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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 

 

 

 

 

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL REPORT, HARPER, ALTUVE, MCCUTCHEN & MORE

Nationals sluggers Bryce Harper and Matt Adams were claimed by unidentified organizations on revocable trade waivers, according to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post (Twitter link). They join fellow left-handed hitting Nats veteran Daniel Murphy as pending free agents who were not able to make it through the waiver wire. The fact that teams were awarded claims on these players does not, of course, mean … Read moreMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL REPORT, HARPER, ALTUVE, MCCUTCHEN & MORE

THE MICHAEL BARI SHOW FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 30-AUGUST 3, 2018

THE MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY July 30 – August 3, 2018 CLICK THE BARS BELOW July 30, 2018 July 31, 2018 August 1, 2018 August 2, 2018 August 3, 2018

MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY AUGUST 1, 2018

THE MICHAEL BARI SHOW CLICK THE BAR BELOW   It’s August, and just like we’re now positive the New York Mets‘ 11-1 start was the biggest sham of the 2018 MLB season, we’re also well past the point of pretending the Philadelphia Phillies are anything but playoff material. The days of fans prematurely condemning first-year manager Gabe Kapler are long gone. Rotation … Read moreMICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY AUGUST 1, 2018

MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY JULY, 13 2018 EAGLES, COWBOYS, GIANTS, REDSKINS

THE MICHAEL BARI SHOW Michael breaks down the NFC East Division CLICK THE BAR BELOW   DO EAGLES HAVE THE TEAM TO REPEAT AS SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS Carson Wentz is really freaking good, in case you missed it. In his rookie season, Wentz displayed arm strength, mobility, and had his moments where you could see … Read moreMICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY JULY, 13 2018 EAGLES, COWBOYS, GIANTS, REDSKINS

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

The NFL has warned teams that 11-on-11 training camp drills were largely responsible for last year’s spike in preseason concussions, an important data point as coaches finalize practice schedules for this summer’s practices. The league has stopped short of banning full-squad drills, which coaches consider essential to preparing for the contact that occurs during regular-season … Read moreNATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS-GRONK, BRADY-TRUMP

Did anyone actually believe this was a real possibility? No offense to Barstool, but the higher-ups in New England were not about to leak a major trade to some Boston fan-boy bloggers. That’s not how things work in Foxborough. Nonetheless, what this fake trade rumor did expose is that trading ​Rob Gronkowski-–however unlikely it appeared just … Read moreNATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS-GRONK, BRADY-TRUMP

WASHINGTON CAPITALS BEAT VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS IN GAME 4 ONE GAME AWAY FROM THE STANLEY CUP

A fast start yielded nothing but frustration for Vegas, as Washington is now a single victory away from winning the Stanley Cup. The Capitals weathered an early flourish from the Golden Knights, got a little help from a goal post and then took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by T.J. Oshie. Tom Wilson extended … Read moreWASHINGTON CAPITALS BEAT VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS IN GAME 4 ONE GAME AWAY FROM THE STANLEY CUP

MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY JUNE 2, 2018-NHL-STANLEY CUP FINALS

MICHAEL BARI SHOW Michael recaps Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Ovechkin, Kuznetsov score in second period; Holtby makes 21 saves. By Dan Rosen  Washington won Game 3 of the best-of-seven series, 3-1, for a 2-1 lead over the Vegas Golden Knights. The Capitals’ stars carried them, from Ovechkin scoring the first goal … Read moreMICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY JUNE 2, 2018-NHL-STANLEY CUP FINALS

NHL NEWS-STANLEY CUP FINALS

With the series tied 1-1, Washington carries the momentum into Game 3 and got a boost Friday when center Evgeny Kuznetsov, who left Game 2 with an upper-body injury in the first period, took part in an optional practice. Brooks Orpik took a slash from Vegas Golden Knights forward Erik Haula in the waning seconds of … Read moreNHL NEWS-STANLEY CUP FINALS