During the 2000-01 NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers, led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, finished 22nd in the league for defensive rating. They went on to win the championship, and are still the only team this century to finish outside the top 10 in defensive rating and win a title. One key caveat
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11:58 PM ET Eric WoodyardESPN LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo might be competitors on rival conferences, but they share the same sentiments regarding the league’s plans to hold an All-Star Game in March in Atlanta. Fresh off a 33-point, 12-rebound performance in Milwaukee’s 123-105 win at Cleveland on Friday night, Antetokounmpo backed James’ position on
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Much like the NFL’s Super Bowl, the NBA once faced off with a rival upstart pro basketball league in a series of intense NBA vs. ABA battles. Before the Lady Gaga halftime shows, before the corporate sponsorships, before the million-dollar commercials, the Super Bowl was a battle between two rival professional football leagues: the National
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7:49 PM ET For the first time in his 13-year career, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant came off the bench, checking in at the 4:13 mark of the first quarter Friday night against the Toronto Raptors. Durant was not available to start due to health and safety protocols, the team announced shortly before tipoff. Durant
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Just over a month into the 2020-2021 season, there have been some interesting storylines that have developed across the league. And, here at Basketball Insiders, we’ve been taking a division-by-division look at some of those developments that might have gone unnoticed to the general eye. So far, the Pacific Division has shaped up a little
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12:33 AM ET The Houston Rockets are concerned that star center Christian Wood could be sidelined for an extended period after injuring his right ankle for the second time in a span of less than three weeks, sources told ESPN. Wood will have an MRI on Friday to determine the severity of the injury he
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3:10 AM ET LOS ANGELES — The NBA’s most high-profile star, LeBron James, eviscerated the league’s plans to hold an All-Star Game in Atlanta in March while COVID-19 restrictions continue to have a grip on the regular season. “I have zero energy and zero excitement about an All-Star Game this year,” James said after the
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The Dallas Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis had been back for nine games before missing Saturday’s contest against the Phoenix Suns. He’s struggled since returning from knee surgery earlier this month; so much so that he neglected to speak to the media following Friday’s loss – an unusual occurrence for Porzingis, who usually accommodates the media. While
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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Sports Science’s John Brenkus always knew Patrick Mahomes could reach GOAT status by Mark Powell Paul George and Jared Dudley have been going back and forth for a few days now after the release of Dudley’s book and George has had enough. It’s no secret that Paul George has never had the
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9:27 PM ET The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association will have a finalized agreement for an All-Star Game on March 7 in Atlanta by next week, according to a league memo shared with teams and obtained by ESPN. The single-night event will encompass the Eastern Conference-Western Conference game as well as the skills
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The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. Something is very wrong with the Miami Heat. There are a myriad of reasons to consider when attempting to come to terms with the Heat’s surprising 7-14 start,
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The Dallas Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis had been back for nine games before missing Saturday’s contest against the Phoenix Suns. He’s struggled since returning from knee surgery earlier this month; so much so that he neglected to speak to the media following Friday’s loss – an unusual occurrence for Porzingis, who usually accommodates the media. While
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Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Kentucky vs. Missouri live stream: Betting odds, TV channel, prediction by Mike Phillips After winning the championship, the Los Angeles Lakers had to make some adjustments and have added a new ATO play to troll former Laker Rajon Rondo. After the intense week the Los Angeles Lakers have had in the
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January 25, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr instructs against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Patrick Mahomes almost had a major, major COVID scare on Sunday by Braulio Perez Gabby Williams on her new teammate Candace Parker, legacy
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For this edition of ICYMI for Basketball Insiders, we’re looking at the Southeast Division. This breakdown follows the recent publications of ICYMI on the Atlantic, Pacific, Central and Northwest.  Starting off, this division is the only one in the NBA that has a single franchise above .500, the Atlanta Hawks. This should come as a
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