Paul George says he would’ve joined Lakers if he wasn’t traded by Pacers

Paul George revealed to ESPN’s The Undefeated that he “would have been in a Lakers uniform” if he had never been traded from the Indiana Pacers. But after the Pacers dealt the five-time All-Star to the Oklahoma City Thunder instead last year, he fell in love with his new team and playing with Russell Westbrook before eventually agreeing to a four-year, $137 million contract extension this past offseason. “It was 50-50 on deciding whether I wanted to come back home or if it was smarter to be in the situation…

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Carmelo Anthony struggles in his debut with the Houston Rockets

HOUSTON — The Toyota Center crowd welcomed Carmelo Anthony with a loud ovation when he checked into the season opener with 7:12 remaining in the first quarter — the first time that the 10-time All-Star had come off the bench during his NBA career. The home crowd didn’t have too many other opportunities to cheer on the Rockets, as the New Orleans Pelicans rolled to a 131-112 rout Wednesday night in one of Houston’s worst defensive performances in recent memory. It was the most points the Rockets had given up…

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LeBron James Once ‘Hated’ Southern California. How He Came to Embrace It.

LOS ANGELES — The sun had already set when LeBron James and his high school teammates pulled up to the beach in a limousine-length Cadillac Escalade. They had come straight from the airport, with 50 Cent blaring from the speakers. “It was dark as hell,” Willie McGee, one of the other players from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, recalled in a telephone interview. “But I had never seen the ocean.” It was January 2003. An 18-year-old senior on the cusp of global celebrity, James arrived with his…

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Nets Fall Just Short on Opening Night

DETROIT — Andre Drummond had 24 points and 20 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons won their opener under their new coach, Dwane Casey, over the Nets on Wednesday night. Blake Griffin added 26 points for the Pistons, who were without two potential starters but still managed to hold off the Nets for a 103-100 victory. Caris LeVert equaled a career high with 27 points for the Nets, and he drove to the basket in the final seconds with his team down by a point. LeVert lost the ball, and it…

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Cavaliers vs. Raptors – Game Recap – October 17, 2018

TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard helped the Toronto Raptors extend their success in season-opening games. Leonard had 24 points and 12 rebounds in his Toronto debut, Kyle Lowry scored 27 points and the Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-104 on Wednesday night, extending their streak of opening-night victories to six. “I felt good,” Leonard said. “I’m happy we came out and got a win. I came out of the game healthy, so it’s a win-win for me.” Acquired from the Spurs in a July blockbuster that sent four-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan…

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Detroit Pistons play recording of Aretha Franklin singing anthem before season opener

DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons honored Aretha Franklin before their season opener Wednesday night by playing a recording of her singing the national anthem. Former Pistons star Isiah Thomas spoke briefly, asking for a moment of silence for Franklin, a Detroit native who died in August. After the moment of silence, and with no additional announcement, a recording of Franklin singing the anthem at the 2004 NBA Finals began playing while pictures scrolled on the scoreboard screen. A microphone was left unattended at midcourt while the anthem played. Source link

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Animation film fest rescinds Kobe Bryant invite after outcry

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant was dropped Wednesday from the jury of an animated film festival after calls for the former NBA star’s ouster over a 2003 rape allegation. Chief executive officer Eric Beckman of GKIDS, the company that organizes the Animation Is Film Festival, announced the move. “After discussions with the various stakeholders of Animation Is Film, the decision has been made to remove Kobe Bryant from the 2018 jury,” Beckman said in a statement. “We are a young organization and it is important to keep our collective energies…

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Luke Walton of Los Angeles Lakers taking long view on LeBron James playing time

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton is playing the long game by trying to reduce the length of time LeBron James stays on the basketball court this season. “We’ve got four years,” Walton said Wednesday on the eve of the Lakers’ season opener on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers. Walton, of course, was referencing the contract James signed this summer to come to L.A. (three years guaranteed, with a player option for the fourth). He contends he isn’t about to burn out James, who…

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Congratulations, You’re a Certified N.B.A. Agent. Good Luck Finding a Client.

At 10:02 a.m. on a sunny day last winter in the gym at the National Basketball Players Association’s Midtown Manhattan headquarters, dozens of nervous prospective N.B.A. agents sat at folding tables, hunched over the first test many had taken in years. Copies of the N.B.A.’s collective bargaining agreement and regulations governing agents cluttered the tables. The test was open book. Some of the test-takers said they had been studying for months. Concerned about unprepared agents, the union started requiring the test in 2016. To pass, each prospective agent must correctly…

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Jokes? At Knicks Camp? Maybe More Than the Coach Has Changed

It also was known that Dolan was never thrilled with the press-friendly natures of D’Antoni or Donnie Walsh, the executive who hired him. Could it be that Steve Mills and Scott Perry, the Knicks’ president and general manager, had to sell Dolan on Fizdale, who on Tuesday said of his approach: “I can’t fake it. I don’t have time to fake. I try to be honest and keep it real as I can.” He did have plenty of ex-Knicks coaches to help prime him for the dual challenges of Dolan…

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