Kyrie Irving pushes back on unflattering portrayal: ‘I am here to be myself’

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NBA null Basketball The honeymoon phase for Kyrie Irving and Nets was cut short earlier this week when an ESPN report said the All-Star guard has already clashed with players and team personnel, which sounds eerily similar to the divide that led to his departure from the Celtics.After a loss to the Pacers on Wednesday, Irving addressed the report in a way only he could: “I am not here to dispel any perception. I am here to be myself.” “Who cares what ESPN or anyone says?” Irving told reporters. “I love myself. I love my family. I love my friends. I love playing basketball.”History has shown you can be the best teammate ever, somebody is still going to say something negative about what you’re doing or your life. That can’t be the importance: If you allow that to infiltrate your life … you’re going to be right where they want you to be emotionally. … I expect people to say things like that and I’m going to keep on smiling and doing me.”’ Kyrie Irving addresses the ESPN report regarding his behavior:”I just go back to the importance of self-love, who cares what anyone says?…They try to tear down some of the most peaceful people in the world.” pic.twitter.com/IexCB4TgMm— SNY (@SNYtv) October 31, 2019Irving has performed well on the cou[……]

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Damian Lillard denied game-tying basket because of brutal officiating

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NBA Portland Trail Blazers Utah Jazz v Portland Trail Blazers Utah Jazz Basketball Damian Lillard finished with 42 points Friday night. He should have had at least 44, but a missed goaltending call by the officials in the fourth quarter kept that from happening.Worse for Lillard and his Trail Blazers teammates, the no-call kept them from tying the Jazz in the final seconds of regulation. Utah held on to win 117-114. Lillard attempted a layup around Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who blocked the shot after it came off the backboard. That should have been called goaltending, but the crew didn’t see it, and it couldn’t review the play. (A review can only be triggered when goaltending is called on the floor.)Here’s what happened when Dame went to tie the game vs. the Jazz… pic.twitter.com/bBh83h0H0Y— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 8, 2020NBA ALL-STARS: Lillard on Team LeBron Lillard was, naturally, furious after the game.Damian Lillard was furious after the no-call toward the end of the Blazers’ loss. pic.twitter.com/KHrr6AZhgd— ESPN (@espn) February[……]

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Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett headline Hall of Fame nominees

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NBA Basketball Los Angeles Lakers San Antonio Spurs Boston Celtics Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are among the nominees for the 2020 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.Lakers great Bryant, Spurs icon Duncan and Celtics favorite Garnett headline the group of potential inductees. Chris Bosh and Shawn Marion are also on the list of 50 people who were nominated. The finalists will be announced during the All-Star Weekend in Chicago in February, with the inductees unveiled in April.Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Eligible Candidates for the Class of 2020. #20HoopClass: https://t.co/b0JcwKicDg pic.twitter.com/7Hq2p8XXaq— Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) December 19, 2019Regarded as arguably the Lakers’夜网论坛 greatest player, Bryant spent his entire 20-year career with the storied Los Angeles franchise. The 18-time All-Star, who retired in 2016, won five NBA championships and two Finals MVP awards. He was crowned the league’s MVP in 2008. MORE: SN’s NBA All-Decade team for the 2010sLike Bryant, Duncan was also a one-team p[……]

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Antonio Daniels has a perfectly good explanation for being dropped by Allen Iverson's famous crossover

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NBA Philadelphia 76ers Washington Wizards Basketball Back on March 3, 2006, Wizards guard Antonio Daniels stood across from 76ers star Allen Iverson in isolation, fully intending to stop a man who finished that season averaging 33 points per game.Then Iverson dropped Daniels to the floor with not one, but two vicious crossovers. Daniels was basically playing Twister as Iverson floated to the basket for an easy finish. On this day in 2006, The Answer dropped Antonio Daniels TWICE.One of the meanest crossovers of Iverson’s career.pic.twitter.com/HZdJojLx5H— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 3, 2020MORE: Young Kevin Garnett instantly regretted talking trash to Michael JordanYou may think Iverson’s quick moves forced Daniels to take a seat, but no! Daniels tweeted Tuesday that the court conditions played a significant role in this famous highlight. I’ll Never forget….how wet and slippery the floor was in Philly that day. 😬🤦🏾‍♂️😂 https://t.co/sJlfzbanBG— Antonio Daniels (@adaniels33) March 3, 2020And you can’t discount the sheet of ice used for NHL games in the same arena. Ice is slippery! Basketball shoes do not have blades!That’s what I’m[……]

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Charles Barkley apologizes for telling reporter, 'I don’t hit women, but if I did, I would hit you'

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NBA Basketball Axios reporter Alexi McCammond shared a story of her encounter with Charles Barkley from Tuesday night in which the NBA analyst reportedly told her, “I don’t hit women, but if I did, I would hit you.”Just FYI Charles Barkley told me tonight “I don’t hit women but if I did I would hit you,” and then when I objected to that he told me I “couldn’t take a joke.”— Alexi McCammond (@alexi) November 20, 2019McCammond is a reporter who is covering the 2020 presidential election. She was in Atlanta to cover Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, and she was interviewing Barkley about his support for former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Barkley made his comment off the record, but McCammond explained why it was important for her to break that a夜网论坛greement.There are almost no times I will beak an OTR “agreement” but this is not OK. And it was all because he came in talking about how he loves Deval Patrick and once someone from Pete‘s campaign came around he said he loved Pete and I reminded him he previously said he was a Deval fan— Alexi McCammond (@alexi) November 20, 2019McCammond also tweeted a photo of Barkley as proof he was there. On Wednesday morning, Barkley sent an apology statement through Turner Sports.Statement on behalf of Charles Barkley in response[……]

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LeBron James evacuates from home as wildfires burn in California

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NBA null Basketball LeBron James is among the 200,000 people who had to evacuate their homes due to the wildfires in California.The Lakers star tweeted that he and his family were looking for a safe place to stay after a brush fire broke out Monday morning near his Brentwood mansion. Man these LA 🔥 aren’t no joke. Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No luck so far! 🤦🏾‍♂️— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019PHOTOS: LeBron James’ $23 million California mansionEighteen minutes later, he tweeted an update: Finally found a place to accommodate us! Crazy night man!— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019He also offered prayers for other evacuating families and shared his support for emergency personnel:I 🙏🏾 for all the families in the area that could be affected by these 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 now! Pretty please get to safety ASAP— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019My best wishes as well to the first responders⛑ right now doing what they do best! 🙏🏾💪🏾— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019Multiple wildfires have broken out over the past week in southern and northern parts of the state, causing California Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a statewide emergency.Footage[……]

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Lakers' LeBron James roasts trash-talking fan, slams critics after latest triple-double

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NBA null null Basketball null LeBron James recorded his third straight triple-double (30 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds) during the Lakers’ 118-112 win over the Bulls on Tuesday.The NBA star, whose performance helped give Los Angeles its sixth straight win, tweeted a message to his critics after the game. #WashedKing 🤫👑 https://t.co/gM9mrkBvbF— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 6夜网论坛, 2019MORE: Who is LeBron James’ wife?James’ tweet quickly had #WashedKing trending on Twitter, with some speculating that it was directed at anyone who thinks Kawhi Leonard is the best player in the league. LeBron with 3 straight triple doubles while leading the team to 3-0 on the road, yet Kawhi can’t even play for the 2nd time in 7 games due to rest. But yes, please continue to claim he’s the best in the league 😂😂😂😂😂 #WashedKing— Jeremy Morehead (@Jeremy6Morehead) November 6, 2019@KingJames 30 10 11. Kawhi better than Bron.. BOI BYE #WASHEDKING— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) November 6, 2019LeBron has 3 straight triple dbls at yr 17. Meanwhile, due to a chronic quad, Kaw[……]

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Knicks fire head coach David Fizdale after embarrassing loss to Nuggets

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NBA null Basketball The Knicks have parted ways with David Fizdale, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.Fizdale was fired less than 24 hours removed from a 37-point loss to the Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. He finishes his Knicks career with a 21-83 record. In his first season with New York, he coached to a 17-65 record, following that up with a 4-18 start to the 2019-20 campaign. The news comes after weeks of speculation that the front office was p夜网论坛lanning Fizdale’s exit, with other reports claiming the Knicks wanted to bring in Toronto’s Masai Ujiri as their new leader in the front office.New York has also dismissed assistant coach Keith Smart, per Wojnarowski. The Knicks are currently last in the Eastern Conference, ahead of only the Warriors (4-19) in the overall league standings.[……]

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Andre Drummond, somehow, is caught off guard by trade to Cavs after being on the block

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NBA Detroit Pistons New York Knicks Detroit Pistons v New York Knicks Basketball If Andre Drummond really felt blindsided by his deadline-day trade from the Pistons to the Cavaliers on Thursday, then his off-court awareness is close to zero.Drummond was shocked — shocked — and dismayed at being sent to a division rival shortly before 3 p.m. ET. The center sent this tweet to let eve夜网论坛ryone know how upset he was: If there’s one thing I learned about the NBA, there’s no friends or loyalty. I’ve given my heart and soul to the Pistons , and to be have this happen with no heads up makes me realize even more that this is just a business! I love you Detroit…— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummond) February 6, 2020A few thoughts here:It may be that the about-to-rebuild Pistons didn’t tell him the already-rebuilding Cavs were looking to acquire him and then gamble on him opting into the final year of his contract (at $28.7 million) in July. Deals sometimes come together quickly before a deadline. NBA TRADE DEADLINE 2020: Full list of completed dealsTo say that he needed a[……]

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Celtics' Kemba Walker leaves game on stretcher after colliding with teammate

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NBA 夜网论坛 null null Basketball null Celtics point guard Kemba Walker is suffering from concussion-like symptoms after colliding with teammate Semi Ojeleye on Friday night in Denver.The team announced Walker’s condition some time after Walker was taken off the court on a stretcher. #NEBHInjuryReport Kemba Walker has been diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms. He is being transported to the hospital for further evaluation. Further updates will be provided as appropriate.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 23, 2019ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, citing an anonymous league source, reported that it is not believed Walker suffered a serious injury.Celtics coach Brad Stevens gave good news after the game when speaking with reporters. #NEBHInjuryReport Brad Stevens says all of the scans and tests on Kemba Walker came back with positive results.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 23, 2019MORE: NBA players offer support, well-wishes for WalkerWalker appeared to stumble headfirst into Ojeleye’s midsection while trying to secure a steal in the second quarter vs. the Nuggets[……]

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Luka Doncic dazzles again in front of Stephen Curry but says Warriors guard 'a better player'

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NBA Dallas Mavericks Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors v Dallas Mavericks Basketball Luka Doncic may have enhanced his NBA MVP credentials with another brilliant display Saturday night in San Francisco against the Golden State Warriors, but the Dallas Mavericks star does not believe he is at Warriors star Stephen Curry’s level yet.The 20-y夜网论坛ear-old had his ninth triple-double of the season in the Mavs’ 141-121 victory over the Curry-less Warriors. Doncic scored 31 points while claiming 12 rebounds and 15 assists. Dallas broke a franchise record by making 24 3-pointers, with Doncic sinking five of his eight attempts — a stat that surely would have impressed two-time MVP Curry, who remains sidelined with a hand injury.MORE: Carlisle shuts down silly debate about Porzingis post-ups Should Doncic’s form continue, he may be named MVP himself, though the Slovenian feels comparisons with Curry are unfair at this stage.”He’s shooting way better than me,” Doncic said, as quoted by ESPN.”He’s a better player. He’s been in the league a long time, he’s somebo[……]

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Heat's Dion Waiters ingested edible, then suffered panic attack on team flight, report says

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NBA n夜网论坛ull null null Basketball UPDATE, 4:55 a.m. ET Nov. 10: ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday night that Waiters ingested an edible infused with THC to treat a stomachache that kept him out of the Heat’s game Thursday night in Phoenix and then suffered the panic attack while the team was en route to Los Angeles. Waiters received medical treatment after the plane landed, Windhorst and Wojnarowski further reported. The two also noted that the league bars the use of THC.ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Dion Waiters has not played for the Heat this season, and that streak continued Friday under bizarre circumstances.Miami radio host Andy Slater reported that Waiters ingested too many “gummies” (presumably of the recreational-drug type and not vitamins) while the team was in flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles after its game Thursday vs. the Suns. Waiters, it seems, was not well at the end of the flight.UPDATE: Dion Waiters is the Heat player who had medical emergency on team plane, I’ve confirmed.Waiters overdosed on “gummies,” sources say, and[……]

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Jimmy Butler blows kisses to T.J. Warren, who flips him off in response

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NBA Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat Indiana Pacers Miami Heat Basketball T.J. Warren and Jimmy Butler exchanged words throughout Wednesday night’s game between the Pacers and Heat, and their back-and-forth eventually led to Warren’s ejection.Midway through the third quarter, Butler took exception to a foul committed by Warren. The duo got into each other’s faces and needed to be separated. Butler appeared夜网论坛 to yell “you’re f—ing trash” toward Warren.Soon after play resumed, Butler threw his shoulder into Warren and was called for an offensive foul. Warren taunted Butler by clapping in his face, a move that prompted him to be tossed. Butler blew kisses to Warren as Warren retreated from the floor. Warren lifted a middle finger to his foe.Jimmy Butler and T. J. Warren exchange words at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, eventually leading to Warren’s ejection. #HEATTwitter #NBA pic.twitter.com/sDoLKEi3tn— FOX Sports Florida & Sun (@FOXSportsFL) January 9, 2020TJ Warren giving Jimmy Butler the finger after Jimmy blew kisses at him pic.twitter.com/UybkHwoZFd— gifdsports (@gifdsports[……]

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LeBron James: '6th Man' Kobe Bryant 'put himself in my body' for tribute dunk

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NBA Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets Houston Rockets LeBron James referenced the film “The 6th Man” to explain his unintended tribute to Lakers great Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash last month.During Thursday’s 121-111 home loss to the Rockets, James slammed a double-clutch reverse finish off a fast break, a play that looked identical to a dunk performed by Bryant against the Kings at Staples Center in November 2001. When asked about the similarities, the four-time NBA MVP referred to a movie in which a basketball player’s dead family member and teammate comes back as a ghost to help him achieve success.MORE: Matthew A. Cherry dedicates Oscar for “Hair Love” to Kobe “Ever see the movie ‘The 6th Man’? Kobe came down, put himself in my body and gave me that dunk on that break,” said James after a 125-120 win over the Warriors on Saturday.”I didn’t really predetermine that, either, until I jumped. I just jumped and kind of figured it out, and then …  it’s crazy how it’s like the same exact dunk, the same exact[……]

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Isaiah Thomas defends confrontation with fan, hopes for NBA's support

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NBA Washington Wizards Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Wizards 夜网论坛 Basketball Philadelphia 76ers Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas wants the NBA to take his side after Thomas entered the stands Saturday in Philadelphia to respond directly to a fan Thomas said flipped him off and cursed at him.Thomas believes the league should support him after he walked into the stands at Wells Fargo Center during a fourth-quarter timeout to speak with the spectator. Thomas said the fan told him he was upset Thomas cost him a free Wendy’s Frosty by making one of two free throws. Had Thomas missed both attempts, it would have been frozen treats for everyone as part of a Sixers sponsor promotion. Isaiah Thomas goes into the Philadelphia stands to confront a fan. He was ejected for this.(Via @TheAthletic) pic.twitter.com/Z04Q0gWdXS— Samuel J. Robinson (@samuelrobinsonJ) December 22, 2019MORE: Why Celtics are a real threat to Bucks, Sixers in EastThomas said he wasn’t buying the fan’s “I just wanted a Frosty” explanation because, according to Thomas, the fan yelled, “F— you, bitch!” three times a[……]

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LeBron James vs. Zion Williamson rematch a direct clash of supernatural forces

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NBA New Orleans Pelicans v Los Angeles Lakers New Orleans Pelicans Los Angeles Lakers Basketball When they met for the first time on an NBA court last week, it was more of a feeling-out process than toe-to-toe battle.LeBron James and the Lakers bested rookie Zion Williamson and the Pelicans 118-109 in that Tuesday clash, but they did not match up against one another on memorable plays. Williamson often deferred夜网论坛 offensively to Brandon Ingram, who poured in a team-high 34 points. They had a more personal battle Sunday, each leading their teams in scoring and exchanging highlight-reel blows throughout. James nailed a clutch 3-pointer in the fourth quarter in Williamson’s face, but Williamson drove by James on a couple of occasions. James finished with 34 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds. Williamson had 35 points and seven rebounds.After James and the Lakers again prevailed, this time 122-114, James appeared to offer Williamson extended advice at midcourt. LeBron and Zion sharing a moment postgame ✊ pic.twitter.com/DNBMah7Q6S— ESPN (@espn) March 2, 2020MORE[……]

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Carmelo Anthony's Trail Blazers contract to become fully guaranteed, reports say

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NBA null null Basketball null Carmelo Anthony’s strong early play as a member of the Trail Blazers is paying off for him.Portland will guarantee Anthony’s contract for the remainder of the 2019-20 NBA season, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday, citing NBA sources. The team had until Jan. 7 to make the call, ESPN’s Bobby Marks reported. Marks added that the guarantee will cost Portla夜网论坛nd just $1.36 million of Anthony’s $2.15 million salary; the NBA will reimburse the team for the other $800,000 or so. BERNSTEIN: Carmelo has been better than most people expected Anthony, 35, has become one of the team’s top scoring options after signing a non-guaranteed pact with Portland on Nov. 19. He has averaged 16.9 points in his first eight games (all starts). He is playing 31 minutes per game.The Blazers are 4-4 with Anthony in the lineup but have won four of their last five games.Anthony was out of the NBA for 9 1/2 months after being waived by the Bulls on Feb. 1. Chicago had acquired him in a trade with the Rockets. Anthony told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols this w[……]

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Anthony Davis injury update: Lakers star escapes with lower back contusion after scary fall vs. Knicks

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NBA Los Angeles Lakers New York Knicks Basketball Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks Lakers fans can collectively exhale.Anthony Davis’ MRI came back clean Wednesday morning and revealed only a gluteus maximus contusion. He will travel with the team for its upcoming two-game road trip and be listed as questionable for Friday’s game against the Mavericks. MORE: Why Davis declining Lakers’ extension offer doesn’t matterDavis gingerly walked off the floor during the third quarter of Tuesday night’s contest against the Knicks after a scary fall. He collided with New York forward Julius Randle at the basket and landed directly on his back, leaving the six-time All-Star in considerable pain. Davis was surrounded by his teammates and medical personnel before leaving the floor slowly under his own power. The official diagnosis is good news for the Lakers and Davis, who is averaging 27.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.5 steals in his first season with Los Angeles. Davis should be able to return relatively quickly from the contusion, though i[……]

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Heat's Jimmy Butler (personal reasons) to miss season opener vs. Grizzlies

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NBA null 夜网论坛 null Basketball null Miami fans will have to wait a bit to see Jimmy Butler in action this season.Butler will miss the Heat’s season opener vs. the Grizzlies due to personal reasons, the team announced Wednesday. #MEMveMIA UPDATE: Jimmy Butler (personal reasons) will not play in tonight’s game vs the Grizzlies.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) October 23, 2019Miami coach Erik Spoelstra says “everything is fine” regarding Butler’s situation and that “it’s all good,” via The Associated Press. Spo stresses “everything’s fine” with Jimmy Butler. “It’s all good,” Spo says.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 23, 2019The 30-year-old inked a four-year, $140 million deal with Miami after coming over in a sign-and-trade from Philadelphia this offseason. Last season, Butler was traded from the Timberwolves to the Sixers just 10 games into the season after he voiced his displeasure with the Minnesota front office. In 65 games with Minnesota and Philadelphia, the Marquette product averaged 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists.Miami opens its season against M[……]

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LeBron James explains how Lakers can finish out NBA Finals win vs. Heat

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NBA Los Angeles Lakers Miami Heat Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat LeBron James said the Lakers must play better after failing to clinch the NBA Finals against the Heat on Friday.The Lakers stood on the cusp of their first championship since 2010, but went down to the Heat 111-108 in a wild Game 5 at Walt Disney World Resort. James posted 40 points and 13 rebounds as the Lakers’ series lead was cut to 3-2 after Jimmy Butler’s triple-double fuelled the Heat in a thrilling showdown in Orlando, Florida. Eyeing his fourth title, James became the first player to post 40-plus points in a loss with a chance to clinch in the NBA Finals since Michael Jordan in Game 5 in 1993, per Stats Perform.MORE: Anthony Davis injury update after Lakers star hurts self in Game 5 The Lakers can still close out the Finals on Sunday, and James warned improvement is needed if the storied franchise are to end a 10-year wait for glory.”Obviously it was back and forth, big play after big play,” James told reporters following an entertaining finish, which saw seven lead changes in the final three minutes. “A couple of questionable calls that swayed their way and put Jimmy to[……]

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