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Reliable injury info hard to come by

[ad_1] Last month, the NBA sent a memo to all its team owners detailing a series of new rules about owning sports betting companies and related businesses.In a nod toward gambling, referee transparency rules have been gradually implemented over the past decade, from announcing officiating crews in advance of games to the publishing of the last two minute reports.However, even as the NBA gets deeper into business with sportsbooks, the
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Who’s running the show? Inside the Lakers’ hierarchy

[ad_1] 11:16 AM ETOhm YoungmisukCloseESPN Staff WriterOhm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University. Follow him on Twitter »  Ohm's chat archive »Dave McMenaminCloseESPN Staff WriterLakers and NBA reporter
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Disbelieving LeBron ‘stunned’ by Magic’s exit

[ad_1] LeBron James was stunned and in disbelief when he first learned of Magic Johnson's sudden resignation.In his first public comments about Johnson shocking the Los Angeles Lakers organization when he stepped down as president of basketball operations moments before the Lakers' season finale April 9, James said he was given no warning or heads-up on Johnson's decision.On his HBO show "The Shop," James said he was stretching before the
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LeBron’s jersey supplants Curry’s as top seller

[ad_1] NEW YORK -- Though LeBron James didn't make the playoffs in his first season in Los Angeles, his move to the Lakers paid off in jersey sales.The NBA announced Thursday that James had the most popular individual jersey during the regular season and that the Lakers sold the most team merchandise. They knocked off Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, who had been the most popular player and
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Windhorst’s handbook for coaching LeBron James

[ad_1] WHEN THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS interview candidates for head coach this week, how to manage LeBron James will be a major topic. It always is.It's a challenging, complicated, stressful, public and often embarrassing experience. It's also enriching, fulfilling and an often wonderful experience.It can be hard to get your arms around it. It can be even harder to define. It's one of the reasons the early candidates -- Ty
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Luke Walton couldn’t outcoach the Lakers’ dysfunction

[ad_1] 11:42 PM ETDave McMenaminCloseESPN Staff WriterLakers and NBA reporter for ESPN. Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14, the Cavaliers from 2014-18 for ESPN.com and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09.Ohm YoungmisukCloseESPN Staff WriterOhm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the
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NBA insiders’ top picks to coach LeBron and the Lakers

[ad_1] With the firing of Luke Walton on Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers have two different jobs to fill -- but only one head-coaching position available.The first responsibility: get a buy-in from LeBron James in the final years of his prolific career. James' presence on the roster is a blessing to any coach, but it also complicates the job. LeBron has an extremely high threshold for credibility, and a coach
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Banana Boat crew cheers on Wade’s triple-double

[ad_1] 10:42 PM ETTim BontempsESPN NEW YORK -- Dwyane Wade's final NBA game also marked something else: a reunion of the Banana Boat Crew, so nicknamed for a photograph that surfaced of the group on vacation in 2015.Moments before Wednesday night's game at Barclays Center between Wade's Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets tipped off, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony exited the arena's underground elevator inside a private
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‘Banana Boat’ crew reunites at Wade’s final game

[ad_1] 8:47 PM ETTim BontempsESPN BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Dwyane Wade's final NBA game also marked something else: a reunion of the Banana Boat Crew.Moments before Wednesday night's game at Barclays Center between Wade's Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets tipped off, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony exited the arena's underground elevator inside a private SUV, and walked into the bowl of the arena just as the night's rendition
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Magic exit stuns LeBron; Pelinka to stay

[ad_1] LeBron James was stunned to learn of Magic Johnson's decision to step down as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations, a source with knowledge of James' thinking told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne on Wednesday.But despite Johnson's abrupt resignation, James stands behind Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and the organization, the source told Shelburne.The team is still assessing Johnson's decision, but general manager Rob Pelinka will stay in his job,