Tag: National Basketball Assn

LeBron James Says He Doesn’t Care if Trump Shuns N.B.A. Over Protests

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers provided a pointed response on Wednesday night to President Trump’s criticism of players’ kneeling during the national anthem: The games will go on without you watching. After Trump said earlier Wednesday that he regarded N.B.A. players’ kneeling during the national anthem as “disgraceful” […]

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The Milwaukee Bucks Are Ready for a Long Stay in the Bubble

Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The shift was seemingly slight and went unannounced, but it was undeniably significant for the N.B.A. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, memos from the league office had been titled “HIATUS.” The N.B.A. sent 97 of them […]

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Ja Morant’s Dunks Are Amazing. His Misses Are Even Better.

Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies had already spent several months showcasing his hops when he and his teammates faced the Los Angeles Lakers in February. By then, Morant’s willingness to challenge some of the N.B.A.’s most towering figures was no secret. But Morant, 20, was about to take his fearlessness to a new level. […]

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‘The Better I Got in Sports, the Worse the Racism Got’

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There were a few must-pack accessories for Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs for his stay at Walt Disney World. Mills brought a stack of books on Black history in the United States and his native Australia. He made sure to carefully transport his favorite flat-brimmed hat, which bears […]

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A Momentous First Night Back for the N.B.A.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — When his postgame Zoom interview was over, before making a triumphant exit to the team bus, Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz acknowledged that the historic play he was savoring did not go exactly as planned. “I wasn’t supposed to get a post-up,” Gobert said. “I was supposed to get […]

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

The N.B.A. is finally back in action, with games featuring some of the stars fans have missed the most: LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers; Kawhi Leonard and Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers; and Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans. More than four months after the season was […]

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‘Bubbles’ Are Working. But How Long Can Sports Stay Inside?

Amid all the uncertainties saddling the resumption of sports in the shadow of the coronavirus, this much seems clear: Bubbles work. How long they will remain in use is another question. While a spreading coronavirus outbreak has threatened to derail the abbreviated season in Major League Baseball, which elected not to sequester its players when […]

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

Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The N.B.A. was rooting hard for Major League Baseball. Any league that hopes to return to something resembling standard operations next season was pulling for baseball to flourish in its attempt to stage a 60-game […]

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How Does the Coronavirus Affect Sports Betting?

Sports is slowly coming back to North America, and that means that sports betting is returning, too. With baseball restarted and the N.B.A. and the N.H.L. soon to follow, bookmakers and bettors are confronting the questions that were forgotten for several months: Who are the favorites? Who has no hope? How can I make some […]

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For the N.B.A., a Long, Strange Road Trip to the Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers has likened his new surroundings to a youth basketball tournament for grown men who happen to be some of the most recognizable sports stars on the planet. CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers combats the pangs he feels for his fiancée and […]

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

LeBron James has seen a great deal during his 17 seasons in the N.B.A. He has already won three championships, and now aspires to win his first with the Los Angeles Lakers. At 35, he is one of the oldest players in the league, with patches of gray showing in the beard he grew out […]

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The N.B.A. Is Back. This Is What Pandemic Basketball Looks Like.

What kinds of moments are you missing as a fan in the stands? We’d like to hear from you in the callout at the bottom of this article. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers was the first player on the floor Wednesday afternoon, lining up for the N.B.A.’s first […]

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Who Is Behind Those N.B.A. ‘Bubble Life’ Tweets?

For nearly two weeks, the Twitter accounts @NBABubbleLife and @WNBABubbleLife have anonymously chronicled the world’s best basketball players shotgunning beers, dancing with their teammates, failing at fishing and going about everyday activities, like getting haircuts and eating pancakes. The posts — a curated series of videos, photos and musings pulled from players’ social media accounts […]

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Tracy McGrady and Jermaine O’Neal Have Been Talking. They’re Starting a Sports Agency.

Tracy McGrady and Jermaine O’Neal were high-profile teenagers who shared the same agent and sneaker brand in January 1998, when a mutual acquaintance suggested that they meet for a meal. They went to an Applebee’s restaurant in Portland, Ore. O’Neal was in his second season there with the Trail Blazers, who had selected him out […]

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Matisse Thybulle Is the Breakout (Mini-Movie) Star of the N.B.A. Bubble

Not long after the N.B.A. suspended its season in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, Matisse Thybulle began looking for ways to occupy his time. He read books. He worked out. He also discovered TikTok, the video-sharing platform that seemed a natural fit for an avid photographer like himself. He filmed himself dribbling around his […]

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The N.B.A. Bubble Is in the Magic’s Backyard. But They’re Not Quite at Home.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Orlando Magic used two buses to keep a 35-person traveling party well spread out on the 23-mile journey that made them the first team to enter the N.B.A.’s restricted campus environment on July 7. Though there were far more pressing concerns on such a momentous ride, Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic […]

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Russell Westbrook Says He Tested Positive for the Coronavirus

Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets, the N.B.A.’s most valuable player in the 2016-17 season, said on Monday in a social media post that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. He said he received his test result before the team left for Walt Disney World in Florida, where the N.B.A. is attempting to restart […]

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ESPN Suspends N.B.A. Reporter for Vulgar Reply to Senator

ESPN’s most prominent basketball reporter has been suspended for a two-word vulgar email reply to the office of a United States senator on Friday morning in response to the senator’s critical statements about the N.B.A.’s relationship with China. The reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski, sent the email to the office of Josh Hawley, a Republican senator from […]

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