Los Angeles Lakers

The LeBron James show at MSG, as he closes in on Kareem’s record, will be a night to remember

NEW YORK — The King at the Mecca was the best show in town on Tuesday night. As LeBron James, who has long said that Madison Square Garden is his favorite arena to play in, came out for his pregame warmup an hour and 15 minutes before tip-off, both Lakers and Knicks fans converged on …

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Hollinger: LeBron James’ scoring record won’t be unbreakable. But it’ll be pretty close

When LeBron James breaks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA scoring record in the coming days, he’s not going to just walk off into the sunset at 38,388 points. James might be 38, but he’s still one of the best players in the league — recently named an All-Star Game starter while cruising toward an inconceivable 19th All-NBA …

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LeBron James moves into fourth place on all-time assist list, passing Mark Jackson, Steve Nash

NEW YORK — LeBron James is now fourth in NBA history in assists, passing Mark Jackson and Steve Nash in the Lakers’ game Tuesday against the Knicks. Here’s what you need to know: James, 38, is the only player in the top five all time in points and assists. He needed eight assists to pass …

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The Bounce: Which worthy All-Star reserve will be snubbed?

Goodmorning! Ja Morant will take your temperatures. Snub Hub Who should be All-Star reserves?Thursday night we’re getting the coaches’ selections for the All-Star reserves. You know what that means? Do you understand why I’m so excited right now? We’re headed to Snub SZN! It’s the fuel for the second half of the season everybody needs …

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Hollinger’s 2023 NBA All-Star reserves: Who makes the cut?

The NBA announced starters for the All-Star Game late last week and will release the coaches’ picks for reserves on Thursday. I went through this exercise with our Josh Robbins three weeks ago, but the landscape has shifted since then. Additionally, the selection of the starters now pins all the attention on the seven reserve …

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Hollinger: Do Lakers, Pacers moves suggest more to come? Scouting Kansas’ Gradey Dick

That noise you heard was 2023 free agency starting. Nobody sent out a memo, but two roster moves this past week were the first salvos in what promises to be an active NBA offseason. Fear not, however, transaction groupies, because those moves also portend more interesting times in the short term as well. After a …

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Best NBA photos from January: Donovan Mitchell, Damian Lillard, Jordan Poole and more

January is typically the time for resolutions and clean slates, even though you could pick any time of the year. What does this mean for NBA teams? Will the offensive scoring explosions continue? Will the potential MVPs separate themselves from each other? With the NBA trade deadline next month, will we see players switching teams? …

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Lakers issues with officiating come to a head after crucial no-call in Boston: ‘We got cheated’

BOSTON — LeBron James sat in front of his locker room with his knees wrapped in ice, staring blankly ahead, searching for an answer to a problem that has plagued him for weeks, if not the entire season. “I don’t understand,” James kept repeating to himself after the Los Angeles Lakers’ 125-121 overtime loss to …

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NBA All-Star Game 2023: Who our voters picked for East and West starters and why

Starting an All-Star Game is one of the biggest individual honors NBA players can garner in their careers. And, if our voter ballots below are correct, we might have a couple of first-timers when starters are revealed tonight. Four writers at The Athletic who participated in the media vote — Joe Vardon, Josh Robbins, Sam …

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