For Four Key Teams, the Off-Season Begins Early

The Lakers have to figure out how to regroup, the Mavericks need to support Luka Doncic. The Celtics are shaking things up and Portland is looking for a coach.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #dallas-mavericks, #los-angeles-lakers, #portland-trail-blazers

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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

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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

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Chris Paul Won’t Be Kept Off the Court

His coach had been inclined to sideline him as he deals with a shoulder injury. But he talked his way into the lineup and helped Phoenix tie its series with the Lakers.

#basketball, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #paul-chris-1985, #phoenix-suns, #playoff-games, #williams-monty

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Vanessa Bryant Delivers Emotional Hall of Fame Speech for Kobe

Kobe Bryant, the former Los Angeles Lakers star who was killed in a helicopter crash last year, was posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday.

#basketball, #basketball-hall-of-fame, #bryant-kobe, #bryant-gianna-2006-20, #bryant-vanessa-1982, #catchings-tamika, #deaths-fatalities, #duncan-tim-1976, #garnett-kevin, #halls-of-fame, #jordan-michael, #los-angeles-lakers, #mulkey-kim

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What Rudy Tomjanovich Learned by Coaching the Greats

Tomjanovich led the Houston Rockets to two championships (Hakeem Olajuwon), briefly coached the Lakers (Kobe Bryant) and oversaw an Olympic team (Kevin Garnett).

#basketball, #basketball-hall-of-fame, #bryant-kobe, #coaches-and-managers, #content-type-personal-profile, #horry-robert, #houston-rockets, #los-angeles-lakers, #thibodeau-tom, #tomjanovich-rudy, #westbrook-russell

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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

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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

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N.B.A. Trade Deadline Fallout for the Lakers

After more than a dozen trades at the deadline, there are still many moves to be made, with lingering free agents, buyouts and executive contracts in the balance.

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Elgin Baylor, Acrobatic N.B.A. Hall of Famer, Is Dead at 86

Foreshadowing the likes of Michael Jordan, he was a star with the glamorous Lakers and was voted to the all-N.B.A. team for the league’s first 50 years.

#all-star-games, #basketball, #basketball-hall-of-fame, #baylor-elgin, #deaths-obituaries, #los-angeles-lakers, #minneapolis-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #ncaa-basketball-championships-men

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N.B.A. Announces All-Star Game Plans Despite Player Objections

The game and three related events will happen over several hours on March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, even though the city’s mayor and top players have expressed concern about the health risks.

#all-star-games, #basketball, #bottoms-keisha-lance, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #silver-adam-1962

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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

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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

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He Bonded With Kobe as a Competitor, Then as Another #GirlDad

A year after Kobe Bryant’s fatal crash, the former N.B.A. All-Star Zach Randolph and his daughter MacKenly, who played for Bryant’s girls’ basketball team, are still learning how to grieve.

#basketball, #bryant-kobe, #bryant-gianna-2006-20, #content-type-personal-profile, #los-angeles-lakers, #mamba-sports-academy, #memphis-grizzlies, #randolph-mackenly, #randolph-zach

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Los Angeles Lakers Owner Jeanie Buss on Leadership, Love and Magic

Jeanie Buss inherited a team, and a legacy, from her father. What will her imprint be?

#basketball, #buss-jeanie, #los-angeles-lakers

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Becky Hammon Becomes First Woman to Serve as Head Coach in N.B.A. Game

She took over coaching the San Antonio Spurs after Gregg Popovich was ejected from a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.

#basketball, #hammon-becky, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #san-antonio-spurs

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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N.B.A. Free Agency Frenzy: 5 Takeaways

A player was traded three times, and the Lakers and Clippers jockeyed for each other’s stars. But Milwaukee is still waiting for a big decision from its biggest star: Giannis Antetokounmpo.

#antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #basketball, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #free-agents-sports, #hayward-gordon, #los-angeles-clippers, #los-angeles-lakers, #milwaukee-bucks, #national-basketball-assn

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Phoenix Suns Agree to Trade for Chris Paul

The trade, which has not been finalized, would send Ricky Rubio and Kelly Oubre Jr. to Oklahoma City for Paul, the veteran point guard.

#basketball, #booker-devin-1996, #green-danny, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #oklahoma-city-thunder, #paul-chris-1985, #phoenix-suns, #rubio-ricky, #schroder-dennis-1993, #trades-sports

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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

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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

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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.

#basketball, #butler-jimmy, #china-central-television, #davis-anthony-1993, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #miami-heat, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-championship

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LeBron James Is Mr. October This Year

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar has his team on the brink of a championship at an unusual time, in an unusual year. The former Yankees star Reggie Jackson is watching.

#adebayo-bam-1997, #basketball, #butler-jimmy, #davis-anthony-1993, #jackson-reggie-1946, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #major-league-baseball, #miami-heat, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-championship, #new-york-yankees, #playoff-games, #rivers-doc, #spoelstra-erik, #vogel-frank, #world-series

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Lakers Beat Heat in Game 4 of the N.B.A. Finals

The physical toll of the N.B.A. finals was on display before, during and after Los Angeles’s victory

#basketball, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #miami-heat, #nba-championship

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LeBron James’s Teammates Beat Him, Then Joined Him

A handful of James’s Los Angeles Lakers teammates played for teams that knocked him out of past playoffs. No hard feelings?

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #cleveland-cavaliers, #cook-quinn-1993, #golden-state-warriors, #green-danny, #howard-dwight, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #mcgee-javale, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-championship, #orlando-magic, #rondo-rajon, #smith-j-r, #van-gundy-stan

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Draymond Green Doesn’t Mind Missing the N.B.A. Finals. This Year.

In this newsletter, Marc Stein talks to Green about the Golden State Warriors’ down year, analyzes the many coaching vacancies, and looks at the Lakers-Heat finals.

#adebayo-bam-1997, #basketball, #carter-vince, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #lue-tyronn, #miami-heat, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-championship, #playoff-games, #turner-network-television

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Lakers vs Heat Game 1: Live Score and Updates

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are up against Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat for the championship.

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

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Timeline: A Year That Changed the N.B.A.

From the virus to protests to an outpouring of grief.

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LeBron James and Anthony Davis Fulfill Lakers’ Finals Promise

“When I first got here, he told me that he wants to give me my first ring,” Davis said. “And I told him that I want to get him back to the finals.”

#basketball, #davis-anthony-1993, #denver-nuggets, #florida, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #malone-michael-1971, #playoff-games

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LeBron James and the Burden of Being Great(est)

He is miffed about not winning the M.V.P. Award, and rightfully so. His magic on and off the court is often unfairly taken for granted.

#antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #basketball, #cleveland-cavaliers, #denver-nuggets, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #miami-heat, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-championship

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Houston Rockets’ ‘Microball’ Puts P.J. Tucker Against Much Taller Players

Tucker isn’t the tallest player on the Houston Rockets, but that doesn’t stop him from challenging opponents’ big men, like Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers.

#basketball, #casspi-omri, #houston-rockets, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #tucker-p-j

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The Rockets’ Small-Ball Strategy Gets a Big Test Against the Lakers

Houston has fared well since an in-season shift in strategy to use P.J. Tucker, who is 6-foot-5, at center. But will that work against LeBron James and Anthony Davis?

#basketball, #dantoni-mike, #davis-anthony-1993, #harden-james, #houston-rockets, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #oklahoma-city-thunder, #paul-chris-1985, #playoff-games, #westbrook-russell

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Damian Lillard Out for Game 5 of Lakers-Blazers Series

Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers guard, had been on a tear but left Game 4 with a knee injury. The Lakers would win the series with a victory on Wednesday.

#basketball, #lillard-damian, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #portland-trail-blazers, #sports-injuries

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N.B.A. Playoff Power Rankings

In this week’s newsletter, Marc Stein analyzes the championship hopes of the top contenders — Raptors? Lakers? Clippers? Bucks? — and offers a peek inside one of the bubble hotels.

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The Los Angeles Teams Are the Best in the West, but Questions Remain

Can the Lakers and the Clippers meet expectations as the N.B.A. playoffs begin?

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #los-angeles-clippers, #los-angeles-lakers

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Jazz vs. Pelicans: Live Score and Updates from the N.B.A.’s Restart

Zion Williamson is playing in the first game of tonight’s doubleheader. The Lakers and Clippers are up next, at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

#basketball, #coronavirus-reopenings, #davis-anthony-1993, #george-paul-1990, #james-lebron, #leonard-kawhi, #los-angeles-clippers, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #new-orleans-pelicans-basketball, #utah-jazz, #williamson-zion-2000

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8 Factors in the N.B.A.’s Return That May Upend Expectations

In this week’s newsletter, Marc Stein discusses a threat to the Lakers’ championship hopes, Lou Williams and the latest in his quest for the perfect cup of coffee.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-clippers, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #williams-lou-1986

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LeBron James Still Reigns as the N.B.A. Returns

James’s beard has gone gray since the season was suspended in March, but the Los Angeles Lakers forward was as dominant as ever in his first game of the restart on Thursday.

#antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #basketball, #black-lives-matter-movement, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dallas-mavericks, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn

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As N.B.A. Forges Ahead, LeBron James Is ‘Ready for This Moment’

Much has changed around the league since it shut down in March. But James’s focus on winning has not wavered, his Lakers teammates say, with a shot at a title.

#basketball, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dudley-jared-1985, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #nba-championship, #smith-j-r, #vogel-frank

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HFC-Trainer liest Biografie – Atalan: Das lerne ich von Legende Bryant

HFC-Trainer liest Biografie: Atalan: Das lerne ich von Legende Bryant Er würde lieber auf dem Trainingsplatz stehen, aber Ismail Atalan (39) ist wie alle anderen zum Warten verdammt.
Foto: Uwe Koehn

#3-liga, #atalan-ismail, #bryant-kobe, #dritte-liga, #fussball, #halle, #hallescher-fc, #los-angeles-lakers, #nba, #regio-sport-halle, #sachsen-anhalt-regional, #sachsen-anhalt-regional-news

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