LeBron on MVP voting totals: ‘It pissed me off’

Lakers and NBA reporter for ESPN. Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14, the Cavaliers from 2014-18 for ESPN.com and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — LeBron James might have the Los Angeles Lakers just three wins away from the NBA finals, but he has reason to be unhappy. Before the Lakers’ 126-114 Game 1 win over the Denver Nuggets to tip off the Western Conference finals, the league announced the MVP voting […]

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Who’s the best golfer inside the NBA bubble? It’s probably not a player

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida – The Miami Heat’s practice had ended, and forward Andre Iguodala left the gym talking on his phone. He was making a tee time for himself, teammate Kelly Olynyk and Heat shooting coach Rob Fodor. “KO, we’re set up. Twenty minutes,” Iguodala said to Olynyk, a newcomer to golf, letting him know when a shuttle would take them from the hotel to the course for a round. Iguodala is a regular golfer, but golf inside the bubble […]

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: Milwaukee Bucks forward wins NBA MVP for second consecutive season

Antetokounmpo becomes only third player in NBA history to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in same season AP Friday 18 September 2020 20:15, UK Giannis Antetokounmpo’s historic year has earned him a historic awards sweep, with the Milwaukee Bucks forward picking up the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award to add to his Defensive Player of the Year prize. It is the second season in succession in which Antetokounmpo has been named as the league’s MVP. The 25-year-old also becomes […]

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How Lakers’ LeBron James, Anthony Davis have established a workman-like culture

Any time the Los Angeles Lakers open the doors to their practice court, a few familiar incidents play out. LeBron James and Anthony Davis engage in friendly trash talk. They compete in shooting contests. And then they start icing their bodies. Not only do these moments capture how the Lakers’ star duo meshes well with their personalities. It also offers a window into how James and Davis try to set the tone for the rest of the team with how […]

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Ben Simmons’ humble response to $26m pay rise after NBA honour

Ben Simmons has activated a $26 million bonus in his supermax contract after he was selected for his first All-NBA team honour on Thursday. Simmons was named in the NBA’s All Third Team for the 2019-20 season to cement his spot alongside the top 15 players in the game. The 24-year-old Aussie was picked alongside Russell Westbrook in the All-NBA Third Team with only Luka Doncic, James Harden, Chris Paul and Damien Lillard receiving more votes in the guard category […]

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Paul George downplays Clippers disappointment: ‘This is not a championship-or-bust year for us’

Paul George accepts the Los Angeles Clippers failed to live up to lofty expectations but insists the season never felt like a “championship-or-bust” scenario. The Clippers were among the favorites to become NBA champions after bringing in superstars George and Kawhi Leonard but their wait for a maiden conference finals appearance continued after a disappointing evening in Orlando on Tuesday. George had just 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting and Leonard put up only 14 as the Denver Nuggets ran out […]

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