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8:54 PM ET EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Oddsmakers in Las Vegas might consider them the favorites, and desire to repent for the 2018-19 debacle of a season might be palpable, but LeBron James is doing his best to keep the burden of expectations off the Los Angeles Lakers this season. “I’m very motivated but I’m
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3:12 PM ET NEW YORK — Kevin Durant reiterated Friday that he does not expect to play this season as he recovers from a torn Achilles suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals last June. Durant told ESPN that he is progressing and has not experienced any setback in his rehab. “I’m just strengthening
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6:26 AM ET Andrew LopezESPN New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball watched, as seemingly everyone else did, as a clip of his father, LaVar, calling him “damaged goods” made the rounds last week. The clip, from the “Ball in the Family” show on Facebook, was fodder for social media mavens and talk show hosts
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8:15 PM ET Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma is out indefinitely with a stress reaction in his foot, an injury he suffered while he was working with Team USA this summer, the Lakers announced. Kuzma has not been cleared for full practice or game participation and will miss at least the first three weeks
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2:29 PM ET The NBA G League is experimenting this season with a new rule under which all trips to the free throw line will include only a single foul shot that will be worth one, two or three points depending on the nature of the foul leading to the attempt, officials told ESPN. It
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3:21 PM ET Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — It was time for the last jump shot of Markelle Fultz‘s workout on the Orlando Magic practice court on Wednesday. He let a 3-pointer fly from the left corner, and spun around in celebration even before the ball swished through the net. After two years of problems,
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So, that happened. That, of course, is the sudden, unexpected departure of Russell Westbrook, the undeniable top dog in Thunder-era franchise history. Onto Houston — reuniting with former teammate James Harden — to forge a new path ahead, leaving Oklahoma City – for the first time since the franchise moved cross-country in 2009 – without
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BOSTON, MA – MARCH 24: Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics reacts during a game against the San Antonio Spurs at TD Garden on March 24, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions
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1:35 PM ET The Philadelphia 76ers have hired former NBA center Roy Hibbert as player development specialist, the team announced Wednesday. Hibbert, 32, played in the league for nine seasons and was a two-time All-Star with the Indiana Pacers. The 7-foot-2 Hibbert finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting in 2013-14, when the
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6:49 PM ET Associated Press WASHINGTON — Wizards forward Troy Brown Jr. has injured his left calf and is expected to miss about a month, the latest in a series of injuries the team is dealing with as the NBA season approaches. The Wizards said Tuesday that Brown strained his calf a day earlier during
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7:11 PM ET Associated Press SYDNEY — Strong starts to the preseason by American 18-year-olds LaMelo Ball and R.J. Hampton have ramped up the interest in the Australian National Basketball League among NBA scouts. Local media said more than two dozen scouts watched preseason games in Hobart, Tasmania, this weekend, where Ball and Hampton impressed
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2:07 PM ET ESPN News Services Nets point guard Kyrie Irving caught an inadvertent elbow during a pick-up game at Brooklyn’s practice facility Tuesday and was sent to the hospital to be evaluated, but general manager Sean Marks said the team was just being cautious. “I wouldn’t even want to speculate at all but I
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10:06 AM ET ESPN.com staff It takes a special breed to know what season it is right now. Fall? Nope. Football season? Nope. Baseball postseason? Nope. C’mon! If you’re reading this, you are the right breed. The kind of person who knows it is … fantasy basketball season! NBA training camps and preseason games will
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8:46 PM ET The Memphis Grizzlies and Andre Iguodala have mutually agreed to let him stay away from the team, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Memphis has no plans to negotiate a contract buyout and continues to expect that it will find a trade for Iguodala prior to the Feb. 6 deadline, sources said.
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8:10 AM ET The 2019 version of NBArank debuted on Monday with players Nos. 100 to 51, including hyped rookies (the Memphis Grizzlies‘ Ja Morant), established veterans (the Denver Nuggets‘ Paul Millsap) and intriguing players on new squads (the New Orleans Pelicans‘ Lonzo Ball). Who didn’t make the cut but should have? Which players are
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Karl-Anthony Towns is undeniably great, but there are still two big questions about his future with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns is unquestionably very good. He’s a 23-year-old seven-footer who can score from anywhere on the floor and do anything he’s asked to do on that end. That includes 3-point shooting, where three seasons’ worth
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