Month: September 2019

The 2018-19 NBA Champions enter this season with mostly the same roster – sans their best player and NBA Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard. Leonard represents a huge loss for the Raptors, but don’t feel too badly for the Association’s only professional Canadian team. The Raptors can easily initiate a rebuild during the 2019-20 season if
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7:19 PM ET PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — Kawhi Leonard said his health and playing time will be managed differently this season compared to how the Toronto Raptors managed the star forward. On his first Media Day with the LA Clippers, Leonard said his health is considerably better now than it was entering last season with
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1:43 PM ET Associated Press 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-St.
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4:19 PM ET Two-time championship coach Erik Spoelstra has agreed to a long-term contract extension with the Miami Heat, league sources told ESPN. Spoelstra, who would have been entering the final season of his deal, quietly negotiated a new deal that allows him to continue as the league’s second-longest tenured active coach with one team,
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7:01 PM ET EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Bodies bounced off one another during an intrasquad scrimmage that capped the Los Angeles Lakers‘ first practice of training camp Saturday. LeBron James collided with Alex Caruso, causing both of them to fall to the floor. Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard got tangled up going for a rebound
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5:49 PM ET SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Speaking publicly for the first time since sexual assault allegations were made against him, new Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton said his focus remains on the team. “Yeah, I mean, look, it’s the same I’ve been saying,” Walton said during Friday’s media day. “I’m here to do my job
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6:36 PM ET Anthony Davis, now firmly in the fold with the purple and gold, is keeping sour grapes at arm’s length. The Los Angeles Lakers‘ superstar addition says he isn’t affected by comments the general manager of his former team made that appeared to be critical of the forward’s exit from New Orleans. “That’s
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8:54 PM ET 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
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3:12 PM ET NEW YORK — Kevin Durant reiterated Friday that he does not expect to play this season as he recovers from a torn Achilles suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals last June. Durant told ESPN that he is progressing and has not experienced any setback in his rehab. “I’m just strengthening
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6:26 AM ET Andrew LopezESPN New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball watched, as seemingly everyone else did, as a clip of his father, LaVar, calling him “damaged goods” made the rounds last week. The clip, from the “Ball in the Family” show on Facebook, was fodder for social media mavens and talk show hosts
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8:15 PM ET Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma is out indefinitely with a stress reaction in his foot, an injury he suffered while he was working with Team USA this summer, the Lakers announced. Kuzma has not been cleared for full practice or game participation and will miss at least the first three weeks
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2:29 PM ET The NBA G League is experimenting this season with a new rule under which all trips to the free throw line will include only a single foul shot that will be worth one, two or three points depending on the nature of the foul leading to the attempt, officials told ESPN. It
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3:21 PM ET Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — It was time for the last jump shot of Markelle Fultz‘s workout on the Orlando Magic practice court on Wednesday. He let a 3-pointer fly from the left corner, and spun around in celebration even before the ball swished through the net. After two years of problems,
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