We Are B.G.

Where is the groundswell of support, demanding that Brittney Griner be brought home now?

#bout-viktor, #cherelle-griner, #griner-brittney, #james-lebron, #national-basketball-assn, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #u-m-m-c-ekaterinburg, #womens-national-basketball-assn

The Nets and the Lakers Did Not Win. But Superteams Never Die.

The stars did not align in Brooklyn or Los Angeles this time, but it’s certain that someone will try again. Kyrie Irving is already making plans.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #davis-anthony-1993, #durant-kevin, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #playoff-games, #simmons-benjamin-1996, #vogel-frank, #westbrook-russell

Russell Westbrook’s Complicated Homecoming

The N.B.A. star and native Angeleno is thriving back in the city where he grew up. Just don’t ask a Lakers fan.

#basketball, #fashion-and-apparel, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #westbrook-russell

Lakers Eliminated From Playoff Contention

The loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday sealed their fate. It’s the second time the Lakers will miss the postseason since LeBron James joined the team in 2018.

#basketball, #davis-anthony-1993, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #sports-injuries, #westbrook-russell

Enes Kanter Freedom and the Consequences of Speaking Out

Enes Kanter Freedom has condemned human rights abuses in Turkey for years. Now he claims the N.B.A. is blackballing him as he focuses on abuses in China.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #carlson-tucker, #china, #content-type-personal-profile, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #fox-broadcasting-co, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #houston-rockets, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #james-lebron, #jordan-michael, #kaepernick-colin, #kanter-enes, #kasparov-garry, #lin-jeremy, #national-basketball-assn, #silver-adam-1962, #stevens-brad-1976, #turkey, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #university-of-kentucky

LeBron Fandom, and the Making of a Friendship in ‘King James’

Rajiv Joseph’s new play, which chronicles the bond between two LeBron James fans over 12 years, is having its world premiere at Steppenwolf in Chicago.

#basketball, #chicago-ill, #davis-glenn-actor, #james-lebron, #joseph-rajiv, #leon-kenny, #perfetti-chris, #race-and-ethnicity, #steppenwolf-theatre-co, #theater

Los Angeles Lakers Fighting Just to Make N.B.A. Playoffs

LeBron James is defiant, but the fans are booing, and the season might be lost.

#basketball, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers

This Time, the Cavaliers’ Revival Has Nothing to Do With LeBron James

Two All-Stars, a surprising rookie and savvy trades have Cleveland among the best teams in the Eastern Conference. “Everybody is doing something,” one veteran said.

#allen-jarrett-1998, #altman-koby-1982, #basketball, #cleveland-cavaliers, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #garland-darius-2000, #james-lebron, #levert-caris-1994, #love-kevin, #osman-cedi-1995, #rondo-rajon, #sports-injuries

Lakers Pass N.B.A. Trade Deadline Unchanged and Uncertain

For a team still searching for cohesion around LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the buyout market may not be enough to vault into title contention.

#basketball, #davis-anthony-1993, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #vogel-frank, #westbrook-russell

Lakers Search for Answers, With and Without LeBron James

James could miss multiple games because of coronavirus protocols, but the Lakers have struggled even when he has played.

#anthony-carmelo, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #davis-anthony-1993, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #sports-injuries, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vogel-frank, #westbrook-russell

LeBron James and Stephen Curry Test Different Paths Back to N.B.A. Peak

James’s Los Angeles Lakers revamped their roster in a bid for another championship. For Golden State and Curry, familiar faces were just fine.

#anthony-carmelo, #basketball, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #iguodala-andre, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #thompson-klay, #westbrook-russell

N.B.A Western Conference Preview: The Return of ‘Beautiful Basketball’

With an improved Golden State and the new-look Lakers, the Western Conference could be unpredictable — and fun.

#anthony-carmelo, #basketball, #booker-devin-1996, #curry-stephen, #dallas-mavericks, #davis-anthony-1993, #denver-nuggets, #doncic-luka-1999, #fox-deaaron, #golden-state-warriors, #houston-rockets, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-clippers, #los-angeles-lakers, #memphis-grizzlies, #minnesota-timberwolves, #new-orleans-pelicans-basketball, #oklahoma-city-thunder, #phoenix-suns, #portland-trail-blazers, #sacramento-kings, #san-antonio-spurs, #utah-jazz

LeBron James Laughs at Your ‘Old’ Lakers Memes. After His Nap.

The Los Angeles Lakers have five players who are at least 35 years old, including the 36-year-old James. Older, wiser, championship?

#anthony-carmelo, #basketball, #davis-anthony-1993, #howard-dwight, #james-lebron, #jordan-deandre-1988, #los-angeles-lakers, #westbrook-russell

Naomi Osaka Is Talking to the Media Again, but on Her Own Terms

The tennis superstar is guest-editing Racquet magazine and has written a cover essay for Time. What’s left for traditional sports journalism?

#brady-tom, #french-open-tennis, #james-lebron, #news-and-news-media, #osaka-naomi-1997, #playerstribune-the, #social-media, #tennis, #wimbledon-tennis-tournament

Was The NBA Season Too Much Too Soon After the Bubble?

A rash of injuries leads LeBron James to question the league’s packed schedule.

#basketball, #james-lebron, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries

The N.B.A. Playoffs Yield Several Injured Stars and No Clear Favorite

Last year’s finalists are out, but concerns about stars like James Harden, Chris Paul and Joel Embiid make it hard to determine which teams will take their places.

#basketball, #conley-mike-jr-1987, #dallas-mavericks, #davis-anthony-1993, #durant-kevin, #embiid-joel, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-clippers, #murray-jamal-1997, #national-basketball-assn, #paul-chris-1985, #playoff-games

Even LeBron James Isn’t Eternal

At 36, with his team’s future in doubt, James faces basketball mortality.

#basketball, #davis-anthony-1993, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries

Lakers Eliminated from Playoffs With Game 6 Loss to Suns

The Los Angeles Lakers, the defending N.B.A. champions led by LeBron James, struggled with injuries all season.

#basketball, #booker-devin-1996, #davis-anthony-1993, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #paul-chris-1985, #phoenix-suns, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries

Kevin Durant and (Possibly) the Greatest Basketball Team of All Time

The Brooklyn Nets were built to be an unbeatable superteam of eccentric basketball superstars. Will they dominate the N.B.A. playoffs?

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #free-agents-sports, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #james-lebron, #jordan-michael

The Lakers Weren’t Ready for the Moment. Devin Booker Was.

Booker, the Phoenix Suns’ All-Star guard, is already showing the poise and determination of a playoff regular in his first postseason.

#ayton-deandre-1998, #basketball, #booker-devin-1996, #davis-anthony-1993, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #phoenix-suns, #playoff-games, #williams-monty

These N.B.A. Playoffs Burst 2020’s Bubble

The confined, roiled 2020 N.B.A. playoffs reflected their times. So, too, do this year’s celebratory games.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #chase-center-san-francisco-calif, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #memphis-grizzlies, #morant-ja-1999, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #tatum-jayson-1998, #united-states-national-anthem-protests-2016

In the NBA Playoffs, The Scariest Teams Are Lower Seeds

Injuries and illness dragged down the records of several teams, including the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. That could mean early postseason exits for the season’s best.

#atlanta-hawks, #basketball, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #dallas-mavericks, #denver-nuggets, #golden-state-warriors, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-clippers, #los-angeles-lakers, #memphis-grizzlies, #miami-heat, #milwaukee-bucks, #new-york-knicks, #philadelphia-76ers, #phoenix-suns, #playoff-games, #portland-trail-blazers, #sports-injuries, #washington-wizards

It’s the LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry Battle No One Asked For

After years of facing each other in the N.B.A. finals, James and Curry are competing just to make the playoffs. How did this happen?

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #basketball, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries

The N.B.A.’s Play-In Tournament Isn’t the Problem

Though stars like LeBron James and Luka Doncic have complained about the pre-playoff hurdle, the stress of the play-in matters less than injuries and the compressed season.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuban-mark, #curry-stephen, #dallas-mavericks, #doncic-luka-1999, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries

Jamie Dimon, LeBron James and the Super League Debate

Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase and LeBron James are the latest to get entangled in the debate.

#berkshire-hathaway-inc, #corporate-social-responsibility, #dimon-james, #european-super-league-soccer, #james-lebron, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #neuberger-berman-llc, #perez-florentino, #soccer

Vanessa Bryant Uses Her Platform to Battle the Powerful

Through social media and a lawsuit, she is trying to hold law enforcement to account in ways that are uncommon for women, and especially for women of color.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #basketball, #bryant-kobe, #bryant-gianna-2006-20, #bryant-vanessa-1982, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-county-sheriffs-department, #los-angeles-lakers, #newsom-gavin, #photography, #suits-and-litigation-civil

LeBron James Leads a Generation of Athletes Into Ownership

James is now an owner of the Boston Red Sox and recently helped a W.N.B.A. player, Renee Montgomery, with her group’s bid to purchase the Atlanta Dream.

#atlanta-dream, #basketball, #boston-red-sox, #fenway-sports-group, #james-lebron, #montgomery-renee, #national-womens-soccer-league-us, #united-states-national-anthem-protests-2016, #womens-national-basketball-assn

LeBron James Is Becoming a Red Sox Owner

James bought a minor stake in the M.L.B. team as its ownership group also received a $750 million investment from a private-equity firm.

#athletics-and-sports, #boston-red-sox, #carter-maverick, #fenway-sports-group, #james-lebron

How LeBron James Uses His Influence to Improve Community Development

Mr. James has joined an expanding national movement that mixes community needs into the formula for socially responsible projects.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #i-promise-school-akron-ohio, #james-lebron, #philanthropy, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

A New Era of Million Dollar Sports Trading Cards Is Here

As prices soar in the high-end collectibles market, cards of stars like LeBron James and Mike Trout are in the same discussion as those of Honus Wagner and Mickey Mantle.

#auctions, #baseball, #basketball, #collectors-and-collections, #davis-aaron-collector, #goldin-auctions, #gretzky-wayne, #heritage-auctions, #james-lebron, #mantle-mickey, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #trading-cards, #trout-mike

In the N.B.A., Money Speaks Louder Than Stars

With tens of millions of dollars at stake, the All-Star Game is unlikely to be derailed by pushback from the league’s biggest stars about the health risks or the need for a break.

#all-star-games, #basketball, #bryant-kobe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #davis-anthony-1993, #james-lebron, #leonard-kawhi, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #oneal-shaquille

Growing Chorus of N.B.A. Stars Boos League’s Virus Strategy

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard joined LeBron James in criticizing the league’s plans for an All-Star Game, while Kevin Durant questioned protocols.

#antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #durant-kevin, #james-lebron, #leonard-kawhi, #national-basketball-assn

LeBron James Doesn’t Want an All-Star Game

James, the Los Angeles Lakers star, has “zero energy and zero excitement” about flying to Atlanta in a pandemic for an exhibition game.

#all-star-games, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #james-lebron, #national-basketball-assn

Anthony Davis Is the Teammate LeBron James Has Been Waiting For

James, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar, has seemed happier and looser with Davis around. The duo have already won a championship together, but, somehow, seem to be getting better.

#basketball, #davis-anthony-1993, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers

From Kobe to LeBron: Tragedy and Triumph in the N.B.A.

A year that began with the deaths of two N.B.A. icons could not end soon enough, marked by heartache along the way but also small moments worth celebrating now.

#antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #bryant-kobe, #bryant-gianna-2006-20, #dolan-james-l, #james-lebron, #lin-jeremy, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-championship

2020’s Memorable Moments in Sports

Sports were not a simple salve for the events of 2020, but they still provided some moments of joy, levity and shared humanity.

#baseball, #basketball, #canadian-olympic-committee, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #djokovic-novak, #dog-sledding, #hockey-ice, #james-lebron, #jordan-michael, #kenin-sofia-1998, #kershaw-clayton, #los-angeles-dodgers, #los-angeles-lakers, #mahomes-patrick-1995, #nba-championship, #olympic-games-2020, #osaka-naomi-1997, #philadelphia-flyers, #rodman-dennis, #smith-tommie, #soccer, #swimming, #tennis, #thiem-dominic, #triathlon, #two-thousand-twenty, #united-states-open-tennis, #waerner-thomas-1973, #wickenheiser-hayley, #world-series

N.B.A. Christmas Day Guide: What to Watch

With LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Luka Doncic playing, there’s something for everyone. If you haven’t kept up since last season, here’s everything you need to know.

#antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #basketball, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #curry-stephen, #dallas-mavericks, #denver-nuggets, #doncic-luka-1999, #durant-kevin, #golden-state-warriors, #james-lebron, #jokic-nikola-1995, #los-angeles-clippers, #los-angeles-lakers, #miami-heat, #milwaukee-bucks, #national-basketball-assn, #new-orleans-pelicans-basketball

NBA Opening Night Live Score and Updates: Warriors vs. Nets

It’s opening night, which means the official debut of the Kevin Durant-Kyrie Irving pairing, and a ring ceremony for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #curry-stephen, #davis-anthony-1993, #durant-kevin, #george-paul-1990, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #irving-kyrie, #james-lebron, #leonard-kawhi, #los-angeles-clippers, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn

N.B.A. Western Conference Preview: The Lakers Reloaded

Their championship glow still strong, the Lakers are poised to make another run, even as the Warriors bounce back and the Suns ascend.

#basketball, #dallas-mavericks, #davis-anthony-1993, #denver-nuggets, #golden-state-warriors, #harden-james, #houston-rockets, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-clippers, #los-angeles-lakers, #memphis-grizzlies, #minnesota-timberwolves, #national-basketball-assn, #new-orleans-pelicans-basketball, #oklahoma-city-thunder, #phoenix-suns, #portland-trail-blazers, #sacramento-kings, #san-antonio-spurs, #utah-jazz

Naomi Osaka: Athletes, Speak Up

We’re affected by bias and racism, just like everyone else. Why shouldn’t we say so?

#athletics-and-sports, #black-lives-matter-movement, #blake-james-1979, #bryant-kobe, #garner-eric, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #james-lebron, #kaepernick-colin, #martin-trayvon, #united-states-national-anthem-protests-2016

LeBron James and Anthony Davis Sign Up for Lakers’ Bright Future

The N.B.A. champions signed their two most important players to new or longer contracts on successive days, after upgrading other areas of their roster.

#davis-anthony-1993, #gasol-marc, #george-paul-1990, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #paul-rich-1981, #schroder-dennis-1993

Vaccines Are Coming, but Pandemic Experts Expect a ‘Horrible’ Winter

With vaccines and a new administration, the pandemic will be tamed. But experts say the coming months “are going to be just horrible.”

#astrazeneca-plc, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carlson-tucker, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #christie-christopher-j, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #eli-lilly-and-company, #emanuel-ezekiel-j, #food-and-drug-administration, #frist-bill, #gerberding-julie-l, #governors-us, #hannity-sean, #james-lebron, #larson-heidi, #lipkin-w-ian, #lipsitch-marc, #markel-howard, #medicine-and-health, #moderna-inc, #noem-kristi, #offit-paul-a, #oz-mehmet-c, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #regeneron-pharmaceuticals-inc, #schaffner-william, #slaoui-moncef-m, #smallpox, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Sports Helped Shape Biden. But Expect a Quieter Fan in the White House.

Playing football in high school helped the president-elect overcome a stutter. And while he is known to be a sports fan, he has not displayed a taste for inserting politics in sports.

#baseball, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #delaware, #football, #green-draymond, #james-lebron, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #university-of-delaware, #washington-nationals

Even With a New President, Sports at the White House Won’t Be the Same

The politicization of the ceremonial visit to the Rose Garden by champions is one sign the presidential connection to sports is fraught, maybe inalterably.

#basketball, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #clemson-university, #cleveland-cavaliers, #curry-stephen, #football, #golden-state-warriors, #james-lebron, #nba-championship, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #university-of-alabama, #white-house-building-washington-dc

The N.B.A.’s $500 Million Hope for the Holidays

The N.B.A. is eyeing a December start for the 2020-21 season to help stem the financial toll of the pandemic, but the tight turnaround presents its own issues for teams.

#basketball, #caruso-alex-1994, #james-lebron, #jordan-michael, #national-basketball-assn, #russell-william-felton-1934

LeBron James on Black Voter Participation, Misinformation and Trump

In an interview, the recently crowned N.B.A. champion discussed the work of More Than a Vote, a collective of athletes trying to combat misinformation among Black communities before Election Day.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #james-lebron, #more-than-a-vote, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #voting-and-voters, #youth

Jimmy Butler Was Made for the Miami Heat

In this newsletter, Marc Stein says Butler was the breakout star of the N.B.A. finals, even in defeat. Plus: Why one ring isn’t enough to put LeBron James on the Lakers’ Mount Rushmore.

#basketball, #butler-jimmy, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #miami-heat, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-championship, #playoff-games

The N.B.A. Season’s Hollywood Ending Still Leaves Questions

There’s a champion (Lakers) and a tally of players with the coronavirus (zero). But as for a date (?), location (??) and salary cap (???) for next season, no one is sure.

#basketball, #coronavirus-reopenings, #florida, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #house-danuel-jr-1993, #james-lebron, #national-basketball-assn, #silver-adam-1962, #williams-monty

The Lakers’ Winding Path Ends With a Championship

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in six games to take home the franchise’s 17th championship. It was the fourth title for LeBron James.

#basketball, #bryant-kobe, #bryant-gianna-2006-20, #butler-jimmy, #davis-anthony-1993, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #miami-heat, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-championship, #playoff-games

Live Score and Updates of Lakers vs Heat Game 5

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers can win the franchise’s 17th championship tonight by beating the Miami Heat in Game 5.

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