Tagged LeBron James

Let’s Squash the Mid-Range Jumpers Debate, Shall We?

All the Denver Nuggets need is one stop to have a chance. The Portland Trail Blazers, on the other hand, need one more score to give themselves some breathing room. It’s amazing the Blazers are even in this game, much less leading. Damian Lillard has been flinging bricks all day, and his Blazers trailed by nearly…

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LeBron-less NBA Playoffs Giving Stars Room To Shine

As fun as it is to slander the Los Angeles Lakers on Twitter (and everywhere, really), their failure to make the NBA Playoffs appeared to be problematic. It wasn’t a big deal in years past while the once-iconic franchise muddles through its darkest days. But this year is different. It marks the first time since…

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Do OKC Thunder Have a ‘Russell Westbrook Problem?’

The most memorable moment from the Portland Trail Blazers’ series-sealing win came at the buzzer. Damian Lillard concluded his eff-you performance with a step-back triple over the outstretched arms of Paul George. The shot was equal parts impressive, absurd and hilarious. Nobody will forget Lillard waving “goodbye” to the Thunder after the near-40 foot bomb.…

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Where L.A. Lakers Go From Here

A fish stinks from the head to the tail. When it comes to dysfunction in a team, corporation or even a family, poor leadership is, more often than not, the culprit. And that always starts at the top. To the Los Angeles Lakers’ credit, they are apparently looking to get rid of the stench that’s…

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‘The Giannis Era’ Can Now Begin

Lebron James is missing the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2005, but don’t be fooled: “The Lebron Era” isn’t over quite yet. His absence, however, does provide someone else an opportunity. A chance to declare, on an international stage, in no uncertain terms, “I got next.” Giannis Antetokounmpo—just 24, leader of the NBA’s winningest…

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Week 25 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Making Your Final Championship Push

If your fantasy basketball championship round either begins or continues this week, allow me to express my condolences. With only a week-and-a-half left in the NBA regular season, this is the time of year where real-roster chicanery runs amok from playoff locks to tankers alike. Championship contenders eyeing deep playoff runs look to buy their…

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Must the L.A. Lakers Be Destroyed?

Some great movies are made, and also ruined, by the plot twist. The script for the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2018-19 season had the hype necessary for fans to watch, care and enjoy a bag of buttery and heightened expectations with their ‘ great time out’ at Staples. The storyline was not only intriguing. It was…

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Biggest Surprises of 2018-19 NBA Season

The Golden State Warriors and LeBron James have made the NBA fairly predictable in recent years, but the 2018-19 season proved to be a refreshing exception. While the Warriors appear to be coasting toward another deep playoff run (recent malaise aside), James and the Los Angeles Lakers are planning early vacations. Not only will this…

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Week 22 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Which Players Should You Drop?

The fantasy basketball playoffs have arrived in most leagues, which means you can no longer afford to keep dead weight on your roster. That means it’s time to say “Bye, Felicia” to the following players. Boston Celtics swingman Gordon Hayward (84.5% owned in ESPN.com leagues) has played better as of late, but you can’t depend…

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Veteran Options if L.A. Lakers Never Get Anthony Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers’ 2018-19 season is effectively over. If their loss to the then-12-win Phoenix Suns on Saturday night wasn’t the final nail in the coffin, their ensuing two losses to the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets were. Facing a 6.5–game deficit in the Western Conference standings with 17 games to play, the…

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