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Lowe on NBA Finals: Predicting who wins Lakers-Heat, and why

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After much springtime bloviating, there will be no asterisk on this NBA championship. If anything, it will be more badge of honor — a mark of perseverance through isolation, mental strain, and the internal discord of performing a job in the entertainment industry while issues of social and racial justice......
Sports Illustrated - NFL

How LeBron Has Shaped the Legacies of His Teammates

Sports Illustrated
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — This week, LeBron James will play in his 10th NBA Finals, a statistic that is both mind-boggling and insufficient, like saying Claude Monet created more than 2,000 paintings or Agatha Christie wrote at least 78 books. James has been the best player on all 10......
Sports Illustrated - NCAA Football

2020 NBA Finals Preview: LeBron’s Legacy, Asterisk Talk and More Notes

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc1NzY2MjY5MDc5ODU2MTgz/nba-finals-matcup-web.jpg Chris Mannix So here we are, a year after teams reported to training camp, set to finish the wildest, most unpredictable season in NBA history. Many expected the Lakers to be here, with LeBron James teaming up with Anthony Davis to form one of the league’s most feared duos.......
New York Times - Sports

N.B.A. Season Like No Other: ‘One of the Worst, Strangest Years’

New York Times
Scott Cacciola LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It was a perfect moment for an imperfect season. Anthony Davis rose for a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in Game 2 of the N.B.A.’s Western Conference finals. He sank the shot, shouted “Kobe!” and ran into the arms of his elated Los Angeles Lakers teammates.......
New York Times - Sports

N.B.A. Finals Preview: Lakers (Expected) vs. Heat (Surprise!)

New York Times
Scott Cacciola LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Miami Heat, a long-shot title hope at the start of the season, have already exceeded expectations. The Los Angeles Lakers are still trying to meet them. Nearly a full year after the 2019-20 season began, two teams remain. And the N.B.A. finals,......
ESPN

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......
New York Times - Sports

Draymond Green Doesn’t Mind Missing the N.B.A. Finals. This Year.

New York Times
Marc Stein Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. The N.B.A. finals that will conclude the longest, strangest and most complicated season in league history begin Wednesday night. For the first time in six years, the game’s grandest stage will not feature......
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Ahead of the presidential election, America’s sports stadiums and arenas become polling centers

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7:58 AM ET Kelly CohenESPN Ever stepped inside a ballpark or football stadium and marveled at how many people can fit inside? Now those spaces are going to be put to another good use, with many arenas and stadiums across professional sports slated to be turned into polling centers on......
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To infinity and a sneaker app: Damian Lillard debuts Buzz Lightyear sneakers

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1:04 PM ET Jeremy WillisESPN.com To infinity and then to your favorite sneaker app. Portland Trail Blazers guard, hip-hop star and bubble MVP Damian Lillard has announced his latest Adidas colorway sneakers. And these are only for kids. That’s because they’re inspired by Buzz Lightyear from Disney’s “Toy Story” franchise.......
TMZ.com

NBA YoungBoy Arrested on Drug Charges in Louisiana, Cops Seize Guns, $79k Cash

TMZ
1:19 PM PT — TMZ’s obtained pics of the 14 guns and $79k in cash cops seized during the course of the investigation. Baton Rouge Police says its Street Crimes Division — along with the FBI — received information from anonymous concerned citizens of individuals brandishing guns in an abandoned......
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How the NBA navigated its longest, most unpredictable year

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An hour before the 2019 NBA Finals tipped off in Toronto — the first time the league’s showcase event had been played outside the United States — commissioner Adam Silver reminded those watching that basketball’s founder, James Naismith, was a Christian missionary who brought the game to China and Europe......
Sports Illustrated - MMA

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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Bryant: Police, protest, pandemic and the end of the 9/11 era

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It has been a year. The American reckoning, or at the very least the burgeoning outline of one, has come into focus, forced into view by a perfect storm of toxicity: a global pandemic claiming more than 205,000 lives in the United States alone; the ongoing use of police force......
Sports Illustrated - MMA

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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