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1978 to 2020 - KOBE REST IN PEACE (RIP) - (Keith Allison photo)


Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo led the list of 10 players wth LeBron James - (Keith Allison - photo)


Kawhi Leonard turned down an offer to play with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. He made a man's choice to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. Now Leonard is leading the Clippers to haunt James and the Lakers- - (NBA - photo)


Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain exemplified how to play the game without Showtime hot-dogging. The two battled for over a decade during the 60's. Since that time no NBA center could compare to their brute talent - (Library of Congress photo)


When Hanna Storm questioned Lakers boss Jeanie Buss regarding Carmelo Anthony and other NBA stars declining to sign with the Lakers the incredulous Buss replied, "What has that to do with Kobe?" - (ESPN screen shot photo)








NBA NEWS - NBA All-Star Game Final Voting Results - January, 2020
Lakers’ James, Bucks’ Antetokounmpo named starters and captains for NBA All-Star Game - James and Antetokounmpo will serve as team captains and draft the All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference. The team rosters for the 69th NBA All-Star Game will be revealed on TNT in a special 2020 NBA All-Star Draft presented by Jordan Brand show on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. ET - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA NOTES & PREVIEW for WEEK 13 - January, 2020
TRIVIA QUESTION: Milwaukee's George Hill is shooting 51.3% from three-point range. Who is the last qualifying player to shoot 50+% on threes for a season? - Kelly Oubre Jr., Suns: Oubre is averaging 23.1 points (on 54.0% shooting from the field), 8.9 rebounds and 1.88 steals in his last eight games - Sekou Doumbouya, Pistons: The NBA’s youngest player (he turned 19 on Dec. 23) - The fifth season of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC tips off Saturday with the first meeting of the season between the Rockets and the West-leading Lakers - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Lakers’ James leads in second fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting - January, 2020
The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James has surpassed the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo to lead the NBA in the second fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 12 - January, 2020
Dallas' Luka Doncic has an NBA-leading 10 triple-doubles in 2019-20, which is already a single-season Mavericks record - Devin Booker, Suns: Booker has scored at least 30 points in six consecutive games - Milwaukee is 32-5. Before the Bucks, who were the two most recent teams to start a season 32-5 or better through 37 games? - The Thunder was 6-11 on Thanksgiving. Since then, however, OKC has gone 14-4, the NBA’s second-best record in that span - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Doncic, Antetokounmpo Lead First Fan Returns of NBA All-Star Voting - January, 2020
Doncic, the 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the Year, leads all NBA players with 1,073,957 fan votes - Antetokounmpo, an NBA All-Star starter in each of the previous three seasons, is the top vote-getter among all Eastern Conference players - LeBron James, a 15-time NBA All-Star, has 1,020,851 votes to earn the top spot in the Western Conference frontcourt

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 11 - December, 2019
LeBron James, Lakers: Needs to make 47 field goals to pass Michael Jordan for fourth place in NBA history. ... Needs 53 assists to pass Isiah Thomas for eighth place - New Orleans will take a season-high four-game winning streak into Friday’s visit to the Los Angeles Lakers on ESPN. Friday marks the first time that the Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart will face their former team at Staples Center - Milwaukee’s George Hill is shooting an NBA-best 53.0% (53-100) from three-point range, up from 31.4% (48-153) last season. 53.0 - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Suns’ Devin Booker receives November NBA Cares Community Assist Award - December, 2019
Booker created the Devin Booker Starting Five to further his commitment to the Phoenix community, pledging $500,000 annually to five different youth-serving nonprofits in Arizona, and a total of $2.5 million over the course of five years. In November, he announced Special Olympics Arizona, Ability 360, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, UMOM New Day Centers and Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center as members of the Starting Five. Booker invited the organizations to Talking Stick Resort Arena to surprise each of them with an initial $100,000 donation - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes - LA CLIPPERS CONTINUE TO WIN the WAR in LOS ANGELES - December, 2019
The Los Angeles Clippers continue to dominate their highly regarded cross town rival Lakers. In their second meeting the Clippers handed the Lakers their 4th straight loss - Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown refused to accept $400,000 awarded him for the police using excessive force against him - DID YOU KNOW?… Back n the day the NFL had a segregation policy for players rooming accommodations - NBA's Greatest All-time TEAM

The Clippers are 24-5 against the Lakers in the last 29 meetings, including an open-ing-night victory this season without Paul George. The Lakers are the NBA’s winningest team on Christmas with 23 victories - JJ Redick, Pelicans: Set to play in his 10th Christmas game (as is Westbrook). The only active players with 10 or more appearances are LeBron James (13) and Miami’s Udonis Haslem (10) - DID YOU KNOW? •The NBA began playing games on Christmas in 1947 during its second season - NBA teams have conducted 140 NBA Cares Season of Giving events this holiday season, serving more than 130,000 meals and distribut-ing more than 6,000 gifts - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 9 - December, 2019
Thursday’s matchup between the Lakers and Bucks on TNT will be the first game in NBA history in which both teams have fewer than five losses at this point in their season or later - Philadelphia 76ers: The Sixers are the NBA’s last unbeaten team at home (14-0). They host Miami on Wednesday and Dallas on Friday, both on ESPN - James Harden starts the week with 88 career games of 40 or more points, tied with Elgin Baylor for fourth place in NBA history - Dec. 22, 1956: In his NBA debut, Boston’s Bill Russell finished with six points and 16 rebounds against the St. Louis Hawks - Jaren Jackson Jr., Grizzlies: The 20-year-old forward scored 43 points vs. Milwaukee on Dec. 13, tying the third-highest point total in Grizzlies history and becoming the youngest player in NBA history to make nine three-pointers in a game - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Houston Rockets Protest Denied - December, 2019
In the protest, the Rockets argued that the officials misapplied the playing rules by failing to grant a Coach’s Challenge in connection with James Harden’s fourth quarter dunk, and that this error had a clear impact on the outcome of the game - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 8 - December, 2019
Luka Doncic, Mavericks: Has joined Oscar Robertson as the only players with 19 straight 20-point, five-rebound, five-assist games - Atlanta guard-forward Vince Carter will be the fifth player to appear in 1,500 games, joining Robert Parish (1,611), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,560), Dirk Nowitzki (1,522) and John Stockton (1,504) - LeBron James, who turns 35 on Dec. 30, leads the NBA in assists per game. Who is the oldest player to win an assists title? - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 7 - December, 2019
James Harden Rockets: Needs to make 25 three-pointers to pass Paul Pierce for eighth place in NBA history - Toronto has won 33 straight home games vs. Atlantic teams, the longest streak in NBA history for a team at home vs. divisional foes - Denver Nuggets went 10-2 in November and was the only team with a defensive rating under 100 (99.7). The Nuggets face the Celtics in Boston on Friday on ESPN - LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony meet Friday as the Lakers visit Portland on ESPN - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 6 - November, 2019
Luka Doncic is averaging 30.6 points. Who was the last player to average at least 30 points over the entirety of his second NBA season? - Nov. 26, 2000: John Stockton played his 1271st game with Utah, passing Boston’s John Havlicek for the most with one team - Clint Capela, Rockets: The Swiss center has joined Dennis Rodman as the only players since 1976 to grab at least 19 rebounds in seven consecutive games - Shawn Kemp: The six-time All-Star celebrates his 50th birthday on Tuesday - Bam Adebayo, Heat: In his first season as a full-time starter, the 22-year-old center is averaging 13.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.73 steals and 1.27 blocks - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 5 - November, 2019
Carmelo Anthony is poised to become the third player selected in the 2003 NBA Draft to be active this season. Who are the other two? - Nov. 24, 1960: Fifty-nine years ago this week, the Philadelphia Warriors’ Wilt Chamberlain grabbed an NBA-record 55 rebounds against Boston - The Raptors’ Pascal Siakam has increased his scoring average by 18.9 points from 2017-18 (7.3) to this season (26.2) - Heat: Miami (9-3) has matched the best 12-game start in franchise history - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love receives October NBA Cares Community Assist Award - November, 2019
In honor of World Mental Health Awareness Day on Oct. 10, Love hosted a discussion and Q&A session focused on mental wellness and reducing the stigma around depression and anxiety for more than 500 Cavs and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse employees. During the conversation, Love shared his own challenges with mental health and donated Headspace mindfulness app subscriptions to employees. He also contributed $200,000 to the Kevin Love Fund for grants to the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation and Bring Change to Mind, - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEEK 4 - November, 2019
LeBron James, Lakers: Needs 10 steals to pass Derek Harper for 14th place in NBA history. Also needs 45 rebounds to reach 9,000 for his career - Rookie Eric Paschall, Warriors: The 41st pick in the 2019 NBA Draft is averaging 22 ppg on 52.1% shooting - Houston’s James Harden has 81 career games with 40 or more points.Who are the only four players with more such games? - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA's TV Free-to-air South Africa Broadcast Partnership - November, 2019
The partnership will tip off live on e.tv this Saturday night, Nov. 9, with the five-time NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs hosting the 17-time NBA Champions Boston Celtics at midnight CAT, with a rebroadcast on Sunday 5:00pm on Openview’s e.tv News & Sport channel 120. Throughout the season, fans will be able to watch two games per week, including one live game as part of the league’s ‘NBA Saturdays’ initiative and one delayed game per week

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEEK 3 - November, 2019
Reigning regular-season MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is the first player in history to tally at least 150 points, 80 rebounds and 40 assists through his first six games of a season - The Average NBA player is 6-6.54, 219.33 pounds, 26.18 years old, 4.59 NBA seasons - The Miami Heat's 5-1 start has been impressive on many levels. Two wins came without Jimmy Butler. Undrafted rookie Kendrick Nunn (19.5 ppg) leads the team in scoring - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEEK 2 - October, 2019
Stephen Curry, Warriors: Needs 13 three-pointers made to reach 2,500 for his career - Kendrick Nunn, Heat: After spending last season with the NBA G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors, Nunn has scored the most points through three career NBA games (67) for an undrafted player since the two-round draft began in 1989 - Phoenix Suns: The Suns had the NBA’s third-most-efficient offense in Week 1, when they defeated Sacramento and the LA Clippers and lost in overtime at Denver - Opening-night rosters had 108 international players from 38 countries and territories - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

THE BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES - Housekeeping was in order prompting the exodus of roughly half of the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers squads. Now there are four super stars in town battling to win the war of Los Angels and strive to win the NBA title. When fans digest the new faces of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Anthony Davis to compliment LeBron James, they have a lot of talent on their plates to choose from. With their presence the questions are who can achieve becoming the top team in LA and can one win the NBA title?

NBA NEWS - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement regarding the NBA and China: - October, 2019
One of the enduring strengths of the NBA is our diversity – of views, backgrounds, ethnicities, genders and religions. Twenty-five percent of NBA players were born outside of the United States and our colleagues work in league offices around the world, including in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA Mexico City Games 2019 to Feature Record Four Teams - September, 2019
The Mavericks and Pistons will play on Thursday, Dec. 12 and the Spurs will take on the Suns on Saturday, Dec. 14. The games will mark the 29th and 30th games in Mexico since 1992, the most NBA games held in any country outside the United States and Canada

WNBA NEWS - Elena Delle Donne named 2019 WNBA Most Valuable Player - September, 2019
As the Mystics’ first MVP winner, Delle Donne joins five other WNBA players who have multiple MVP trophies. Lauren Jackson, Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes have all been named MVP three times, while Cynthia Cooper and Candace Parker have won the award twice each

WNBA NEWS - Mercury’s Leilani Mitchell named 2019 WNBA Most Improved Player - September, 2019
The 5-5 Mitchell averaged career highs of 12.8 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 30.4 minutes in 32 games this season, making her most starts (27) since the 2011 season. Last season, she averaged 4.4 points, 2.3 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 14.9 minutes in 31 games for the Mercury

WNBA NEWS - Rookie of the Year Napheesa Collier headlines 2019 WNBA All-Rookie Team - September, 2019
Collier became the fourth player in WNBA history to record at least 400 points, 200 rebounds, 75 assists, 50 steals, 25 blocks and 25 three-pointers made in a season, joining Maya Moore, Tamika Catchings and Sheryl Swoopes

THE GO 4 THE JUGGLER MEDIA - When being interviewed by the scribes at the Basketball Hall of Fame event the media's procedure was to offer up a few softball questions and comments to Vlade Divac and then serve up the curve ball question that hit him in the juggler. That curve ball question was…. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE LAKERS TRADING YOU FOR KOBE BRYANT?

NBA NEWS - Basketball Africa League names John Manyo-Plange Vice President & Head of Strategy and Operations - August, 2019
Manyo-Plange has more than 20 years of experience in the NBA’s global operations and management and had been working in his previous role since May 2010 when he helped launch the NBA Africa office in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since then he has led many aspects of the NBA’s continued growth in Africa by helping secure marketing, media and consumer products partnerships.

NBA NEWS - NBA unveils 2019-20 game and national television schedules - August, 2019
In an effort to present national television games to the largest possible audience, the NBA worked closely with its teams and domestic broadcast partners to schedule earlier start times for doubleheaders. This season, 12 of TNT’s 31 doubleheaders and 22 of ESPN’s 36 doubleheaders will tip off at 7:30/10 p.m. ET or 7/9:30 p.m. ET instead of 8/10:30 p.m. ET.

NBA NEWS - Basketball Africa League Announces Seven Host Cities for Inaugural Season - July, 2019
Beginning in March 2020, the six cities will host a regular season that will feature 12 teams divided into two conferences, with each conference playing in three cities. The regular season will see the 12 teams play five games each for a total of 30 games

NBA News & China Buisness - NBA and Tencent Announce Five-year Partnership Expansion - July, 2019
Last season, 490 million fans in China watched NBA programming on Tencent’s platforms, nearly three times the number of fans who watched the NBA on Tencent during the 2014-15 season. 21 million fans in China watched Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals on Tencent, marking the most-watched NBA game ever on a digital platform in China

The PAUL GEORGE DEAL MADE IT HAPPEN & LAKERS DISSED - The burden was heavy for Kawhi Leonard, to remain with the NBA champion Toronto Raptors or go. His options were narrowed down to returning to his home area. His choices were the LA Lakers with super stars LeBron James and Antonio Davis OR... the long time lowly regarded LA Clippers who had NO SUPER STARS but achieved a spectacular 48-34 season. They were the best team in LA this season with a band of gritty role players and young prospects that qualified for the playoffs. Leonard decided to focus on basketball and not play the Hollyweird game with the Lakers

NBA NEWS - NBA teams to host NBL teams in NBA preseason for third consecutive year - July, 2019
Three NBL teams, the Adelaide 36ers, Melbourne United and SKY Sport New Zealand Breakers, will play a total of five games against the L.A. Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz, from Oct. 5-16 as part of the 2019 NBA preseason. The broadcast schedule in Australia and New Zealand will be announced at a later date

Reached fans in 215 countries and territories in 31 languages. Sixteen international players were selected eight in the first round and eight in the second round - A record eight former Basketball Without Borders (BWB) campers were drafted, surpassing the previous record of six set in 2011 and matched in 2016 and 2018

NBA NEWS - Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins NBA Most Valuable Player Award - June, 2019
Other Winners from 2019 NBA Awards - Hosted by Basketball Hall of Famer and entertainment icon Shaquille O’Neal, the third annual NBA Awards honored the league’s top performers from the 2018-19 regular season as well as legends Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and trailblazing Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - ESPN and NBA TV to bring fans all 83 games from MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 - June, 2019
MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019, which features all 30 NBA teams and the Chinese and Croatian National Teams, will tip off with 10 games on July 5 and continue through Monday, July 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The first day of action will include five games on NBA TV and a tripleheader on ESPN

NBA NEWS - Caboclo & Murray to coach top prospects at first Basketball Without Borders camp in Colombia - June, 2019
Current NBA players and former BWB campers Bruno Caboclo (Memphis Grizzlies; Brazil; BWB Americas 2013) and Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015), former NBA player Carlos Arroyo (Puerto Rico), former WNBA player Ruth Riley (U.S.), Colombian player Juan Palacios (Élan Chalon) will be among the coaches leading the campers - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

KAWHI LEONARD MVP by LEAVING IT ALL ON THE FLOOR - As valiant as the Warriors were in fighting all out till the end wasn't enough as they lost the battle. It was apparent that their sharpshooter Step Curry was too pooped to pop and could not deliver his usual power punch to hold on to the 85-80 Warriors lead following the injury and departure of Klay Thompson


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