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Lakers assistant Lionel Hollins deemed higher-risk, won’t go to Orlando

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES -- Lakers assistant coach Lionel Hollins will not join the team when it flies to Orlando, Florida, next week for the restart to the NBA season, a league source confirmed to ESPN on Friday.Hollins was deemed a higher-risk individual due to underlying medical conditions, the source told ESPN. He will not be present in Orlando but will continue to be an essential member of the team and
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How NBA coaches are preparing for the bubble in Orlando as restart nears

[ad_1] WHEN FRANK VOGEL has chatted with the Los Angeles Lakers ahead of traveling to the NBA's campus at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, next week, the conversation has mostly been informational.Players want clarity about how restrictive the so-called bubble will be -- for instance, under what circumstances, if any, can they leave? The coach is asking his players to treat such matters as they
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LeBron James, Zion Williamson, New York Yankees among those back in action

[ad_1] Excitement about the restart of the NBA season is building, despite the news that nine more players have tested positive for the coronavirus virus.The league is scheduled to return on July 30, and preparations are well underway in Orlando.Training camps will open on July 9, but teams have already begun practicing -- including the Los Angels Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans.And in baseball, the New
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Kobe Bryant to appear on two covers of NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever edition

[ad_1] Kobe Bryant has been announced as a cover athlete for NBA 2K21.The late Los Angeles Lakers star will grace the front of the current and next-gen Mamba Forever editions of the game.He is the third cover athlete that NBA 2K has announced, along with Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard and New Orleans Pelicans phenom Zion Williamson. Lillard, whose cover was revealed Tuesday, is the current-generation cover athlete and
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Lakers ‘hopeful’ Dwight Howard will join Orlando restart, won’t seek replacement

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES -- Lakers coach Frank Vogel says the team will not seek a replacement player for Dwight Howard for the Orlando restart. And, according to Vogel, the team will not ask the replacement player that it did add, JR Smith, to play like the player he replaced, Avery Bradley.Speaking on a video conference call with reporters Wednesday at the start of the Lakers' "pre" training camp comprised of
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Lakers finalizing deal with JR Smith

[ad_1] The Los Angeles Lakers are planning to sign free-agent guard JR Smith and submit his name as part of the franchise's roster for the Orlando restart, sources told ESPN.Smith and the Lakers have been discussing a deal since starting guard Avery Bradley opted out of Orlando last week, sources said.Smith and the Lakers were working through the final details of a contract on Monday in Los Angeles, and there
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ESPN show confirms The Decision was fan’s idea, not LeBron James’

[ad_1] The idea for ESPN's The Decision show 10 years ago, in which LeBron James declared he'd take his "talents to South Beach" wasn't LeBron's idea or his agent's or his inner circle's or anyone at ESPN's. It turns out the show's idea came from a 38-year-old Detroit Pistons fan from Columbus, Ohio, identified only as "Drew" in a Bill Simmons mailbag column published by ESPN on Nov. 26, 2009,
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2020 NBA schedule – The 12 most important games of the restarted regular season

[ad_1] 8:24 PM ETNick FriedellCloseESPN Staff WriterNick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.Tim MacMahonCloseESPN Staff WriterJoined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009Covers the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas MavericksAppears regularly on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FMThe 2020 NBA season restart finally has its schedule.Each team will
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Lakers’ Avery Bradley opts out of NBA restart, cites family concerns

[ad_1] Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has opted out of playing in the NBA's Orlando, Florida, restart of the season, he told ESPN on Tuesday.Bradley, who started 44 games for the Lakers this season, informed team management of his decision. The Lakers will be able to sign a replacement player for Bradley, with free-agent scorer JR Smith emerging as a leading candidate, sources told ESPN.At the forefront of Bradley's
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With Avery Bradley opting out of restart, JR Smith emerges as leading candidate for Lakers, sources say

[ad_1] Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has opted out of playing in the NBA's Orlando restart of the season, he told ESPN on Tuesday night.Bradley, who started 44 games for the Lakers this season, informed team management of his decision to stay back. The Lakers will be able to sign a replacement player for Bradley, with free-agent scorer JR Smith emerging as a leading candidate, sources told ESPN.At the