LeBron James hosted California Gov. Gavin Newsom as he signed into law a bill allowing college athletes to be paid

LeBron James hosted California Gov. Gavin Newsom as he signed into law a bill allowing college athletes to be paid
  • On Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 206, also known as the Fair Pay to Play Act, a bill that gives student-athletes the ability to earn money from the use of their names, images, and likenesses.
  • Newsom appeared on LeBron James’ HBO show “The Shop” to sign the bill and discuss its potential impact moving forward.
  • James had been a prominent supporter of the bill.
  • James believes college athletes should be able to market themselves to earn money while still in school.
  • The bill is scheduled to go into effect in 2023 but is expected to face a legal challenge from the NCAA.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom joined LeBron James on his HBO show “The Shop” to sign SB 206.

Also known as the Fair Pay to Play Act, the bill gives student-athletes the ability to earn money from the use of their names, images, and likenesses. It passed through California state legislature unanimously.

On Monday, Newsom brought out the paperwork and a pen to sign the bill in a clip that James shared on social media.

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James and Newsom discussed the bill, its significance, and what i

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California Governor Signs Bill Allowing College Athletes To Profit

California Governor Signs Bill Allowing College Athletes To Profit

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In a move that puts California on a collision course with the NCAA, Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill effectively allowing college athletes in the state to earn compensation for the use of their likeness, sign endorsement deals and hire agents to represent them. The governor signed the measure in a segment released Monday by Uninterrupted, a sports programming company co-founded by LeBron James. Newsom proclaimed the move as “the beginning of a national movement — one that transcends geographic and partisan lines.”

California is the first state

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Governor signs law allowing college athletes to profit from endorsements

Governor signs law allowing college athletes to profit from endorsements

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Monday legislation to allow college athletes to earn income for the first time from their names, images and likenesses.

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The California Assembly overwhelmingly passed legislation earlier this year, a move that was praised by NBA star LeBron James.

“Colleges reap billions from student athletes but block them from earning a single dollar. That’s a bankrupt model,” Newsom tweeted on Monday morning, announcing he had signed the legislation, making California “the first state to allow student athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness.”

The law, also known as the Fair Pay to Play Act, will prohibit California colleges and universities from enforcing NCAA rules preventing student-athletes from being compensated for the use of their names, images and likenesses and from endorsements and sponsorships.

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Wide receiver Devon Williams of the USC Trojans holds on to pass as he breaks loose from cornerback Obi Eboh of the Stanford Cardinal for a first down in the first half of the game on September 7, 2019, in Los Angeles.

The state Assembly passed the bill earlier this month in a 73-0 vote. An earlier version was approved by the state Senate on May 22 and the amended bill was passed by the state Senate, sending it to Newsom’s desk.

The law will go into effect in 2023.

The Assembly voted on the bill after LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers tweeted his support for the legislation.

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LeBron James of the LA Lakers and Team LeBron dribbles down court during the first quarter of the NBA All-Star game on February 17, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“California can change the game,” James, a frequent critic of the NCAA who went straight to the NBA from high school, said in his tweet.

In a statement released on Monday, NCAA officials predicted the law will create confusion throughout the nation as more states follow in California’s footsteps.

“As a

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LeBron James Explains How New California Law Is ‘Personal’ to Him

LeBron James Explains How New California Law Is ‘Personal’ to Him

LeBron James called for support of the new California law that will allow college athletes to be paid for use of their name, image and likeness very early on.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law on James’s The Shop and James posted the video on Twitter Monday.

After Lakers practice Monday, he spoke with reporters and explained why this new law was “personal” to him even though he never played in college.

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California Passes Law Allowing College Athletes To Make Money

California Passes Law Allowing College Athletes To Make Money

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has signed into law a bill allowing college athletes to hire agents and sign endorsement deals, setting the stage for a likely clash with the NCAA and potentially reshaping college athletics entirely.

The first of its kind Fair Pay to Play Act is set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2023, against the urging of the NCAA Board of Governors.

In a Sept. 11 letter to Newsom, the board predicted the legislation would “wipe out the distinction between college and professional athletics.” California schools might be banned from NCAA-sanctioned competitions over the “unfair recruiting advantage” offered by the bill, the group warned.

Newsom wasn’t persuaded. 

“Colleges reap billions from student athletes but block them from earning a single dollar,” he said in a statement Monday. “That’s a bankrupt model.”

The governor signed the bill surrounded by athletes who advocated for the measure’s adoption. That included Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, three-time WNBA champion and four-time Olympic gold medalist Diana Taurasi, and retired NBA star Ed O’Bannon, whose 2009 lawsuit against the NCAA presented the first real legal challenge to the pay structure this new law hopes to change.

Newsom said the new law presents “a major problem for the NCAA.”

“It’s going to initiate dozens of other states to introduce similar legislation,” he predicted,

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Drake is lending his $185 million, custom plane, ‘Air Drake,’ to the Sacramento Kings for a preseason trip to India

Drake is lending his $185 million, custom plane, ‘Air Drake,’ to the Sacramento Kings for a preseason trip to India
  • Drake is lending his $185 million custom plane to the Sacramento Kings for a preseason trip to India.
  • The plane, which is called “Air Drake,” has a bedroom, two living rooms, sofas, but apparently, no WiFi.
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The Sacramento Kings will play a preseason game in Mumbai, India, this week, and to get the team there, they have received help from rapper and music mogul Drake.

According to reports, Drake is lending the team his custom plane, “Air Drake,” to fly to India. The plane is a Boeing 767 that was used to haul cargo that Drake spent $185 million to have cu

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Bills defender accuses NFL of double-standard over Tom Brady after vicious hit on Josh Allen

Bills defender accuses NFL of double-standard over Tom Brady after vicious hit on Josh Allen
  • Buffalo Bills safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer called out the officials in Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots after quarterback Josh Allen took a big hit.
  • Hyde and Poyer agreed that if a similar hit was thrown at Tom Brady, the result would have likely been a penalty and an ejection from the game.
  • In an interview with WEEI, Brady said that such hits are a part of the risk that comes with being a mobile quarterback, and recalled a similar shot he took when playing against the Bills 18 years ago.
  • Patriots head coach Bill Belichick also said that the team was playing by the book and that Allen was a tough guy to take down.
  • The teams will play a closely watched rematch in Week 16 in Foxboro.
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The Buffalo Bills were not at all happy after watching quarterback Josh Allen take a brutal hit in their 16-10 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

The hit in question came in the fourth quarter as the Bills attempted to mount a comeback against their divisional rival. After Allen scrambled for a seven-yard gain, he was first met by Patriots safety Duron Harmon, who teed Allen up for a devastating hit to be delivered by cornerback Jonathan Jones.

The Bills secondary didn’t shy away from criticizing the officials no-call on the hit.

After the game, Bills safety Micah Hyde called out the officials for what he perceived as a double-standard in how hits are called against his quarterback and his opposition, Tom Brady.

“That’s the first thing that came out of my mouth on the sideline: If one of us did that to 12, we wouldn’t have been in the game anymore,” Hyde said after the game. “There’s no way. There’s no way we would’ve continued to play in that game.”

 

Jordan Poyer, Hyde’s partner in the Bills secondary, agreed.

“I’d think you’d be probably thrown out of the football game. I’m just g

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LeBron James’ High School Jersey, Used in Iconic Sports Illustrated Shoot, Up for Auction

LeBron James’ High School Jersey, Used in Iconic Sports Illustrated Shoot, Up for Auction
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California Passes “Game Changer” Law Allowing College Athletes To Make Money From Name & Likeness

California Passes “Game Changer” Law Allowing College Athletes To Make Money From Name & Likeness

There was a real-world vibe on LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s Uninterrupted talk show The Shop today as California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that gives the state’s college student-athletes the ability to benefit financially from their name, image and likeness.

The Fair Pay to Play Act (SB 206) is the first of its kind in the U.S. It addresses the NCAA’s longstanding ban on student athletes earning compensation from their association with college sports even though their respective school can make millions from their athletic performance.

Newsom signed the legislation live on The Shop alongside James — a vocal proponent of the bill — Carter, UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi, WNBA star Diana Taurasi, former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon, James’ agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group and the bill’s co-sponsor, state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley).

“This is the No. 1 reason why we created this platform,” James said on The Shop, “to have moments like this.?

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No. 1 Clemson is clearly *not* the best college football team right now

No. 1 Clemson is clearly *not* the best college football team right now


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CLEMSON IN TROUBLE?

Clemson beat North Carolina to move its winning streak to 20. That’s good! However, the Tigers only beat the Tar Heels – a so-so team in Mack Brown’s first season back – by a 21-20 margin, needing a stop on a two-point conversion in the final 90 seconds to preserve the victory. That’s less good! 

The game was certainly a wake-up call, but also makes this obvious through one month of play: Clemson is the country’s No. 1-ranked team, but it is not actually the best – and with a strong field this year the margin for error to reach the College Football Playoff is incredibly slim

Other highlights from college football’s Week 5:

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There’s no way around it: Ohio high school football player Zac Clark, 16, is a hero. When his neighbor’s car fell off a jack, crushing the man, Clark lifted the car off him, saving his life. In Zac’s words: “The adrenaline kicked in, I got the car up a little bit and we got him out.”

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We know. Look, he does newsworthy things! What do you want from us?! Anyway, the former receiver had an eventful week:

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Magic Johnson isn’t walking through that door. Kobe Bryant isn’t walking through that door. But LeBron is. Anthony Davis is. And the Lakers:

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LeBron’s high school jersey up for auction

LeBron’s high school jersey up for auction

AKRON, Ohio — A sweat-stained jersey LeBron James wore while playing Ohio high school basketball and during his first Sports Illustrated magazine cover shoot as a teenager in 2002 is being auctioned.

The online auction listing says the gold mesh jersey from the NBA star’s days with the St. Vincent-

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Lakers won’t ‘overdo’ LeBron’s preseason reps

Lakers won’t ‘overdo’ LeBron’s preseason reps

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The five-man team on which LeBron James and Anthony Davis played together so thoroughly dominated the second day of Los Angeles Lakers training camp Sunday that James was pulled to rest before the day’s scrimmages were over.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel plans to do more of that with James this preseason.

When asked how much he figures he’ll play James, entering his 17th season, during the Lakers’ six-game exhibition slate, Vogel said, “not a ton.”

“We want to be intelligent,” he continued. “We want to get him enough reps to get him familiar with his teammates and get everybody on the same page, some cohesiveness. But certainly going to be intelligent and not overdo it in the preseason.”

James, 34, registered career lows in games played (55) and minutes per game (35.2) last season in his debut with the Lakers.

Vogel said he plans to maximize James’ camp by pairing him as much as possible with Davis so the two can breed familiarity in one another’s games. Vogel is also toying with various complementary pieces to fill out the starting lineup next to them. Sunday, they were joined by Dwight Howard, Avery Bradley and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, which spelled trouble for L.A.’s reserves.

“We saw a mismatch in LeBron and Anthony’s team really sort of had their way with the other teams,” Vog

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Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis on free agency: ‘I just want to focus on this year’

Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis on free agency: ‘I just want to focus on this year’


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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Even before he wore his Los Angeles Lakers uniform, Anthony Davis seemed comfortable.

LeBron James reiterated that the offense should run through Davis. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka allowed James and Davis to exert some influence in the team’s front-office decision making. Davis even spent part of his summer filming “Space Jam 2.”

So far, the Lakers seemingly have everything Davis would want. And why not? After all, his representatives publicly requested the New Orleans Pelicans to trade Davis leading into last season’s trade deadline. So there is no way Davis would want to leave the Lakers after he becomes a free agent next summer, right?

“I just want to focus on this year,” Davis said at the Lakers’ media day on Friday. “Coming here, the Lakers definitely welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like this was home. But at the same time, it’s about what we can do this year. We have a special team, special unit, special coaching staff and we’re going to do whatever we can to focus on this year and try to come out victorious.”

Safe to say that the Lakers’ NBA championship fortunes would factor in Davis’ decision. After all, Davis became increasingly frustrated during his seven-year stint with the New Orleans Pelicans. Despite landing six NBA All-Star appearances and three spots on the All-NBA first-team, the Pelicans reached the playoffs in only two of those seasons. Never did they advance past the second round. Hence, Davis’ reps demanded a trade after making it clear to the Pelicans’ front office he had no plans to sign an extension this summer.

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Beyond winning, the Lakers are trying to make Davis comfortable in other ways.

The biggest component involves Davis’ role itself. James reiterated that Lakers coach Frank Vogel needs to make Davis the primary focus in his system after averaging a 23.7 points on 51.7 percent shooting and 12.0 rebounds per game during his seven seasons with the Pelicans. James praised Davis for having a “beautiful young mind” that should not go to waste.

“If we are not playing through Anthony Davis while he is on the floor, there’s no sense to have him on the floor,” James said. “He’s that great. It doesn’t mean every time down, we throw it to him, we throw it to him, we throw it to him. But we have the ability of doing it.”

James’ words starkly contrast what Kobe Bryant said about Dwight Howard prior to the 2012-13 season. Just like the 34-year-old James wants to reduce his workload and transition the 26-year-old Davis into the Lakers’ next star, the 34-year-old Bryant had similar plans for the 27-year-old How

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LeBron James on Team USA’s FIBA Run: ‘The Rest of the World Is Better’

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gave credit to international basketball squads Saturday after Team USA’s seventh-place showing at the FIBA world cup earlier this month.

“The rest of the world is better,” James told reporters after practice. “But we continue to get better as well as Americans.”

Team USA featured a talented crew that included Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, but many of the game’s best players—including James—did not play in the tournament.

James also noted that having more star talent doesn’t guarantee success.

“No,” James said. “It doesn’t because you still have to go out there and work and play the game. But it does strengthen our team, and it does give us a very good chance going into the worlds if we we

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B/R Top 50 NBA All-Time Finale: Who Is the Greatest Player Ever, MJ or LeBron?

B/R Top 50 NBA All-Time Finale: Who Is the Greatest Player Ever, MJ or LeBron?
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Prepare for a lukewarm take in a hot-take world: There really isn’t a wrong answer in the debate over LeBron James and Michael Jordan.

By the time he’s done, few, if any, will be able to touch LeBron’s longevity argument. He’s already the only player in NBA history with 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists. You have to drop the qualifiers all the way down to 30,000, 7,000 and 6,300 to add Kobe.

On the other hand, Jordan’s nearly unparalleled statistical resume is backed by a 6-0 Finals record in an era that included Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, John Stockton and Clyde Drexler, just to name a few.

Both had immense cultural impacts on the game and the world. Both were the best players in basketball for over a decade. Both have legitimate claims to the throne.

But, spoiler alert, that didn’t prevent us from picking one for Bleacher Report’s All-Time Player Rankings: NBA’s Top 50 Revealed.

Putting MJ at No. 1 there deserved a more thorough explanation, especially in the wake of fans choosing LeBron in three separate blind polls.

The first featured career regular-season numbers:

Then, the decision was between the 10-year peaks of each:

And finally, the playoff numbers of LeBron and Jordan were pitted against each other:

As has been the case with every “A vs. B” article this summer, the polls aren’t enough to make the call. Instead, we’ll look at each in five categories: scoring, shooting, playmaking, defense and accolades.

So, now that the table is set, it’s time to dig in to this series’ grand finale; the biggest either/or in basketball…

     

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Michael Jordan’s 30.12 points per game is the highest career scoring average of all time, barely edging out the 30.07 points per game Wilt Chamberlain posted in an era when the game was played at a much faster pace.

And, as pointed out by Thinking Basketball’s Ben Taylor, Jordan played at a time when the rules governing defensive players allowed more contact. And not just a little more contact:

Hand checks, flat-out grabbing players off the ball. The game was much more physical in Jordan’s day. But none of that could slow him down. He led the NBA in scoring in 10 seasons, including seven straight from 1986-87 to 1992-93.

When Taylor adjusted all seasons across history for pace and playing time, Jordan claimed four of the top 10 scoring averages (James Harden‘s 2018-19 was first). No one else in the top 10 made more than one appearance.

Oh, and he did all this prior to the popularization of the three-pointer. He dominated from two-point range like a big man:

“There are 6 seasons in NBA history in which a player took 100 or fewer 3PA, had a .600+ TS% & had a 30+ USG%.

“3 of those seasons belong to Karl Malone (6’9″), Yao Ming (7’6″) & Shaquille O’Neal (7’1”).

“The other 3 belong to Michael Jordan.”

“I have the greatest respect for Michael,” Larry Bird said in a career retrospective the league produced for Jordan. “You know, just watching him dribble up that court and looking you right in the eye and not knowing what he’s going to do is the scariest thing you’ ever want to be involved in.”

Jordan struck that fear into the hearts and minds of countless defenders over the years, and with a staggering level of consistency.

In the playoffs and regular season combined, Jordan totaled 671 30-point games, over 100 more than second-place Wilt’s 557. Perhaps even more impressive, 671 is over half of Jordan’s total of 1,251 games.

If you lower the threshold to 20-point games, Jordan’s 1,099 rank fifth. That’s behind LeBron’s 1,207, but Jordan got to 20 in 87.8 percent of the NBA games he played. LeBron’s mark there is 84.0 percent.

Jordan also holds a comfortable lead over LeBron in relative points per game (a player’s average minus the league average for the time): plus-18.83 to plus-16.21.

And finally, there’s individual offensive rating, a metric developed by Dean Oliver.

“Individual offensive rating is the number of points produced by a player per hundred total individual possessions,” Oliver wrote, per Basketball Reference. “In other words, ‘How many points is a player likely to generate when he tries?'”

MJ edges LeBron there in the regular season (118 to 116), 10-year peaks (121 to 119) and the playoffs (118 to 116).

LeBron is undoubtedly one of the greatest scorers of all time. One might even argue that his superior efficiency (he holds the relative true shooting percentage in each of the comparisons found in the blind polls) should earn him this category.

But, beyond the numbers and context already provided, LeBron never dominated the league as a scorer the way Jordan did.

Ten scoring titles to one is quite a gap.

LeBron 0, MJ 1

       

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There is no way to know how much different Jordan’s game might have been had he developed in this era. It stands to reason that he would have taken more threes. He likely would’ve spent more time working on that aspect of his game.

But all we have is the data available to us, and LeBron has some decent leads there.

Beyond just having a better career two-point percentage (54.8 to 51.0) and three-point percentage (34.3 to 32.7), LeBron also has seven seasons in which he was over 35.0 percent from deep. Jordan has four such seasons, and that came on significantly lower volume.

LeBron’s career three-point attempt rate (percentage of attempts that came from downtown) of 21.4 is significantly higher than Jordan’s career-high 15.7.

Now, there are some who would argue free-throw percentage is a better indicator of pure shooting than threes. Jordan leads there, 83.5 to 73.6. And Jordan certainly hit his fair share of mid-rangers, but this category goes to LeBron.

LeBron 1, MJ 1

     

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Following a 2018 playoff game, LeBron said, “I think my passing’s right up there with Earvin [Johnson],” per CelticsBlog’s Greg Brueck-Cassoli.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s 11.19 assists per game is the best career average of all time. While LeBron may not have that kind of volume as a creator, his comment really isn’t outlandish.

At 6’8″, he can survey the floor in a way few others can. And his unselfishness led to thousands of assists on plays when he might have been able to score. He’s been particularly effective as a kick-out passer, finding three-point shooters along the perimeter when he drags entire defenses into the paint with him.

“It was something I knew I had when I first started playing the game of basketball,” LeBron said, per the Washington Post‘s Ben Gollive

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Google Images just made it more difficult to find the photo you’re looking for

Google Images just made it more difficult to find the photo you’re looking for

The origin story of Google Images is a bit unusual and, believe it or not, can be traced all the way back to the iconic green dress Jennifer Lopez wore at the February 2000 Grammy Awards. In the hours and days following the event, the number of searches for Lopez’ dress absolutely skyrocketed, with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt a few years ago noting: “At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen.”

The problem, though, was that Google’s search results at the time were nothing more than a collection of links. In turn, Schmidt and Google’s search time quickly realized that they had “no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted.” And so, Google Images was born.

Since then,

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We tried 5 protein powders and LeBron James’s brand got a perfect taste score, but still didn’t come out on top

We tried 5 protein powders and LeBron James’s brand got a perfect taste score, but still didn’t come out on top

Buying protein powder can be an intimidating task even for savvy supplement shoppers.

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The supplement aisle can be dizzying.
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With the many brands, types, labels, and ingredients, it’s hard to know what to look for, or even if you need one at all. (Hint: Most people don’t.)

If you’re new to supplements, a good first step is to find a protein powder that’s drinkable so you know you’ll actually want to use it. 

Read more: 11 of the top protein powder brands, and how much sugar and protein they actually contain

To help, I rounded up five very different kinds of protein powders and mixed each with 8 ounces of water in a blender bottle for consistency.

Then, I called in my health team colleagues, Anna Miller and Julia Naftulin, for a taste test. I use protein powder frequently, and they were less familiar with the products.

Although we all had different preferences, there was a clear winner.

 

We set up shop in our New York offices, after gathering protein powders from various places, including the vitamin shop around the street and samples we’d gotten in the mail.

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Our protein-packed afternoon.
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The powders we tasted were Humming Hemp’s hemp protein powder, Pure Protein’s plant protein blend, Trader Joe’s Designer whey protein, BSN Syntha-6, and a plant blend backed by LeBron James called Ladder.

I use protein powder regularly, before and after workouts, and have tried a lot of them. My health team colleagues, Anna Miller and Julia Naftulin, are less familiar with them. We all tried the different types and each rated them on a scale of 1 to 5 based on three criteria. 

  • Taste: Does it have a pleasant, but not overwhelming flavor? Is it delicious, or do we have to suffer through it? 
  • Texture: How does it feel? Is it drinkable or hard to choke down?
  • Appearance: How appetizing does it look? Does it make me excited to drink it or apprehensive?

First up: Raw hemp protein, the only unflavored powder we tried.

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Hemp protein is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 20 essential amino acids. It’s also vegan and full of vitamins.
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Protein extracted from hemp seeds is full of vitamins and amino acids. The brand we tried, from Humming Hemp, is pure, raw hemp protein with nothing else added.

 

 

We used a blender bottle for all our tests, since our office doesn’t have an electric blender. This was a challenge for the hemp protein — it took a lot of shaking to mix it.

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After some of the tastings, Julia’s smile faded.
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While the taste of the hemp powder was better than we expected, it quickly separated into a muddy-looking liquid and a thick sludge.

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This wouldn’t have happened if we’d mixed it in a smoothie.
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I was hesitant to try the hemp protein powder since it had a vaguely muddy appearance. 

But the mildly nutty taste wasn’t as bad as we were all bracing for, especially given that this was the only unflavored powder we tried.

Still, Julia’s review (1 out of 5 on all measures) wasn’t great: “It’s not horrible, but it’s not good either,” she said. 

Despite its downsides, I would use this protein powder again due to its strong nutrition profile and lack of chemicals and artificial ingredients.

I do recommend, however, adding it to something other than water — try it in a fruit smoothie or use it in baked goods. 

The product sells for $14 for a pound online

We all thought it was satisfying to drink because of the thicker consistency. The chocolate flavor, however, was “way too sweet, especially the after taste,” according to Anna, who still gave it a 3 in taste and a 4 in the other measures.

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This was the most fun to pour. It has an appealing chocolatey color and consistency.
Anna Miller

Although the Pure Protein powder actually sweetened with stevia and monk fruit, both Anna and Julia thought the sweetness was too much and tasted “like fake sugar.”

It was smoother than the pure hemp, but still had a little bit of graininess, and Julia said it felt “a bit chalky,” probably from the pea protein, which tends to feel a little sludgy if you’re not used to it. 

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Despite its critiques from my colleagues, I’d definitely drink the Pure Protein blend after a workout.

You can buy it for $19 per 1.5 pound cannister online.

 

Our first whey protein of the test was from Trader Joe’s. We were hopeful this one would take the cake, because who doesn’t love Trader Joe’s?

trader joes

Trader Joe’s sells affordable protein powders.
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The Designer Whey Protein from TJ’s blended quickly, but after pouring the samples, bits of powder separated on the surface. That left it with an uneven look that wasn’t very attractive, if we’re being picky.

designer whey protein

You can see bits of separated powder on the surface.
Julia Naftulin

The Trader Joe’s taste was promising though. It was like chocolate milk — sweet, but not overpowering.

designer whey trader joe's

This sells for $12 per 1 pound-canister at Trader Joe’s or online.
Gabby Landsverk

Julia still tasted fake sugar, but liked this one better. 

It’s thin texture was a bit of a disappointment though. It felt more like drinking chocolate skim milk than a chocolate milkshake, like the previous plant protein. 

The more watery texture also made it less filling and satisfying, in my opinion, than some of the other powders we tried.

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However, for people who don’t drink a lot of shakes, it could be an approachable introduction to protein powders.  

BSN Syntha-6, a blend of whey proteins, was next. Since I use it at home regularly and it has a similar ingredient list as the Trader Joe’s option, I wondered if it would taste no different than TJ’s and I’d learn of a new alternative.

Syntha-6 Protein

My personal stash.
Gabby Landsverk

The powder is a blend of whey isolate and casein, a slower-absorbing protein. 

It did not taste like Trader Joe’s. It was better. We all loved its texture, and thought it tasted more natural and not overly sweet. Anna, who’d only had one or two sips of the other powders, easily gulped this one down.

Sytha-6 Whey protein

We tried the “Chocolate Milkshake” version, but it also comes in flavors like banana, peanut butter, and cookies and cream.
Julia Naft

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For LeBron’s Second Season, the Lakers Make A Lot More Sense

For LeBron’s Second Season, the Lakers Make A Lot More Sense

The Lakers’ circus is over after a year of dysfunction, clearing the way for LeBron James and Anthony Davis to chase a championship with a hand-picked supporting cast.

The Lakers somewhat officially(?) kicked off their 2019–20 campaign Friday with media day, echoing all the same optimism the franchise had last year when LeBron James was in his first season with the team, Magic Johnson ran the basketball operations, and Anthony Davis was still a Pelican. So much has obviously changed since then, both for the Lakers and the rest of the league. L.A.’s biggest rival has moved south, from the Bay Area to across the hall. Davis is wearing the purple and gold. And Rob Pelinka, who survived last season’s disappointment, has made it clear last year’s failures have turned into lessons.

For example, when discussing the remade roster Friday, Pelinka admitted to looking for more shooting, a concern that followed the Lakers immediately after they filled out the roster post-LeBron. This season, L.A. is putting guys like Danny Green and Avery Bradley around James and Davis, in addition to holdovers like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso. Pelinka also m

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Lakers Media Day 2019: LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Top Interviews, Videos

Lakers Media Day 2019: LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Top Interviews, Videos
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Anthony Davis (L) and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers laugh while attending Game Four of the 2019 WNBA Playoff semifinals between the Washington Mystics and the Las Vegas Aces at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on September 24, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Mystics defeated the Aces 94-90 and won the series 3-1. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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The Los Angeles Lakers fell short of expectations during the first year of the LeBron James era. They posted a 37-45 record amid an injury-plagued season and missed the NBA playoffs by 11 games in the stacked Western Conference. 

It led to an offseason of change in L.A. The front office acquired Anthony Davis in a blockbuster trade with the New Orleans Pelicans and made a series of high-profile free-agent signings, highlighted by Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Quinn Cook and DeMarcus Cousins, who later suffered a torn ACL.

The roster reconstruction provided the backdrop for Friday’s 2019 Lakers media day.

“I’m very motivated. I’m just not in talk about it mode,” James told reporters. “… My mother always told me. ‘Don’t talk about it. Be about it.'”

The three-time NBA champ also raved about Davis, who he said will control the offensive flow:

The newest Lakers superstar noted his arrival to the Lakers was driven solely by a desire to chase a championship and he’s confident the team can do “something special:”

“I’m excited just to get started,” Davis said. “I can’t wait until tomorrow.”

Along with the new players, the Lakers also have a new head coach in Frank Vogel, who was hired to replace Luke Walton. Vogel has compiled a 304-291 record across eight years as an NBA head coach (six with the Indiana Pacers and two with the Orlando Magic).

“When the belief is strong at the outset, it’s about focusing in on the work, and we’re looking forward to getting after it,” Vogel told reporters.

General manager Rob Pelinka added: “When the starting point of your roster is two of the best pla

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The NBA Is Sleeping On LeBron James And The Lakers

The NBA Is Sleeping On LeBron James And The Lakers
Washington Mystics v Las Vegas Aces - Game Four

LeBron James is no longer the best player in the NBA.

That is according to ESPN. It might even be according to many of you out there who are partial to freaky Greek players or stoic superstars who now player for the Clippers.

At 34, LeBron is nearly geriatric in this sport. And it’s downright difficult to get motivated at an advanced age. The body creaks. Chairs seem lower to the ground than they once did. Music is louder and tacos just don’t taste the same, even on Tuesdays.

But if ever there were one more season to harness the power of myriad detractors, it would be this one.

The great thing about the NBA is its parity, and that extends from the teams to their superstars.

ESPN recently unveiled nearly all of its 2019-2020 Top 100 Players, unveiling most of the top 10 concluding with player No. 3, LeBron James.

As ESPN states, “This is the first time since the debut of NBArank before the 2011-12 season that LeBron isn’t No. 1.”

It was bound to happen. Seasons change. Players grow old. Injuries happen.

James suffered his most arduous season from a physical standpoint with a groin injury that saw him play only 55 games.

In explaining the No. 3 ranking, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin states, “Though James’ averages of 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists while playing a career-low 35.2 minutes per game last season suggest he is still in dominant form, his VORP (value over replacement player) and PER (player efficiency rating) were both the lowest they’ve been since his rookie season.”

James was indeed good but he wasn’t great. He was commendable considering the injury to his groin, the lack of shooters on the team and the front office turmoil taking place throughout.

But he wasn’t the King of the NBA.

So it makes perfect sense that the brand would take a bit of a hit. But you can also see how the upcoming season is particularly intriguing given a healthy James.

He has perhaps one of his best supporting casts with a roster that is filled with shooters, albeit light on the prototypical point guard playmakers.

He also has who might be his best running mate in Anthony Davis, a big man who is just now entering his prime.

LeBron no longer has to be the lone superstar to shoulder heavy minutes and nightly scrutiny.

James is also well rested thanks to a groin injury that had him miss five weeks. The Lakers were also nice enough to stink up the joint just enough to get the King an early recess from the remainder of the season.

And, thanks to even the smallest of snubs, the King now has proper motivation to kick off the season.

As a follow-up to their rankings, ESPN corralled a few of their writers to opine on James and what he is at the moment. Lauding him for his social media acumen, Jackie MacMullan also expounded on James’ ability to turn criticism into fuel: “The beauty of LeBron is his ability to take slights, real or imagined, and channel them into a frothy lather that will display his undeniable talents yet again.”

James isn’t just out to prove that he remains the best player on the planet. More important is the need to prove the Lakers are the best team in the league.

According to some, the Lakers aren’t even the best team in their own city.

Earlier in the week the subject of th

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LeBron: If not playing through AD, why have him?

LeBron: If not playing through AD, why have him?

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Oddsmakers in Las Vegas might consider them the favorites, and desire to repent for the 2018-19 debacle of a season might be palpable, but LeBron James is doing his best to keep the burden of expectations off the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

“I’m very motivated, but I’m right now not in talking-about-it mode,” James said Friday at the team’s annual media day. “Been very quiet this summer, for a reason. My mother always taught me, ‘Don’t talk about it, be about it.’ That’s where I’m at. As a team, me myself, need to get the Lakers back to what they’ve been accustomed to every year, so excited about that.”

The 16-time champions have been in a rut lately, missing the playoffs for a franchise-worst six consecutive years. The joy surrounding James’ arrival last summer was short-lived as injuries, trade speculation and Magic Johnson’s shocking resignation sabotaged the four-time MVP’s inaugural campaign.

Yet optimism floated through the Lakers’ practice facility on the eve of training camp, with Anthony Davis, acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans in a June trade, donning the purple and gold as the centerpiece of a new-look roster.

“We do all know how good Anthony Davis is, and if we are not playing through Anthony Davis while he is on the floor, then there’s no sense to have him on the floor,” James said. “He’s that great. It doesn’t mean every time down, we throw it to him, we throw it to him, we throw it to him. But we have the ability of doing it.”

Davis, an All-Star in six of his seven seasons in the league, was taken aback by James’ praise. “Aw, he said that?” Davis asked, almost blushing. “Very kind of him. We’re going to feed off each other tremendously. I think we’re two guys who are very selfless and just want to

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Media day 1: Westbrook, Durant, Irving, Davis in new colors

Media day 1: Westbrook, Durant, Irving, Davis in new colors

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving appeared in the black uniforms of the Brooklyn Nets. Anthony Davis wore the Los Angeles Lakers‘ home gold uniform. Russell Westbrook donned Houston Rockets‘ red for the first time.

New season, new looks.

The first five media days of the new NBA year took place Friday with the Lakers, Nets, Rockets, Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings holding the annual prequels to the first practice. And in Miami, where media day isn’t officially until Monday, Jimmy Butler did his first interviews wearing a new Heat jersey — one he famously said years ago that he’d never wear.

Clearly, Day 1 of camp season wasn’t hurting for star power.

“We want to be able to compete every single night and obviously we know what the long-term goal is,” three-time NBA champion LeBron James said at Lakers’ media day. “But it’s all about the process of today.”

James and the Lakers are entering a season of massive expectations, largely because of Davis coming to L.A. James said he wants the Lakers to run offense through Davis much in the same way he wanted it run through Irving when they were teammates in Cleveland — citing the potential for such a ploy to create mismatches and opportunities for others.

“It’s exciting to have such a beautiful young mind,” James said.

But expectations are high elsewhere as well.

In Houston, Westbrook and James Harden will form a backcourt that consists of two of the last three NBA MVPs. Westbrook talked about how he and Harden have been close and stayed close going back to their time as teammates together in Oklahoma City.

“The bigger picture obviously in the NBA is the championships and MVPs and all that nonsense,” Westbrook said. “But for me,

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If LeBron isn’t the best player in the NBA anymore, what is he?

If LeBron isn’t the best player in the NBA anymore, what is he?

LeBron James has been the No. 1 player in ESPN’s NBArank since the beginning. He had just disappointed and somewhat disappeared in the 2011 NBA Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks, yet he was still recognized as the game’s greatest all-around performer later that year. For eight seasons we asked ESPN’s basketball experts to predict the best player in the game, and for eight seasons LeBron has been undeniable.

Now, there’s someone else at No. 1. Our panel has James as the No. 3 player for 2019-20.

Every LeBron James season is its own kind of unprecedented experience. This one might carry the most unknowns. In the modern game, there’s really no case of lead shot-creators like James making All-NBA at age 35. He looked mortal in his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s adjusting to a remodeled roster and an elite big man in Anthony Davis.

So, is the ranking right? And if LeBron isn’t the best player in the NBA anymore, then what is he?

Four of our NBA experts look into the big questions and expectations surrounding his upcoming season.

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Doubts, drama and dominance

Jackie MacMullan: What should we expect from LeBron James this season? Another season filled with intrigue and drama. Let’s be honest: He can’t help it!

Perhaps there will be veiled passive-aggressive tweets. Maybe his physical response to a game gone awry will include a tell. Either way, it won’t take much guesswork to figure out how LeBron feels about the Lakers’ season, because he’ll let us know.

Has any other athlete ever used social media so effectively? James transformed Taco Tuesday into a national phenomenon, and then he had the good sense to attempt to trademark it. He invites us into his world on his terms, whether it’s sharing a glimpse of his punishing workouts in the gym or endearing clips of his sons playing basketball in the yard before the sun comes up. These windows into his soul have enhanced his standing as one of the most popular players in NBA history.

There’s nothing more confounding for elite athletes to confront than their own mortality. LeBron already experienced this on a smaller scale because of a strained left groin that shut down his 2018-19 season.

Perhaps he will carve out his own version of load management this time around. James has already conceded he conserves his energy on the defensive end during meaningless regular-season contests. And yes, there has been a decline in his lateral quickness. But are you going to be the one who declares he’s trending downward?

In his maiden voyage with the Lakers last season, which ended in disappointment and frustration from all sides, he still submitted 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists a game. The beauty of LeBron is his ability to take slights, real or imagined, and channel them into a frothy lather that will display his undeniable talents yet again. There’s no denying he zeroed in on the doubters during this long offseason with laser focus, and that he will emerge recentered and highly motivated to reclaim his throne.

So LeBron will bully on, mowing over coaches and teammates and pundits and general managers and owners and anyone else in his way who dares to defy his method of grasping for that elusive fourth ring. Most of the time amid that pursuit, he will be a force of nature, a runaway locomotive, the epitome of a champion. But every once in a while, his biggest strength — his undisputed reign as the king of player empowerment — will reveal itself as his most glaring weakness.

Glass of cabernet, anyone?


What will well-rested LeBron look like?

Kevin Arnovitz: Andre Agassi’s autobiography, “Open,” eloquently shares the physical and mental anguish of the aging athlete. On the first page of the introductory chapter, Agassi introduces himself as a heaping bundle of bones, muscles and joints who now wakes up every morning as a “stranger to myself.”

“I’m a young man, relatively speaking,” Agassi writes. “Thirty-six. But I wake as if ninety-six. After three decades of sprinting, stopping on a dime, jumping high and landing hard, my body no longer feels like my body, especially in the morning. Consequently my mind doesn’t feel like my mind.”

Though LeBron Ja

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Kyle Kuzma Waiting on MRI on Foot Injury, Out Indefinitely

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Kyle Kuzma is not cleared for full practice or game participation and will not have his status updated until after the Lakers return from China, the team announced Thursday.

Kuzma is dealing with a stress reaction in his left foot that he sustai

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Ranking the NBA’s best players, from No. 10 to LeBron

Ranking the NBA’s best players, from No. 10 to LeBron

For the ninth season in a row, ESPN.com is predicting the top players in basketball with NBArank.

Who will be the best player this season? To get the final prediction, we asked our expert panel to vote on pairs of players.

LeBron James vs. Kawhi Leonard. Zion Williamson vs. Luka Doncic. Devin Booker vs. D’Angelo Russell.

We asked, “Which player will be better in 2019-20?” To decide, voters had to consider both the quality and the quantity of each player’s contributions to his team’s ability to win games in the regular season and postseason.

Here are Nos. 10 to 3. Nos. 1 and 2 drop on Friday.

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NBArank: 10 to 3


One big question: How healthy is he? After George required surgeries to repair both shoulders, the Clippers will surely take things slow with him, which could delay how quickly he and Kawhi Leonard become comfortable and adjust to playing with one another. After averaging career highs of 28 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game in 2018-19, George will have to get healthy again while learning what his role will be like with Leonard. — Ohm Youngmisuk


One big question: From the moment he entered the league as a mystery guest from Weber State, Lillard established himself as a fearless, durable floor general with an uncommon stage presence. His big-game shot-making rivals any of his contemporaries, and he’s a first-rate culture-setter who quietly agreed to a supermax extension over the summer that will keep him in Portland well into his 30s. Lillard has publicly stated that he’s uninterested in building a superteam or serving as a recruiter in a league where such machinations are bigger than the game itself. Yet Lillard’s independence poses a challenge: Without the concentration of star power present on the rosters of most NBA contenders, how far can Lillard lift the Trail Blazers in an unforgiving Western Conference? — Kevin Arnovitz


One big question: Will Embiid hold up for a deep postseason run? A year removed from jumping 23 spots up to No. 9, Embiid receives a slight bump despite an improvement across the board statistically. Playing a career high 34.3 MPG, Embiid dominated when he was on the court, averaging 27.5 points and 13.6 rebounds in 64 games. Battling an illness last spring and having his fitness questioned, Embiid saw his production on both ends of the court decrease in the playoffs, eventually leading to the 76ers falling in the second round. — Bobb

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LeBron James’ Uninterrupted Teases Nike Air Force 1 Collab

LeBron James’ Uninterrupted Teases Nike Air Force 1 Collab

Uninterrupted, LeBron James and Maverick Carter‘s media platform for athletes, is about to get its own Nike Air Force 1. The brand is out here teasing the collaboration in a series of Instagram posts, and so far all we’ve seen is the heel.

Handwriting on the heels reads: “I am more than my body. I am the message. I am ‘the source.’ And I have a story to tell. I am more than an athlete.” A ribbon over the midsole also says, “I am Uninterrupted.”

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The Margin: Fox News host Laura Ingraham is called out for ‘monstrous behavior’ by her own brother after she mocked Greta Thunberg

The Margin: Fox News host Laura Ingraham is called out for ‘monstrous behavior’ by her own brother after she mocked Greta Thunberg

Fox News apologized Monday for airing what it described as a “disgraceful” segment in which Daily Wire host Michael Knowles called 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has Asperger’s syndrome, a “mentally ill Swedish child” after she delivered a moving speech at the United Nations.

But that didn’t stop Fox New’s Laura Ingraham from mocking Thunberg on her show, “The Ingraham Angle,” later that same day:

The president’s Twitter account also got in, with apparent sarcasm, on the act:

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Take a First Look at the Upcoming Under Armour Curry 7

Take a First Look at the Upcoming Under Armour Curry 7

After a very fruitful year for the Golden State WarriorsSteph Curry and his Curry 6, Under Armour has unveiled the latest evolution for the NBA point guard’s line: the Curry 7.

Debuting in an “UNDRTD” colorway, the new Curry 7 sneakers retain certain design elements of its predecessors, opting for a low-top cut. Unlike the Curry 6, however, the “SC” logo previously located on the outsole has shifted up towards the rear lateral of the shoe, emblazoned

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NTWRK Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary With Off-White™ x Nike “The Ten” Collection Drawing

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NTWRK, the mobile e-commerce platform co-signed by Drake and LeBron James, is celebrating its one year anniversary with the latest drawing, offering up the full Off-White™ x Nike “The Ten” collection. The series of highly sought after Nike silhouettes designed by Virgil Abloh will b

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LeBron James Teases Upcoming Uninterrupted x Nike Air Force 1 Collab

LeBron James Teases Upcoming Uninterrupted x Nike Air Force 1 Collab

Keeping busy during the NBA offseason, LeBron James and business partners Maverick Carter recently teased an upcoming Uninterrupted x Nike collaboration.

Revealed on Instagram, the media platform has put together its take on the iconic Air Force 1 Low model. Although not much has been revealed, we do know that the shoe will feature premium white leather construction accented by an “I AM UNINTERRUPTED” taping frame separating the up

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LeBron James’ Jersey From ’02 SI Cover Hits Auction Block, Could Get $300K+

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NBA Rumors: ‘Big Gap’ in Kawhi, Clippers’ Title Chances over LeBron, Lakers

NBA Rumors: ‘Big Gap’ in Kawhi, Clippers’ Title Chances over LeBron, Lakers
Kawhi Leonard attends a press conference in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Nearly three weeks after the native Southern California superstars shook up the NBA by teaming up with the Los Angeles Clippers, the dynamic duo makes its first public appearance. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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How much of a gap is there between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers when it comes to winning a title this season?

According to NBA executives polled by Ethan Strauss of The Athletic, a significant one in favor of the Clippers:

“In league circles, Lakers skepticism has burbled about for some time, before and after Anthony Davis awkwardly made his way to Los Angeles. Questions of fit and chemistry persist, and many are noting just how many games LeBron James has played up to this point. Like the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers are also lacking in perimeter defense, in a league where it seems to matter more than ever. Much as you would expect some ‘It’s LeBron’ faith, that faith appears to be wavering after the last disastrous season. Even flanked with Davis, no one I spoke with believes LeBron and the Lakers are better than the upstart Clips.”

One executive added of the gap between the teams: “There is a big gap in likelihood of winning the title. Not sure about regular season wins.”

The Clippers can ma

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Fantasy NBA mock draft: 10-team, head-to-head points

Fantasy NBA mock draft: 10-team, head-to-head points

It takes a special breed to know what season it is right now.

Fall? Nope. Football season? Nope. Baseball postseason? Nope.

C’mon! If you’re reading this, you are the right breed. The kind of person who knows it is … fantasy basketball season!

NBA training camps and preseason games will get underway soon, but for the hardcore fantasy ballers who want to win their leagues, it’s time to get a jump on the competition by prepping early for your drafts.

With that in mind, we officially tipped off the 2019-20 fantasy basketball campaign by gathering our experts for our first mock draft, a 10-team head-to-head points format.

Regardless of whether you are a rookie or a grizzled fantasy hoops veteran, it is a wise move to take part in at least a couple of mocks of your own to work out the kinks and ace your real drafts. Head to our Mock Draft Lobby and give it a try.

In the meantime, you can check out the results of our mock and read key takeaways from our analysts below.

The participants in our 10-team points mock, in order of draft position, were: Austin Tedesco, André Snellings, Joe Kaiser, Jim McCormick, Marc J. Spears, Preston Johnson, Tom Carpenter, Kyle Soppe, Matt Williams, John Cregan.


Austin Tedesco: Maybe don’t take Darius Garland in the sixth round — and maybe don’t try to drop a player into your queue when it’s your turn to draft, either — but there’s still a lot to like here. Garland loves the most important shot in the NBA. He can create out of pick-and-roll. He’ll play big minutes.

I have no idea if he’ll even moderately succeed at all of his hypothetical skills as an NBA rookie, which is why I didn’t intend to take him this early. Now that I’m looking back over the draft … I’m more optimistic about his fantasy points than a lot of the dudes in the seventh round. Let it fly, Darius. (And please give him the ball, Collin Sexton).

André Snellings: I had something come up last minute, so my team was autodrafted until the latter rounds, and it gives you a good look at what that can look like. The autodraft clearly reflected the tendency of the points leagues toward big men having the advantage. I think that’s a good thing for the autodraft because a real person would be less likely to hammer the big men like that in favor of bigger names, possibly to their detriment.

As I mentioned in the draft chat, there is a lot of talent this season. I was still drafting guys I consider starting-quality in the last few rounds. I didn’t even get to draft some of my favorite sleepers (thinking of Brandon Clarke and Zach Collins, among others).

Joe Kaiser: Having the No. 3 pick in a 10-team draft is a great spot to be because you’re guaranteed a top-tier player like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis or James Harden and you still are set up to get a strong pick with the No. 18 overall pick in Round 2.

The guy I had my eyes on was Bradley Beal, who put up monster numbers once John Wall went down last season. And with Harden already in the fold, I would have set myself up with two of the very best SGs in fantasy hoops, with Harden also qualifying at PG. The problem is, Jim McCormick swiped Beal one pick before me and left me with Deandre Ayton. That one hurt.

Jim McCormick: I was happy to land Steven Adams in a points format, given I believe he’s going to enjoy a sizable leap in rebounding volume and efficiency sans Russell Westbrook. Keeping with this theme of underrated big men ideal for this format, I also like the value I netted on Bam Adebayo. I might be a bit light on guard depth, but it’s worth remembering points leagues are ideal for volume rebounders.

Preston Johnson: The scoring format in points leagues often disregards the efficiency of a player, but I like that the ESPN format accounts for it to some degree still. Subsequently, I found that my player projections valued big men more heavily than ESPN’s projections.

I wound up drafting Joel Embiid and Rudy Gobert with my first two selections picking in the sixth spot, and I have both projected to be top-10 players this season. In later rounds I was able to add some of my favorite value picks in the draft with Derrick Favors, Thomas Bryant, Larry Nance Jr, Kevon Looney and Alex Len.

If you’re drafting using solely the ESPN player projections, my one piece of advice is to target big men earlier than they recommend (Adebayo was another I was hoping for, but I got sniped in the middle rounds). Oh, and if Trae Young falls to you in the fourth round, draft him.

Tom Carpenter: I like the early rounds of my draft, as I build a pretty well-balanced lineup, and I took some good upside fliers in the later rounds. Still, I have a habit this early in the preseason of drafting too many guys who have health questions (Paul George, Dejounte Murray) and too many rookies (RJ Barrett, Rui Hachimura, Coby White).

I’m always looking for upside and value, which they all present in mid-September. However, as I get closer to the regular season and real drafts, I’ll be limiting my exposure to that much risk.

Kyle Soppe: During the first mock of the season, I was reminded of just how much value is placed on rebounding in a points-based environment. The first round consisted only of players who are true threats to pull down 10 boards on a nightly basis, and that’s something that may not come naturally to most drafters.

We all have fun watching Kyrie Irving dance or Devin Booker put up massive (garbage time) scoring totals, but the fantasy world is one that revolves around consistency and the ability to rebound provides just that. Look at the double-double leaderboard and you’ll understand. There were eight players who double-doubled at least 54 times last season, with all of them getting there in at least 70% of their games played.

Stabilize your roster with “safe” rebounders in the early going, and you give your team a nice scoring floor to pair with your upside steals in the later rounds.

Matt Williams: Coming out of the draft, I was pleased to get Stephen Curry at 12th overall. Is it a risk? Of course, as Curry is the main offensive option for the Warriors with Kevin Durant now in Brooklyn and Klay Thompson out for most of the season. But there is hope based on last season, as Curry averaged 42.7 points per 36 minutes when Durant and Thompson were off the floor (271 minutes of game time). While he will not average that for an entire season, it gives an indication of what Curry is capable of when on the court alone.

The one player I wanted and did not get? De’Aaron Fox. Fox increased his scoring average by 5.7 points from his rookie season. He also dramatically improved his 3-point shooting percentage, going from 30.7 3FG% to 37.1 3FG%. That 6.4% jump from 2017-18 to 2018-19 was fifth-highest among 148 players to attempt at least 150 3-pointers in each season.

John Cregan: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander offers great value as an endgame pick. Even if he ends up playing the 2 alongside Chris Paul, SGA’s fantasy outlook is trending up in OKC. I was hoping Buddy Hield was going to drop to me at the end of the seventh round. Hield has top-50 upside in points leagues. I may regret picking DeMar DeRozan at 31. There’s a lot of value at SG later in drafts this fantasy season (especially points leagues). DeRozan was a safe pick, but I thought hard about taking Pascal Siakam (and his enhanced upside) instead.

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Is LeBron James a Top 5 shooter of all time? Skip and Shannon discuss

Is LeBron James a Top 5 shooter of all time? Skip and Shannon discuss

Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe discuss whether LeBron James is one of the NBA’s all time great shooters.
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Official Trailer for ‘Unlikely’ Doc About the University Drop Out Crisis

Official Trailer for ‘Unlikely’ Doc About the University Drop Out Crisis

Official Trailer for ‘Unlikely’ Doc About the University Drop Out Crisis

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Unlikely Doc Trailer

“That’s a problem – it’s perpetuating inequality.” Three Frame Media have debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Unlikely, which is opening in select US theaters starting next month. The documentary sheds light on the underbelly of the higher education system — the student drop out crisis. Not everyone knows this, but the US has ones of the worst college completion rates in the entire world – less than 50% of students who start college ever finish. Set in the cities of Akron, Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles, the film investigates America’s college dropout crisis through the lives of numerous students navigating the broken higher education system and the innovators working to close the opportunity divide. Featuring interviews with LeBron James, Howard Schultz, and many others. This looks like it takes a very hard-hitting look at the problem, examining why it’s not working, but also focusing on how to improve and fix what’s broken.



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LeBron James’ ‘I Promise’ School Delivers Results For Underprivileged Students

LeBron James’ ‘I Promise’ School Delivers Results For Underprivileged Students

A follow-up to last year’s opening (video above) of the LeBron James’ “I Promise” school in Akron, Ohio.

Students at the “I Promise” school have made astonishing strides in their learning in just one year. According to The New York Times,

Unlike other schools connected to celebrities, I Promise is not a charter school run by a private operator but a public school operated by the district. Its population is 60 percent black, 15 percent English-language learners and 29 percent special education students. Three-quarters of its families meet the low-income threshold to receive help from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Its students went from scoring in the 1st percentile (1%) in reading to 9th (9%) or 14th (14%), depending on their grade. In math, they moved from 1st to 18th percentile (3rd grade) and 2nd to 30th percentile (4th grade) in one year. And the even better measure of their learning is th

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Is Blake Griffin Already a Hall of Famer?

Is Blake Griffin Already a Hall of Famer?
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 95-92. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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We don’t talk nearly enough about Blake Griffin.

From the beginning, Griffin has set the basketball world on fire with his high-flying nature. He jammed on overmatched opponents during his two-year career at Oklahoma then ushered in the Lob City Era as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. While the “just a dunker” criticisms were always a bit unjust, he was more comfortable Mozgov-ing people than getting buckets against set defenses.

Today’s Griffin can still put you in the torture chamber, but he’s an entirely different player. He isn’t just a walking highlight reel; he’s one of the most skilled players in the NBA. In fact, a strong case can be made that he’s one of the best players the sport has ever seen and already worthy of Hall of Fame consideration.

A common misconception about today’s NBA is that it’s a game of specialists. It’s easy to focus on the league’s collective shift to three-point shooting and fall into that trap. Teams are taking (and making) more threes than ever. Players, especially big men who can’t knock them down, are seemingly getting phased out.

Threes are crucial, but versatility reigns supreme. More specifically, having the counters needed to flummox defenses is what turns a good offensive player into a great one. In the case of LeBron James, his shift from slasher supreme to half-court virtuoso allowed him to become (more) transcendent instead of great. Even the best players in the sport have to evolve. 

Griffin has done just that.

His rare blend of size, power and skill has set him apart from most of his peers, both physically and statistically. He may not be LeBron, but he’s on track to wind up in the same place: Springfield, Massachusetts, home of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

        

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CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 16: Kyrie Irving #11 of Team LeBron and Blake Griffin #23 of Team Giannis smile and laugh in the locker room before the 2019 NBA All-Star Practice and Media Availability on February 16, 2019 at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, Nor

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Griffin is coming off one of the most well-rounded seasons by a big man in NBA history.

He posted a career-high 24.5 points per game with a 46.2/36.2/75.3 shooting split while also adding 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists per contest. He was one of four players to average at least 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists last season, joining LeBron, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George

Griffin, Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Nikola Jokic and Ben Simmons were the only players 6’9″ or taller to average at least five assists last season. Of that group, only Griffin and Durant shot 35 percent or better from three-point range.

Put those per-game numbers and three-point proficiency together—24/7/5 while shooting 35 percent or better from deep—and you’re looking at nearly unprecedented production. Joining Griffin on that list are LeBron, Durant, Larry Bird, Tracy McGrady and DeMarcus Cousins.

In other words: two Hall of Famers (Bird and McGrady), two surefire future Hall of Famers (LeBron and Durant) and a four-time All-Star who could be on a similar trajectory if not for awful injury luck.

If you set some benchmarks around Griffin’s season totals—let’s say 1,800 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists and 150 threes—the only other player to meet that criteria last season was James Harden. All-time? It’s Harden, Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton, and Antoine “Shimmy On ‘Em” Walker.  

Those numbers may seem arbitrary, but they speak to just how much Griffin does on the court.

       

Creating From Everywhere

Griffin has made the rare shift from play-finisher to play-initiator at the 4.

Via Synergy, he led all bigs with 464 possessions as the pick-and-roll ball-handler (passes included). That mark was nearly double the amount posted by Giannis (253) and more than three times as many as Jokic’s 137. 

Griffin’s 1.004 points per possession (PPP) ranked 25th among the 72 players to log at least 400 such possessions. He edged out stars such as Mike Conley (1.003), Bradley Beal (1.00), George (0.997) and Westbrook (0

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SMB not rushing Fajardo, Cabagnot back for Terrific 12 semis vs Liaoning – Sports Interactive Network Philippines

SMB not rushing Fajardo, Cabagnot back for Terrific 12 semis vs Liaoning – Sports Interactive Network Philippines

MACAU – San Miguel is not rushing the return to active duty of starters June Mar Fajardo and Alex Cabagnot ahead of the semifinals of the East Asia League Terrific 12 on Saturday.

SMB coach Leo Austria said both Cabagnot and Fajardo remain day to day heading to the team’s highly-awaited encounter against the Liaoning Flying Leopards.

Cabagnot is still recovering from the flu while Fajardo’s sprained ankle which he suffered during the FIBA world cup has yet to fully heal.

Both players however, joined the Beermen in practice at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion on Friday during the tournament break.

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Here’s Your First Official Look at the Nike LeBron XVII

Here’s Your First Official Look at the Nike LeBron XVII

The NBA season kicks off in a little more than a month, and now we’re getting our first look at the kicks LeBron James will rock for the season. Nike has officially announced the LeBron XVII, which features the largest Air Max heel unit in a LeBron yet.

“If you look at the evolution of LeBron’s line, you’ll see how he loves Max Air, and we felt like the volume of Air in the 17 was the next solution in providing the stabilization and support he needs,” designer Jason Petrie said.

The new signature sneaker also features two independent Air Zoom Pods on the forefoot and a Knitposite upper

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Nike Unveils the LeBron 17, Introducing New “Knitposite” Technology

Nike Unveils the LeBron 17, Introducing New “Knitposite” Technology

Almost two weeks away from the start of the NBA Preseason, Nike and LeBron James unveil the LeBron 17, introducing an all-new Swoosh technology, Knitposite.

Evolving from the LeBron 16‘s Battleknit 2.0 upper, LBJ’s 17th signature sneaker combines Nike’s popular Flyknit construction with heat-molded yarns, enhancing durability, support and stretch-resistant; it also allows for fun coloring options.

“We wanted to blend the knit on the 15 and the strength of the Battleknit on the 16. The result is amazing. Once the heat is applied to the knitting process, you g

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Dwyane Wade Talks LeBron James, Anthony Davis’ Lakers Entering 2019-20 Season

Dwyane Wade Talks LeBron James, Anthony Davis’ Lakers Entering 2019-20 Season
EL SEGUNDO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 13: Anthony Davis (R) talks with LeBron James as Davis is introduced as the newest player of the Los Angeles Lakers during a press conference at UCLA Health Training Center on July 13, 2019 in El Segundo, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade believes the Los Angeles Lakers have a lot of upside heading toward the 2019-20 NBA season, but he said it could take a while for the team to reach its potential.

The Lakers front office responded to a disappointing first season of the LeBron Era in L.A. by bolstering the roster with a series of additions, led by Anthony Davis, Danny Green, Avery Bradley and Dwight Howard, who replaced DeMarcus Cousins after the latter suffered a torn ACL in an offseason workout.

“The talent and the roster is great top to bottom,” Wade told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson of Heavy. “It’s just going to take some time to get it together and get the continuity together.”

He added: “If they get it together, obviously they’re going to be a very good team. LeBron, [Rajon] Rondo and those guys, their veteran leadership is going to try and get that continuity together early on and try to get it together and going fast.”

Wade retired following last season after a 16-year career that included three NBA championships, 1

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The ‘Old Town Road’ Music Video Director is Taking Over the ‘House Party’ Remake

The ‘Old Town Road’ Music Video Director is Taking Over the ‘House Party’ Remake

house party remake

Calmatic is the latest music video director to make the move to feature film directing. Fresh off his nomination for video of the year at the MTV VMA’s for Lil Nas X’s wildly popular “Old Town Road,” Calmatic has been tapped to direct New Line’s remake of House Party, the 1990 teen comedy starring Kid and Play of the popular hip hop duo Kid ‘n Play. Calmatic will be working as the House Party remake director in collaboration with LeBron James, who is developing the film through his SpringHill Entertainment banner.

Collider broke the news that Calmatic has been tapped as the House Party remake director by New Line. The director is best known for directing the viral sensation “Old Town Road,” which has racked up more than 327 million views on YouTube. Calmatic also directed the video for Anderson Paak’s “Bubblin” and has worked with artists ranging from Kendrick Lamar to Lizzo, but H

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The three superstars who defined this NBA decade

The three superstars who defined this NBA decade

Which players defined the past 10 NBA seasons?

We posed this question to a panel of ESPN’s NBA experts: Who was the player of the decade? Voters ranked their top three picks in order — considering the 2009-10 season through 2018-19 — and here are the results.

LeBron James was an overwhelming pick at No. 1, with a tight race between former teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant for Nos. 2 and 3.

Three members of our panel — Kirk Goldsberry, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps — highlight what made each of these three players a defining superstar of the 2010s.


1. LeBron James

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Buzzer-beaters, poster dunks and incredible passes highlight LeBron James’ most spectacular plays in 11 years with the Cavaliers.

Teams

  • Cleveland Cavaliers: 2009-10

  • Miami Heat: 2010-14

  • Cleveland Cavaliers: 2014-18

  • Los Angeles Lakers: 2018-19

Kirk Goldsberry: LeBron James is the defining player of the 2010s, and it’s not close. The only people who have had better NBA decades than 2010s LeBron are Michael Jordan in the 1990s and Bill Russell in the 1960s. Neither of those guys played in a league as deep or as competitive as the one James dominated over these past 10 seasons.

James was clearly the best on-court performer we watched this decade. In case you might disagree, consider these facts:

  • He led all scorers this decade … by a lot

  • He ranked fourth in total assists and 10th in total rebounds

  • He was the only player in the top 10 in points, rebounds and assists

James is the greatest basketball player since Jordan, and most of his prime fell squarely in the 2010s. He began this decade as a 25-year-old NBA superstar with one Finals appearance and zero championships. He will end it as a 35-year-old global icon with nine Finals appearances, three titles and three Finals MVP awards. When we look back at his incredible career, we will look back mostly at the 2010s.

Not only did James appear in the NBA Finals every season between 2011 and 2018 but he also was arguably the best player in every one of those series. In addition, the dude racked up more than 1,500 more buckets than Stephen Curry and James Harden and 500 more than Kevin Durant.

LeBron received nearly every first-place vote available from our panel, and that’s how it should be. Don’t get me wrong — Durant and Curry are marvelous, game-changing megastars, but neither of them controlled this decade nearly as much as James. He is deeply intertwined with every major trend this decade on and off the court.

Although the rise of 3-point shooting is the definitive on-court trend of the 2010s — and Curry is the definitive shooter of our time — that’s only part of the story. Curry made an astronomical 2,483 3-pointers during the 2010s. Harden ranked second with 2,025. But, in that same time period, James assisted on 2,107 triples, by far the most in the NBA. So while Curry might deserve all the credit in the world for changing how we look at long-range shooting this decade, James deserves some for changing the way we look at long-range shot creation. His play is integral to the tactics driving the trend.

Durant is a better pure scorer than James, and Curry is a better pure shooter, but James is a more complete superstar. When you consider his playoff success and the stat totals, it’s virtually impossible to argue any other player was as dominant on the court.

Oh, and James has made First-Team All-Defense three times this decade, too. Neither Curry nor Durant has ever done that.

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Check out the best of LeBron James during his four-year stretch in South Beach.

James wasn’t simply the league’s most impactful player on the court. Off the floor, he reshaped how we look at superstardom and player movement in pro sports. If you’re searching for the origin of contemporary player empowerment in the NBA and beyond, look no further than July 8, 2010, in Greenwich, Connecticut. His televised free-agency decision might have been kind of clumsy, but it was unquestionably the seminal moment for a decade in which dozens of the game’s biggest talents all seemed to switch teams, demand trades and join forces in ways we’d never seen before.

Before King James shocked the world in 2010 and took his talents to South Beach, July was a sleepy month on the NBA calendar. Nowadays the league sets its phones on fire for two straight weeks with breaking news bombs in ways that would be incomprehensible to basketball fans in the pre-LeBron era.

In the end, it’s the overwhelming breadth and relentlessness of James’ greatness that make him the most definitive player of the 2010s.


2. Stephen Curry

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Steph Curry has left his mark on the NBA Finals for three years running.

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Kevin Pelton: When the 2010s began, LeBron James was an easy choice as the decade’s best player. He had already led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals and won his first MVP before celebrating his 26th birthday. Stephen Curry’s future was far less clear. Back when the calendar turned from 2009 to 2010, Curry was a rookie who was averaging 11.8 points p

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Former College football star Tim Tebow says he’s against paying college athletes

Former College football star Tim Tebow says he’s against paying college athletes
  • Just a few days after the California Senate unanimously passed a bill that would allow student-athletes to make money from endorsements, former NFL player and current MLB minor league player Tim Tebow has spoken out against it.
  • In an interview with ESPN’s “First Take“, Tebow said that he would not have wanted to make money off of endorsements while he was in college.
  • Tebow said that by making money, student-athletes were “changing what’s special about college football,” and are making it more about themselves.
  • Tebow’s comments come one week after NBA stars LeBron James and Draymond Green both expressed their support for the bill.
  • Many criticized Tebow for not being realistic about the financial challenges facing student athletes.

Days after the California state senate unanimously passed legislation that would allow student-athletes to make money, one of the NFL’s most polarizing personalities spoke out against it. Tim Tebow, the former University of Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, who went on to play with the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets, appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” to voice his displeasure with college players getting paid, arguing that doing so takes away from the team element of the sport.

“I know we live in a selfish culture where it’s all about us, but we’re just adding and piling on to that,” Tebow said on “First Take.” “We’re changing what’s special about college football. We’re turning it into the NFL.”

Tebow went on to say that he believed he had the

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Want To Beat LeBron James In A Pickup Basketball Game? Think Like A Startup

Want To Beat LeBron James In A Pickup Basketball Game? Think Like A Startup

In the startup world, the Golden Rule is not, “Those who have the gold, make the rules.” Rather, it is, “Those who make the rules, get the gold.”
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LeBron James Honors Nipsey Hussle with Custom Crenshaw Jersey

LeBron James Honors Nipsey Hussle with Custom Crenshaw Jersey

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NBA 2K20 MyCareer: The Kotaku Review

NBA 2K20 MyCareer: The Kotaku Review

NBA 2K20 is one of the best sports games I’ve played in a long time. It’s also a giant scam that is perpetually gross, and sometimes even terrifying, to be around.

This might sound weird considering this is a sports game, but 2K’s basketball titles are some of the hardest things I ever have to review for this site. What I perceive to be the “good” and the “bad” of each entry in the series aren’t things that can be easily separated. In 2K20 they’re intertwined, everything good about it undermined by—and indivisible from—everything bad.

Wait, is this a review of NBA 2K20?

Nope. As we always do, this is only a review of 2K20’s MyCareer mode, not the entire game. I think its scope, coupled with the focus 2K places on it in terms of creating and selling their game, make it interesting enough to warrant this focus.

I’ve spoken so much about this game’s obsession with microtransactions at this point that I don’t want to bore you again here. Suffice to say, NBA 2K20—a full-priced retail game—is rotten with attempts to get you to spend real money on everything from players to clothing to player stats. Some game modes, like MyTeam, are built entirely around this thirst, but even in MyCareer’s singleplayer you’re being hounded.

For years 2K’s MyCareer storylines have been a disaster, saddled with ludicrous paths to the NBA and downright embarrassing attempts at “hello fellow kids” humour. That’s all been replaced in 2K20 with the earnest tale of a college kid who takes a principled stand against organisational hijinx, only to see his draft stock plummet.

An unexpectedly topical jab at the NCAA, this year’s MyCareer story has you play a handful of college games before embarking on a journey towards the NBA that includes invitational tournaments, the Draft Combine (complete with mini-games for stuff like vertical leap) and Summer League.

It’s a lightning-fast introduction, which you’ll blow through in only a few hours, but it’s also by far and away the most authentic career path the series has ever managed. Like FIFA’s The Journey, while this certainly has its hokey moments, it’s sincere with most of what it’s attempting, and slots in nicely alongside your actual NBA play as a result. It’s wil


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“Old Town Road” video director Calmatic is remaking House Party

“Old Town Road” video director Calmatic is remaking House Party

Fresh off of making the award-winning music video for “Old Town Road”—the greatest and most popular song of all time—director Calmatic is getting ready to make his feature directing debut. According to Deadline, New Line has tapped him to make a remake of ‘90s Kid ‘N Play comedy classic House Party. This is the same remake we heard about la

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Don’t Expect Fireworks For The Lakers In 2021

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“eat a W” pregame speech, in which he attempted to fire up his horrified teammates by shouting and chomping on his own fingers. Perhaps Winston is aware of what his legacy is shaping up to be, and perhaps that explains this awkward moment from last night’s game against the Panthers:

Winston’s problem here is not barking what amounts to no

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LeBron James Tries To Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday,’ Proving He Understands Trademarks Better Than Ohio State

LeBron James Tries To Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday,’ Proving He Understands Trademarks Better Than Ohio State

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While the legal community and the world at large have spent the last several weeks snickering at Ohio State’s bumbling effort to trademark the word “The” for the purpose of dangling another merchandise license in front of a crowded market, LeBron James has quietly embarked on his own wacky adventure with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Ohio. Os on both ends and in the middle you have to be high to think these are protectable marks. But the big difference is LeBron knew exactly what he was doing.

Ohio’s favorite native son — except from 2010-2013 — attempted to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesdays” which he’s taken to using in a number of fora. This might sound just as stupid and quixotic as Ohio State’s attempt to lockdown a definite article, but scratching beneath the surface, the King James application actually makes a lot more sense.

The USPTO rejected the “Taco Tuesday” application, as one might expect, as too commonplace to deserve trademark protection. And that’s exactly what James wanted. As ESPN explains:

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LeBron James was denied the trademark for ‘Taco Tuesday’ but says the outcome was still a victory

LeBron James was denied the trademark for ‘Taco Tuesday’ but says the outcome was still a victory

LeBron James’ effort to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesday” has failed.

According to ESPN, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office refused James’ application, saying that “Taco Tuesday” is “a commonplace term.”

Still, James was reportedly pleased with the outcome. “Finding ‘Taco Tuesday’ as commonplace achieves precisely what the intended outcome was, which was getting the U.S. government to recognize that someone cannot be sued for its use,” a spokesperson for James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

James applied for the trademark after he began posting Taco Tuesday posts on his social media channels, showing his family enjoying, you guessed it, tacos on Tuesdays.

Read more: LeBron James won’t be in the NBA Finals for the first time in 9 years, but he is super excited about Taco Tuesday

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LeBron James’ Attempt to Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’ Has Been Denied

LeBron James’ Attempt to Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’ Has Been Denied
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LeBron James’ latest business venture gets rejected – cleveland.com

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – LeBron James can keep pushing “Taco Tuesday” on his social media accounts. But he won’t be making any money off of it in terms of exclusivity.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied James’ application to trademark the term “Taco Tuesday” through his company LBJ Trademarks. Not surprisingly, the USPTO deemed the

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LeBron James’s ‘Taco Tuesday’ Trademark Request Denied

LeBron James’s ‘Taco Tuesday’ Trademark Request Denied

“Taco Tuesday” got bad news on Wednesday.

More specifically, the United States Patent and Trademark Office turned down the basketball superstar LeBron James’s attempt to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesday.”

The patent office said that the phrase was “a commonplace term, message or expression widely used by a variety of sources that merely conveys an ordinary, familiar, well-recognized concept or sentiment.”

It cited several news articles that showed that “Taco Tuesday” is used widely “to express enthusiasm for tacos by promoting and celebrating them on a dedicated weekday.”

The patent office also pointed to the similarity of “Taco Tuesday” to another trademark already in existence, “Techno Taco Tuesday,” which is held by an entertainment company in Las Vegas. The office said “merely omitting some of the wording from a registered mark may not overcome a likelihood of confusion.”

A spokesman for Mr. James said Wednesday night that his lawyers were still looking over t

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Kobe Bryant criticized after calling out one of his girls youth basketball players for missing a game for a dance recital

Kobe Bryant criticized after calling out one of his girls youth basketball players for missing a game for a dance recital

Kobe Bryant is not a fan of participation trophies.

On Tuesday, Bryant shared an image of the fourth-place trophy the youth girls basketball team he coaches won two years ago, writing in the caption that the players all wanted to “throw it away” after their disappointing finish. Bryant told them to keep the trophy as motivation.

On Wednesday, Bryant went a step further, sharing an image of the team after winning the trophy. In the original caption that accompanied the post, Bryant wrote, “Here’s our fourth place ‘winners’ picture lol six of the kids in the picture stayed with me and worked every single day to get better and continue to work to this day. The 7th player (not in pi

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Kobe Bryant dunks on the children he coached because they made fourth place

Kobe Bryant dunks on the children he coached because they made fourth place

Kobe Bryant continues to make regrettable life decisions. 

The NBA star turned youth basketball coach was not happy about his team taking home fourth place two years ago, so he brought it up again on Instagram. The Mamba League doesn’t look particularly happy either. 

To celebrate the Mamba League’s 115-27 victory, he decided to remind everyone of the time they lost against the team they had just won against. Bryant posted what can only be described as a perfect snapshot of prepubescent disappointment on Instagram: a group photo of the team holding their fourth place trophies. 

His original caption was impossibly passive aggressive, and called out one player for missing the game for a dance recital.

“So that should tell you where her focus was at this time,” he snarked. “The beauty of coaching is growing the players from the ground up.”

The beauty of coaching also includes dunking on your young mentees, apparently. Here’s the original caption, as immortalized in a Sports Illustrated screenshot

Here’s our fourth place “winners” picture lol six of the kids in the picture stayed with me and worked every single day to get better and continue to work to this day. The 7th player (not in pic) missed this game for a dance recital so that should tell you where her focus was at this time. From the original 7 we have added a player TWO years YOUNGER (6th grade now), a player who’s team in our area folded and a player who’s family moved here from Tennessee. The beauty of coaching is growing the players from the ground up. That journey continues #Mambas

After backlash for being, for lack of a better phrase, kind of a dick, he clarified that “doing a dance to miss the game isn’t a bad thing.” 

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Team USA hit with stunning loss in the FIBA that comes with a worse fate

Team USA hit with stunning loss in the FIBA  that comes with a worse fate

Team USA was knocked out of the 2019 FIBA world cup by France on Wednesday in a stunning, 89-79 loss.

The loss ends a 58-game international winning streak with NBA players by the U.S.

The short-handed U.S. roster went down by as much as 10 vs. France in the third quarter before rallying behind the play of Donovan Mitchell, who scored 14 of his 29 points in the period.

After taking a five-point lead in the fourth quarter, however, France than rallied, going on an 18-5 run, spearheaded by the play of three NBA countrymen, Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier, and Frank Ntilikina.

The 2019 roster was the weakest in recent memory for U.S. Basketball, with notable withdrawals including James Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Bradley Beal, and more.

Read more: The NBA’s best players are dropping out of the first Olympics qualifying event at an alarming rate

An already-thin roster relying on veterans and young players

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The Knicks’ 21-year-old French guard helped bury the US at the with the type of game that could portend a career-changing season

The Knicks’ 21-year-old French guard helped bury the US at the  with the type of game that could portend a career-changing season

The New York Knicks may have been the only team that got some enjoyment of Team USA’s early exit at the hands of France at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Third-year Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina played a key role in helping France end USA Basketball’s 58-game win streak with NBA players in international basketball.

Ntilikina could state his case for having been the best guard on the floor in the fourth quarter, ahead of even stars like Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell. The 21-year-old Ntilikina helped swing momentum back toward France in the final frame with his full-court pressure on Team USA’s guards, plus a surprising dose of offense, including a buzzer-beating dagger with 2:15 left to play.

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Dennis Rodman says Kim Jong Un is not like ‘people portrayed him to be’

Dennis Rodman says Kim Jong Un is not like ‘people portrayed him to be’

In his post-NBA life, perhaps nothing has garnered Dennis Rodman so much attention as his ties to North Korea.

Rodman, a Hall of Famer, has visited North Korea several times, beginning in 2013 for a basketball exhibition, and formed a friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Rodman has drawn criticism for his ties to Kim, including when he called Kim “a friend for life” and when he seemingly defended Kim and North Korea’s infringements on human rights in an angry rant on CNN.

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While speaking to Business Insider to promote the new ESPN documentary “Rodman: For Better or Worse,” Rodman said that Kim is “not that type of person that you think that people portrayed him to be.” Rodman, explaining what he would tell U.S. President Donald Trump about Kim if he had the chance, said Kim is “cool and pretty nice.”

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Team USA Basketball Lost to France — Yes, France. But it’s Not Time to Panic Yet

Team USA Basketball Lost to France — Yes, France. But it’s Not Time to Panic Yet

The United States got its proper comeuppance in China. On Wednesday evening in Dongguan, France defeated the U.S., 89-79, in the quarterfinals of the FIBA world cup, ending the American men’s team’s 58-game, five-title winning streak in major international tournaments that dates back 13 years.

The loss is embarrassing for the U.S., but it’s not a surprise. France took the world cup seriously, as four of its NBA players, including reigning two-time NBA defensive player of year Rudy Gobert, were in the starting lineup. During the 34 minutes that Gobert — who finished with the game with 21 points, 16 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots — was on the court, France outscored the U.S. by 26 points. That’s incredible.

The French team benefitted from prior international experience. Gobert, Nicolas Batum, who plays for the Charlotte Hornets, and Nando De Colo, a former member of the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors, all played together for a French team that lost by just three points, 100-97, to the U.S. in the 2016 Rio Olympics. That U.S. team featured Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson and a litany of NBA All-Stars. This one had Derrick White, Marcus Smart and Mason Plumlee. Fine players all, but not exactly the type of premier NBA talent fans have grown accustomed to seeing.

Only two 2019 NBA All-Stars, Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton, made the trip to China. Many more top-name players, like James Harden, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, CJ McCollum, Damian Lilllard and DeMar DeRozan, either declined invitations or withdrew from the team. All-time players like LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard were never seriously in the picture.

This is America’s earliest exit from an international tournament since the 2002 World Championship, which was a low point in the cou