Trading Russell Westbrook won't solve Lakers' problems
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are in uncharted territory, with no answers and no path to contention. Russell Westbrook is everybody’s villain and at this point, his play makes it easy to pile on. It's easy to see why James wanted Westbrook as a running mate, considering Westbrook was still productive and James battled injuries the year before. In a way, expecting him to be anything but the Russell Westbrook he’s been, expecting him to play a mature game rather than one of unvarnished fury, is the Lakers’ fault. Trading Westbrook wouldn’t change the Lakers’ outlook, even if they acquired a shooter and big man in return.wftv.com
Man runs Philadelphia race while dribbling a basketball dressed as Allen Iverson
PHILADELPHIA — A man turned heads as he ran a race in the city’s streets Sunday, dribbling a basketball and sporting an Allen Iverson Jersey for all 10 miles. @6abc pic.twitter.com/DCNAzuZcjc — Bryanna Gallagher (@BGallagherTV) May 1, 2022Burrell told WPVI he runs the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia each year with a basketball. And it works – everybody loved it,” Burrell told the station. Man aimed to capture Allen Iverson's look during Philadelphia Race Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers in action during the NBA Europe Live Tour presented by EA Sports on October 11, 2006 at the Kölnarena in Cologne, Germany. “A lot of people were trying to call me for traveling and carrying,” Burrell told The Inquirer.wftv.com
Jordan, Magic honored with 75th team at All-Star halftime
During halftime of Sunday's All-Star Game, 45 members of the 75th Anniversary Team — including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — stood side by side on a circular stage in the middle of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Giannis Antetokounmpo, one of six current All-Stars on the 75th team, changed out of his Team LeBron uniform for the on-court tribute. Before Jordan's entrance, Kobe Bryant's photo on the giant scoreboard touched off an emotional response and chants of “Ko-be, Ko-be” for the late Lakers superstar who died tragically in a 2020 helicopter crash with his young daughter, Gianna. The still living members of the 75th team who didn't attend were shown on video, with each saluting the fans with a wave. This is the second time the league has honored its greats in Cleveland, after the 50th Anniversary Team was honored in 1997.wftv.com
Jordan, Magic honored with 75th team at All-Star halftime
The NBA celebrated its diamond anniversary with a sparkling tribute to honor 75 years on the hardwood floor. Each of them wearing blue blazers with a 75th logo on their chests, the best of the NBA's best were introduced to huge ovations, with the loudest cheers going to Jordan, who was the last player to walk onto the raised podium at center court.news.yahoo.com
Durant moves into NBA's top 25, Nets beat Celtics 123-104
Now the Nets forward is looking down at the Hall of Famer from the top 25 of the NBA's all-time scoring list. “I’ve just got to keep going.”Patty Mills scored 23, and James Harden had 20 points and 11 assists for Brooklyn. They scored 18 of the first 21 points in the third and led 97-68 before Boston scored the last eight points of the quarter. Boston scored the first eight points in the fourth to cut it to 97-85. ... Harden stopped by the Boston bench before the game to say hello to Udoka, who was a Nets assistant last season.wftv.com
Embiid emerges as NBA MVP front-runner for East-best 76ers
FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid reacts after making a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Philadelphia. “The fans are always there for me when I play,” Embiid said. Ad“It’s nice to have a big guy in the MVP talk,” Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal told The Associated Press. AdHe is trying to become the first Sixer to win NBA MVP — the fans call it an MVBiid campaign — since Iverson in 2001. Nobody can guard you.’ I think that’s a big reason he’s having the season he’s having.”Morey, though, is fine with Embiid shooting from deep.
Suns keep rolling, top 76ers 120-111 for 5th straight win
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots against Philadelphia 76ers during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, in Phoenix. Booker scored 36 points, Chris Paul added 18 points and 10 assists and the rising Phoenix Suns beat the Philadelphia 76ers 120-111 on Saturday for their fifth straight victory. Saric and Jae Crowder each hit 3-pointers to open the fourth quarter and extend the Suns' lead to 92-81. The Suns had an 11-2 run which gave them a 113-99 lead with 3:15 left to close out the win. E’Twaun Moore had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting, Cam Johnson had nine points and Crowder added eight points and four rebounds.
Harris shot in final seconds leads 76ers past Lakers 107-106
James’ push of the 76ers big man got him hit with a flagrant 1 and Embiid cried foul. Harris swished a jumper with 3 seconds left, ending the Lakers’ 13-0 run and sending Philadelphia to a 107-106 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night. The 76ers lead the East at 13-6 and the Lakers are 14-5 in the West. James hit Anthony Davis for the go-ahead basket with 11.2 seconds to go for a 106-105 lead and cap that run. YOU AGAINGreen and backup center Dwight Howard played key roles in the Lakers’ championship last season.
Practice time will be in short supply in NBA this season
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra watches during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)The Miami Heat just wrapped up two consecutive days of practice, which is significant for this reason: It might not happen again for a while. Practice time is something that will be in short supply around the NBA this season; teams are basically playing every other day, and that — along with travel and mandated days off — realistically leaves time for no more than two practices per week. “I think you need to adjust and at least we’re all on an even playing field, so it’s all relative,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Every team in the NBA will have similar practice quandaries, which comes with the territory of having plenty of four-game weeks.
Sluggish practices are the latest concern for Gase, Jets
An 0-2 start with dismal performances in both games has the New York Jets in an early season hole. “Nobody said anything during the week,” Gase said Wednesday. Many fans and some media pointed the blame at Gase for not overseeing better, sharper practices, although coordinator Gregg Williams is responsible for the defense. “Yeah, I mean everybody has a different feel of how practice goes,” Gase said. “We, as players, have to come out there and execute.”NOTES: The Jets signed S Marqui Christian to the active roster from Chicago's practice squad.
Doncic and Mitchell reaching new heights in the postseason
The dynamic Doncic made sure of that with a buzzer-beating, 3-pointer in overtime Sunday to cap another triple-double. Not to be outdone in the nightcap, Mitchell erupted for 51 points in Game 4 to give the sixth-seeded Utah Jazz a 3-1 lead over Denver. Mitchell is playing out of this world right now, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. Both Doncic and Mitchell are accomplishing rarely seen postseason feats inside the bubble. Whats more, his 28-foot buzzer-beat to win was the second-longest in postseason history, the Mavericks announced on social media.
NBA great Allen Iverson on new documentary and legacy
Allen Iverson lived up to his billing as number one draft pick. His offensive skills and speed made him unstoppable, even for all-time greats like Michael Jordan. His bad-boy image influenced a generation of players but also led to problems off the court. Iverson joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss his new Showtime sports documentary, "Iverson," where he opens up about his childhood, arrests, basketball and everything in between.cbsnews.com