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  • NBA trade rumors: Updating potential summer blockbusters

    Sportsnaut "NBA trade rumors will soon start picking up steam now that what promises to be an event-filled offseason is on the horizon. Some teams will look to move off expensive stars as a way to save cash. Others are going to go all in with their championship windows still wide..." May 16

  • Gilbert Arenas Selects His Top 5 Pure Scorers Of All Time

    Fadeaway World "There are many things that go into winning a basketball game. But at the core of the game, you have to score more points than the opposing team. Scoring is one of the most important skills in basketball, and the ability to get buckets in a variety of ways is crucial to being a good..." May 16

  • Wizards coach Scott Brooks jokingly agrees with LeBron James on play-in tournament

    Clutch Points "Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James infamously expressed his disdain for the play-in tournament not long ago, and Washington Wizards Scott Brooks says he agrees with The King now that his Wizards have secured the No. 8 seed in the Eastern..." May 16

  • Steph Curry, Warriors clinch 8 seed and possible LeBron James matchup

    Clutch Points "The Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies after Stephen Curry secured his second career scoring title in the first quarter. The Dubs will now officially hold the 8 seed in the Western Conference and could potentially end up playing the Los Angeles..." May 16

  • Top Moments from 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Induction

    Bleacher Report "The much-anticipated class of 2020 was finally enshrined in a ceremony at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday.  Boasting arguably the most star-studded enshrinees in history, the nine-person class was headlined by Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan. They were..." May 16

  • NBA playoff picture heading into final day of regular season

    The Score "While only one day remains in the 2020-21 NBA regular season, a lot still needs to be settled. The top spot in the Western Conference remains up for grabs, and the play-in tournament matchups aren't locked in yet. Nearly all of Sunday's games have significant..." May 16

  • NBA's positional misfits destroying an outdated system

    CBS Sports "Zion Williamson had played 70 NBA games before the New Orleans Pelicans' coaching staff decided it was time. He had already evolved into a perimeter playmaker, even initiating the offense in certain situations. On April 9, though, with Lonzo Ball out with a hip injury,..." May 16

  • LeBron James on Playoffs: "We’re ready to go."

    USA Today "Back when he made his first return from a high right ankle sprain after missing the previous 20 games, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James revealed, that "I’ll never get back to 100% in my career." But after playing two games, then missing an additional six to heal emerging..." May 16

  • NBA world reacts to Kobe Bryant’s induction into Hall of Fame

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant was posthumously inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night, with Vanessa Bryant delivering a speech that reminded everyone of the legend’s impact on the world. More than a year after Bryant and eight others,..." May 16

  • Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Dennis Schröder To Play On Saturday

    Hoops Rumors "The Lakers‘ trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Dennis Schröder will play on Saturday for the team’s afternoon tilt against the Pacers, head coach Frank Vogel announced. Los Angeles has seen the aforementioned threesome..." May 15

  • Dennis Schroder’s confusing response to COVID-19-related absence

    Clutch Points "Los Angeles Lakers point guard Dennis Schröder returned from his second stint in the NBA’s health and safety protocols on Saturday, and he gave a couple of testy and confounding responses when asked about his COVID-19-related absence. Back in February, the Lakers..." May 15

  • LeBron James reacts to first game back since second ankle injury

    Clutch Points "LeBron James provided a positive report after returning from a six-game absence to deliver the Los Angeles Lakers (41-30) a crucial win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. James dropped 24 points on 11-of-22 shooting to go along with eight assists and seven rebounds in 28..." May 15

  • Paul Pierce, Ben Wallace Reportedly Part Of 2021 Hall Of Fame Class

    Hoops Rumors "Ahead of Sunday’s official announcement, two names of the 2021 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class have been reported: Ben Wallace and Paul Pierce. Sources told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that the legendary defensive stalwart Wallace will be..." May 15

  • 3 Key Lakers Free Agents ‘Need’ to Boost Value in Playoffs, Says Analyst

    Heavy "Before and during the current NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers made moves that were widely considered upgrades when they happened. Unfortunately, that hasn’t actually always been the case. Some of the team’s additions haven’t always led to big..." May 15

  • Frank Vogel Says LeBron James Is The Best Passer In History

    Fadeaway World "LeBron James is one of the best basketball minds in the game. He is an adept scorer, but his main weapon is his playmaking, with which he sets teammates up over and over again. LeBron James's ability to pass the ball is extraordinary: while he isn't as flashy of a passer as others in..." May 15

  • Lakers' LeBron James Says He's Happy to Be Part of Kobe Bryant's Legacy

    Bleacher Report "Following the Los Angeles Lakers' 122-115 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, LeBron James discussed Kobe Bryant's induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Mike Trudell of Spectrum SportsNet asked James about Bryant's induction, and the Lakers..." May 15

  • Marv Albert will reportedly retire at end of NBA Playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "After over five decades of calling NBA action, Marv Albert is calling it a career. According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Albert has decided to retire from his broadcasting duties at the end of the NBA Playoffs. A formal announcement is expected soon from Albert, and..." May 15

  • NBA plans to address players using unnatural shooting motions to draw fouls in offseason

    CBS Sports "With just a few days left in the regular season, and all but two playoff seeds still up for grabs, most of the NBA is focused firmly on the here and now. But it's never too early to start looking ahead to the future, and the league office is already making plans to address some key issues..." May 15

  • Clippers Blasted for Late Playoff Move: ‘Scared of the Lakers’

    Heavy "For much of the past week, speculation held among the NBA’s cognoscenti that it could, in fact, be beneficial for the Clippers to take on the Lakers in the opening round of the playoffs. It made sense. The Lakers have only had LeBron James on hand for two..." May 15

  • NBA Playoff Picture 2021: Standings, Predictions for Lakers, Warriors and More

    Bleacher Report "Can the Los Angeles Lakers move up to the No. 6 seed and avoid going to the play-in tournament? Or will the Portland Trail Blazers hold them off, giving the defending NBA champions a longer path back to the postseason? That's the biggest question remaining following..." May 15

  • Warrior Klay Thompson Used to Stalk Parking Lot to Meet Kobe Bryant as a Kid

    Heavy "Before he was on the Golden State Warriors playing against Kobe Bryant, Klay Thompson was a young fan who stalked out the Los Angeles Lakers star just to get a chance at a brief greeting. Thompson is joining a number of other NBA stars in sharing their memories of Bryant..." May 15

  • Lakers' LeBron James Could Play vs. Pacers amid Ankle Injury Recovery

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping to have LeBron James back for Saturday's game against the Indiana Pacers. Head coach Frank Vogel told reporters James has "a chance" to play after participating in Friday's practice. He will be listed as..." May 14

  • Dennis Schröder Clears Protocols

    Hoops Rumors "Lakers guard Dennis Schröder has cleared the NBA’s health and safety protocols, tweets Dave McMenamin of ESPN. Schröder will be eligible to play in the final two games of L.A.’s regular season — Saturday at Indiana and Sunday at New..." May 14

  • Kobe Bryant's Wife, Daughters Visit Hall Of Fame Exhibit, 'Love You Always'

    TMZ "A special moment for Kobe Bryant's family ... when Vanessa and their children visited the NBA legend's exhibit at the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday ... and it's a pretty emotional sight. Bryant -- who is being inducted into the Hoops Hall on Saturday --..." May 14

  • Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Opens up on Why Kobe Bryant Reminded Him of Michael Jordan

    Heavy "Steve Kerr had the chance to play with Michael Jordan and against Kobe Bryant in his career, and this week the Golden State Warriors head coach opened up about the similarities between the two icons. Kerr shared some thoughts on the late Los Angeles Lakers legend, talking..." May 14

  • NBA, Union Discuss Changes To Health And Safety Protocols

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA and its players union are considering changes to the league’s health and safety protocols after an announcement this week from the Centers for Disease Control, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic. The CDC issued a statement Thursday that “fully..." May 14

  • Michael Jordan To Make Unique Cameo In "Space Jam: A New Legacy"

    Hot New Hip Hop "In just a couple of months from now, Space Jam: A New Legacy will finally be available to the masses. The follow-up to the original Space Jam will star LeBron James and there are going to be a ton of celebrity cast members, including Don Cheadle. Cheadle is an acclaimed..." May 14

  • Kevin Garnett opens up about going into Hall of Fame with Kobe Bryant

    Larry Brown Sports "The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony is typically a joyous occasion for all of those involved, but Kevin Garnett understands that this year’s class is going to experience a wide range of emotions. Garnett spoke with Shams Charania of The Athletic this week..." May 14

  • Unreleased Kobe Bryant Rap Album Ft. 50 Cent, Nas & Destiny’s Child Leaks Online

    Total Pro Sports "Just days before the late great Kobe Bryant will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, a blast from his past surfaced online. An unreleased Kobe Bryant album with features from 50 Cent, Black Rob, and Destiny’s Child suddenly leaked online. " May 14

  • Lakers’ escape from play-in could be derailed by overlooked wrinkle

    Clutch Points "The Los Angeles Lakers caught a huge break on Thursday night as the Portland Trail Blazers choked away a late lead against the Phoenix Suns. Damian Lillard put the Blazers up by three with about thirty seconds left to play: But alas, they were done in by Robert..." May 14

  • The NBA was supposed to challenge the NFL, but has its popularity even surpassed MLB?

    The Athletic "I love Ethan Strauss’ recent series of columns on NBA ratings for a few reasons. First, they’re always fun reads because Strauss has an entertaining style of prose. Second, I’m a media nerd so I inhale any and all information in this realm. And third, it’s..." May 14

  • Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan: A Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class for the ages takes its place

    The Athletic "Rarely does a confluence occur so perfectly as this weekend’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This class – the Class of 2020, whose original ceremony date last August was postponed because of COVID-19 – cuts such a swath through the..." May 14

  • Jerry West offended after being left off owner’s top 5 Lakers list

    CBS Los Angeles "Basketball legend Jerry West is insulted being left off a list of the top five Lakers of all-time. On a podcast last month, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss listed her top five Lakers ever as Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Phil Jackson. Noticeably..." May 13

  • Shaquille O’Neal says he weighed 395 pounds when winning third Lakers title

    Yahoo! Sports "Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant infamously clashed over Shaq’s weight while playing with the Lakers. Though they won three straight titles together, Kobe believed they could have been even better if Shaq followed his lead in conditioning. Just how much did..." May 13

  • Toughest Decision For Every NBA Team In 2021 Free Agency

    Fadeaway World "It’s decision time. Each NBA team will make severe tough choices over the 2021 offseason that could determine the direction of the franchise. Some of the decisions are more critical than others, but that’s just the nature of the business. Read..." May 13

  • 5 NBA players who could break Russell Westbrook's record for triple-doubles

    Sports Keeda "Russell Westbrook only recently recorded his 182nd triple-double to become the all-time leader in this category. Westbrook's showing no signs of slowing down either, making it feasible for him to exceed 200 or even 250 triple-doubles before he decides to officially ride off..." May 13

  • Damian Lillard Names Himself And 4 More Players Who Could Break Kobe Bryant's 81-Point Record

    Yardbarker "Damian Lillard selected five players that can break Kobe Bryant's record of 81 points in a single game. This looks incredibly hard to achieve, regardless of how easy it is to score right now. Dame has become one of the biggest threats for defenses in the past couple of seasons...." May 13

  • NBA: One new player tested positive for coronavirus in previous week

    Pro Basketball Talk "After its worst week with coronavirus in two months – four new cases, which followed weeks of three and two – the NBA has returned to a more manageable number. NBA release: Of the 497 players tested for COVID-19 since May..." May 13

  • Why Lakers have been using Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell together on court, and why they won't in playoffs

    CBS Sports "When Frank Vogel first broached the concept of playing Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell together, the idea seemed farfetched at best and a tad patronizing at worst. The plan was conceived as a countermeasure when Andre Drummond's signing ensured that at least..." May 13

  • Firefighters who took and shared photos of Kobe Bryant crash site could be fired, per court documents

    ESPN "Two Los Angeles County firefighters could be fired and a third suspended after some first responders took and shared graphic photos from the site of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his teenage daughter and seven others, court documents say. The court documents were filed..." May 13

  • NBA creates Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award

    ESPN "The NBA has created a new award in honor of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the league's all-time leading scorer and a noted civil rights activist, that will recognize a player who best embodies his strive for social justice and racial equality, the league announced Thursday. The winner..." May 13

  • Lakers unveil 2020 NBA championship banner ahead of game vs. Rockets

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat to win the 2020 NBA Finals over seven months ago, but until Wednesday they still didn't have a banner commemorating the 17th title in franchise history. But finally, ahead of their game against the Houston..." May 13

  • Is it time for Lakers to worry about LeBron James’ ankle?

    The Athletic "Before the lights dimmed and the appropriate rock anthems played and a curtain was slowly lowered to reveal the Lakers 17th championship banner, LeBron James stood at center court and made the kind of declaration you’d want to hear from your superstar. “The road to..." May 13

  • Anthony Davis: Groin was 'really bothering me' in win vs. Knicks

    ESPN "The final few possessions that Talen Horton-Tucker was involved in during the Lakers' 101-99 overtime win over the Knicks on Tuesday mimicked the situation his team finds itself in as the regular season winds down. Things might not have gone as..." May 12

  • LeBron James and Anthony Davis won't play vs. Rockets

    The Score "The Los Angeles Lakers will be missing their two biggest stars Wednesday against the Houston Rockets. LeBron James will sit out his sixth consecutive game as he continues to recover from an ankle injury. Anthony Davis, meanwhile, is sidelined after experiencing..." May 12

  • 5 Best Destinations For Talen Horton-Tucker

    Fadeaway World "Talen Horton-Tucker is without a doubt a special talent that has shown flashes on the Los Angeles Lakers. While he isn't a featured player on a team with two superstars, he is clearly a skilled young player who can shine given the opportunity. Horton-Tucker will be a free agent this..." May 12

  • Sen. John Kennedy Calls Out LeBron James for 'You're Next' Post

    TMZ "A U.S. Senator is accusing LeBron James of promoting extreme violence in America -- the NBA superstar's controversial "You're Next" post was a hot button issue Wednesday in a Senate hearing. Sen. John Kennedy called out LeBron during the hearing..." May 12

  • Kobe Bryant's Game-Worn High School Jersey Could Sell For Over $200,000

    TMZ "Before Kobe Bryant's 33,643 points, 18 All-Star games and 5 NBA titles, he was a star high school hooper at Lower Merrion HS in Philly ... and now the jersey Mamba rocked just hit the block. ... and the auction house selling the threads believes it could sell for over..." May 12

  • NBA Trade Deadline Deals Contenders and Tankers Should Have Made

    Bleacher Report "The NBA trade deadline is, in hindsight, often a land of what-ifs and regrets. Sometimes teams get in trouble by acquiring the wrong player, overpaying on the trade market or choosing the wrong direction for their franchise's future. For other teams, though, the worst..." May 12

  • In-Person NBA Draft Combine to Return for 2021

    Blazer's Edge "The lead up to the 2021 NBA Draft will feature an in-person combine this year. Unlike last year’s virtual combine, the top prospects in the 2021 class are set to take center stage in Chicago near the end of June. The Athletic’s Shams Charania provided an..." May 12