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Adam Silver on not suspending James Harden: ‘It’s Christmas. It was a first offense’

The NBA fined Rockets star James Harden $50,000 for violating the league’s coronavirus protocols. Why didn’t Harden get suspended? NBA commissioner Adam Silver, via ESPN: The precedent is that discipline gets ratcheted up. And it’s Christmas. It was a first offense. The entire point of the NBA’s coronavirus protocols is to keep players from contracting […]

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Clippers star Kawhi Leonard plans to enter 2021 free agency

Clippers star Kawhi Leonard holds a $36,016,200 player option for next season. Leonard, via Mirjam Swanson of The Orange County Register: “Just for my situation right now, I’m just focused on this season,” said Leonard, who isn’t extension-eligible. “Not saying I’m going anywhere else or staying here, but I’m just focused on the season. Obviously, […]

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Report: Backups were beating starters, talking trash when James Harden threw ball at teammate

Jimmy Butler, trying to force a trade, famously led the third-stringers over the starters at a 2018 Timberwolves practice. James Harden, who wants the Rockets to trade him, seemingly followed the practice-intensity precedent. He reportedly threw a ball at Houston rookie Jae’Sean Tate during one of multiple arguments in the last week. Except the context […]

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Jimmy Butler leaves game with stiff ankle, Heat hold on to beat Pelicans

The Miami Heat came out on Christmas with a chip on their shoulder. All preseason long they heard pundits rank them third or lower in the East, saying their trip to the Finals was a one-off, an odd situation where they thrived. It was not a fluke, but there are doubts they could repeat their […]

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Celtics legend and Hall of Famer K.C. Jones dies at 88

K.C. Jones averaged just 8.8 points per game in college, served two years in the Army and – despite not playing college football but having been drafted by them anyway – joined the Los Angeles Rams. He then became a Basketball Hall of Famer. Jones – who accomplished so much, primarily with the Celtics – […]

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Bucks rock Warriors in historically dominant Christmas win

Khris Middleton said he was looking forward to going home and eating more fruit snacks with his daughter. A snack would be appropriate. Middleton and the Bucks already feasted – on the Warriors. Milwaukee beat Golden State 138-99 – the second-most-lopsided Christmas game in NBA history. On Christmas 1960, the Syracuse Nationals beat the New […]

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LeBron James climbs Christmas record books in Lakers’ win over Mavericks

Anthony Davis said (said) he began considering leaving the Pelicans around Christmas time 2018. Two years later, he got his first Christmas win. Davis (28 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals) played excellently and got plenty of help in the Lakers’ 138-115 victory over the Mavericks. LeBron James (22 points, 10 assists and […]