Month: March 2022

Illinois basketball career now entering the rearview, star big man Kofi Cockburn is eyeing his NBA future and perhaps a Fighting Illini reunion.  Kofi Cockburn wants to play basketball in the state of Illinois next year. Ideally, it will be in Chicago with the NBA Bulls alongside his former college teammate at Illinois, Ayo Dosunmu.
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Elsa Hasch /Allsport The Miami Heat have a history of growth and have seen some NBA legends stick around. Some legends, however, have made appearances so quickly you may have forgotten they played for the Heat. Some extremely talented NBA players have played for the Miami Heat, including current forward Jimmy Butler and future Hall-of-Famers
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of the NBA’s biggest surprises this season and have now introduced a new reward for grit: The Junkyard Dog Chain The Cleveland Cavaliers have not been very good lately. They have gone  6-10 since the All-Star Break, and are now in the seventh seed where they would be forced
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Mar 26, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Indiana Pacers forward Oshae Brissett (12) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors center Khem Birch (24) during the first quarter at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports March Madness bracket update 2022: Who does Villanova play in Final Four? by John Buhler Jay Wright contract: How
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CLEVELAND, OHIO – FEBRUARY 20: LeBron James #6 of Team LeBron looks on 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 or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of
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With New York City athletes now allowed to perform without having the COVID-19 vaccine, Yankees star Aaron Judge commented on the issue.  The COVID-19 vaccine has become politically polarizing, even in the world of sports. Many athletes have tried to keep their vaccination status to themselves, evidenced by the Aaron Rodgers debacle in which he
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Mar 23, 2022; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) controls the ball as Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane (22) defends during the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports USMNT vs Mexico: How Americans could qualify for World Cup tonight by Mark Powell Two young NBA players are making
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6:05 PM ET Adrian Wojnarowski Close Senior NBA Insider Host of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017 Jeff Passan Close ESPN ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” The progress toward further changes to New York City’s private-sector vaccine mandate has inspired confidence that
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8:00 AM ET 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 Kevin Pelton Close ESPN Senior Writer Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system For a guy
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10:04 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson has tried to keep a low profile on social media while rehabbing his fractured right foot that has kept him out the entire 2021-22 season. That changed on Tuesday night. Williamson posted a 5-second clip to his Instagram story showing him at the Pelicans’
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1:36 PM ET NEW YORK — As the Brooklyn Nets prepare for the final 11 games of the regular season, center Andre Drummond offered an interesting perspective on how he hopes the team approaches the stretch run. “Got to treat this s— like pickup,” Drummond said, laughing, after Sunday’s practice. “Just take the best five
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6:23 PM ET Jamal CollierESPN MINNEAPOLIS — A small fracas in the game Saturday between the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves led to a pair of ejections midway through the first quarter. Bucks forward Serge Ibaka and Wolves forward Taurean Prince were face-to-face after fighting for positioning following a free throw from Karl-Anthony Towns, when
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Warriors head coach Steve Kerr confronted Celtics guard Marcus Smart for two dangerous plays involving Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.  Draymond Green and Juan Toscano-Anderson may not consider Celtics guard Marcus Smart to have played dirty against them, but that doesn’t mean the Warriors-Celtics game was free from confrontation. The Celtics defeated the Warriors 110-88, but
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Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook says he doesn’t care about trash talk, but Timberwolves Patrick Beverly and Karl-Anthony Towns couldn’t help but talk. The trash-talking NBA players endure beyond the confines of the game tend to cross the line, as the Russell Westbrook situation has proven in Los Angeles. Westbrook has been a mind-boggling disappointment
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Los Angeles Clippers shooter Reggie Jackson tripped up Russell Westbrook in the most embarrassing way before scoring 3 soon after.  When Reggie Jackson and Russell Westbrook both played in Oklahoma City, it was Jackson who played behind Westbrook. Now that both point guards are in Los Angeles—for the Clippers and Lakers, respectively—it’s Jackson who was
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1:48 AM ET MINNEAPOLIS — As fans showered the Minnesota Timberwolves starters with thunderous applause when they exited the game late in a blowout win, Karl-Anthony Towns raised one hand and waved toward the Los Angeles Lakers‘ bench, gesturing by opening and closing his hand several times. There was noticeable trash talking during the Timberwolves’
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Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving joins the historic 60 Point Club, but he is still far from being the NBA’s most prolific member.  Even though Kyrie Irving hasn’t played much in the 2021-22 season, the Nets shooter has still managed to make NBA history in the team’s 150-point victory over the Orlando Magic. Irving added
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 24: Ben Simmons #10 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the first half against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center on February 24, 2022 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to
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3:07 PM ET Milwaukee Bucks forward DeAndre’ Bembry is feared to have suffered a season-ending knee injury, sources told ESPN on Sunday. Bembry is undergoing imaging Sunday, but that’s expected to confirm that he suffered a serious injury in Saturday night’s 122-109 loss to the Golden State Warriors, sources said. Bembry had averaged nearly 10
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7:17 PM ET Associated Press MIAMI — Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris was cleared to play Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves following a four-month absence because of a whiplash injury. Morris was injured in a Nov. 8 scuffle with Denver’s Nikola Jokic. He missed 58 games. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before the game
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8:00 AM ET For nearly two decades, Manu Ginobili has had hundreds of dinners and countless talks with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, discussing everything from “politics, war, the game, or kids.” Popovich even showed up at Ginobili’s door at 1 in the morning with wine to cheer him up after a tough game.
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16-04-2021: Basketbal: Fenerbahce Oznur Kablo v UMMC Ekaterinburg: Istanboel”nISTANBUL, TURKEY – APRIL 16: Brittney Griner of UMMC Ekaterinburg, Satou Sabally of Fenerbahce Oznur Kablo during the Euroleague Women Final Four match between Fenerbahce Oznur Kablo and UMMC Ekaterinburg at Volkswagen Arena on April 16, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey (Photo by /BSR Agency/Getty Images) 3 free
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MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 09: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League Round Of Sixteen Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 09, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images) Watch: Marcus Stroman outlines
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2:03 AM ET HOUSTON — A triple-double from LeBron James and a high-scoring effort from Russell Westbrook weren’t enough to halt the Los Angeles Lakers‘ self-destruction tour, with Wednesday’s 139-130 overtime loss to the Rockets being the latest lowlight in a season full of them. “We kind of messed around with the game and they
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Mar 7, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley (22) dribbles the ball during the third quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports James Harden ties Reggie Miller on the all-time 3-pointers list [VIDEO] by Scott Rogust Dirk Nowitzki is still mad about Wade and
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Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images Patrick Beverley manned the t-shirt cannon during Timberwolves blowout win by Scott Rogust Warriors had Jackie Moon as special guest for warm-ups [VIDEO] by Scott Rogust Dirk Nowitzki talked about the “disrespect” shown by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James mocking him before Game 5 of the 2011 NBA
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9:35 PM ET CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kyrie Irving‘s 50-point outburst during Tuesday night’s 132-121 win over the Charlotte Hornets was so impressive that Kevin Durant spent the first few moments of his postgame news conference clapping for his teammate at the podium. Durant called Irving’s performance a “master class” and said younger players should watch
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WNBA superstar Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia on drug trafficking charges after hashish oil was discovered in her luggage by customs officials.  Phoenix Mercury star and WNBA icon Brittney Griner was detained in Russia on Saturday after customs officials discovered what they determined to be an illegal drug in her luggage. According to
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Feb 15, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch reacts to the technical foul assigned to him by the referees in the game with the Charlotte Hornets at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports UFC 272: The worst betting pick on Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal card by Byron Smith
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11:34 AM ET The lawyers leading the NBA’s investigation into the Phoenix Suns are preparing to interview Robert Sarver regarding the accusations against the team and its majority owner, sources close to the investigation told ESPN. Sources said more than 300 people have been interviewed as part of the investigation, which the league launched in
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American basketball player Wilt Chamberlain, one of the highest paid athletes in America, USA, 25th August 1965. (Photo by Harry Benson/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Max Scherzer is blatantly wrong about luxury tax system by Mark Powell The Over and Back Podcast celebrates the 60-year anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game with author Gary Pomerantz. 60 years
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12:49 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN PHILADELPHIA — After a third straight sterling performance in a 76ers uniform — but a first in front of the fans here inside Wells Fargo Center — James Harden declared Philadelphia feels like home. “Just exciting,” Harden said after finishing with 26 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in Philadelphia’s
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Feb 20, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Team Durant center/forward Karl-Anthony Towns (32) dunks during the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports What fast-food restaurants are open on President’s Day? by Amy Kaplan Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns is paying tribute to his mother with his shoes for
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8:00 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN EXACTLY TWO YEARS ago, the New York Knicks officially hired Leon Rose as president of basketball operations. Since then, Rose has had one in-person news conference — a gathering with a small group of reporters prior to the 2021-22 NBA season at the team’s practice facility in Westchester, New York.
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12:47 PM ET Isaiah Thomas is signing a 10-day contract with Charlotte, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The veteran point guard has played in five games this season with the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, signing 10-day deals with each team during the height of the league’s COVID-19 outbreak this season. Thomas averaged
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