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Individual Max Contract Rules Destroy Any Semblance of NBA Parity

Kevin Durant announced Monday he would sign with the Golden State Warriors for $54.3 million over two years, a deal he likely would not have signed had he been allowed under NBA rules to make (substantially) more elsewhere.<p>Under the current collective bargaining agreement, NBA stars are capped at …

NBA

Social media reaction from Cavs' Game 6 victory

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 115-101 Thursday night to become the third team in NBA Finals history to force a Game 7 after …

What LeBron James is doing is making even critics scratch their heads

Nobody wants to go there, but what he's doing in these NBA Finals demands it.<p>CLEVELAND -- We knew the possibility of the greatest single-season team …

Basketball

This is not the end of Kobe Bryant in the NBA, Adam Silver says

NEW YORK — Millions of people watched as Kobe Bryant rode off into the sunset, metaphorically speaking, when he dropped 60 points (on 50 shots) …

How Idan Ravin Can Help You Get a Body Like an NBA All-Star's

“Chris Paul’s coming down. Fly!”<p>The words echo across the court where New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith—six-foot-six and, at 225 pounds, …

Basketball

Kobe Bryant On Not Playing LeBron James In NBA Finals

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are considered two of the greatest players of all-time, but unfortunately, they never faced each other in the NBA …

Basketball

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners can finally play online games together

Microsoft is opening up its Xbox Live online service to gamers on other platforms — namely, PlayStation 4 and PC. <i>Whoa</i>.<p>In a move that's up there with Sonic the Hedgehog appearing next to Super Mario in a video game, Microsoft announced this morning on its Xbox blog that it's opening up the Xbox Live …

Kobe chronicles: Kyrie Irving challenged Bryant to a one-on-one matchup

A<i>s</i><p>Kobe Bryantplays out his 20th and final season with theLakers, The Times has reached out to players, coaches and broadcasters for recollections about his career.<p>Kyrie Irvingwas a young man whose confidence knew no bounds.<p>After winning the 2012<p>NBArookie of the year award, the 20-year-old Irving …

Basketball

Knicks beat Lakers on the most broken game-winning play of all time

This shouldn't have worked out.<p>This play wasn't supposed to work out. It almost ended in a five-second violation. It almost ended in a backcourt violation. It almost ended in a double-dribble or a travel. It almost ended in a turnover.<p>But instead, it ended with Jose Calderon nailing a three on what …

Basketball

Kobe and LeBron's Last Matchup Told Us Everything About Their Differences

The last chapter in an unconventional rivalry.<p>"It's not a rivalry," Kobe Bryant told <i>ESPN</i>. "To me, rivalries aren't made in the regular season." This was the 22nd and last meeting between the Laker legend and LeBron James, two first-ballot hall-of-famers. None of those match-ups have come in the …

Kobe Bryant’s Words For LeBron James After Their Final Matchup Couldn’t Be More Typical

The prospect of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James facing off on basketball’s biggest stage was something we heard nonstop throughout the late 2000s and early 2010s. It’s the rivalry that never was. Everyone was hoping for that seemingly inevitable NBA finals face off – companies like Nike even aired …

Kobe Bryant gives LeBron James' sons the most Kobe advice

Some things about Kobe Bryant will never change, even as he inches closer to retirement.<p>After Bryant faced off against LeBron James for the final …

Lakers star reveals the secret to beating the Warriors: Kanye West

Kanye West and Swaggy P, deliverer of goods.<p>Teams looking for the playbook on beating the Golden State Warriors might have been hoping for an insider tip from Lakers guard Nick Young.<p>He had a tip. But it is not, strictly speaking, a helpful one.<p>Before the Lakers' blowout win over the Dubs on …

A very special running diary of Lakers-Dubs

I was travelling this past weekend to a friend's bachelor party in Cartagena, in what ended up being one of the best experiences I've ever had. We did<p>…

Electric Guitar

Chris Paul's 3-point play came with a set of broken ankles

Chris Paul is spending his Friday night making fools out of the Sacramento Kings. The CP3-point play was made better with a set of broken ankles. Paul's handles are so smooth that he had to take some time after hitting the shot to reminisce on the magic that has just transpired.<p>"Wow, I bet I can do …

Chris Paul

Gregg Popovich broke down what he looks for in players, and it was an inspiring life lesson

The San Antonio Spurs are enjoying an unprecedented run of success, currently cruising for a 69-win season and a 19th straight playoff appearance.<p>There's no single factor behind the Spurs' success, but a big part of it has been the culture they've created, which could be the best in sports. The …

The story behind the Clippers' post-game dancing is downright hilarious

The Clippers do a little dance. Show a little love (for their teammates). You know, and get down most nights.<p>Hey, so remember when J.J. Redick bailed …

Blake Griffin

Clarkson dunked so hard Nick Young needed CPR

Jordan Clarkson is taking advantage of a Phoenix Suns team that seems to have quit on its head coach, and he put an exclamation mark on his night …

Kanye West's 'Facts' May Have Saved the Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are, by any objective measure, a terrible team, not-so-proud owners of the second worst record in the NBA. But they've gotten …

Basketball

Russell and Young get crazy celebrating Lakers win

James Worthy is not the only one who was thrilled that the Lakers "got that Celtic ass" on Wedneday night when Los Angeles beat Boston 112-104. The …

Basketball

Kobe Bryant sticks to story that Hornets 'never wanted me' after draft

Kobe Bryant says the Hornets didn't want him after drafting him.<p>Although he has played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant was …

Basketball

Kobe receives the Michael Jordan treatment, but Lakers fall to the Hornets, 108-98

Fans shinnied up a traffic-light post outside the luxury hotel where the<p>Lakersstayed, hoping to get a glimpse ofKobe Bryantboarding the team bus among dozens and dozens of cordoned-off people.<p>It's true. Kobe Bryant was given the<p>Michael Jordantreatment in the town where Jordan rules as an owner.<p>But …

Kobe’s top five players he went against includes Jordan, LeBron

When you think about all the great players Kobe Bryant has gone against in his two decades in the NBA, you have to appreciate how hard that would be …