Tag: Harden, James

The Harden Trade Should Work Out — but Maybe Not for the Nets

In the midst of an opening month marked by game postponements, depleted rosters and ragged basketball, four teams intervened last week to deliver a blockbuster James Harden trade. It was a rousing (and welcome) diversion as the N.B.A. strained to play through a pandemic, but a few days of reflection hasn’t changed my initial reaction. […]

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Harden Reunites With Durant, Far from the Hearts of Sonics Fans

SEATTLE — If you’re a fan of the Seattle SuperSonics, jilted long ago despite decades of loyal love, you’re seriously happy for the last great talent from your team. That would be Kevin Durant. After a year spent rehabilitating a torn Achilles’ tendon, Durant now seems to be living his best life in Brooklyn as […]

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8 Fearless N.B.A. Season Predictions

You ask; I answer. Every week in this space, I’ll field three questions posed via email at marcstein-newsletter@nytimes.com. Please include your first and last name, as well as the city you’re writing in from, and make sure “Corner Three” is in the subject line. (Questions may be lightly edited or condensed for clarity.) Q: The […]

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

LeBron James was surprised, and a little annoyed, when the N.B.A. unveiled its schedule for the 2020-21 season. He had been hoping for a mid-January start for his title defense with the Los Angeles Lakers. It was wishful thinking. “I was like, ‘Wow!’” James said at a recent news conference. The Lakers, just 72 days […]

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N.B.A. Hopes for ‘as Close to a Normal Season as Possible’

The first team to take up residence at the N.B.A. bubble in July was one of the first to be assigned a road trip last week. The Orlando Magic on Thursday afternoon boarded a team flight for the first time since March and made the short journey to Atlanta to jump-start a season like no […]

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Marc Stein on the Russell Westbrook Trade Market

The next two weeks will be frenetic but also refreshingly familiar (and presumably safe) throughout the N.B.A. The league’s Transaction Game, as we like to call it, has resumed with a flourish and is one of the few aspects of the forthcoming season that should not be endangered by coronavirus interruptions. The 2020 draft, delayed […]

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It’s James Harden Appreciation Day

Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. Our perpetual search for positives in such a depressing year was a little less desperate this week. That’s because Thursday is International Left-Handers’ Day — one of my favorite “holidays” — in what has been a historic N.B.A. season for […]

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