Pacers advance over Bucks to championship game of tournament

As Tyrese Haliburton watched his step-back 3-pointer fall through the net, giving the Indiana Pacers what would become an insurmountable lead over the Milwaukee Bucks inside the final minute of the Eastern Conference semifinal in the NBA’s in-season tournament, he turned and stared at his wrist. The implication was obvious: The closing moments of the game, which usually are reserved for “Dame Time” when Damian Lillard is involved, had become Haliburton’s time to shine this Thursday at T-Mobile Arena. There were still 48 seconds on the clock as Haliburton celebrated, but they were a mere formality. By the time they ticked off, Haliburton — who finished with 27 […]

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Lakers go 4-0 in group play, make in-season tournament quarters

The Lakers are one step closer to Las Vegas. The Lakers defeated the Utah Jazz 131-99 on Tuesday to win their group and advance to the quarterfinals in the NBA’s inaugural in-season tournament. It appears the in-season tournament came at the perfect time for Lakers. Just 3-5 on the season and riding a three-game losing streak when group play started, L.A. swept through the qualifying round, going 4-0 against the Phoenix Suns, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah to win Group A in the Western Conference. A couple of weeks into the competition, the Lakers notched their third straight win to bring their record to 9-6. L.A. […]

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LeBron James to miss Lakers preseason opener, but is ‘100% healthy’

LeBron James won’t be on the court with the Los Angeles Lakers for their preseason opener versus the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. James and the Lakers, however, aren’t concerned one bit. Despite being the oldest player in the league, and coming off a season where he missed 27 matches due to a right foot injury, James is “100% healthy.” “He looks fine,” coach Darvin Ham said Thursday, via ESPN. “He looks like third- or fourth-year LeBron.” James averaged 28.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 6.8 assists last season, his fifth with the Lakers. James, however, has yet to play a full season since arriving in Los […]

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Lakers finally have NBA Championship depth – Darvin Ham

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham told ESPN that the Lakers finally have the depth to earn another NBA Championship, admitting their roster was a touch shallow during their 2022-23 season. The Lakers got last season off to a horrific start, going 0-5 and 2-10 in their first 12 games. However, Ham, who replaced Frank Vogel ahead of the campaign, oversaw a turnaround in fortunes as they scraped into the playoffs, and then beat the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors on the way to a 4-0 Western Conference loss to the Denver Nuggets. They have moved proactively ahead of the new campaign, retaining key […]

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Lakers’ LeBron James confirms return for 21st NBA season

There’s still time left on the clock for LeBron James’ career. The Lakers star revealed Wednesday night at the ESPYS in Los Angeles that he will continue playing. James openly pondered retirement after the Lakers’ playoff sweep by the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference finals, but he will become the sixth player in NBA history to play in his 21st season or beyond — joining Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Robert Parish, Kevin Willis and Vince Carter, who has the record with 22. “I don’t care how many more points I score or what I can or cannot do on the floor,” James said after accepting the […]

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Warriors president-general manager Bob Myers steps down

Golden State’s Bob Myers, a two-time executive of the year and architect of four NBA championships with the Warriors, is stepping down as the franchise’s president and general manager. “It’s just time,” Myers told ESPN. Myers, whose contract expires in late June, declined ownership offers on a new deal that would’ve paid him among the league’s top-earning executives, he stated. Myers described the decision-making process that led him to leave the franchise after 12 years as including several factors beyond money. Myers, 48, said he’s unsure of his future professional pathway, but should he someday decide to return to the […]

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Lakers outshined by Nuggets again in clutch, face 3-0 deficit

For the third time in as many games in the Western Conference finals, the outcome was up for grabs in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t complete the task. Saturday’s 119-108 loss to the Denver Nuggets to fall behind 3-0 in the series might have contained different details than L.A.’s two defeats to start the series, but the general theme was the same: The West’s No. 1 seed did more when it mattered most. Now one loss away from their season being over, the Lakers, who started the season 2-10 and completely overhauled the roster just before the All-Star break, are […]

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Nikola Jokic’s dominant triple-double leads Nuggets over Lakers

Nikola Jokic claimed he did not have a strategy in mind to combat Anthony Davis. But it did not take long in Tuesday night’s Game 1 for the Los Angeles Lakers to see Jokic’s blueprint. The Denver Nuggets’ superstar came out extremely aggressive, reintroducing himself to LeBron James and Davis on the Western Conference finals stage, but this time as a two-time MVP at the top of his game. Jokic compiled his third consecutive triple-double this postseason by the third quarter, and concluded with 34 points, 21 rebounds, 14 assists and two blocks to help the Nuggets take a 132-126 win at Ball Arena. “He makes it […]

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Pau Gasol becomes 12th Lakers player to have jersey retired

Pau Gasol, the perfect complementary player to Kobe Bryant, was paid the best compliment possible by his former team: The Lakers retired his jersey. “I mean life goes by pretty fast, right? In the blink of an eye, you can be a kid playing basketball in your school with your buddies, then all of a sudden, you’re realizing your dream,” Gasol said before the Lakers’ 112-103 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. “But tonight, it really exceeds any dream or expectation that I’ve had because it means so much. And obviously with Kobe up there, it just adds something meaningful and powerful, and sad […]

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LeBron James to monitor right foot after injury against Mavs

LeBron James sustained a right foot injury late in the third quarter in Sunday’s 111-108 win versus the Dallas Mavericks but was able to finish out the game and help the Los Angeles Lakers pull off the biggest comeback victory in the NBA this season. “It’s been better,” James stated when asked about his foot afterward. “That’s for sure. But I definitely wasn’t going to go to the locker room and not finish the game out tonight. Just understood the importance of the game, and then with the momentum that we had, I felt like we could still win after being down. “We’ll monitor it the next […]

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