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Lakers star LeBron James goes up for a dunk in front of Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday during the second quarter of Wednesday's game at Staples Center.

Lakers star LeBron James goes up for a dunk in front of Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

New Orleans never led by more than five points, and the Lakers secured their 30th win of the season, winning 125-119

Trae Young Isn’t Wearing Down; He’s Getting Better Michael Cunningham | AJC.com

Nobody Seems To Have Answers Gary Washburn | Boston Globe

Celtics Notebook: Aron Baynes close to return Mark Murphy | Boston Herald

Photo: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Westbrook Isn’t Having The Season You Think He Is Matt Moore | The Action Network

NBA’s Best 25 Players Under Age  25 Chris Herring/Bobby Marks/Kevin Pelton | ESPN

The Raptors Are The NBA’s Mystery Contender Paul Flannery | SB Nation

Harris Continues To Show Why He Is So Valuable Tom West | Liberty Ballers

Luka Doncic Is a Sore Loser He’s a Sensation Marc Stein | New York Times

David Frizdale explains what’s behind his relentless optimism Zach Braziller | New York Post 

Joakim Noah’s Career Revival Chris Kern | Beale Street Bears

Drummond Is NBA’s Best Scorer In Restricted Area Since His Return Bryan Kalbrosky | Hoops Hype

Photo: From (The Athletic)

The people and places keeping the Black Fives Era alive Moke Hamilton | The Athletic 

Warriors aim to gain momentum against Heat Jannelle Moore | Bball Index

Markkanen Is Still Beasting Vijay Vemu | Blog A Bull

Donovan Mitchell’s get to the line more frequently, and it has bumped his scoring average Andy Larsen | The Salt Lake Tribune

Rockets Slip by Hornets for third consecutive win Hunter Atkins | Houston Chronicle

The Wolves’ Wing Depth Pietro Caddeo | Bball Index

 

 

MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY AUGUST 8, 2018, THE NBA 5 GREATEST PLAYERS

THE MICHAEL BARI SHOW August 8, 2018 CLICK THE BAR BELOW My Five Greatest NBA Starters  Magic Johnson Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant LeBron James Kareem Abdul Jabbar Roughly nine hours before LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points, the King reminded himself, via an Instagram post, to savor the looming achievement. “While I … Read moreMICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY AUGUST 8, 2018, THE NBA 5 GREATEST PLAYERS

NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE SPORTS BUSINESS NEWS

Dan Gilbert, who owns the Cleveland Cavaliers, made his fortune with his mortgage company Quicken Loans and now runs all his companies under Rock Ventures. Phil Long/AP Dan Gilbert runs an empire. He makes many of his public appearances as the billionaire owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, but he’s also the chairman and founder … Read moreNATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE SPORTS BUSINESS NEWS

MICHAEL BARI SHOW FRIDAY JULY 6, 2018 SPORTS NEWS & NOTES

Red Sox ace Chris Sale faces Jason Hammel on Friday in Kansas City. At the World Cup, France meets Uruguay and Brazil takes on Belgium in two quarterfinal matchups Though Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently reported that trade talks surrounding Manny Machado have “accelerated” this week, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweets that teams still aren’t offering … Read moreMICHAEL BARI SHOW FRIDAY JULY 6, 2018 SPORTS NEWS & NOTES

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION NEWS & NOTES

Tony Parker will go into the Hall of Fame as a member of the San Antonio Spurs. But there are still some question about whether Parker will actually play in San Antonio next season. The veteran guard is a free agent heading into this summer, and several teams have some interest in Parker as a … Read moreNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION NEWS & NOTES

NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

This is Boston’s dance, and the rest of the conference is just spectating. A league source close to the situation told the Sun-Times on Tuesday that Kyrie Irving and former Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler are still trying to figure out a way to play together. Whether that means the Celtics try and acquire Butler this … Read moreNATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

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 NEWS & NOTES

Orlando Magic rookie Mo Bamba isn’t here for hangers-on. After being selected sixth in Thursday’s NBA draft, the 7-foot-1 center shot down chatter he was involved with a young woman, after the Instagram user posted a photo of the two, leaving followers to ponder their relationship status. Modal TriggerMo BambaNBAE/Getty Images “I honestly really don’t even … Read moreNATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY JUNE 6, 2018 NBA FINALS GAME 3 BREAKDOWN

MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY Michael breaks down Game 3 of the NBA 2018 Finals. LeBron James is two losses away from falling to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals yet again, and there’s only one way to assure he is not faced with a similar situation next year. But would he be open … Read moreMICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY JUNE 6, 2018 NBA FINALS GAME 3 BREAKDOWN

NBA FINALS-DRAFT-OFF SEASON NEWS

The Boston Celtics could use a rim protector — and top prospect Mo Bamba is a very intriguing option. In order to land Bamba, Boston would need to move up in the draft. The big man out of Texas is unlikely to slide past the Magic at the No. 6 spot, per Deveney. But Celtics’ team president Danny … Read moreNBA FINALS-DRAFT-OFF SEASON NEWS