The Lakers were eliminated from playoff contention in a loss to the Nets, but LeBron James is still charging at full speed through the end of the regular season. James tallied a triple-double in Los Angeles' 111-106 win over the Kings on Sunday night by pouring in 29 points with 11 rebounds and 11 assists. He addressed his reasoning for playing despite the lack of playoff stakes postgame. Los Angeles enters Monday night 11th in the West at 32–41. James is averaging 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game. 2019 will mark his first year out of the playoffs since 2005.
When Lonzo Ball was coming into the league with the Los Angeles Lakers, he did so without a traditional shoe endorsement contract that most top NBA draft picks sign. Rather than join the likes of Adidas, Nike or Under Armour, Ball and his father, LaVar, launched Big Baller Brand. In doing so, they created an avenue for Lonzo to immediately create, play in and release his first signature shoe. That type of honor is typically a handful of years away for rookies as brands evaluate on-court play and marketing power. Beyond consumer issues with Big Baller Brand going public, Ball has endured multiple ankle injuries through his first two seasons. According to Ramona Shelburne and Paula Lavigne of ESPN,
Can Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks fulfill expectations that come with a top seed in a LeBron James-less Eastern conference? With the NBA season winding down, Sports Illustrated takes a look at what each team should look forward to in the latest edition of power rankings.
LeBron James has always had a knack for paying homage to athletes and places when it comes to his sneaker line. The King has gotten pretty creative over the years with his shoes and that's exactly what he's doing here with the Nike LeBron 16 "Bo Trainer" or "Medicine Ball." If you're a fan of classic Nike sneakers, you'll notice right away that this model is inspired by Bo Jackson's Air Trainer 3 "Medicine Ball" colorway. The shoe takes the silhouette of the LeBron 16, but adds the toe strap found on the Air Trainer 3. Meanwhile, the upper is composed of white knit, while hints of blue and brown can be found throughout, primarily on the toe, Nike swoosh, and midsole. It's just another great
Dwyane Wade was supportive of longtime friend LeBron James after the bevy of criticism he has faced throughout this season as the Los Angeles Lakers are bound to miss the playoffs in the first year of his arrival in The City of Angels. The Miami Heat icon knows his friend has had a bad year by his standards, but one that has been hurt by a combination of reasons, some of which go beyond his control: “If this is a bad year for him — this is a bad year for him? MVP's get this kind of year. He's had an MVP-type of year,” Wade said of James, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. “I think he understands the scrutiny that comes with being LeBron James. Whether he comes out and talks about it
The Indiana Pacers, it turns out, made the right decision to trade Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Initially mocked by a vocal majority of league followers for the supposedly paltry return they received in exchange for a superstar in the thick of his prime, the Pacers have subsequently watched Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis rapidly develop into more impactful players than anyone but Kevin Pritchard and his front office brass anticipated. George, meanwhile, has blossomed into an MVP candidate, reaching heights that seemed impossible when he suffered a devastating leg injury four and-a-half years ago. Nearly two years later, the June 2017 swap between Indiana and Oklahoma City, though, exists as the exceedingly rare trade in which both teams emerged victorious.
NEW ORLEANS - Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry did not hold back in his praise of Rockets star James Harden to the point that when he spoke of Harden's ability to "manipulate the rules" and his "trickery" he meant that as a great compliment. "I think he's the best offensive player out there and I can't think of one, really, over the course of their career that's been better than he's been from the standpoint of being able to put up the kind of numbers he's done and do it efficiently," Gentry said. "No. 1, he's strong. I mean, he's incredibly strong, a lot stronger than anybody thinks he is. He's a genius when it comes to angles. He's a genius when it comes to manipulating the rules. He takes advantage
The Wizards begin a four-game road trip out West on Tuesday night against the Lakers at 10:30pm. Bradley Beal and LeBron James will face off in what is always an exciting atmosphere at Staples Center. This will be the Wizards' final back-to-back of the season, as the team will head to Phoenix after the game. With a loss and a Heat win over the Magic, the Wizards will be eliminated from playoff contention. Game Info Staples Center | 10:30 P.M. | TNT | 1500 AM Probable Starters Wizards: G – Tomas Satoransky, G – Bradley Beal, F – Troy Brown Jr., F – Bobby Portis, C – Thomas Bryant Lakers: G – Rajon Rondo, G – Reggie Bullock, F – LeBron James, F – Kyle Kuzma, C – JaVale McGee Injury Report Wizards:
Michael Jordan versus LeBron James — how long has this “greatest of all time” debate been raging? Well, based on a recent survey by Business Insider, we've all been wasting our time. In the eyes of most fans, Jordan is the GOAT and it's not even close. The Bulls legend received 66 percent of the vote when the financial news website polled 1,082 American adults through SurveyMonkey earlier this month. James got 10.4 percent with Larry Bird third (4 percent) and Wilt Chamberlain fourth (3.5 percent). Last year, CBSSports.com college basketball writers Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander surveyed more than 100 coaches for the website's Candid Coaches series and found that 82 percent chose Jordan over
The Lakers cannot reach the playoffs, but LeBron James' triple-double against the Kings showed he is not easing up. LeBron James vowed to “never cheat the game” after starring for the already-eliminated Lakers with a triple-double in their 111-106 victory over the Kings. The Lakers' hopes of reaching the playoffs were extinguished last week, meaning James will not be involved in the postseason for the first time since the 2004-05 season. Having appeared in each of the previous eight NBA Finals series for either the Heat or the Cavaliers, James could be forgiven for easing off as the Lakers' disappointing season winds down. Yet after scoring 29 points, making 11 rebounds and providing 11 assists
MIAMI (AP) — The playoff field is largely set. The positioning, that's still anyone's guess. So even while some of what we could have had for drama over the final 2½ weeks of the NBA regular season won't materialize — LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are already out of the playoffs, robbing us of one potential story line — the races for seedings and home-court edges are almost certain now to go down to the final days of the season. Milwaukee has the edge over all other teams in the race for the No. 1 overall seed. Dwyane Wade's career still isn't guaranteed of going past Miami's regular-season finale in Brooklyn on April 10. Golden State, bidding for a third straight NBA championship and
After being eliminated from playoff contention, there has been plenty of discussion about how the Los Angeles Lakers should use LeBron James for the rest of the season. For James, there is no debate. James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, Kyle Kuzma scored 21 of his 29 points in the third quarter and the Lakers ended a five-game losing streak with a 111-106 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
With the Los Angeles Lakers officially eliminated from playoff contention, there have been questions about LeBron James' availability to conclude the 2018-19 NBA season. At 34-years-old and in his 16th season, James has missed 20 games due to a groin strain injury and load management, which marks the most in his future Hall of Fame career. Considering all of the minutes James has played, shutting him down for the final nine games makes sense as the Lakers should improve their 2019 NBA Draft lottery odds. However, after James recorded his eighth triple-double of the season, he discussed his mindset in unfamiliar territory after defeating the Sacramento Kings, 111-106. “When I'm on the floor, I
When it comes to the Los Angeles Lakers struggles this season, there is plenty to of blame to go around. Some of it does fall on LeBron James, who joined the organization after spending the last four seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and brought his usual baggage with him. More of it falls on head coach Luke Walton as well, with plenty of questionable rotations and the fact that he lost his locker room early into the season. But, the majority of the blame falls on the entirety of both the Lakers front office and ownership. The Los Angeles front office are lead by team president and Lakers legend Magic Johnson, general manager and Kobe Bryant's former agent Rob Pelinka. On paper, this tandem
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After being eliminated from playoff contention, there has been plenty of discussion about how the Los Angeles Lakers should use LeBron James for the rest of the season. For James, there is no debate. As long as he is physically able to play, he intends to go all out when he's on the court. James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, Kyle Kuzma scored 21 of his 29 points in the third quarter and the Lakers ended a five-game losing streak with a 111-106 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. "I felt I was healthy enough to go out and do something to help our team win, so I just went with my gut," James said. "I'm happy I was able to go out and make a couple plays."