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New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis spent more than 10 minutes of his All-Star Game media day news conference Saturday being remarkably candid about his decision to request a trade away from New Orleans and about the destinations he would like to eventually wind up in. Continue Reading By Tim Bontemps

With Michael Jordan hosting All-Star Weekend as the only former player to serve as the principal owner of an NBA team, LeBron James said that while team ownership is a goal for when he is finished playing, it’s not his singular focus.

“It’s not that it’s intoxicating to me, and I don’t think about it on a day-to day basis,” James said when asked about NBA ownership at Saturday’s All-Star media availability session. Continue Reading By Dave McMenamin

Sixers, Joel Embiid

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Philadelphia 76ers star big man Joel Embiid says the Sixers have a talented roster and a good chance at winning the championship this season. The Sixers enter the All-Star break at 37-21, good for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Continue Reading By 

Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns

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An alarm sounds at 7:30 a.m., and Deandre Ayton—all 7’1” and 250 pounds of him—lumbers out of bed. Approximately 20 minutes later, the rookie center arrives at the Phoenix Suns’ practice facility. By 10 a.m., he’s eaten breakfast and downed a bottle of his favorite Rockin’ Protein drink ahead of a treatment session. Around 11 a.m., he lifts weights before watching film with teammates at noon. By 12:30 p.m., Ayton and the Suns hit the court for practice. Continue Reading By KAELEN JONES

Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

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Kyle O’Quinn went from having limited scholarship offers to becoming a star at Norfolk State. One of only two HBCU alums on an NBA roster, his unconventional road to the league is anomaly. Continue Reading By JOSIAH TURNER

Kevin Durant

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant was once again presented with Kristaps Porzingis questions on Saturday, and he wasn’t happy about it. Continue Reading By  Grey Papke

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Toronto fans need no reminder. The playoffs have been a bit of a sore subject for them.

The Raptors have earned a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs in each of the last five seasons, yet they have failed to reach the NBA Finals. A LeBron James-led Cleveland team ended their runs the past three postseasons, including an embarrassing 4-0 sweep with Toronto as the No. 1 seed in the East. The Raptors were stuck in perpetual purgatory. Continue Reading By Thomas Schlarp

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Before Wednesday night, Zach Collins was a mostly anonymous second-year center for the Trail Blazers. After Wednesday, he’s the archenemy of the champion Warriors and a Twitter star.

Slight exaggeration, but Collins did make a few gold-clad All-Stars mad with his play and his talking, not necessarily in that order, in Portland’s 129-107 victory. Continue Reading By Tom Gatto

NBA commissioner Adam Silver and FIBA officials announced Saturday they will collaborate on a new 12-team African pro basketball league that begins in January 2020

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A new professional basketball league is coming to Africa. On Saturday at NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that the league and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) are teaming up to launch what will be called the Basketball Africa League (BAL); a 12-franchise league that is set to begin play in January of 2020. Continue Reading By 

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Considering the NBA’s global popularity and penchant for staying ahead of the curve, Saturday’s announcement that the league is officially expanding outside of North America comes as no surprise. Continue Reading By Jay Connor

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For a moment imagine that the Dallas Chaparrals had never made the trip down I-35 to the Alamo City. Perhaps they would have floundered around the ABA a few more seasons until the NBA incorporated the Denver NuggetsIndiana Pacers, New Jersey Nets, and Virginia Squires.

It’s quite possible San Antonio would not have gotten a major franchise in any sport. Who would San Antonians root for? Continue Reading By 

The 2019 NBA Rising Stars Challenge on Friday saw Team USA defeat Team World 161-144 in a game was about as half-assed defensively as one would expect with that scoreline. But despite this crop of young NBA talent getting some of the best looks they’ve gotten all season, it didn’t prevent some of the worst misses from standing out amongst the highlight dunks—especially down the stretch. Continue Reading By Gabe Fernandez

Before Adam Silver could deliver his annual state of the NBA address at All-Star Weekend, Charles Barkley beat the commissioner to the punch.

The outspoken TNT commentator and Hall of Famer didn’t mince words in a blistering critique of the league’s lack of competitive balance, slamming agents for their role in steering players to Superteams and even predicting future labor strife. Continue Reading By Ben Golliver

No one would have been able to argue, with a straight face, that the cast of characters shooting around during warmups for the 2019 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday night was a who’s who of household names.

During a red-carpet arrival event a few hours earlier, in fact, members of the media could be observed discreetly gesturing at the various smartly dressed folks on the other side of the ropes while muttering the same question over and over to each other: “Hey, do you know who that is?” Continue Reading By THÉODEN JANES

More than bragging rights will be at stake when Stephen Curry and Seth Curry compete Saturday night in the 3-point shooting contest during the NBA’s All-Star Game weekend festivities. The brothers have wagered on the outcome. Continue Reading By 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave the world a peek at the future of jerseys during this week’s NBA All-Start Technology Summit, an event dedicated to illustrating how technology might advance the sport by 2038. Continue Reading By 

 

 

 

 

 

SPORTS BUSINESS NEWS, TIGER & PHIL, NBA 2K, NBA, NHL

The much-anticipated showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson now has a TV place to call home. According to sources close to the event, the made-for-TV exhibition match will be shown via Pay-Per-View through DirecTV and B/R Live. As of this time, a cost for the package has not yet been disclosed. According to Mike Chiari of Bleacher Report, … Read moreSPORTS BUSINESS NEWS, TIGER & PHIL, NBA 2K, NBA, NHL

NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES CARMELO, LEBRON, BEN SIMMONS

“They say I never show any emotion. It’s just who I am,” Frank Mason III told the Kansas City Star. “I’ve got a lot more to prove, a lot more work to get in…I’ll definitely have a better season next year.” Mason was selected with the No. 34 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but … Read moreNATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES CARMELO, LEBRON, BEN SIMMONS

NEWS AROUND THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE

The Los Angeles Lakers were unquestionably the winners of free agency. How could they not be after signing LeBron James, the best player on the planet? But the margin of their victory in this subjective game has been lessened by some of their follow-up moves, which included signing JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and Rajon Rondo. Neither of those three are bad players, necessarily — … Read moreNEWS AROUND THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE

MONDAY JULY 9, 2018 SPORTS REVIEW, TROUT, RAIDERS, LEBRON, COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Something has been gnawing at me about Mike Trout and Mookie Betts. Both are practically perfect hitters, and in practically identical ways. It’s not just that they both hit the ball hard and far, but that they control the construction of each plate appearance: Los Angeles Angels center fielder Trout has a phenomenal batting eye — his chase rate is … Read moreMONDAY JULY 9, 2018 SPORTS REVIEW, TROUT, RAIDERS, LEBRON, COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE FREE AGENT NEWS & NOTES

Dana Gauruder from Hoops Rumors writes the rich are about to get richer, as free agent center DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to a contract with the Warriors, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports tweets. It’ll be a one-year, $5.3MM deal, with the Dubs using the taxpayer mid-level exception to add Cousins, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It’s … Read moreNATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE FREE AGENT NEWS & NOTES

NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE ROUND UP

BRYAN COLANGELO the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers is still firmly denying a report that he has used multiple burner accounts on Twitter to criticize members of the organization and star center Joel Embiid. BARBARA BOTTINI wife of Bryan Colangelo with new evidence showing she is the ghost tweeter and owner of the burner accounts. … Read moreNATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE ROUND UP

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS WIN GAME 7 ROCKETS OUT NEXT UP LEBRON AND THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

The better team won the 2018 Western Conference finals. I’m not sure the more deserving team won, because that’s far too complex of a question for me to fathom here. But the Warriors are better than the Rockets. By  Dan Feldman    NBA.com Golden State Warriors knock off the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the … Read moreGOLDEN STATE WARRIORS WIN GAME 7 ROCKETS OUT NEXT UP LEBRON AND THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

CHARLIE NEAL PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER, ESPNU

Charlie Neal joined ESPN in 2005, primarily serving as play-by-play announcer for Historically Black College/University football and basketball (HBCU) telecasts on ESPNU. Neal started his broadcasting career over 30 years ago as a radio disc jockey before turning to television as a sportscaster working for several affiliates in the Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, … Read moreCHARLIE NEAL PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER, ESPNU