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Vanessa Bryant says Hall of Fame ‘peak’ of Kobe’s career

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Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, said Saturday his election to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame was “the peak of his NBA career.” Speaking to ESPN’s Rece Davis via FaceTime with her daughter Natalia by her side, Vanessa Bryant said, “It’s an incredible accomplishment and honor and we’re extremely proud of......
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Vanessa Bryant says Hall of Fame ‘peak’ of Kobe’s career

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Kobe Bryant‘s wife, Vanessa, said Saturday that his election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was the “peak of his NBA career.” Speaking to ESPN’s Rece Davis via FaceTime with her daughter Natalia by her side, Vanessa Bryant said, “It’s an incredible accomplishment and honor, and we’re extremely......
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Kobe Bryant Hall of Fame: Vanessa calls honor ‘peak of his career’

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jenna West The late Kobe Bryant was voted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon. Shortly after the class was announced, Bryant’s wife Vanessa and daughter Natalia joined ESPN’s Rece Davis to discuss what the honor means......
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The Hall of Fame sneaker legacy of Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett

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9:19 AM ET Nick DePaulaESPN This year’s Basketball Hall of Fame class is led by a trio of NBA legends: Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. And while all three racked up countless on-court accolades, they also each enjoyed notable successes in the sneaker world. In fact, this year’s......
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Kobe Bryant’s personal Mount Rushmore of mentors — starring Michael Jackson

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This story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s May 9 Fame Issue. Subscribe today! BY THE TIME he was 14, Kobe Bryant had made up his mind: His quest for basketball greatness would be a solitary journey. It was easier that way. He approached the game with such ferocity that it......
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Jordan, Russell, Kareem, even the King of Pop — the astonishing mentors who shaped Kobe Bryant

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This story was originally published on April 13, 2016. Kobe Bryant will be inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the 2020 class. BY THE TIME he was 14, Kobe Bryant had made up his mind: His quest for basketball greatness would be a......
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NBA Playoffs: Simulating the rest of 2019-20 season

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Shapiro Who knows what the NBA playoffs will look like this summer, assuming we get any games to begin with. We could see shortened series’ and quarantined teams, and playoff rounds could be cut to five games or even......
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The most likely Hall of Fame player on every current NBA roster

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The Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020 could be one of the most star-studded ever, a group that is expected to include Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and the late Kobe Bryant. But which active players are on track for basketball immortality? Ahead of Saturday’s announcement of the full class,......
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‘Basketball can wait’ – How NBA coaches are navigating an unprecedented season

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WORD SPREAD QUICKLY among the Toronto Raptors: Did you hear? Gobert has it. Donovan Mitchell too. See? Right here on Twitter. The defending NBA champions quickly realized what was coming: Their final basketball game came just two days earlier, on March 9 against the Utah Jazz. They would be quarantined.......
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Brooklyn Nets Players, staff symptom-free of coronavirus

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTcxMjA3MDAxMzA3NjIxMDQz/kevin-durant-tests-positive-coronavirus.jpg Elizabeth Swinton The four Brooklyn Nets players who tested positive for COVID-19 are now symptom-free, GM Sean Marks announced in a conference call on Wednesday. The update comes more than two weeks after four Nets players were announced to have tested positive for the coronavirus. At the time, one player exhibited......
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No symptoms for Lakers after 2-week quarantine

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LOS ANGELES — Two weeks after two unnamed Los Angeles Lakers players tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Tuesday that all of its players are currently symptom-free. After the Brooklyn Nets revealed that four of their players, including Kevin Durant, tested positive for the virus, the Lakers quickly arranged......
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NBA storylines that would be lost if season is canceled to coronavirus

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Elizabeth Swinton The NBA wants to salvage its suspended season, but the potential of a champion not being crowned may eventually become a reality. Game-play and practice facilities remain shut down nearly three weeks after the NBA suspended its season.......
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NBA Western Conference: Questions for each contender if season resumes

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Shapiro The race for the Western Conference crown remains fascinating even as the NBA’s coronavirus suspension rolls into its third week. LeBron James and the Lakers are the likely favorites, though they are far from a lock to win......
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Stars around globe lend support to medical world

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James taped a message of support and gratitude for UCLA health care workers Wednesday, joining a trend of athletes finding ways to support medical staffers on the front lines of the coronavirus. Athletes from around the world, from Pete Alonso to Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Stephen......
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Clippers’ Steve Ballmer reaches deal to buy The Forum for $400M in cash

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LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has reached an agreement to purchase The Forum in Inglewood, through a new company, for $400 million in cash from The Madison Square Garden Company, it was announced. The Forum will continue to operate as a premier live-music venue while “resolving litigation surrounding plans for......
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Had LeBron James closed the gap on Giannis Antetokounmpo in the NBA’s MVP race?

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8:47 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN Before the NBA suspended its season due to the coronavirus pandemic, LeBron James posted his best weekend of the 2019-20 season. He put up 37 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, and followed......
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LeBron James: Lakers’ star sued for posting photo of himself

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTcxMzM4NDI1Njk2MjY2MjIy/lebron-james-lakers-dunk-heat.jpg Michael McCann With 9:15 to go in the third quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers – Miami Heat game played on Dec. 13, LeBron James drove to the hoop and blew past his defender, Jimmy Butler. James then leaped in the air. As Heat center Myers Leonard looked on......
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LeBron James thought loss to Celtics in 2012 could’ve ended Big 3 run with Heat

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LeBron James held a 45-minute Instagram Live video chat with fans Thursday night and made a revelation about one of his greatest performances. James did not mention the Los Angeles Lakers‘ announcement that two players had tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the day, and he did not say......
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Five NBA things I like and don’t like, including the LeBron James-Giannis Antetokounmpo MVP ‘narrative’

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Full disclosure: I didn’t really want to do this column. It didn’t feel right. Normal doesn’t feel right. But my editors encouraged me, saying perhaps people might want some normal. We’ll see. I swapped out a “dislike” about the Nets because no one needs negativity right now. In the end,......
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LeBron James misses Lakers basketball while we miss sports debates

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Robin Lundberg Please not LeBron James. That’d be too much for all of us to take. I’ll admit that’s a half serious thought that ran through my head when I saw two players on the Lakers tested positive for coronavirus.......

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