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  • Kawhi Leonard Shares Awesome Kobe Bryant Story After Winning All-Star Game MVP

    12 Up "Kawhi Leonard was the first winner of what is now coined the Kobe Bryant Award, which goes to the Most Valuable Player of the NBA All-Star Game on a yearly basis. Leonard excelled in the first game of this highly-competitive format, scoring 30 points on just 18 shots, and locking..." February 17

  • Winners And Losers From 2020 NBA All-Star Game

    Sportsnaut "The 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago was among the most memorable in recent league history. Saturday night’s events were something else. The game itself the following night did not disappoint in any way. While the early going lacked defense and intensity, the end of the..." February 17

  • LeBron James and others praise Elam Ending format after thrilling All-Star game finish

    CBS Sports "Fans couldn't have asked for a better ending to the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. For the first time in years, the players involved seemed to truly care about the outcome of the game, and one of the biggest reasons for that appears to have been the new Elam Ending format. With a target score..." February 17

  • Fans Roast Chaka Khan's NBA All-Star Game National Anthem Performance

    Complex "Many of the pregame festivities that took place prior to the NBA All-Star Game earned rave (or at the least very positive) reviews, including Jennifer Hudson's Kobe tribute, and Dr. Dre's own Kobe tribute. Unfortunately (hey, we all have bad days), Chaka..." February 17

  • Kawhi Leonard named Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP

    The Score "Kawhi Leonard has been named the recipient of the 2020 NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP award. Leonard scored 30 points for Team LeBron, helping his side win 157-155 over Team Giannis. The Los Angeles Clippers forward also recorded seven rebounds, four..." February 17

  • 3 More Changes NBA Should Make to All-Star Game Format

    12 Up "The new NBA All-Star Game format was a huge success. The changes created a competitive environment in the fourth quarter that had never been seen before in the event. Yet, a few more changes could be made to enhance what was already a solid idea. As with all new concepts,..." February 17

  • Kim and Kanye Courtside for Kobe Bryant Tribute at NBA All-Star Game

    TMZ "The Kobe Bryant tributes were AMAZING at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night ... and some of the biggest stars in the world were front and center for all of the emotional moments. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West sat courtside at the United Center in Chicago --..." February 17

  • NBA All-Star Jersey Numbers Honor Kobe & Gigi Bryant

    Heavy "The NBA All-Star Game jerseys are just one of the many ways the league is honoring the late Kobe Bryant along with his daughter Gigi Bryant. Team Giannis is wearing No. 24 as a nod to Kobe’s Lakers jersey number while Team LeBron’s players all have No. 2 which was..." February 17

  • Coach Of The Year Favorites

    Hoops Rumors "This season, the Coach of the Year race appears to have plenty of intriguing candidates. With the All-Star break upon us, we at Hoops Rumors deemed it a good time to reflect on where things stand currently. Mike Budenholzer is leading the 46-8 Bucks towards potentially..." February 16

  • Anthony Davis On Kawhi Leonard Not Joining Lakers: “I Think He Just Made The League Interesting.

    Fadeaway World "After a very good summer, the Los Angeles Lakers are currently the best team in the Western Conference, boasting a terrific 41-12 record. Anthony Davis, LeBron James and the rest of the squad are doing a terrific job this season, but this could have been a lot bigger if they landed the biggest..." February 16

  • NBA All-Star Game format, explained: What to know about new 2020 rules, tribute to Kobe Bryant

    Sporting News "Unlike previous versions of the NBA All-Star Game, every quarter will matter in this year's contest. When captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo meet for the 2020 All-Star Game on Sunday (8 p.m. ET, TNT), their teams could be bringing a little more..." February 16

  • The NBA Slam Dunk Contest is Decadent and Depraved

    The Big Lead "As if the last 44 years of slam dunk contests weren't enough proof, the 2020 NBA Slam Dunk Contest should throw the entire authenticity of the event into question. Enough fans cried foul when Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon was controversially denied the slam dunk crown..." February 16

  • Top 5 slams of the 2020 Dunk Contest

    The Score "This year's edition of the Slam Dunk Contest saw the Miami Heat's Derrick Jones Jr. and the Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon go head-to-head in a dunk-off. "Airplane Mode Jones" took the crown, but there were plenty of incredible dunks..." February 16

  • NBA All-Star Weekend Gets 3,000 Strippers Work in Chicago

    TMZ "The strip club cavalry has arrived in Chicago with THOUSANDS of dancers, literally, making sure NBA superstars and fans are well entertained during All-Star Weekend!!! The good folks at Ocean Gentleman's Club, Factory and Club O tell TMZ Sports ... they've hired Last..." February 16

  • DeMarcus Cousins Reportedly “On Track” To Return To Lakers By Playoffs

    Fadeaway World "The Los Angeles Lakers are looking good heading into March. With LeBron James and Anthony Davis playing at near MVP-like levels, the team is poised for a long post-season run. But with one of their sidelined stars due to return by spring, their chances may get even..." February 16

  • Pau Gasol Aims For Olympics, Possible NBA Comeback

    Hoops Rumors "Pau Gasol hopes to represent Spain in the Olympics this summer and hasn’t given up on a return to the NBA next season, tweets Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. Before either of those things can happen, Gasol will need to fully rehabilitate the left foot injury that forced..." February 16

  • Anthony Davis not even thinking about free agency

    Clutch Points "Los Angeles Lakers superstar power forward Anthony Davis says he’s not even thinking about free agency at all. Davis can become an unrestricted free agent after this season ends if he declines his 2020-21 player option with the Lakers. AD is expected to decline that..." February 15

  • NBA renames All-Star MVP award to honor Kobe Bryant

    Yahoo! Sports "The NBA has renamed its All-Star Game MVP trophy the Kobe Bryant MVP Award in the wake of Bryant’s tragic death. Commissioner Adam Silver announced the renaming at his annual All-Star weekend news conference on Saturday. " February 15

  • LeBron James: 'I can give so much more than just dribbling a basketball'

    The Score "LeBron James remains committed to making just as much of an impact off the court as he does on it. The Los Angeles Lakers star spoke about his desire to inspire people from all walks of life Saturday at NBA All-Star Media Day, seemingly alluding to the "shut..." February 15

  • Dwight Howard hints at Kobe Bryant tribute during All-Star slam dunk contest

    Hot New Hip Hop "Dwight Howard is set to compete in the 2020 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Saturday night in Chicago. He had hoped Kobe Bryant would be there to help with his performance, but according to ESPN, he may honor him during the event. "You'll have to wait and see," Howard..." February 15

  • 5 NBA stars who must step up in second half of the season

    Sportsnaut "The NBA is now at its All-Star break. While the second half of the season has already started, the “unofficial” second half represents a time that teams get more serious. Contenders vie for playoff positioning. Stars attempt to step their game up. Those who struggled..." February 15

  • Barack Obama Surprises Luka Doncic and Zion Williamson, Trash-Talks Jason Kidd

    The Big Lead "President Barack Obama visited NBA All-Star weekend on Friday afternoon, surprising a number of young players, including Trae Young, Zion Williamson and Luka Doncic. Obama met Luka Doncic, who was hanging out with Lakers assistant Jason Kidd. Obama greeted Kidd and told Doncic to not..." February 15

  • Ticket Prices As High As $224 For Kobe Bryant Memorial At Staples Center

    Total Pro Sports "On February 24th, there will be a huge memorial at Staples center to honor the legacy and memory of Kobe and Gianna Bryant. To attend it, you will need tickets for the celebration of life, which will go on sale Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. Those who will like to attend must register to purchase..." February 15

  • Latest group of Rising Stars highlights major flaws with NBA Draft's age game

    Sporting News "On the day he was selected in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft by the Warriors, former Villanova forward Eric Paschall was 22 years old with another birthday looming in less than five months. Most of the league's teams make their choices on a policy of age over beauty, so he had to..." February 15

  • Lakers Have ‘Obvious Flaws,’ Can’t Beat Clippers, Say Rival Executives

    Heavy "The Los Angeles Lakers enter the All-Star break with the best record in the Western Conference, but it still feels like they’re not actually the best team. The Clippers have a loaded roster from top to bottom and only got better at the trade deadline while the Lakers stayed..." February 15

  • NBA Sixth Man of the Year Releases Epic Rap Tribute to Kobe Bryant

    Heavy "Lou Williams has played with some legendary players on the court. He was Allen Iverson’s backcourt mate in Philadelphia, then went on to learn from Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles. Last year, Williams earned his third Sixth Man of the Year award as a member of the Los Angeles..." February 14

  • Kevin Garnett wanted to play with Kobe Bryant on the Lakers in 2007

    Mass Live " Kevin Garnett is officially a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame finalist. He earned this second honor a day after the Boston Celtics announced his number would be retired. "It's earned, you know? Whenever you get your jersey retired,..." February 14

  • Vanessa Bryant Posts Heartfelt Valentine’s Day Tribute To Kobe Bryant

    Fadeaway World "Vanessa Bryant posted a heartfelt message to her late husband, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and their daughter Gianna on Friday. " February 14

  • LeBron James: Lakers ‘Don’t Talk About’ Playoffs’ No. 1 Seed

    Lakers Nation "In what was a thrilling overtime finish, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets, 120-116. The matchup had all the energy and intensity of an NBA playoff game as the Lakers and Nuggets are currently the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the Western Conference respectively, thus..." February 14

  • Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headline 8 finalists for Hall of Fame

    NBA.com " The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today at NBA All-Star Weekend the finalists from the North American and Women’s committees to be considered for election in 2020. The Class of 2020 will be announced Saturday, April 4th at NCAA..." February 14

  • Monte Morris Speaks Out After Trash Talking LeBron James

    Heavy "LeBron James usually isn’t one to partake in trash talk, so when the Los Angeles Lakers superstar appeared rattled by something Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris told him on the court, it made headlines. During the Lakers 120-116 victory against the Nuggets,..." February 14

  • Los Angeles Lakers open registration for tickets to memorial service for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna

    National Post "The Los Angeles Lakers opened registration Friday for anybody wishing to purchase tickets to attend the Feb. 24 memorial service in honor of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at Staples Center. Titled “Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant,” the ceremony will..." February 14

  • This Is Proof Dwyane Wade Didn't Know LeBron James Was Joining the Miami Heat

    The Big Lead "LeBron James' decision was one of those true where-where-you-when sports moments. Taking his talents to South Beach changed the landscape of his own career and the overall trajectory of the NBA as it birthed the superteam. Most of us remember July 8, 2010 quite well, including our emotions..." February 14

  • Quinn Cook Explains Devastating Mood On Lakers Team Plane After Kobe Bryant's Death

    TMZ "Quinn Cook just revealed the atmosphere on the Lakers team plane after learning of Kobe Bryant's death last month ... and it's heartbreaking. The Lakers guard says just minutes after Kobe, his daughter, Gianna, and 7 others were tragically killed in a helicopter..." February 14

  • Chris Paul recalls All-Star games with Kobe Bryant: 'Not real he's gone'

    USA Today " Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul has fond memories of playing in NBA All-Star games with Kobe Bryant.  "We didn't really lose when we were together," Paul told USA TODAY Sports.  Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among..." February 14

  • 6 NBA Players Who Shockingly Never Made an All-Star Game

    12 Up "The NBA never fails to infuriate its fan base with maddening All-Star snubs. In 2020, players like Devin Booker (until Damian Lillard's untimely groin injury), Bradley Beal, and Zach LaVine were the most notable studs left off the rosters. Because those snubs..." February 14

  • 5 realistic trade proposals for Sixers star Joel Embiid

    Sportsnaut "We’ve seen the frustration on his face. We’ve heard the Philadelphia 76ers fans boo him. We’ve watched the team struggle as a whole at times this season. Things are not going too swimmingly for All-Star center Joel Embiid and his Sixers right now. It has led to..." February 14

  • 2020 NBA All-Star Game tickets most expensive ever

    SLAM Online "When the NBA All-Star Game returns to Chicago on February 16, 2020, it will be the third time the Windy City has hosted the event, but the first time in more than 30 years. Where To Buy NBA All-Star Game & Weekend Tickets Primary market tickets for the NBA All-Star game,..." February 14

  • JaVale McGee Wrote and Produced a Song on Justin Bieber's New Album

    The Big Lead "JaVale McGee remains a very interesting dude. After earning a reputation for being a bit... loopy on the court as a young player, McGee, on his sixth team in 11 seasons, has turned into a reliable veteran who won two NBA Championships with the Golden State Warriors.  February 14

  • Vanessa Bryant Renames Kobe's Charity To Honor Gianna; New Name Chosen - 'Mamba & Mambacita'

    TMZ "Vanessa Bryant says Kobe's charity will have a new name -- the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation -- and she says it's all to honor Gianna Bryant. "Because there is no #24 without #2, we have updated the Mamba Sports Foundation to now be called the..." February 13

  • Lou Williams Pays Tribute to Kobe Bryant With New Song '24'

    Complex "Lou Williams has a new EP on the way this week, but before it drops he's shared a touching tribute to the late Kobe Bryant. Titled after Kobe's jersey number, "24" sees Williams explaining what Kobe meant to him as both a friend and a former teammate. Taken..." February 13

  • Comedian Ari Shaffir Returns To His Sports Podcast, Doesn't Dare Mock Kobe's Death Again

    Total Pro Sports "There were a slew of people who couldn’t wait to come out and throw dirt of the name of Kobe Bryant after his tragic passing, but nobody did it quite like Ari Shaffir. The little known comedian took to social media and stated, “Kobe Bryant died 23 years too late..." February 13

  • Lakers (+180), Bucks (+275) title favorites heading into All-Star break

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks head into the All-Star break as the favorites to win the NBA title at sportsbooks around the nation. The Lakers are +180 to win the title at Caesars Sportsbook, followed by the Bucks at +275. The LA Clippers, at +325,..." February 13

  • New Footage Shows Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Burning In Calabasas Hills Minutes After Wreck

    Total Pro Sports "We now have new footage showing the moments after Kobe Bryant’s helicopter went down in the hills of Calabasas and it shows the blazing fire with debris scattered over a wide area under foggy skies. CBSLA dropped that footage on Tuesday.   " February 13

  • Players Trained By Kobe Bryant Are At The Top Of The League

    Fadeaway World "As we continue to mourn the great Kobe Bryant, his impact on the game is still prevalent when watching today’s NBA. We all know the global impact Kobe had due to his dedication to his craft and is great, but many players today are showcasing an improved skillset thanks to Kobe..." February 13

  • Tristan Thompson Rips LeBron James' Eating Habits, 'Worst F**king Diet Ever'

    TMZ "What does the greatest basketball player on planet earth eat to maintain his god-like physique?? A crap ton of french toast smothered in syrup!!! So says Tristan Thompson ... who claims LeBron James has "the worst f*cking diet ever." TT revealed..." February 13

  • LeBron James, Michael Jordan basketball card sells for record $900K at auction

    TMZ "A one-of-a-kind basketball card with an NBA logo patch from Michael Jordan and LeBron James' jerseys just sold for $900,000!! Yes ... that's no typo. This is legitimately the most expensive basketball card, EVER. February 13

  • Jennifer Hudson to perform Kobe Bryant tribute at NBA All-Star Game

    Page Six "Jennifer Hudson is set to perform a tribute to Kobe Bryant during Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game in Chicago, the NBA announced Thursday. The singer, a Chicago native, will sing ahead of player introductions. " February 13

  • Anthony Davis Reveals Who He Thinks Is The Best Player On The Lakers

    Lakers Daily "The Los Angeles Lakers have two of the best players in the game today in LeBron James and Anthony Davis. When pressed to answer the question of who the best player on the Lakers is, however, Davis had to pause for a while before he gave his..." February 12

  • LeBron James’ inaugural I Promise School class gets 4 years of tuition to Kent State

    Clutch Points "In 2018, Lakers superstar LeBron James opened the I Promise School, which is an elementary school in Akron, Ohio that is geared towards at-risk children. Now, according to a report from Bleacher Report, the school’s inaugural class has received four years of tuition at Kent..." February 12