Tag: National Basketball Assn

LeBron James’s Agent, Rich Paul, Starts a Sports Division at a Hollywood Firm

ImageThe agent Rich Paul watched an N.B.A. game between the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers in February.CreditMitchell Leff/Getty Images United Talent Agency, one of the leading representation firms in Hollywood, has joined with the influential N.B.A. agent Rich Paul to create a sports division for the entertainment company. Paul, who represents LeBron James and 22 […]

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Is Chase Budinger the Future of Men’s Beach Volleyball?

At the 2012 N.B.A. slam dunk contest, Chase Budinger ran up behind Diddy, intercepted his upward toss, launched his 6-foot-7 frame over the rapper’s head, and smashed the ball into the net in one swoop. Now the seven-year N.B.A. veteran is making a compelling encore. Not on the hardwood, where he earned more than $18 […]

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Are Kawhi, Durant and LeBron Too Powerful?

ImageKawhi Leonard’s unorthodox maneuvering toward the Los Angeles Clippers is prompting many in basketball to consider the ramifications for N.B.A. free agency.CreditVaughn Ridley/Getty Images One week into N.B.A. free agency, two historically woebegone franchises have reveled in the splashiest acquisitions. The Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers outdueled the far more glamorous teams in their […]

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Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to Join the Clippers in Stunner

After a week of deliberations, Kawhi Leonard committed to sign a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Clippers early Saturday morning, Leonard’s sister confirmed via Instagram. Leonard, though, agreed to choose the Clippers only after they agreed in principle on an equally stunning trade to acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to […]

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Why Do Sports Fans Watch, and Rewatch, Injury Footage?

Kevin Durant’s defining quality, as arguably the world’s greatest basketball player, has always been his ease. He dominates other pros like a grown uncle bossing the mini-hoop at his nephew’s backyard birthday party. Type Durant’s name into a search bar, and you can binge for hours on mesmerizing footage of him gently devastating his peers. […]

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Durant and Irving Make the Nets New York’s True Players

Rod Thorn was an assistant coach in 1976 when the Nets, as they moved from the American Basketball Association to the N.B.A., made the oft-lamented decision to sell Julius Erving’s contract to the Philadelphia 76ers. Twenty-five years later, Thorn was the architect of the best trade in Nets history as the general manager who brought […]

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These Knicks Do Not Belong in Today’s N.B.A.

James L. Dolan might have been a perfectly fine custodian of a professional basketball team had his father given him one 50 years ago. But not in the 21st century. Before there was such a thing as free agency, back when the privilege of ownership essentially included the players along with the franchise, Dolan’s imperious […]

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Kevin Durant to Join Nets in Free Agency

Kevin Durant announced Sunday that he intends to sign a max deal to join the Nets. Durant, who spent the last three seasons starring for the Golden State Warriors, made the announcement on Instagram. He missed several weeks of the playoffs with injuries, then ruptured his Achilles’ tendon in his return during the finals just […]

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The N.B.A.’s Hot Stove Has Burned Down the League

Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. It was a night of trades and tears and a seemingly insatiable social media thirst for the sort of drama that the N.B.A. generates like no other league once its gyms go dark and the balls stop bouncing. It was […]

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The N.B.A.’s Draft Show Goes On, With Style — Even if It Shouldn’t

How many more NBA drafts will the cable networks be able to put on? This is a moral quandary over equitable employment practices, mental health and, frankly, racial optics. It’s not a fashion question. As fashion, the answer is probably “forever!” The broadcasts have added a procession that gives some pomp to the circumstance. A […]

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Draft Done, What’s Next for the Knicks and Nets? Patience and Free Agency

Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. It will take a lot more than one N.B.A. draft for the Knicks to climb their way back to respectability. They have proven as much in recent years. An abridged history: They used the fourth pick of the 2015 draft […]

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Live N.B.A. Draft Round 1 Pick-by-Pick Analysis

ImageDuke’s Zion Williamson, right, here with N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver, was taken No. 1 overall by the Pelicans, as expected.CreditSarah Stier/Getty Images 27. Nets: Mfiondu Kabengele Center, Florida State Don’t let his listed height of 6 feet 10 inches fool you: Kabengele’s standing reach is 9 feet 1.5 inches and he plays as big as […]

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N.B.A. Draft Live Updates: Knicks Select R.J. Barrett at No. 3

ImageDuke’s Zion Williamson, right, here with N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver, was taken No. 1 overall by the Pelicans, as expected.CreditSarah Stier/Getty Images 3. Knicks: R.J. Barrett Shooting Guard, Duke Barrett came into the season with co-billing as the player to watch alongside Zion Williamson. He then matched his teammate in scoring (22.6 points a game), […]

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Zion Williamson Is The Choosing One

Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. The incandescent smile that disappeared from Zion Williamson’s face last month the moment the New Orleans Pelicans lucked into the No. 1 draft pick was back on Wednesday as Williamson claimed that he never actually had a preferred team. Not […]

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Jeremy Lin, ‘Reppin’ Asians With Everything I Have,’ Is Bigger Than an N.B.A. Title

Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. TORONTO — My 4-year-old and 7-year-old nephews regularly practice jump shots in their backyard, and they watch the N.B.A. attentively enough to know that the Toronto Raptors’ best player, Kawhi Leonard, wears the No. 2. In the fall, the older […]

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New Orleans Pelicans Agree to Trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers

Anthony Davis, one of the N.B.A.’s most dominant big men, is joining LeBron James in Los Angeles after the Lakers agreed to a blockbuster trade with the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday. In exchange for Davis, the Lakers are sending a vast haul to New Orleans: guards Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, forward Brandon Ingram […]

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Masai Ujiri Could Be Charged in Altercation After Raptors’ Title Win, Authorities Say

Masai Ujiri, the president of basketball operations and general manager of the Toronto Raptors, may be charged with assault after an altercation with a California sheriff’s deputy late Thursday, shortly after his team won Game 6 of the N.B.A. finals, the authorities said on Friday. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said that it would pursue […]

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Raptors Holding Off Warriors, 60-57: Live Updates

ImageToronto’s Kyle Lowry has been hot early, scoring the Raptors’ first 11 points in Game 6.CreditKyle Terada/USA Today Sports, via Reuters Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. Halftime The Raptors were better, the Warriors were scrappier and Toronto went into halftime at Oracle up, 60-57. The […]

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Raptors vs. Warriors: Live Score and Updates

ImageToronto’s Kyle Lowry has been hot early, scoring the Raptors’ first 11 points in Game 6.CreditKyle Terada/USA Today Sports, via Reuters Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. 1st Quarter: Klay is in Game 6 mode. Nick Nurse brought in Serge Ibaka and Steve Kerr countered with […]

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