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Kawhi Leonard chose to sign with the long time lowly regarded LA Clippers over the celebrity laden LA Lakers with LeBron James and Antonio Davis… and it shocked the world!!! - (NBA photo)

 

With blood, sweat, effort and talent Kawhi Leonard led the Toronto Raptors to the NBA title and earning him the MVP Award - (Chensiyuan photo)

 

Andre Igudola has been a main cog in the wheel of the Golden State Warriors success - (Keith Allison 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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sports Notes - CLIPPERS GET RIGHTEOUS with KAWHI LEONARD - July, 2019
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

NBA NEWS - 16 INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS SELECTED IN NBA DRAFT - July, 2019
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

Sports Notes - TORONTO RAPTORS ROCK WARRIORS 4 NBA TITLE - June, 2019
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

NBA NEWS - NBA names Amadou Gallo Fall President of Basketball Africa League - June, 2019
Under Fall’s leadership, the NBA has expanded its grassroots and elite development efforts across the continent, including the Jr. NBA, Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa and The NBA Academy Africa. This year, the NBA plans to reach more than 2.5 million boys and girls ages 16 and under through Jr. NBA programs in 21 African countries. BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has been held in Africa 16 times, with 10 former BWB Africa campers drafted into the NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA Awards Show - June, 2019
NBA Awards on TNT – Monday, June 24, at 9 p.m. ET. Award-winning and critically acclaimed actor Samuel L. Jackson, comedian, actress and producer Tiffany Haddish, and NBA on TNT analyst and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley will take the stage - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - PLAYOFF FINALS NOTES - May, 2019
The poteneial furure and past of NBA FINALS NOTES. What happenedin the past and the who and what can happen to change NBA history and records. - Kawhi Leonard, who is averaging 31.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in the playoffs - Since Kevin Durant went out with a calf injury, Curry has averaged 35.8 points in five games – all victories for the Warriors - Curry’s father, Dell, played the final three seasons of his NBA career with the Raptors - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes - ARE THE DURANT LESS WARRIORS MORE INTERESTING? - May, 2019
THE MIGHTY MITE WARRIORS - The debate goes in are the Golden State Warriors a better team without Kevin Durant. When the current squad won their first title without him in 2015 they were the mighty mite splash brothers complimented with Dramond Green. They were the Davids' against Goliaths'. With Durant they became more stationary and boring BUT WINNING. The question comes down to… which style do fans prefer?

NBA NEWS - All-NBA First Team - May, 2019
Antetokounmpo and Harden both received All-NBA First Team votes on all 100 ballots to finish with 500 points each. This marks the first All-NBA First Team honor for Antetokounmpo, a two-time Second Team member. Harden earns his fifth First Team nod, including his third in a row as a unanimous selection - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Rudy Gobert, Paul George and Giannis Antetokounmpo lead All-Defensive First Team - May, 2019
Antetokounmpo and Harden both received All-NBA First Team votes on all 100 ballots to finish with 500 points each. This marks the first All-NBA First Team honor for Antetokounmpo, a two-time Second Team member. Harden earns his fifth First Team nod, including his third in a row as a unanimous selection - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Luka Doncic and Trae Young unanimously selected to All-Rookie First Team - May, 2019
This marks the first time since the 1984-85 season that the top five picks in the previous NBA Draft have all been selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team (there was no All-Rookie Second Team that season). Thirty-four years ago, the NBA All-Rookie Team honorees were Hakeem Olajuwon (No. 1 pick in 1984), Sam Bowie (No. 2), Michael Jordan (No. 3), Sam Perkins (No. 4) and Charles Barkley (No. 5) - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA Reveals Awards Finalists for 2018-19 Season - May, 2019
The finalists for the six annual awards, based on voting results from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters - In addition, basketball icons Magic Johnson and Larry Bird will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Magic Johnson and Larry Bird to receive Lifetime Achievement Award - May, 2019
Johnson and Bird have epitomized greatness dating to their memorable clash in the 1979 NCAA Tournament, when Johnson lifted Michigan State past Bird-led Indiana State in the national championship game, which is still the highest-rated game on television in college basketball history. Both made an immediate impact in the NBA the following season, with Johnson leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a championship and Bird capturing Rookie of the Year honors with the Boston Celtics - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Pelicans win NBA Draft Lottery - May, 2019
The Pelicans will have the first overall pick in NBA Draft 2019 which will be held on Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. ET at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The NBA Draft will air live on ESPN and ESPN Radio and stream live on the ESPN App - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Shaquille O’Neal to host 2019 NBA Awards - May, 2019
In his eighth season as a studio analyst for TNT’s Inside the NBA, O’Neal is a part of the network’s season-long coverage which includes the upcoming NBA Eastern Conference Finals. He is also a key contributor to NBA TV and NBA.com, where he provides analysis and commentary throughout the regular season and postseason, and host of NBA TV’s Shaqtin’ A Fool series - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA and FIBA to bring first Basketball Without Borders camp to Colombia - May, 2019
The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry ranked No. 2 on the player list followed by the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (No. 3), who secured his highest ranking ever - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers Land Atop NBA’s Most Popular Jersey and Team Merchandise - April, 2019
The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry ranked No. 2 on the player list followed by the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (No. 3), who secured his highest ranking ever - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 25 - April, 2019
San Antonio has tied the NBA record for consecutive playoff berths with 22, matching the Nationals/76ers (1949-50 through 1970-71 - Russell Westbrook, Thunder: Needs five triple-doubles to pass Magic Johnson for second place all time - Rajon Rondo, Lakers: Needs four assists to pass Bob Cousy (6,955) for 18th place all time and 48 assists to reach 7,000 - NBA ON THIS DAY April 5, 1984: The Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the NBA’s all-time scoring leader, passing Wilt Chamberlain during a game against the Jazz in Las Vegas & April 6, 1996: Robert Parish became the NBA’s career leader in games played, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 24 - March, 2019
Since the All-Star break, Trae Young is averaging 25.3 points and ranks third in the NBA in assists with 8.8 per game - Chris Bosh and Manu Ginobili: Miami will retire Bosh’s No. 1 jersey on Tuesday and San Antonio will retire Ginobili’s No. 20 jersey on Thursday - TRIVIA QUESTION: Since 1984, who are the three teams to earn the No. 1 playoff seed in their respective conferences one year after missing the playoffs? - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 23 - March, 2019
Kyrie Irving, Celtics: The six-time All-Star is the first Boston player to have at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in consecutive games since Larry Bird in February 1986 - Rajon Rondo, Lakers: Needs 34 assists to pass Hall of Famer Guy Rodgers (6,917) for 19th place all time - Mike Conley, Grizzlies: Needs 65 points to pass Marc Gasol as the leading scorer in Grizzlies franchise history - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 22 - March, 2019
Golden State’s Stephen Curry celebrates his 31st birthday on Thursday (March 14) - Lou Williams, Clippers: The two-time NBA Sixth Man Award winner needs 28 points to pass Dell Curry for the most career points off the bench since starters were first tracked in box scores (1970-71) - Toronto’s Kyle Lowry has accounted for 12 of the 24 triple-doubles in Raptors history - Gordon Hayward, Celtics: Hayward is averaging 19.0 points on 70.6 percent shooting from the field during Boston’s three-game winning streak - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA NOTES & PREVIEW for WEEK 21 - March, 2019
Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks: Needs 62 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain for sixth place all time - Atlanta’s Trae Young is averaging 32.0 points and 9.5 assists in six games since the All-Star break - Nikola Jokic is the second player 7 feet or taller to have 20 games of at least 10 assists in a season - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA NOTES & PREVIEW for WEEK 20 - February, 2019
ON THIS DAY... March 2, 1962: The Philadelphia Warriors’ Wilt Chamberlain scored an NBA-record 100 points in a 169-147 win over New York in Hershey, Pa - Lauri Markkanen, Bulls: Markkanen is averaging 26.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in his last eight games - Russell Westbrook, Thunder: He has scored at least 40 points in each of his last three games, the fourth such streak of his career - Jason Kidd, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and John Stockton join Chris Paul as the only players with at least 17,000 points, 9,000 assists and 4,000 rebounds - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA Plan to Launch Professional Basketball League in Africa - February, 2019
The BAL will be built on the foundation of current club competitions FIBA is organizing in Africa. Scheduled to begin play in January 2020, the BAL would mark the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside of North America - Basketball Africa League to mark NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside North America... - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes EXTRA EXTRA - THE LAKERS SHRINKING BALLS - February, 2019
LAKERS SHOULDA, WOULDA, COULDA DISEASE RETURNS - Throwing a group of very talented young players under the bus by offering them in a trade with the New Orleans Pelican for the services of forward/center Anthony Davis may result in being a cancer to team cohesion. With 25 games remaining in the regular season the question is can they make the playoffs OR will they be only the 2nd team in LeBron James' 15 year career NOT TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS? Is the James BLOOM OFF THE LAKERS ROSE?
- THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes EXTRA - NBA ALL-STAR GAME HITS - February, 2019
THE CURRY FAMILY STIR THINGS UP - The NBA All-star weekend largely featured the Curry family. A bet between the two Curry brothers Seth and Sep drew a lot of attention. The result was neither won the competition losing to underdog Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets. Sep defeated Seth who will feel the financial pain more since Sep makes $35 million a year more than Seth

TV - VIDEO BEAT - SONYA CURRY ROCKS NBA - FEEL GOOD TV - February, 2019
THE CURRY GANG KNOCK IT DOWN - Sep & Seth Curry's mom Sonya made an underhanded shot with one hand from HALF COURT to win a shooting contest against her sons and other NBA players - A suggestion to the NBA is this…. In trying to make the All-star game event better, why not have a challenge between parents of the players. This could set up a challenge between Tanya and LaVar Ball in a free throw and 3 point contest which would be a MUST SEE

NBA NEWS - NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest - February, 2019
Stephen Curry, Warriors (6th appearance) in the NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest. He will challenge his brother Seth of the Portland Trail Blazers. The younger Curry brother is shooting an NBA-high 48.5 percent from three-point range. - Defending champion Devin Booker, returns. Dirk Nowitzki makes his first 3-Point Contest appearance in 11 years - Expanding to 10 players this year, the 3-Point Contest field includes.... - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA All-Stars Skills Challenge - February, 2019
NBA All-Stars Nikola Jokic and Nikola Vucevic, Rookies of the Month Luka Doncic and Trae Young to compete in Skills Challeng - The eight-player field for the Skills Challenge also features Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies, De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings, Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers and Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo Draft Team Rosters for NBA All-Star Game - February, 2019
For the second year in a row, both NBA All-Star Game teams will play for community-based organizations, with donations directed toward outreach efforts that benefit the All-Star host city. The winning team’s charity will receive a $350,000 donation from the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), while the losing team’s organization will receive $150,000 - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA NOTES & PREVIEW for WEEK 17 - February, 2019
Trade Deadline: The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. This is the second year since the Board of Governors approved moving the trade deadline from the Thursday after the All-Star Game to the Thursday 10 days before the All-Star Game - Russell Westbrook, Thunder: Westbrook has posted a triple-double in six straight games, one shy of his longest streak. Wilt Chamberlain holds the NBA record for consecutive triple-doubles with nine. - On Feb. 1, Charlotte’s Tony Parker became the fifth player in NBA history with at least 19,000 points and 7,000 assists. Who are the other four? - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell & Luka Doncic Headline Rising Stars - January, 2019
The 25th Rising Stars will pit 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the United States against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world in the league’s annual showcase of premier young talent during NBA All-Star. Rising Stars will air live in the U.S. on TNT and ESPN Radio. Tickets are available at NBAEvents.com - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA NOTES & PREVIEW for WEEK 16 - January, 2019
Luka Doncic, Mavericks: With 35 points, 12 boards and 10 assists vs. Toronto on Jan. 27, Doncic, 19, became the first player with multiple triple-doubles as a teenager - Houston’s James Harden recently became the fifth player in NBA history to score at least 60 points in multiple games. Who are the other four? - Jan. 30, 1996: Magic Johnson had 19 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in his first regular-season game since 1991. Feb. 1, 1995: John Stockton passed Magic to become the NBA’s career assists leader - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - LeBron James & Giannis Antetokounmpo Named Captains for All-Star Game - January, 2019
The captains will draft the eight remaining players from the starter pool in the First Round and then all 14 players from the reserve pool in the Second Round2019 NBA ALL-STAR GAME STARTER POOL - The 2019 NBA All-Star Game, featuring Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. TNT and ESPN Radio will air the game live in the United States. NBA All-Star 2019 will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA's Chinese New Year Celebration - January, 2019
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard and Klay Thompson headline NBA Chinese New Year celebration - During the NBA Chinese New Year Celebration 2019, fans in Greater China will be able to watch more than 65 live games on CCTV, Tencent, BesTV, Guangdong Radio and Television, GreatSports, Videoland, ELTA, Eleven Sports, Sports 2 World, Migu C and ViuTV - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA NOTES & PREVIEW for WEEK 14 - January, 2019
Golden State’s Stephen Curry has hit at least 11 threes in a game seven times. All other players have done it a combined eight times.- TRIVIA QUESTION: San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge, 33, recently became the third player to record his first 50-point game at age 33 or older. Who are the other two? - Pau Gasol, Spurs: Needs 33 points to pass Bob Pettit (20,880) for 37th place all time - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Second Fan Returns of NBA All-Star Voting - January, 2019
Lakers’ James, Bucks’ Antetokounmpo expand conference leads in second fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting - Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Feb. 17 - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA NOTES & PREVIEW for WEEK 13 - January, 2019
Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons has 18 tripledoubles through his first 120 games, more than any player except Oscar Robertson (56) - Vince Carter, Hawks: Needs 61 points to pass Jerry West for 21st place all time - Stephen Curry, Warriors: Needs six three-pointers to pass Jason Terry (2,282) for third place all time - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - LeBron James, Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Lead All-Star Voting - January, 2019
Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote, with every voter completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

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