Month: March 2021

Mar 21, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard John Wall (1) looks to drive around Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 21, 2021, in Houston. Mandatory Credit: Michael Wyke/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports) Tyreek Hill reveals he denied Chiefs request to restructure contract
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9:17 AM ET Associated Press SILVER SPRING, Md. — Canadian blockchain technology company Dapper Labs has secured $305 million in private funding — some of it from current and former NBA players, including Michael Jordan — to scale up its virtual NBA trading card site, the company said Tuesday. Vancouver, British Columbia-based Dapper says NBA
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Pelicans star forward Zion Williams is on a run of dominance comparable only to Shaquille O’Neal’s best from 20 years ago. Zion Williamson is an absolute beast. An efficient one at that. The New Orleans Pelicans forward is now earning comparisons to Shaquille O’Neal after an impressive 20-game stretch. The sophomore star reached that benchmark
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On March 22, 2021, the worst fast break attempt in the history of the NBA occurred, thanks to Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Theo Maledon. He followed it up by turning the ball over. Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Theo Maledon will be roasted alive on his team’s next film session after completing the worst fast break attempt in the history
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Mar 27, 2021 Center Andre Drummond cleared waivers and he has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced on Sunday. “Andre Drummond gives us powerful, anchor-point skills on both ends of the court,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said in a statement. “We feel extremely fortunate to add a player of his caliber
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Ja Morant is the Memphis Grizzlies‘ latest superhero but with great power comes great responsibility. I am watching Into the Spider-Verse and thinking about Ja Morant. I am watching Into the Spider-Verse and thinking about how with great power there must also come great responsibility. I am watching Into the Spider-Verse and thinking about great
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5:29 PM ET SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers is hopeful Kelly Oubre Jr. will decide to re-sign with the organization this summer after deciding against dealing the 25-year-old swingman prior to Thursday’s trade deadline, despite “high level” interest. “Kelly’s done a great job,” Myers said during a video conference call with
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CLEVELAND, OHIO – FEBRUARY 06: Andre Drummond #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the fourth quarter at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 06, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user
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3:16 PM ET The Houston Rockets are trading guard Victor Oladipo to the Miami Heat at the trade deadline, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday. Oladipo, 28, is in the final season of a four-year, $85 million contract and can become a free agent this summer. He suffered a ruptured quad injury in
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LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets. (Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports) Clippers: Kawhi Leonard’s new mansion is absolutely massive by Bre’ana Singleton Cardinals GM Steve Keim somehow thinks A.J. Green has a lot left by Brad Berreman We may not have seen the last of LaMelo Ball in his rookie season with the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte Hornets
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1:13 AM ET The Toronto Raptors are hurtling toward a roster transformation at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, engaging in talks on multiple fronts centered on separate deals for six-time All-Star guard Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell, sources told ESPN. In the final year of his contract, Lowry’s chances of leaving Toronto in a trade are
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7:51 PM ET Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone broke down in tears during his pregame media session Tuesday after reading the names of the 10 victims of Monday’s shooting massacre in Boulder, Colorado. Malone, speaking before the Nuggets played the Orlando Magic, opened his session by shifting the focus off basketball and toward the
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Despite the Atlanta Hawks being the hottest team in basketball, power forward John Collins is drawing considerable trade interest from at least five different teams. Could he be dealt by Thursday? If the Atlanta Hawks give John Collins the 1994 Dominique Wilkins treatment, the City of Atlanta will be big mad. While the Hawks are winners of
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To wear or not to wear — that is the question every fan has to answer when it comes to wearing a jersey, NBA or otherwise. Taking the leap from team-themed t-shirt to official jersey is to go from casual fan to die-hard supporter, literally wearing your fandom on your sleeve (or torso, as it
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Nobody likes being disrespected, especially the Utah Jazz, but did All-Star center Rudy Gobert just unintentionally disrespect the very franchise he plays for? No NBA team embodies small-market energy quite like the Utah Jazz. Despite being one of the better-run organizations in the league, Rocky Mountain franchise is often disrespected by the league at large, so much so
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12:47 AM ET His mask could barely contain Houston Rockets coach Stephen Silas’ smile Monday night following a 117-99 win over the Toronto Raptors that brought a franchise-record 20-game losing streak to a merciful end. A day earlier, Silas was visibly distraught after the Rockets’ 114-112 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Silas’ postgame news
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It appears the LaMarcus Aldridge era has come to an end for the San Antonio Spurs. What do we make of an experiment that didn’t succeed and didn’t fail either? The idea seemed like a good one, and for a moment or two, it worked. The San Antonio Spurs added an All-Star just shy of
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1:09 PM ET Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — The NBA has fined Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse $50,000 for throwing his facemask behind the scorer’s table and toward the stands, plus for directing profanity toward game officials before leaving the floor at the end of a game Friday night. The league announced the fine Sunday.
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Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers. (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) UFC Vegas 22: Derek Brunson vs. Kevin Holland preview and prediction by Thomas Albano Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons shared the love with former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz over Twitch. Even though Carson Wentz does not play for the Philadelphia Eagles anymore, he still has
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Brandon Boston Jr. is the latest one-and-done Kentucky basketball player as the Wildcats freshman will enter the NBA Draft after an underwhelming college career. One day after Terrance Clarke declared for the NBA Draft, Brandon Boston Jr. followed his Kentucky basketball teammate to declare his intentions for the draft. Boston will sign with an agent,
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4:42 AM ET Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris has joined the Brooklyn Nets‘ Spencer Dinwiddie in committing to playing for Nigeria internationally as a naturalized player, head coach Mike Brown has confirmed to ESPN. Multiple reports in local media emerged on Friday that Morris would be playing for the African nation at the Olympics. The
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New York Knicks wing R.J. Barrett is a much better player in year two, thanks to some improvements in his approach and a breakthrough as a shooter. For many prospects, especially those not considered stone-cold locks for stardom, that which can tip the scales between success and disappointment is context. Roster construction, schematics, coaching, geographical
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Lonzo Ball, New Orleans Pelicans. (Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports) Wisconsin basketball: Badgers spoof ‘Full House’ intro for March Madness hype video by Bre’ana Singleton Lonzo Ball is reportedly interested in joining the New York Knicks in his restricted free agency. New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball will be hitting restricted free agency this summer.
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Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves. (Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports) Is Micah Parsons’ upside higher than Devin White? by Cole Thompson Patrick Mahomes impressed by Anthony Edwards’ dunk of the year candidate by Gerald Bourguet Anthony Edwards took Yuta Watanabe’s soul after the dunk of the 2020-21 NBA season. Who cares if the Minnesota Timberwolves are terrible?
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Following the Milwaukee Bucks’ win over the Philadelphia 76ers, Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrated by eating a cheesesteak.  Wednesday night featured a battle of Eastern Conference juggernauts, as the Philadelphia 76ers faced off against the Milwaukee Bucks. The presence of star center Joel Embiid was sorely missed by the 76ers, as they fell to the Bucks 109-105
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Trae Young called out Grayson Allen on Twitter for allegedly tripping him during Saturday’s Atlanta Hawks-Memphis Grizzlies game. During the NBA preseason, Atlanta Hawks star point guard Trae Young got acquainted with Memphis Grizzlies guard Grayson Allen. And by acquainted, we mean that Young shoved Allen and created a brief scuffle between both teams. The
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2:29 AM ET DALLAS — Sometimes it doesn’t matter who defends Luka Doncic. Case in point — or 42 points, actually — Paul George, the LA Clippers superstar whose name always comes up in conversations about the NBA’s premier perimeter stoppers. Doncic made the four-time All-Defensive selection look foolish on numerous occasions during his masterful
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 11: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on March 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 06: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics talks with Jayson Tatum #0 against the Miami Heat during the fourth quarter at American Airlines Arena on January 06, 2021 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is
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3:10 PM ET The NBA and Utah Jazz‘s joint investigation into allegations by former player Elijah Millsap found no evidence to support a claim that team executive Dennis Lindsey made a racially insensitive comment in an April 2015 meeting, the league said Monday in a statement. “The investigation was unable to establish that the alleged
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1:28 AM ET ESPN News Services MINNEAPOLIS — Anthony Edwards scored a career-high 34 points and threw down another monster dunk as the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves held on to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 114-112 on Sunday. At 19 years and 221 days old, Edwards became the youngest player in Timberwolves history with a 30-point
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12:05 AM ET ESPN News Services Portland’s Carmelo Anthony moved into 11th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, passing Hall-of-Famer Hakeem Olajuwon by hitting a pull-up jumper with 9 minutes, 46 seconds left in the fourth quarter of the Trail Blazers’ 125-121 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night. Olajuwon, a two-time NBA
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Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports After firing Lloyd Pierce, these five candidates should be on the Atlanta Hawks’ radar for their next, long-term head coach. The Atlanta Hawks came into the 2020-21 campaign with heightened expectations. When those optimistic projections didn’t materialize, head coach Lloyd Pierce became the fall guy. It’s both understandable and
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Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers. (Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports) Lakers: Alex Caruso explains why he turned down NBA Slam Dunk Contest by John Buhler Stephen Curry and LeBron James have this one thing in common, and you are never going to believe what it is. Everybody and their brother
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The Sacramento Kings just gave De’Aaron Fox a max contract extension and he’s earned every penny. This season is his chance to make the leap to a superstar. The Sacramento Kings have not been a successful NBA franchise for quite some time now. Despite routinely finding themselves in the lottery, they have yet to really
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12:21 AM ET Adrian Wojnarowski Close Senior NBA Insider Host of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017 Tim MacMahon Close ESPN Staff Writer Joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009 Covers the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks Appears regularly on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker, increasingly frustrated that he has yet to
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 12: Ben Simmons #25 and Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers walk to the bench against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on November 12, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Cavaliers 98-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using
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12:34 PM ET New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who is Jewish, posted an open letter to Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard about Leonard’s use of an anti-Semitic slur during a recent video game livestream. In a video that surfaced Tuesday on social media, Leonard can be heard saying: “F—ing cowards; don’t f—ing snipe
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3:55 PM ET Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, Chris Webber, Michael Cooper, Lauren Jackson, Ben Wallace and Yolanda Griffith are among the finalists in the 2021 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, announced Tuesday on ESPN’s The Jump. Pierce, a first-time nominee, spent 15 of his 19 NBA seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning a
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11:49 AM ET Associated Press LOS ANGELES — – A federal judge in California has ruled that Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, can obtain the names of four Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who allegedly shared graphic photos from the site of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, their daughter Gianna and seven others.
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11:59 AM ET Associated Press The NBA’s mini-bubble in Atlanta for the All-Star Game apparently worked. No players, coaches or game officials tested positive for COVID-19 while in Atlanta, the NBA said Monday after the final tests were processed and results were returned to the league and the teams involved. That includes Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid
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Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers. (Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) 3 surprise cuts the Broncos could make this offseason by Brad Berreman Browns still in the mix for J.J. Watt, but they’re not alone by Braulio Perez Erik Spoelstra says nobody makes better in-game adjustments than LeBron James. During the 2020
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11:24 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Thanks to a perfect 16-for-16 performance from the field — including banking in multiple jump shots — Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo won his first NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award, as Team LeBron cruised to a 170-150 victory over Team Durant on Sunday night in Atlanta. “You know
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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks. (Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports) Stephen Curry hilariously scares Luka Doncic during All-Star Game intros (Video) by Braulio Perez Leave it up to Giannis Antetokounmpo to give us this absolutely wholesome moment with his son Liam shortly before the 2021 NBA All-Star Game. Here they are sharing the love of
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LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz. (Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports) Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott’s workout video will get fans juiced (Video) by John Buhler Donovan Mitchell did not take kindly to LeBron James’ remarks during the 2021 NBA All-Star Game Draft. Donovan Mitchell’s Utah Jazz may have the best record in the
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11:31 AM ET Philadelphia 76ers teammates Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are uncertain for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta after contact with a barber, who potentially has contracted the coronavirus, sources told ESPN. The barber, located in the Philadelphia area, is undergoing additional testing Sunday because of an inconclusive positive test, sources said. The
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Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell recorded a unique triple-double on Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. If you happened to have watched Wednesday evening’s game between the Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, you witnessed history. Seriously, we are talking about unprecedented history. Pacers guard T.J. McConnell recorded a triple-double consisting of 16 points (eight-for-eight
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 25: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with Klay Thompson #11 after he made a three-point basket in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Chase Center on January 25, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading
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12:17 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid has committed to giving his winnings from Sunday’s All-Star Game in Atlanta to several Philadelphia homeless shelters, meaning $100,000 will go to the various organizations. “So many have fallen on such hard times during the pandemic,” Embiid said in a statement released by the team
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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban with Luka Doncic. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Anthony Dirrell and Kyrone Davis fight to split-draw in tactical boxing bout by Jeremy Herriges Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is so enamored with Luka Doncic’s game-winning 3-pointer against the Clippers he’d pay $1 million for the NBA Top Shot version of
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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – MARCH 03: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts after scoring during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at Wells Fargo Center on March 03, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the
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Feb 3, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dylan Windler (9) goes up for a shot against LA Clippers forward Mfiondu Kabengele (25) in the fourth quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports Michigan football: Wolverines leading Michigan State for 4-star, in-state recruit by Bre’ana Singleton 49ers: Joe Montana weighs
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After years with no direction, the Chicago Bulls are showing promise, led by Zach LaVine’s All-Star season. This week, in conjunction with the announcement that Zach LaVine had been named to his first All-Star game, players and colleagues from throughout his career showed their support for his journey, from mentor Jamal Crawford to Thaddeus Young.
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Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) walks towards the court before the start of the game against the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports Alabama trolls Georgia with special 2nd-and-26 throwback (Video) by John Buhler Kevin Durant has been ruled out
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NBA commissioner Adam Silver has reportedly apologized to Toronto Raptors team president Masai Uriji.  No one has forgotten about the 2019 NBA Finals when the Toronto Raptors somehow upset the Golden State Warriors. Unfortunately, no one has forgotten about the post-game incident where Raptors team president Masai Uriji had an altercation with California Deputy Sheriff Alan
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