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LeBron: No extra meaning facing Heat in Finals

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Like a parent being asked to rank their favorite children, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James wanted no part in assigning special value to a 2020 NBA championship, should he win it against his former team, the Miami Heat. “It’s no extra meaning to winning......
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New California Law Prompted by Kobe Crash Site Scandal

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Associated Press Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday approved legislation prompted by the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight other people that makes it a crime for first responders to take unauthorized photos of deceased people at the scene......
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The signature shots that will swing the NBA Finals

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The 2020 NBA Finals feature one of the league’s most iconic players matching up against the franchise that helped carve his amazing legacy. But these Finals aren’t just about LeBron James versus Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra. They’re about two red-hot basketball teams facing off for a historic championship in......
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2020 NBA Finals: Lakers vs. Heat Predictions and Picks

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SI – For more and to sign up click here SI Staff The Lakers and Heat are set to play in the NBA Finals on Wednesday. LeBron James will make his 10th Finals appearance, and this marks the Lakers’ first Finals appearance since Kobe Bryant led Los Angeles to a......
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Lakers heavy Finals faves, but Heat popular bet

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Sportsbooks have installed the Los Angeles Lakers as considerable favorites to beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. The early betting action, though, has been on the underdogs, and the odds are on the move. The Lakers are -400 favorites at William Hill U.S. sportsbooks, with the Heat listed......
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NBA Finals: Players react to the Heat-Lakers matchup

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The 2020 NBA Finals matchup is officially set (Game 1 on Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET on ABC). LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets on Saturday to advance to the Finals for the first time since 2010. On Sunday, the Miami Heat closed out the Boston......
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NBA Finals: Storylines and stats that matter ahead of Lakers-Heat

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There aren’t many days that go by during the NBA season where LeBron James doesn’t use lessons he learned during his four years with the Miami Heat. One has proven to be the most important: Keep the main thing the main thing. It is one of the core tenets Heat......
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LeBron on 10th Finals: Meaningless unless we win

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Standing off to the side as his teammate Anthony Davis spoke to reporters about how his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers delivered him the first NBA finals berth of his career, LeBron James was asked what the 10th finals appearance of his career......
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LeBron closes out Nuggets, puts Lakers in Finals

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — LeBron James is going to a 10th NBA Finals — and for the first time in a decade, so are the Los Angeles Lakers. James punctuated his 27th postseason triple-double with a big fourth quarter, powering the Lakers to a 117-107 victory over the Denver......
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The Nuggets Need A Killer Instinct

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc1NjU2OTMwMjE4MzU0MDQ1/jamal-murray-nuggets-lakers.jpg Rohan Nadkarni The Nuggets find themselves in a familiar position in the Western Conference finals, trailing the Lakers, as they trailed the Jazz and the Clippers in these same playoffs, 3–1 in the series. Denver has been the most exciting team in the postseason, with superstar turns from Jamal......
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Why NBA teams are desperate enough to use zone defenses

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7:10 AM ET Tim Bontemps Kevin Pelton Close ESPN Senior Writer Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system THE LOS ANGELES Lakers entered the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals trailing the Denver Nuggets by......
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You Have to See These Three Crazy Jamal Murray Shots

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Dan Gartland Acrobatic is an understatement No player has stepped his game up inside the NBA bubble as much as Jamal Murray. If Murray was a budding superstar during the pre-pandemic regular season, he’s fully blossomed in the Disney environment.......
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LeBron James on Breonna Taylor case:

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James continued to speak out Thursday night about the Breonna Taylor case after he helped his team win Game 4 of the 2020 Western Conference Finals. TNT’s Allie LaForce asked James if he’d channelled......
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LeBron on guarding Murray: ‘It was winning time’

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — If Jamal Murray was going to add yet another comeback victory to the Denver Nuggets’ dream postseason run, he was going to have to go through LeBron James to do so. With the Los Angeles Lakers clinging to a four-point lead with just more than......
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Dwight Howard Helps Lakers Overcome Murray, Muscle Past Nuggets

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc1NjQ1NTk4MjE1NTc5MDA1/usatsi_14976842-1.jpg Michael Rosenberg LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Jamal Murray is not here for your participation trophy, your praise, or your conspiracy theories about the refs. He has no interest in being the villain in the latest season of The LeBron James Show. Murray played Game 4 of the Western......
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Lowe: The genius of Jamal and Jokic, and what the Lakers are doing about it

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The Denver Nuggets can rally from the depths in an NBA playoff series because Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic methodically problem-solve opposing defenses. Your preferred coverage of the Murray-Jokic pick-and-roll might set them on their heels for the first half of Game 1, but they soon adjust. They poke and......
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LeBron: Neighbors’ walls got justice, not Breonna

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7:19 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. Malika Andrews Close ESPN Staff Writer Staff Writer Joined ESPN in 2018 Appears......
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Fistfights, battle lines and Show(boat) time: Inside the Lakers’ Kobe-Shaq dynasty

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Editor’s note: The following story contains excerpts from Jeff Pearlman’s new book, “Three-Ring Circus: Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty,” published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The book is on sale today, Sept. 22. A young Kobe Bryant Before Kobe Bryant was THE Kobe Bryant —......

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