst since the NBA’s restart began on July 30, per NBA.com.

Robert Covington and Harden each had three steals, with RoCo adding three blocks. P.J. Tucker tallied a pair of steals, and Danuel House Jr. provided the defensive highlight of the night.

Even Harden got in on the blocking action:

D’Antoni praised Harden’s defense after the game, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

L.A. scored just 41 second-half points, including 18 in the final quarter. Its 2-of-19 three-point showing didn’t help, nor did the fact that it was without its floor general in James. Anthony Davis also went just 5-of-8 from the field for a relatively quiet 17 points.

Ultimately, Houston’s defense came to play Thursday, begging the question as to whether we can see this effort more often this year and into the playoffs.

Houston is tied for 13th in defensive efficiency, per ESPN.

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LeBron James: Donald Trump no loss to NBA

LeBron James: Donald Trump no loss to NBA
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LeBron James kneeled alongside his LA Lakers team-mates before the defeat by Oklahoma City Thunder

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James says that basketball will not miss Donald Trump after the US president said he turns off games featuring social justice protests.

Trump has accused players of “disrespect” by taking a knee during the national anthem.

“I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership,” said James.

“I can speak for all of us who love the game and we could [not] care less.”

Four-time NBA most valuable player James, who is fronting a campaignexternal-link in the run-up to November’s presidential election to protect African-American voting rights, said that the sport’s fans appreciated the players’ stand on social and political issues.

“Our game is in a beautiful position and we’ve got fans all over the world,” James added. “Our fans love and respect what we try to bring to the game, what’s right and what’s wrong.”

It is not the first time that James has criticised President Trump. James called Trump a “bum”external-link and referred to him as a “so-called president” in 2017. Trump in turn has suggested he prefers Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan as a player. external-link

The vast majority of NBA players and staff have chosen to kneel during the playing of the pre-game national anthem in protest at racial injustice.

President Trump has said that the gesture “is not acceptable to me”.

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who wore a cap with the slogan ‘Vote’ during Wednesday’s action, echoed James’ sentiments.

“Well, we lost one guy,” Rivers said.

“We know that justice is on our side. This hat that I’m wearing is what our president is trying to get us to not to, which I think is just as disgraceful.”

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Chris Paul led the Oklahoma Thunder with 21 points in the win over the Lakers

On the court, James and the Lakers, top of the Western Conference and one of the favourites to take the title, suffered a surprise 105-86 defeat against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Elsewhere, the Toronto Raptors racked up their seventh straight win, beating the Orlando Magic 109-99.

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LeBron James Says ‘We Could Care Less’ If Donald Trump Watches The NBA – Sports Illustrated

LeBron James Says ‘We Could Care Less’ If Donald Trump Watches The NBA – Sports Illustrated

When LeBron James was asked about President Donald Trump calling NBA players kneeling during the national anthem “disgraceful” and saying that no one has done more for the Black community than him in an appearance on Fox and Friends on Wednesday, James chuckled. 

“You trying to make me laugh right now?” James asked after the Lakers’ 105-86 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. “I appreciate that.”

James went on to say that Trump can go ahead and stop watching games. 

“I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game. And that’s all I got to say,” James said. “I don’t want to, I’m not going to get into a [discussion], because I already know where this could go, where it could lead to for tomorrow for me. I’m not going to get into it.”

In a phone appearance on the weekday Fox News show on Wednesday, Trump criticized the fact that the majority of players have kneeled during the national anthem to protest systemic racism during the NBA restart in Walt Disney World near Orlando. 

“When I see people kneeling during the playing and disrespecting our flag and national anthem, what I do personally is turn off the game,” Trump said.

“I think it’s disgraceful. We work with [the NBA], we worked with them very hard trying to get open. I was pushing for them to get open. Then I see everybody kneeling during the anthem. That’s not acceptable to me. When I see them kneeling during the game, I just turn off the game. I have no interest in the game. Let me tell you this, plenty of other people out there, too.” 

Trump went on to address Black Lives Matter, saying he’s done more for the cause than anyone, with one “possible exception.” 

“Black Lives Matter,” Trump said. “Nobody has done better for our Black community than me. Nobody. With the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln; it’s true. Criminal justice reform, opportunity zones, best employment numbers in history. Again, nobody has done for the black community — by far. I’ll give the one exception: Abraham Lincoln.” 

James added that the presidential election is only a few months away. 

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James not bothered about losing Trump as a viewer amid kneeling criticism – Reuters

(Reuters) – LeBron James has said he has no qualms about losing U.S. President Donald Trump as a viewer as the Los Angeles Lakers forward defended NBA players for kneeling in protest before games.

FILE PHOTO: Aug 5, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks with LeBron James #23 during the first quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

NBA teams have been protesting against racial injustice before games, with players wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts, bowing their heads and kneeling when the U.S. national anthem is played.

Trump told Fox News that he switches off the game when he sees players kneel, describing it as “disgraceful” and “not acceptable”.

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Paul, Thunder down cold-shooting Lakers – Reuters

Chris Paul scored 21 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-86 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday near Orlando.

Aug 5, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers kneels during the national anthem prior to the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Paul added seven rebounds and six assists to keep up his strong performance since the NBA’s restart. The veteran point guard is averaging 20.7 points in Oklahoma City’s three games in central Florida.

The Lakers had their worst offensive game of the season, with season lows in points and 3-point percentage. Los Angeles was just 5 of 37 from behind the 3-point arc, with the 13.5 percent ra

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Lakers’ LeBron James: NBA Players Not Sad About Donald Trump Not Watching

Lakers’ LeBron James: NBA Players Not Sad About Donald Trump Not Watching
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a call against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

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LeBron James isn’t going to lose any sleep if the current president of the United States chooses not to watch NBA games.

Mark Medina of USA Today shared James’ comments following the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 105-86 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, in which the King said, “I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership.”

Chris Cwik of Yahoo noted Donald Trump appeared on Fox News and said it is “disgraceful” players have knelt during the national anthem as a means of protesting police brutality and systemic racism.

“I think it’s disgraceful,” he said. “We work with [the NBA]. We work very hard trying to get them open. I was pushing them to get open. And then I see everyone kneeling during the anthem. It’s not acceptable to me. When I see them kneeling, I just turn off the game. I have no interest in the game.”

The comments came after Trump tweeted on July 21 that he would turn off

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Chris Paul Says He Knows LeBron James Will ‘Talk Junk’ About His 5 Turnovers

Chris Paul Says He Knows LeBron James Will ‘Talk Junk’ About His 5 Turnovers
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder's Chris Paul during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

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Chris Paul‘s Oklahoma City Thunder may have bested LeBron James‘ Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, but CP3 still expects to hear some ribbing about his five turnovers.

“My brother (LeBron) talk junk all day, every day, so I know I’m going to hear it after this one,” Paul said, per Joe Vardon of The Athletic. 

Paul finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the Thunder’s 105-86 victory. James was limited to 19 points on 7-of-19 shooting, 11 rebounds and four assists, but he did finish without a turnover.

LeBron has struggled since the Orlando res

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Can the Los Angeles Lakers Figure out Their Offense Before the Playoffs?

Can the Los Angeles Lakers Figure out Their Offense Before the Playoffs?
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

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The Los Angeles Lakers‘ strengths include a roster featuring LeBron James and Anthony Davis, a top-flight defense and a clinched No. 1 seed in the West, so their weaknesses aren’t always obvious or particularly concerning.

But after sputtering to a 105-86 loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, failing to hold a lead for the first time all season, the Lakers’ shortcomings—principally shooting and secondary playmaking—were both obvious and concerning.

Los Angeles set its season low in scoring, shot 35.2 percent from the field and clanked away even less accurately from deep, making just five of its 37 three-point attempts. The frigid shooting somehow made its way to the foul line, where the Lakers were 19-of-29.

Coming into Wednesday’s tilt, L.A.’s 100.6 offensive rating in the bubble was the worst in the league. The 84.3 points per 100 possessions it managed against OKC aren’t going to help that last-place ranking.

Excuses for the Lakers’ anemic offense abound, starting with the predictable letdown in intensity following Monday’s 116-108 win over the Utah Jazz, which clinched the conference’s top seed. Outside of conditioning and some lineup tinkering, L.A. didn’t have much to gain from its meeting with the Thunder, and its incentives to give full effort will be similarly wanting until the postseason begins.

Don’t discount the impact of that looser-than-usual rotation. Head coach Frank Vogel is using these seeding games to experiment, a reasonable move with JR Smith and Dion Waiters joining up late, Avery Bradley at home, Rajon Rondo injured and Markieff Morris having played just eight games with the team prior to the hiatus. Now is the time to tinker, especially with no seeding implications to worry about.

It’s troubling, though, that no amount of experimentation is likely to unearth the extra knockdown shooter or reliable playmaker L.A. needs. Waiters and Smith are known heat-check chuckers; either could win the Lakers a playoff game with a hot streak, but neither profiles as dependable. Dependability is what Los Angeles needs—and has needed on offense all year.

The Lakers ranked 21st in three-point percentage on looks deemed “open” (defender within four-to-six feet) during the pre-bubble portion of the season. On wide-open threes, they ranked 15th. It’s tempting after games like Wednesday’s to trust those shots will eventually fall. But they haven’t fallen consistently all season, so faith in regression to the mean seems misplaced.

This team isn’t going to brick i

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Lakers’ LeBron James Wishes ‘My Friend’ Barack Obama Happy Birthday on Twitter

Lakers’ LeBron James Wishes ‘My Friend’ Barack Obama Happy Birthday on Twitter
President Barack Obama looks to Miami Heat forward LeBron James as he welcomes the NBA basketball champion Miami Heat, to the East Room of the White House, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James wished his friend a happy birthday Tuesday.

It just so happens that his friend is the 44th president of the United States.

James wished “my President and my friend” Barack Obama a happy 59th birthday, fittingly including a tweet from Slam that showed Obama enjoying a dunk from the King during a Team USA exhibition game leading into the 2012 Summer Olympics in London:

It isn’t difficult to interpret the inclusion of “my Presiden

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Allen Iverson Says Lakers’ LeBron James Is ‘The One’ over Michael Jordan

Allen Iverson Says Lakers’ LeBron James Is ‘The One’ over Michael Jordan
Former 76ers Allen Iverson looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 107-93. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

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As if that crossover weren’t already enough to earn Allen Iverson the eternal ire of Michael Jordan.

During a conversation with rapper Fat Joe on Instagram, Iverson weighed in with his opinion on Jordan vs. LeBron James for the title of greatest ever.

“As much as I love Michael Jordan, like, dawg, man, LeBron James is the one, dawg,” Iverson said (via TMZ Sports). “He the one, man. That mother f–ker is the one, man.”

Iverson certainly has plenty of credibility. The Hall of Famer’s career briefly overlapped with that of Jordan

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LeBron James After Lakers Clinch No. 1 Seed: ‘They Said I Couldn’t Do It’

LeBron James After Lakers Clinch No. 1 Seed: ‘They Said I Couldn’t Do It’
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots over Utah Jazz center Tony Bradley (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

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One of the most storied franchises in NBA history, currently led by two of the sport’s top players, clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference on Wednesday, and LeBron James quickly boasted about previously being told he wouldn’t succeed. 

The 17-year veteran told reporters he was going to “enjoy this one” after his team captured the top seed in the West for the first time since 2010, shouting out his doubters in the process.

“They said I couldn’t do it,” James quipped

Of course, the Lakers have long been considered a favorite to win the NBA title in 2020 since the season began. 

That

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LeBron stays on message after Lakers milestone

LeBron stays on message after Lakers milestone

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — LeBron James arrived for the Los Angeles Lakers116-108 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday — a game that clinched the franchise’s first No. 1 seed in the Western Conference in a decade — in a black T-shirt meant to address a message bigger than basketball.

On the front, in white screen print, there was a stopwatch showing the time 8:46 on its face, with “Minneapolis” printed below it. On the back there were several stopwatches — all frozen on 8:46 — with various city names below them, including New York, Houston, Tokyo and Paris. Below the stopwatches there was a message: “The World is Watching This Time.”

James donned the T-shirt hours after body camera video surfaced of George Floyd’s arrest on May 25, before he was killed while in custody of the Minneapolis police.

Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died after officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, kneeled on his neck while Floyd repeatedly expressed his inability to breathe. It was initially reported that the amount of time Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck was 8 minutes, 46 seconds, but prosecutors have since said the time was 7:46.

James said he had not watched the nearly 10 minutes of body camera footage that was published Monday by the Daily Mail — in which Floyd has a gun pointed at him just six seconds after officers knock on the window of his vehicle while the ignition is off and his hands are up — but he intends to.

James’ shirt was designed by Sloan and Bennett and commissioned by Klutch Sports, the agency that represents James. Sloan and Bennett is a Black-owned business founded by James Patrick Christopher, a former professional basketball player overseas and in the G League who is from Compton, California.

“You think about 8 minutes and 46 seconds, an officer having his knee on someone’s throat for that long. Video or no video, it doesn’t matter,” James said. “No one deserved to lose their life when it could have been prevented from wh

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Lakers secure top spot in Western Conference for first time since 2010

Lakers secure top spot in Western Conference for first time since 2010
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis (right) scored 23 points in the first half against the Utah Jazz – the 20th time he has achieved that this season, matching the feat of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles Lakers have secured the top spot in the NBA’s Western Conference for the first time in 10 years after beating the Utah Jazz.

Anthony Davis scored 42 points as the Lakers bounced back from defeat to the Toronto Raptors to overcome a stubborn Jazz side 116-108 in Florida.

As top seeds the Lakers will face the number eight seed in the play-offs.

“It’s just one of the milestones of many to get to where we want to be,” Davis said.

“All the stuff we’ve been through this season, to clinch number one in the West means a lot but we’re not finished.”

It is the 20th time this season Davis has scored 20 points or more in the first half for the side since Lakers Kobe Bryant.

Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in January, led the team to the NBA Finals crown the last time they were top seeds in 2010.

“To be in a category with him means a lot,” Davis added. “I know he’s looking down on us, cheering us on.”

Lakers power forward LeBron James finished with 22 points and nine assists.

Monday’s NBA’s other fixtures, which are all being played in a bio-secure environment at Disney World in Orlando, saw the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Memphis Grizzlies 109-99.

The Raptors, thanks heavily to a career-high 36 points from Fred VanVleet, edged past the Miami Heat 107-103 in their Eastern Conference clash.

The Denver Nuggets needed overtime to beat Oklahoma City Thunder 121-113 and remain third in the Western Conference standings behind the Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Lakers dump Jazz, wrap up West’s No. 1 seed – Reuters

Anthony Davis scored 42 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Monday, and the Los Angeles Lakers clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 116-108 victory over the Utah Jazz at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.

Aug 3, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James warms up before a NBA game against the Utah Jazz at The Arena at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James contributed 22 points and nine assists, and Dwight Howard added 11 points as the Lakers improved to 2-1 in restart games, rebounding from a loss to the defending champion Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

Donovan Mitchell scored 33 points, 21 of which came in the first half, and Mike Conley added 24 as the Jazz lost their second consecuti

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NBA roundup: Lakers clinch top seed with win over Jazz – Reuters

Anthony Davis scored 42 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Monday, and the Los Angeles Lakers clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 116-108 victory over the Utah Jazz at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.

Aug 3, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) tries to control the ball between Los Angeles Lakers players Dion Waiters (left) , Anthony Davis (3) and Alex Caruso (4) during the second half of a NBA game at The Arena at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James contributed 22 points and nine assists, and Dwight Howard added 11 points as the Lakers improved to 2-1 in restart games, rebounding from a loss to the defending champion Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

Donovan Mitchell scored 33 points, 21 of which came in the first half, and Mike Conley added 24 as the Jazz lost their second consecutive game after winning the opening game of the NBA’s return in central Florida on Thursday.

Philadelphia 76ers 132 – San Antonio Spurs 130

Shake Milton hit a 3-pointer with 7.2 seconds remaining to lift Philadelphia past San Antonio.

Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 27 points and nine rebounds. Tobias Harris scored 25 points, and Josh Richardson added 19 as the 76ers improved to 40-27. M

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More than 1 million former felons in Florida regained the right to vote — and this group is trying to register them for the 2020 elections

More than 1 million former felons in Florida regained the right to vote — and this group is trying to register them for the 2020 elections
  • Former convicted felons in Florida — more than 1 million people — will be allowed to vote in the 2020 elections.
  • The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition is canvassing door to door trying to register voters, despite hurdles from the state’s Republican-controlled legislature.
  • Former convicted felons, or returning citizens, are disproportionately Black and Latino, and often face discrimination in the housing and job markets after they’ve served their time.
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For the first time ever, people in Florida who have been convicted of felonies will be allowed to vote.

And now, a statewide campaign led by local nonprofits — including one established by LeBron James — could add as many as 1.4 million new voters in a key swing state ahead of the 2020 elections.

Since 2018, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, or FRRC, has registered thousands of people who were convicted of felonies.

The law has been challenged through a series of court battles, but earlier this month, the Supreme Court allowed the restrictions to stand.

Today, Iowa remains the only state that bars all former convicts from voting. But many states — including Florida — still forbid at least some people with criminal conviction from voting, keeping millions from the polls every election, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

Laws like these disproportionately affect Black and Hispanic Americans, who are incarcerated at much higher rates than white Americans. 

“When you go into a voting booth, that’s the one time where you have as much power as the richest person in the United States, or even the most powerful person in the United States,” said Desmond Meade, the FRRC’s executive director. “Because when you’re in that booth, it’s one man, one vote.”

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FRRC executive director Desmond Meade speaking with staff.

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Cardboard cheering sections for 2020 top athletes

Cardboard cheering sections for 2020 top athletes

These days, the only fans allowed in the building at pro sporting events are virtual or cardboard.

If the 2020 newsmakers listed below could pick the cardboard cutouts in their personal cheering sections, some famous faces would probably be among them.

LeBron James

Even before LeBron James moved to La La Land and began playing in front of celebrities every home game, he had a history of playing his best in front of his most famous fans:

Jay-Z and Beyoncé: The Undefeated’s Justin Tinsley analyzed box scores from games throughout James’ career for which celebrities were present and found that James won a lot, especially in front of Jay-Z (19-11 from 2003 to ’17).
Chris Bosh: James and Bosh won back-to-back titles together in 2012 and ’13.
Amy Schumer: James made his big-screen debut in “Trainwreck,” which Schumer wrote and starred in.
Jack Nicholson: The Oscar winner is one of the Los Angeles Lakers’ most dedicated celebrity fans. James went 6-1 in front of Nicholson before coming to L.A.
Dwyane Wade: James’ former teammate and best buddy can’t be left out.

Sabrina Ionescu

The No. 1 pick in the this year’s WNBA draft got off to a solid start to her rookie season but suffered a Grade 3 ankle sprain in her third game with the New York Liberty. When she returns, these folks will surely be watching.

Kelly Graves: The Oregon head coach oversaw Ionescu’s record-breaking college career.
Satou Sabally: Ionescu faced off against her former Oregon teammate in the second game of her WNBA career.
Phil Knight: The Nike co-founder and Oregon booster inked Ionescu to an apparel deal that will make her the first WNBA player with a signature shoe.
Damian Lillard: The Portland Trail Blazers guard and fellow Oregon hero was one of several NBA players who texted Ionescu after her WNBA debut last week.
Stephen Curry: The Golden State Warriors guard dubbed Ionescu the “walking double-double” and brought his daughters to watch her play in a game at Stanford last year.
Nadia Comaneci: Ionescu is one of the most famous athletes of Romanian descent since Comaneci, a five-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics.

Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady

New England sports fans got to know Gronk and Brady well over the past decade. The two have moved on to play together in Tampa Bay, but there’s no doubt that they made fans for life out of these stars:

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Here Are the Bags Aubrey Huff Doesn’t Want you To Have

Here Are the Bags Aubrey Huff Doesn’t Want you To Have

Today, in sporting fashion critiques, former Major League Baseball player Aubrey Huff has blasted LeBron James on Twitter for his off-court personal style – specifically for a Thom Browne suit and leather purse. Hashtag emasculation!

The inexplicably low-res pics of James were captioned with: “Young men this is not how a man is supposed to dress. Carrying a purse is not cool. I suppose dressing like this makes it easier to kneel. #emasculated.” Before we can unpack let’s remember that Huff is addressing the “young men” of Twitter with a bio that reads “Protector of Toxic Masculinity” unironically.

The replies come for Aubrey is various ways, notably pointing out some of Huff’s own awkward style choices including a red thong (a baffling choice considering his views), his reluctance to wear a mask, and general lack of accolades. Someone even went as far as to add the roasting to his Wikipedia page.

Obviously wearing a purse is cool, and a perfect accessory for the post-totebag, post-sidebag world, as evidenced by a cow print option from NLSWOLF below.

Check out some of our favorite purses for men from Bottega Veneta, Acne Studios, Loewe, and JW Anderson below,  and don’t forget to @AubreyHuff with your fit pics.

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NBA: Kyle Lowry leads Toronto Raptors to win over LA Lakers

NBA: Kyle Lowry leads Toronto Raptors to win over LA Lakers
OG Anunoby (right) comes up against LA Lakers' LeBron Jame
Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (right) comes up against LA Lakers’ LeBron James in Orlando, Florida

Kyle Lowry starred in the Toronto Raptors’ 107-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Orlando.

The 34-year-old finished with 33 points, 14 rebounds and six assists while London-born OG Anunoby contributed 23 points.

LeBron James led the Lakers’ charge with 20 points but could not prevent an 11th consecutive loss to the Raptors.

“Against a couple of great guys, we came in wanting to play well and we did a good job,” Lowry said.

The game was played on the third day of regular-season games inside the quarantine ‘bubble’ at Disney World in Florida, following a four-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lakers remain top

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Opinion: What will the new school year look like? Start with unequal

Opinion: What will the new school year look like? Start with unequal

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Matt Dumba is first NHL player to kneel during National Anthem

Matt Dumba is first NHL player to kneel during National Anthem
The Minnesota Wild defenseman knelt during Saturday’s game between Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks while wearing a
Hockey Diversity Alliance hoodie with “Black Lives Matter” written on the sleeves. Dumba, who is Canadian, stood for the Canadian anthem.

“For those unaffected by systemic racism, or unaware, I’m sure that some of you believe this topic has garnered too much attention during the last couple of months. But let me assure you, it has not,” Dumba said prior to kneeling. “Racism is everywhere — and we need to fight against it.”

Roger Goodell encourages NFL teams to sign Colin Kaepernick

While Dumba is not on either of the teams that played Saturday, he is part of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, an organization that formed in June consisting of seven former and current NHL players. The organization’s mission is to “eradicate racism and intolerance in hockey,” according to the NHL.

“I know first-hand, as a minority playing of the great game of hockey, the unexplainable and difficult challenges that come with it,”

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Lowry scores 33 to lead Raptors past Lakers in seeding game – TSN

Lowry scores 33 to lead Raptors past Lakers in seeding game – TSN

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Kyle Lowry had 33 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors restarted their season by beating the slow-starting Los Angeles Lakers for the 11th straight time, 107-92 on Saturday night.

OG Anunoby scored 23 points for the Raptors, the second-place team in the Eastern Conference. They haven’t lost to Los Angeles since the 2014-2015 season.

Lowry had a strong second half to help turn back a surge by the Lakers, the Western Conference leaders who are 1-1 in the restart. The Lakers’ magic number for clinching the top seed in the West remains at one.

Lowry’s biggest shot was a 3-pointer from the right wing for a 97-86 lead with 3:01 to play.

“He was vintage Kyle tonight,” coach Nick Nurse said. “He was scoring and flying around and taking charges and competing and getting us some critical buckets. He was great.”

Lowry was all for a full-speed reentry.

“Nick says he’s going to kind of ease

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Lowry scores 33 as Raptors cruise past Lakers – Reuters

Kyle Lowry had 33 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 107-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday at The Arena near Orlando.

Aug 1, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder’s Darius Bazley (7) shoots over Utah Jazz’s Georges Niang (31) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Mandatory Credit: Ashley Landis/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Lowry hit 5 of 9 3-pointers and 8 of 16 shots from the floor. OG Anunoby had 23 points, making 8 of 9 shots, and Pascal Siakam contributed 15 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors. Fred VanVleet had 13 points and 11 assists.

LeBron James led the Lakers with 20 points and 10 boards. Kyle Kuzma chipped in 16 points but Anthony Davis managed 14 points on 2-

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The evolution of the James Harden-Giannis Antetokounmpo feud

The evolution of the James Harden-Giannis Antetokounmpo feud

The Houston Rockets‘ official Twitter account took what could be considered the first jab in the beef between two of the NBA’s biggest superstars seconds after Giannis Antetokounmpo was announced as the league’s 2018-19 MVP.

James Harden finished as the runner-up for the third time in five seasons, which didn’t sit right with the Rockets organization. The tweet has since been deleted but was certainly up long enough to send a message.

“Congrats to the MVP, but we respectfully disagree,” the tweet read before rattling off several bullet points making a case that Harden should have been the repeat winner, such as that he was the first player in NBA history to average at least 35 points and seven assists per game for a full season.

It’s common for franchises to lobby for their stars to receive postseason honors. But the timing of this tweet — as first-time winner Antetokounmpo was making his acceptance speech — was perceived by many around the league as poor form, a disrespectful display of sour grapes.

“The Beard” and “The Greek Freak” have exchanged a handful of jabs since, some direct shots, others more subtle.

As Harden’s Rockets prepare to face Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks in the bubble in Lake Buena Vista, Florida (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC), get up to speed on the pokes between the perennial MVP candidates over the past year.

“I went out there and did what I was supposed to do at a high level. There’s only a few other seasons that anybody has ever done that before. People were tuned into how many points I was going to score the next game. It was a thing. But I can’t control that.”

James Harden

Harden, making an August 2019 appearance on Houston hip hop station 97.9 The Box to promote his annual JH-Town Weekend charity events, readily agreed when one of the hosts declared that “politics” determined the MVP winner.

The implication seems to be that Antetokounmpo wasn’t deserving of the honor, which he won by receiving 78 of the 101 first-place votes, despite a historical stat line (averages of 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals) to lead the Bucks to the NBA’s best record.

There’s a precedent for the Rockets complaining about the “narrative” determining the MVP winner when Harden finished second in the voting. It also occurred after the 2016-17 award went to Russell Westbrook in the case of the then-Oklahoma City Thunder point guard joining Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double for the season.

Of course, that didn’t prevent the Rockets from pumping up Westbrook as a recent MVP when they pulled the trigger on a blockbuster trade to acquire him last summer.

It’s not clear why exactly the narrative would have shifted to favor Harden in 2018-19, when he won the MVP in a landslide, getting 86 of 101 first-place votes. It’s also hard to build a case that the ballot is biased against Harden when he has received more points in MVP voting over the past five years than anyone.

But Harden doubled down in an interview with GQ weeks after his radio appearance when asked if a narrative had been already formed for this season’s MVP race.

“Nah, it hasn’t happened yet, it’s too early,” Harden said. “Wait until the preseason and when the regular season starts up again. But they [the media] for sure got some teams they locked in on. We all know. That’s just what it is.

“You can’t tell me that a guy whose team was a 14-seed at one point last year, and ended up a 4-seed with everything that was going on — so many injuries — and who went on a 32-game 30-point streak, eight 50-point games, two 60-point games in one season … and all the talk was about [Antetokounmpo]?

“There’s no way.”

“It’s me. I can get any shot I want to.”

James Harden

This was Harden’s explanation for why he struggled in a season-opening home loss to the Bucks, finishing with 19 points on 2-of-13 shooting.

Harden consistently declines to credit the opposing defense for causing him problems after an off night, never wavering in his confidence that he can create his shot regardless of the defenders or schemes that he encounters

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Kyle Lowry Leads Raptors Past LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Lakers

Kyle Lowry Leads Raptors Past LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Lakers
Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry (7) plays against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

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Kyle Lowry posted 33 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 107-92 on Saturday at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The Raps outscored the Lakers 35-16 in the final 10:10 to turn a 76-72 deficit into a 15-point win.

Lowry shot 8-of-16 from the field and hit five of his nine three-pointers. He also got to the free-throw line 15 times and made 12 attempts.

He led a dominant Raptors starting five that saw Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby each finish plus-27 on the evening. Fred VanVleet had 13 points and 11 dimes in 40 minutes, and Anunoby scored 23. Siakam had 15 points on just 5-of-17 shooting but added a pair of blocks and steals.

The Lakers shot a season-low 35.4 percent and 25.0 percent from three-point range. LeBron James led the Lakers with 20 points, and Anthony Davis had an off night with 14 points on 2-of-7 shooting.

        

Notable Performances

Raptors PG Kyle Lowry: 33 PTS, 14 REB, 6 AST

Raptors SF OG Anunoby: 23 PTS, 4 REB, 2 STL

Raptors G Fred VanVleet13 PTS, 11 AST, 5 REB

Lakers G/F LeBron James: 20 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST

Lakers F/C Anthony Davis: 14 PTS, 6 REB, 3 BLK

Lakers F Kyle Kuzma: 16 PTS, 4 REB

   

Lowry Crushes Lakers in Raptors’ Bubble Debut

The stat of the night is courtesy of Josh Lewenberg of TSN, who showcased Lowry’s dominance in comparison to James and Davis’ outings:

Lowry pretty much did no wrong in another dominant performance against the Lakers, who have now lost 11 straight to Toronto dating back to 2014:

The former Villanova star was the catalyst behind the latest victory, even posting a double-double before the third quarter ended:

Lowry joined some elite company with his stat line, per Sportsnet:

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Brees: Reaction to comments about kneeling ‘crushing’ – Reuters

Drew Brees met with the media for the first time in training camp on Saturday, and before anyone could ask him about his 20th NFL season, he reinforced that he supports the fight for social justice that has enveloped the nation this summer.

FILE PHOTO: Sep 20, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates a touchdown by fullback Austin Johnson (not pictured) during the second half of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Buccaneers defeated the Saints 26-19. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports/ Reuters

The veteran New Orleans Saints quarterback drew a backlash in early June when an interviewer asked him about Colin Kaepernick taking a knee to protest police brutality, and he responded that he will “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.”

His comments came just days after George Floyd, a Black man, died when a white police officer in Minneapolis kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

“Going back to my comment on June 3rd, to think for a second that New Orleans or the state of Lo

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NBA roundup: Warren erupts for 53 as Pacers edge 76ers – Reuters Canada

T.J. Warren scored a career-high 53 points to lead the Indiana Pacers past the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 127-121 on Saturday near Orlando.

Aug 1, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Holiday (3) shoots the ball against Philadelphia 76ers guard Raul Neto (19) during the fourth quarter of a NBA basketball game at Visa Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Warren was 20 of 29 from the field, including 9 of 12 from beyond the 3-point arc. Warren’s previous career high was 40.

Aaron Holiday had 15 points and 10 assists, and Victor Oladipo added 15 points for the Pacers, who improved to 40-26 despite playing without key injured players such as Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon.

Joel Embiid was spectacular for the Sixers (39-27) with 41 points, 21 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots. It was his fourth game this season with at least 30 points and 15 rebounds. Tobias Harris scored 30 points, and Ben Simmons added 19 points and 13 rebounds.

Toronto R

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Raptors kneel for both U.S. and Canadian anthems in first game back – CTV News

Raptors kneel for both U.S. and Canadian anthems in first game back – CTV News

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. —
Nearly five months after he’d played a meaningful game, and on a night that was bigger than basketball, Kyle Lowry had no plans to pace himself.

The Raptors’ veteran guard had 33 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Toronto to a 107-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday in their opening game of the NBA’s much-anticipated restart.

“Nah, man. Nick (Nurse, Raptors head coach) says he’s going to ease us back in and use it as exhibition,” Lowry scoffed. “But our competitive spirit, we have too many competitive guys out there that want to go out there and play and hoop and win games, especially playing against a team like the Lakers, a team that is No. 1 in the West. The competitive juices get going.”

OG Anunoby had 23 points, while Pascal Siakam added 15 and Fred VanVleet chipped in with 13 points in the Raptors’ first real game in 145 days, and in a world that’s drastically changed in the time since.

LeBron James, who was singing along to “O Canada” when the camera panned past him, had 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Kyle Kuzma added 16 points.

The NBA’s restart is unprecedented. The stakes, on several levels, are huge. Emotions are running high – and it was obvious from the night’s pre-game ceremonies.

Linking arms in a line behind the words “Black Lives Matter” on the court, the Raptors and Lakers kneeled for both “O Canada,” because of the systemic racism and police brutality that also exists north of the border, and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Nurse said in that moment he thought of Colin Kaepernick, who first kneeled in an NFL game nearly four years ago.

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New York Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu leaves game after ankle injury

New York Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu leaves game after ankle injury

The injury happened during the second quarter when Ionescu appeared to roll her left ankle. Ionescu hit the ground and immediately grabbed the ankle. She was helped off the court, putting no weight on her left foot.

The team said on Friday she was undergoing X-rays.

“Just know (it’s a) sprain, and she’s getting it looked at right now,” Liberty coach Walt Hopkins s

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WNBA’s first overall pick Ionescu helped off court with injury – Reuters

WNBA’s first overall pick Ionescu helped off court with injury – Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – First overall WNBA pick Sabrina Ionescu was helped off the court with an ankle injury on Friday during the New York Liberty’s matchup against the Atlanta Dream, casting a shadow on the highly touted rookie’s debut season.

The Liberty guard rolled her ankle, suffering a sprain, the New York team said, in her third game of the shortened WNBA season, which is being held without fans in a “bub

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NBA’s return doubles typical regular-season audience, broadcaster TNT says – Reuters

July 30, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, USA; A general view of warm ups prior to the game between the LA Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on July 30, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The NBA’s return to regular-season play for the first time in four months averaged 3.4 million viewers for a close contest between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the league and AT&T Inc’s TNT cable network said on Friday.

The viewership for the Thursday game was more than double the average for a regular-season NBA telecast, the league and the network said in a joint statement. Superstar Lebron James made the winning shot with 12.8 seconds left to secure the Lakers’ 103-101 victory.

An earlier game betwee

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NBA’s return doubles typical regular-season audience, broadcaster TNT says – Reuters Canada

July 30, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, USA; A general view of warm ups prior to the game between the LA Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on July 30, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The NBA’s return to regular-season play for the first time in four months averaged 3.4 million viewers for a close contest between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the league and AT&T Inc’s TNT cable network said on Friday.

The viewership for the Thursday game was more than double the average for a regular-season NBA telecast, the league and the network said in a joint statement. Superstar Lebron James made the winning shot with 12.8 second

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NBA’s Top Stats, Best Highlights, Updated Playoff Picture from July 31 Results

NBA’s Top Stats, Best Highlights, Updated Playoff Picture from July 31 Results
Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, heads to the basket as Boston Celtics' Daniel Theis defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Ashley Landis/Associated Press

After LeBron James and Zion Williamson kicked off the NBA’s restart Thursday, Giannis Antetokounmpo and other top stars kept the momentum going over a six-game slate Friday night.

The Eastern Conference resumed play, and one of the day’s opening contests from the bubble in Orlando, Florida, went to overtime as the Portland Trail Blazers slipped past the Memphis Grizzlies.

Antetokounmpo later sent a message to the rest of the bubble participants with a monster show, while the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks closed out proceedings with a nail-biting overtime classic with big implications on the playoff race.

Here’s a look at some of the best stats, highlights and playoff fallout from Friday night.

                     

July 31 Results, Top Stats

Magic 128, Nets 118

Nikola Vucevic (ORL): 22 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST

Evan Fournier (ORL): 24 PTS, 5 AST

Jonathan Isaac (ORL): 16 PTS, 6 REB

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (BKN): 24 PTS, 4 REB

Caris LeVert (BKN): 17 PTS, 7 AST

        

Trailblazers 140, Grizzlies 135

Jaren Jackson Jr. (MEM): 33 PTS, 3 REB

Ja Morant (MEM): 22 PTS, 5 REB, 11 AST

CJ McCollum (POR): 33 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST

Damian Lillard (POR): 29 PTS, 5 REB, 9 AST

Carmelo Anthony (POR): 21 PTS, 7 REB

       

Suns 125, Wizards 112

Devin Booker (PHX): 27 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST

DeAndre Ayton (PHX): 24 PTS, 12 REB

Rui Hachimura (WAS): 21 PTS, 8 REB

Jerome Robinson (WAS): 20 PTS

       

Bucks 119, Celtics 112

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL): 36 PTS, 15 REB, 7 AST

Khris Middleton (MIL): 18 PTS, 5 REB, 8 AST

Jaylen Brown (BOS): 22 PTS, 4 REB

Marcus Smart (BOS): 23 PTS, 4 REB

        

Spurs 129, Kings 120

De’Aaron Fox (SAC): 39 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST

Bogdan Bogdanovic (SAC): 24 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST

Derrick White (SA): 26 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST 

DeMar DeRozan (SA): 27 PTS, 5 REB, 10 AST

         

Rockets 153, Mavericks 149

James Harden (HOU): 49 PTS, 9 REB, 8 AST

Russell Westbrook (HOU): 31 PTS, 11 REB, 8 AST

Kristaps Porzingis (DAL): 39 PTS, 16 REB

Luka Doncic (DAL): 28 PTS, 13 REB, 10 AST

             

Recap, Takeaways

Orlando at Brooklyn 

The Orlando Magic looked right at home Friday night, blowing away the Brooklyn Nets in a game wherein the latter took the lead into the second quarter, only for things to get ugly from there.

Ugly, as in a 75-43 differential over the second and third quarters as Evan Fournier went an efficient 10-of-15 from the floor, tying for the game high at 24 points. Jonathan Isaac came off the bench to add 16.

Brooklyn entered at a disadvantage besides technically being the away team. The Nets obviously didn’t have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but they were also missing Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan and Taurean Prince. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot tried to do it all himself via 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

The win makes it four in a row for the Magic, and they leapfrog the Nets for seventh place in the Eastern Conference before playing the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.

             

Memphis at Portland 

A high-scoring game with plenty of pauses for free throws, it isn’t a shocker to hear CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard teamed up in overtime to score 11 of Portland’s 16 points to put away Memphis.

McCollum ended up putting up 33 points alongside Lillard’s 29, yet 36 fouls meant 50 free-throw attempts for a Grizzlies team that stormed back from a 13-point deficit to go up by 11.

The give-and-take nature of the contest flipped plenty

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Lakers Rumors: Latest Buzz on LeBron James, Anthony Davis’ Game-Day Routines

Lakers Rumors: Latest Buzz on LeBron James, Anthony Davis’ Game-Day Routines
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James looks on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

Mike Ehrmann/Associated Press

All 22 teams in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida, are still getting back into the swing of things after more than four months off.

The rust was evident on the opening night of the restart. Both the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans finished with 20 turnovers apiece, and Utah still managed to claw out a win despite shooting just 8-for-34 from beyond the arc.

Things were just as clunky in the nightcap between the Los Angeles Clippers and crosstown rival Lakers. The Clippers also committed turnovers, and the contest was rife with fouls. The Lakers shot below 40 percent from the field, with LeBron James shooting just 6-for-19 on the night.

But most teams, notably the Lakers, seem to be sticking to their routines.

Joe Vardon of The Athletic reported a number of teams canceled scheduled practices for Friday. As for the Lakers, Vardon reported L.A. has begun scrapping pregame shootarounds.

Although Vardon opined the Lakers avoid organized shootarounds so as to limit media access, a team source indicated James and Anthony Davis have no interest in that kind of pregame structure. The source said James and Davis “kick ass” without shootarounds, and the team has not felt a need for an organized activity.

Maybe James will start getting extra shots up after a poor shooting performance in the opener. But Davis

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Seth Meyers: beware the ‘craven husks laying groundwork’ for Trump’s election chaos

Seth Meyers: beware the ‘craven husks laying groundwork’ for Trump’s election chaos

Late-night hosts blast Trump’s suggestinon to delay the 2020 election and the memeification of Breonna TaylorOn Thursday Trump used Twitter to decry mail-in voting – a standard practice for state elections – and to “Delay the Election until people can properl…
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