Month: February 2022

Feb 19, 2022; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is introduced during the 3-Point Contest during the 2022 NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Rocket Mortgage Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports LeBron James All-Star Game intro has everyone convinced he’s coming back to Cleveland by Scott Rogust Golden State Warriors
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LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers. (Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports) Latest Kirk Cousins report should make Vikings fans cringe by Scott Rogust Bellator 275: Gegard Mousasi wobbles, finishes Austin Vanderford in under 90 seconds (Video) by Thomas Albano The Lakers struggled early in their first game after the All-Star Break, as the crosstown rival Clippers made
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Charlotte Hornets guard James Bouknight gets kicked out of the UConn-Xavier basketball game, only to return a little bit later as a man of the people in the UConn student section. James Bouknight might be an anonymous player on the Charlotte Hornets, but he is a living legend in Storrs, Connecticut among the UConn faithful. While relaxing a
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Although James Harden has his sights set on Philadelphia, Joel Embiid apparently had another acquisition in mind: Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal.  Inside reports from the Brooklyn Nets camp have indicated that there was a growing distance between Kevin Durant and James Harden for months on end, with Harden gradually withdrawing from the organization. With that
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6:57 PM ET In the aftermath of LeBron James‘ public comments on a possible return to Cleveland and media reports describing his agency’s displeasure with the organization, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul met with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka on Tuesday, insisting that there’s no movement underway to seek management changes
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11:40 AM ET The Cleveland Cavaliers are promoting assistant general manager Mike Gansey to the GM title in the wake of Koby Altman’s recent ascension to president of basketball operations, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. Gansey’s climb completes a remarkable rise in the Cavaliers’ front office: a Cleveland high school player hired an intern in
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All-Star Weekend proves once again that challenges are different than games as Tyrese Maxey and Scottie Barnes hilariously fail to make easy shots.  As entertaining as it can be to see athletes demonstrate their skills in carnival-like competitions, it’s true that many of the challenges during NBA All-Star Weekend are starkly different than gameplay. Nothing
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CLEVELAND, OHIO – FEBRUARY 20: Dominique Wilkins, Michael Jordan, James Worthy, and Bob McAdoo pose for pictures after the introduction of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team during the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 20, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and
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11:19 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN CLEVELAND — The two kids from Akron stole the show at Sunday night’s All-Star Game. Stephen Curry put on a shooting clinic all evening, hitting 16 3-pointers and scoring 50 points, while LeBron James hit an absurd, one-legged turnaround jumper to clinch the victory for Team LeBron over Team Durant
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Pelicans center Willy Hernangomez credits his success to his family: his parents and siblings, his Spanish NBA mentors, and his New Orleans teammates. “Las cosas en equipo. Las cosas en familia. Saben mucho mejor.” Willy Hernangomez has tasted victory in a way few other professional athletes ever have. Willy wasn’t the first person to win
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11:00 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN CLEVELAND — Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns demanded an answer as he bounded into the interview room following the 3-point contest at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Saturday night. “Who bet against me?” Towns asked with an ear-to-ear grin. Whoever did, lost. Towns, thanks to a record-setting 29 points in the
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7:35 PM ET The 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend is in full force as the league’s biggest stars meet in Cleveland. This year’s edition saw multiple events with new formats — starting with Rising Stars Challenge that took place on Friday night. Saturday’s action is headlined by three events: the 3-point contest, slam dunk contest and
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11:49 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN CLEVELAND — The Rising Stars Challenge became the latest part of All-Star Weekend to undergo a format change, and it was a success. The event, which features the top first- and second-year NBA players, employed an entirely new format this season. Rather than just being one game involving those players,
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7:01 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN CLEVELAND — San Antonio Spurs legend and four-time NBA champion Manu Ginobili and WNBA legends Swin Cash and Lindsay Whalen headlined the 11 finalists from the North American and Women’s Committees for the Naismith Hall of Fame Class of 2022. The other eight finalists were: former Los Angeles Laker Michael
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Here are the trade grades for the Indiana Pacers sending Domantas Sabonis to the Sacramento Kings in a multi-player deal involving Tyrese Haliburton. So the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings made a deal with Domantas Sabonis going to Northern California and Tyrese Haliburton to the Hoosier State. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pacers sent Sabonis, Jeremy Lamb and a
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10:46 AM ET Andrew LopezESPN NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the New York City vaccination mandate that is preventing Nets guard Kyrie Irving from playing in home games “doesn’t quite make sense to me” during an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up on Wednesday morning. As an unvaccinated player against COVID-19, Irving cannot play at the
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3:42 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN CAMDEN, New Jersey — James Harden on Tuesday said his newfound partnership with center Joel Embiid can deliver the Philadelphia 76ers their first championship in almost 40 years. “For me, it made sense, man,” Harden said of the blockbuster trade during his introductory news conference at the team’s practice facility.
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9:23 PM ET Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley has agreed to a one-year, $13 million contract extension, his agent Kevin Bradbury of Rep1 Basketball told ESPN on Monday night. Beverley has been in the final season of a three-year, $40 million contract, so the new agreement will take him through the 2022-2023 season. After arriving
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3:06 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN The Philadelphia 76ers announced Monday that superstar guard James Harden will miss the team’s final two games before the All-Star break — Tuesday at home against the Boston Celtics and Thursday in Milwaukee against the defending champion Bucks — as well as the All-Star Game in Cleveland this weekend as
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Tyrese Haliburton, Sacramento Kings. (Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports) New York Mets: First move to make once the lockout ends by Seth Carlson Some Sacramento Kings fans absolutely hate this trade their team just made with the Indiana Pacers by giving up on Tyrese Haliburton in exchange for Domantas Sabonis in a package deal. While Indiana Pacers fans
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12:40 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid said he’s glad to be done answering questions about “that subject” now that the Ben Simmons saga is officially in the past for the 76ers. “Yeah, I’m happy that I’m not going to be answering any more questions about that subject,” Embiid said after finishing with
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Rob Pelinka, Los Angeles Lakers. (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) Chiefs: Travis Kelce won’t ever get over Super Bowl loss by Aryanna Prasad Rob Pelinka may not have been entirely truthful about consulting LeBron James over potential trades to improve the Los Angeles Lakers roster at the NBA trade deadline. The Los Angeles Lakers were
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8:31 AM ET Although Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden wants a trade to the Philadelphia 76ers, he has resisted making that formal request out of fear of the public backlash that would come with asking out of a second franchise in consecutive seasons, sources told ESPN. Harden is hopeful that 76ers president of basketball operations
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The NBA has announced the full field for the 3-Point Contest during All-Star weekend and fans are sure to be fired up.  The high-flyers putting on a show during the Dunk Contest at the All-Star Game may make plenty of headlines, but don’t forget about the 3-Point Contest for a second. Each year, the competition
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2:47 PM ET The Utah Jazz have agreed to trade injured veteran forward Joe Ingles in a three-team deal in which the Western Conference contender will land promising third-year guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Jazz will acquire Alexander-Walker from the Portland Trail Blazers and reserve forward Juancho Hernangomez from the San
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3:42 AM ET LOS ANGELES — A troubling loss to the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night led to an uneasy admission within the Los Angeles Lakers‘ locker room: The roster is not working, and something must be done to get the team back on course with Thursday’s trade deadline fast approaching. The suspicion
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11:06 AM ET The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to trade CJ McCollum, Larry Nance Jr. and Tony Snell to the New Orleans Pelicans, sources tell ESPN. In return, the Pelicans are sending Josh Hart, Tomas Satoransky, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Didi Louzada, a future first-round pick and two future second-round picks to the Blazers, sources said.
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4:40 PM ET The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert in a trade, sources told ESPN on Sunday, a significant addition to one of the most promising young rosters in the Eastern Conference. LeVert goes to the Cavaliers with a 2022 second-round pick via Miami for Ricky Rubio‘s expiring contract, a lottery-protected
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3:56 PM ET DENVER — The Brooklyn Nets do not plan to trade James Harden prior to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. Nets coach Steve Nash made that clear before Sunday’s game against the Denver Nuggets as Harden’s name continues to pop up in trade speculation. “Yes,” Nash said. “That’s correct.” Nash also said Harden has
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2:17 PM ET Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Veteran center Greg Monroe is back with the Milwaukee Bucks on a 10-day contract. Monroe, 31, played 165 games for the Bucks from 2015 to 2017. He played five games earlier this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards while on 10-day contracts with each of those
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5:12 PM ET Sashi Brown is leaving Monumental Sports and the NBA’s Washington Wizards to return to the NFL as an executive with the Baltimore Ravens, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Adam Schefter on Friday. The Ravens haven’t announced the news, but team officials confirmed the hiring to ESPN. Brown had just been promoted
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2:56 PM ET The LA Clippers are trading Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, Keon Johnson and a future second-round pick to the Portland Trail Blazers for Norman Powell and Robert Covington, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The pick the Clippers are sending out is a 2025 second-round pick via the Detroit Pistons, sources tell ESPN. The
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Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images Sean Strickland details the origins of Kevin Holland beef (Video) by Curtis Calhoun Some are taking Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid’s most recent tweet as a shot towards Ben Simmons. The Philadelphia 76ers saw their recent five-game winning streak end on on Wednesday, Feb. 2 after a 106-103 loss to
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8:51 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN The NBA on Tuesday night unveiled the rosters for this month’s Rising Stars Challenge, which featured the presence of G League Ignite players for the first time. Four top prospects playing for the Ignite — Jaden Hardy, Dyson Daniels, Scoot Henderson and MarJon Beauchamp — joined 12 players from each
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1:26 PM ET PHOENIX — James Harden (right hand strain) went through all of the Brooklyn Nets‘ shootaround Tuesday and has been upgraded to probable for the game Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns. “I think he’s feeling less irritation,” Nets coach Steve Nash said after the shootaround. “So the inflammation’s come down. Therefore, the
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