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.
At 36, with his team’s future in doubt, James faces basketball mortality.
The Los Angeles Lakers, the defending N.B.A. champions led by LeBron James, struggled with injuries all season.
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.
Booker, the Phoenix Suns’ All-Star guard, is already showing the poise and determination of a playoff regular in his first postseason.
The confined, roiled 2020 N.B.A. playoffs reflected their times. So, too, do this year’s celebratory games.
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.
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?
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.
Tomjanovich led the Houston Rockets to two championships (Hakeem Olajuwon), briefly coached the Lakers (Kobe Bryant) and oversaw an Olympic team (Kevin Garnett).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeanie Buss inherited a team, and a legacy, from her father. What will her imprint be?
She took over coaching the San Antonio Spurs after Gregg Popovich was ejected from a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.
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.
Sports were not a simple salve for the events of 2020, but they still provided some moments of joy, levity and shared humanity.
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.
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.
Their championship glow still strong, the Lakers are poised to make another run, even as the Warriors bounce back and the Suns ascend.
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.
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.
The trade, which has not been finalized, would send Ricky Rubio and Kelly Oubre Jr. to Oklahoma City for Paul, the veteran point guard.
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.
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.
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers can win the franchise’s 17th championship tonight by beating the Miami Heat in Game 5.
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.
The physical toll of the N.B.A. finals was on display before, during and after Los Angeles’s victory
A handful of James’s Los Angeles Lakers teammates played for teams that knocked him out of past playoffs. No hard feelings?
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.
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are up against Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat for the championship.
From the virus to protests to an outpouring of grief.
“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.”
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Can the Lakers and the Clippers meet expectations as the N.B.A. playoffs begin?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Er würde lieber auf dem Trainingsplatz stehen, aber Ismail Atalan (39) ist wie alle anderen zum Warten verdammt.
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