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LeBron, Giannis, Luka 1st-team All-NBA selections

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3:49 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James made history Wednesday when he was named to a 16th All-NBA team in his 17-year career, which snapped a tie with Hall of Famers Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most......
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Sources: D’Antoni telling Rockets he won’t return

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni is informing the franchise’s ownership Sunday that he’s becoming a free agent and won’t return to the Rockets next season, sources tell ESPN. D’Antoni, whose contract expired with the end of Houston’s season in the Western Conference semifinals on Saturday,......
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D’Antoni favors return to Rockets; Harden hopeful

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Coach Mike D’Antoni, a free agent now that the Houston Rockets are eliminated from the NBA playoffs, said his preference would be to remain with the organization. That’s also the hope of James Harden, the face of the franchise. “Of course. Of course,” Harden said after the Rockets’ season-ending 119-96......
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Mike D’Antoni might go, but Rockets’ small ball is here to stay

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As he sipped his coffee in a Salt Lake City hotel lobby just after the All-Star break, Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni spoke fondly about his professional fit with general manager Daryl Morey. D’Antoni had plenty of experience as a coach who butted heads with front offices when it came......
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Rondo’s brother trash-talks Westbrook, ejected

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William Rondo, the brother of Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, was ejected from Saturday night’s game against the Houston Rockets after trash-talking with Rockets guard Russell Westbrook. In the fourth quarter, Westbrook turned to William Rondo, who was seated in the Lakers’ family section, and asked, “Are you talking......
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Rockets’ House booted from bubble for violation

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Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. has left the NBA campus and will not play again this season following a violation of the league’s health and safety protocols, the league announced Friday. According to the NBA, an investigation found that House had an unauthorized guest in his hotel room for......
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This is what happens when the Lakers stop playing their centers as well

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There are some quotes that follow a coach his whole career, or at least long enough to become profoundly ironic. When Mike D’Antoni took over as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012 and was asked how he planned to use likely future Hall of Fame big men Pau......
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Rockets’ Alarmingly Lifeless Performance Points to a Gentleman’s Sweep

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Shapiro LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Houston Rockets in the NBA bubble are a science experiment inside a science experiment, and the beaker just cracked. They did not just lose Game 4 to the Lakers; they lost Game......
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Lowe: How the Lakers are messing with the NBA’s best one-on-one superstar

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A lot of fans seem to hate watching James Harden play. I get it. There is a numbing effect to the thump-thump-thump of Harden dribbling 20 times while four teammates stand in places chosen by Harden. But I have a soft spot for the visual Harden experience. He inspires a......
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Sources: House’s activity in Rockets hotel probed

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11:44 PM ET Adrian Wojnarowski Close Senior NBA Insider Host of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017 Tim MacMahon Close ESPN Staff Writer Joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009 Covers the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks Appears regularly on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Houston Rockets......
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Source: No concussion for Rockets’ Covington

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Houston Rockets forward Robert Covington passed a concussion protocol test and does not have a broken nose after exiting Tuesday’s Game 3 loss early after colliding with Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, a source told ESPN. He is expected to be available for Game 4 on Thursday, the source......
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Davis, Harden penalized for Game 2 incidents

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1:15 PM ET Dave McMenamin Close ESPN Staff Writer Lakers and NBA reporter for ESPN. Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14, the Cavaliers from 2014-18 for ESPN.com and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09. Tim MacMahon Close ESPN Staff Writer Joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009 Covers the......
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Why the Rockets are starting every playoff game with a loss

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JAMES HARDEN CROUCHED, waiting for referee Ed Malloy to release the ball into the air. Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis stood three feet away across the center circle. The Houston Rockets‘ superstar is 6-foot-5. Porzingis is one of the tallest and longest players in the league, listed at 7-foot-3. Something......
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Is Russell Westbrook’s Reputation at Stake in NBA Playoffs?

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Robin Lundberg I don’t think any player has more at stake reputation wise the remainder of these NBA playoffs than Russell Westbrook.  Look, I like Russ, and you can’t say any of his shortcomings come from lack of effort. But......
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Struggling Russ says he’s ‘just running around’

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The Houston Rockets came up with a simple solution for the frequent double-teams and traps that teams threw at James Harden early in the season. They simply spread the floor, with no center in the lineup, and released Russell Westbrook to wreak havoc. As a result, the Rockets saw less......
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Breen, Jackson, Van Gundy Detail the 2020 NBA Playoffs

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Justin Barrasso The broadcast trio of Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy are calling back-to-back playoff games this Sunday for ABC. First is the Miami Heat looking to sweep the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals,......
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LeBron: ‘We got a feel for’ Rockets’ speed in loss

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Following a six-day layoff after the Los Angeles Lakers made quick work of their first-round opponent, LeBron James said the Houston Rockets’ speed caught his team flat-footed in Friday’s 112-97 Game 1 loss to open up the Western Conference semifinals. “I think it’s the speed,”......
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The Rockets are winning by playing against expectations: with defense

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To those who have done battle with the Houston Rockets the past few seasons as they morphed into the purest form of positionless, small-ball basketball the NBA has ever seen, Friday’s 112-97 dismantling of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series does not come......
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Rockets Race Past Lakers to Set A Speedy, Sturdy Tone

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Chris Mannix LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Don’t panic, Lakers Nation. You have seen this before. A couple of weeks ago, actually. A team (Portland) stepped onto the Lakers’ digital home floor and won the opener of L.A.’s first round......
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Lowe: Lakers-Rockets is James Harden’s massive chance to rewrite his reputation

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Close your eyes and try to picture it: When was James Harden‘s last capital “M” playoff moment before his flying block on Luguentz Dort to help seal the Houston Rockets‘ Game 7 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder? Unless you include the bad ones — we’ll get to those —......

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