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Teen Zion Williamson excites NBA like no rookie since LeBron

Oct 20, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Zion Williamson's debut may have to wait, but many expect the 19-year-old 'beast' to take the league by storm

TEEN TITAN. Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson thinks he’ll get to adjust pretty quickly in the NBA. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron, Kawhi co-star in 'Battle for Los Angeles'

Oct 20, 2019 - 11:39 AM

The LA rivalry may be less about the Lakers vs the Clippers and more about LeBron James vs Kawhi Leonard

SHOWDOWN. The NBA unfolds with a blockbuster duel between Kawhi Leonard's Clippers and LeBron James’ Lakers. Photos by AFP

LeBron under fire for comments on NBA-China row

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:58 PM

After criticizing a Rockets executive for angering China with a 'misinformed' tweet, LeBron James draws flak for 'parroting communist propaganda'

EMBATTLED. The outspoken LeBron James gets into trouble for his opinion on the raging NBA controversy. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron blames China mess on Rockets GM's 'misinformed' tweet

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The NBA controversy continues as LeBron James' comments draw praise in China, but harsh criticism in the United States

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Hail King James: NBA reigns for a night in China game

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:36 AM

The preseason Shanghai clash between the Lakers and the Nets shows it will be difficult to shake the NBA's huge following among passionate Chinese fans

MAIN DRAW. LeBron James mesmerizes Chinese fans even as the Lakers bow to the Nets. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

LeBron bullish on new Lakers teammate Davis

Sep 28, 2019 - 9:35 AM

'It's exciting to have such a beautiful young mind, a beautiful player but also a great leader as well,' LeBron James says of fellow superstar Anthony Davis

POWER PAIR. LeBron James and Anthony Davis hope to lead the Los Angeles Lakers deep into the NBA playoffs this season. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

LeBron backs bill to let college athletes earn endorsement money

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The NCAA calls the bill allowing student athletes to get paid as 'unconstitutional' and 'harmful'

Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Space Jam or FIBA World Cup? LeBron among U.S. absent stars

Aug 27, 2019 - 1:30 PM

'I think most of the star players, they are trying to save their energy. I think that's the main reason they are dropping out,' says NBA TV analyst Sam Mitchell

PRIORITIES. LeBron James will not suit up US Basketball's bid for a third straight title in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. File photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

NCAA outlines requirements for agents repping college NBA hopefuls

Aug 07, 2019 - 6:08 PM

LeBron James takes a swipe at the NCAA for issuing stringent requirements for agents wishing to represent players who want to test the NBA draft waters

TAKING SIDES. LeBron James sides with his agent Rich Paul, who doesn't meet the NCAA’s new agent requirements as he doesn’t hold a college degree. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

NBA Christmas slate to feature Lakers-Clippers

Aug 03, 2019 - 9:58 AM

New Clippers star Kawhi Leonard, fresh off a title run with the Raptors, gets to face LeBron James’ retooled Lakers in the highly anticipated LA battle

FACE-OFF. The LeBron James-Kawhi Leonard showdown headlines the blockbuster holiday duels. Photos by Gregory Shamus and Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Anthony Davis to wear No. 3 as LeBron's 23 nixed

Jul 13, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The new Lakers star decides to revert to his elementary jersey number

NEW LAKER IN TOWN. Anthony Davis turns the Los Angeles Lakers to an immediate contender in the Western Conference. Photo from Instagram/@antdavis23


LeBron can't give Davis No. 23 over Nike money issues

Jul 13, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The jersey number change for new Lakers teammates Lebron James and Anthony Davis may be a no-go

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in front of Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans after a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron gives 23 to Davis as Lakers eye NBA free agency

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:12 AM

Lakers superstar LeBron James gives up his jersey number as Anthony Davis also sacrifices a trade bonus

POWERHOUSE. The Lakers may go for another top-level talent as they try to build a supporting cast around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Giannis, Harden in NBA team of the year, but no LeBron

May 24, 2019 - 9:25 AM

LeBron James misses out on the All-NBA First Team for the first time since 2007 as Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo and Rockets' James Harden lead the picks

UNANIMOUS. MVP contenders James HArden and Giannis Antetokounmpo earn unanimous first-team selections. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: LeBron surprises I Promise School with new gym

May 12, 2019 - 2:53 PM

The four-time NBA MVP continues to give back to the community in his hometown of Akron, Ohio

MORE THAN AN ATHLETE. LeBron James has been spending the NBA offseason touching the lives of others. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)


LeBron not OK with 'weird' Magic departure from Lakers

May 06, 2019 - 11:17 AM

Johnson played a key role in convincing James to join Los Angeles with hopes of leading the team back to the glory days

JUST TELL ME. LeBron James says he would have understood had Magic Johnson told him he was going to quit from his role as president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)


LOOK: LeBron, CP3, Melo turn up antics in Wade's final game

Apr 11, 2019 - 2:01 PM

LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony ham it up with Dwyane Wade as their long-time pal plays his final NBA game

 TOP SQUAD. Dwyane Wade (second from left) gets a lot of love from best friends and league stars (from left) Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and LeBron James in his farewell match. Photo from NBA Twitter

Jordan over LeBron for NBA G.O.A.T title

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Michael Jordan remains to be the fan favorite over LeBron James and Kobe Bryant

GOAT. Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls celebrates June 14 after winning game six of the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz for their sixth NBA title. File photo by Robert Sullivan/AFP

LeBron defends Walton record amid job speculation

Apr 09, 2019 - 9:17 AM

Walton is widely expected to be shown the door by the Lakers after failing to make the playoffs for a sixth straight year

INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS. LeBron James says that the Lakers' 2018-2019 NBA campaign was marred with injuries and suspensions. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron: Lakers face 'critical' offseason

Apr 05, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The four-time MVP says he'll take on an 'active' role as the Lakers expect to get radically reshaped during the offseason

REVAMP. LeBron James admits that the Lakers personnel need to get better. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron to skip FIBA World Cup but aims for Olympics return

Apr 02, 2019 - 10:18 AM

LeBron James aims for a return to the Olympics after missing Team USA's golden 3-peat in Rio 2016

FOR THE COUNTRY. LeBron James wants to suit up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as USA aims for a fourth-straight title. File photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: LeBron to miss rest of NBA season

Mar 31, 2019 - 8:32 AM

The Lakers call time on LeBron James' season, citing the need for the four-time MVP to fully heal his injury

OUT. LeBron James takes an early for the first time in over a decade. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

Mar 23, 2019 - 11:00 PM

James Harden records another NBA milestone as LeBron James sees his personal playoff streak end

CONTRAST. James Harden (left) relishes a memorable night with the Rockets while LeBron James absorbs a big blow in his debut season with the Lakers. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Is The King's crown slipping?

Mar 23, 2019 - 3:51 PM

LeBron James looks ahead after his Tinseltown debut with the Lakers ends without a playoff berth

LOOKING FORWARD. LeBron James says the Lakers still have an opportunity to get better ‘from a personnel standpoint.’ Photo from Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers out: LeBron misses playoffs for 1st time since 2005

Mar 23, 2019 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) LeBron James and the Lakers bow to the Nets as Los Angeles misses the playoffs for the sixth straight season

FAILURE. LeBron James misses the playoffs for the first time since 2005. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron denied of game-winner as Knicks stun Lakers

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:59 AM

Mario Hezonja saves the day for the Knicks with the win-clinching block on LeBron James as the Lakers' playoff hopes continue to fade

DWINDLING HOPES. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers could be headed for an early vacation. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)


Irving fires 30 as Celtics playoff push gains traction

Mar 10, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Kyrie Irving and the Celtics overcome the 80th career triple-double of Lakers superstar LeBron James

TOP LEVEL. Kyrie Irving says the Celtics’ high level of play should start with him. Photo from NBA Twitter

WATCH: 'I always wanted to be like Jordan,' says LeBron

Mar 08, 2019 - 4:16 PM

'You guys have no idea what MJ did for me and my friends growing up,' LeBron James on NBA great Michael Jordan

BASKETBALL GODS. LeBron James says he’ll always revere Michael Jordan. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

How soon can LeBron claim NBA's all-time scoring throne?

Mar 08, 2019 - 9:03 AM

After surpassing Michael Jordan, the Lakers superstar now chases legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant for the No. 1 ranking

CHASING GREATNESS. Assuming he maintains his point production, LeBron James can become the NBA's new all-time scoring leader in the next 3 or 4 years. Photo from NBA.com


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Mar 07, 2019 - 9:00 PM

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WATCH: LeBron passes Jordan for 4th in NBA career points

Mar 07, 2019 - 2:47 PM

'It's just an honor to have my name be mentioned among all the greats,' says LeBron James after moving past Michael Jordan on the NBA all-time scoring list

LEGEND. The next record target for LeBron James is fellow Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron 'not sitting' games as Lakers hopes fade

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:10 AM

With the Lakers running at 10th place, LeBron James may just miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005

STILL MOTIVATED. The Lakers’ playoff chances may look bleak, but LeBron James says there’s no way he’s slowing down. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron leaps past Kobe for another NBA milestone

Mar 03, 2019 - 2:13 PM

'The King' joins legendary company in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan

RACKING IT UP. LeBron James is having himself a season full of personal milestones. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)


LeBron's Lakers finale veers off script

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:56 AM

'The biggest problem with the Los Angeles Lakers is LeBron James,' says NBA pundit Stephen A. Smith

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles waits during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

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Feb 27, 2019 - 9:55 PM

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'Space Jam 2' with LeBron James hits theaters in 2021

Feb 27, 2019 - 3:30 PM

We can't wait for another out-of-this-world basketball game!

LeBron's triple-double sets another personal NBA record

Feb 26, 2019 - 4:53 PM

LeBron James becomes the first player in the NBA to rank in the top 10 in both the NBA's all-time assists and scoring lists.

HISTORY. LeBron James ranks in the top 10 of both the NBA's all-time assists and scoring lists. File photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Dynamic duo: LeBron, Wade team up – and alley-oop – for last time

Feb 18, 2019 - 1:37 PM

Well-remembered for their stint for the Heat that saw them win two NBA titles, the two icons relive their glory days in the 2019 All-Star Game

LIKE OLD TIMES. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade put on an alley-oop show in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. Photo from Twitter (@NBAAllStar)


LeBron James on owning NBA club: 'Right fit, right city'

Feb 17, 2019 - 5:48 PM

'I know I got so much knowledge of the game that I don't want to, once I stop playing, just to get away from the game,' says the four-time MVP

Photo from LeBron James' Instagram

LeBron James tops NBA rich list

Feb 13, 2019 - 4:38 PM

Forbes says the Los Angeles Lakers superstar earns $35.7 million from salary and bonuses and $53 million from endorsements

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Feb 09, 2019 - 10:06 AM

LeBron James and Rajon Rondo whip their magic as the Lakers get their mojo back

SEASONED STARS. LeBron James and Rajon Rondo carry the revitalized Lakers. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron James picks Kevin Durant first for All-Star Game

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Rival captain Giannis Antetokounmpo selects Steph Curry as his first pick

STAR-STUDDED. LeBron James forms a formidable looking crew for the 2019 All-Star Game. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)


LeBron not 'chasing' Lakers rebuild

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:24 AM

'The King' reacts to claims that he was pushing the Lakers' rebuild in an attempt to land Anthony Davis in a trade with the Pelicans

NOTHING TO PROVE. LeBron James says 'there's nothing I need to get in this league that I don’t already have.' Photo from Twitter (@NBA)


LOOK: Mavs trade Harrison Barnes mid-game, get bashed by LeBron

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:56 PM

A ruthless Dallas squad trades former NBA champion Harrison Barnes mid-game and many aren't too happy about it

MOVING ON. Harrison Barnes says he’s just thankful for his Dallas stint and looks forward to moving back to California. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

IN NUMBERS: LeBron on track to overtake Jordan in all-time scoring list

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:48 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers star becomes only the 5th player in NBA history to reach 32,000 points

LEAGUE OF HIS WON. LeBron James is the only active player in the top 5 of the NBA's all-time scoring list. File photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP


Lakers coach on trade talks: 'It affects everyone differently'

Feb 06, 2019 - 12:46 PM

After a whopping 42-point loss to the Pacers, Lakers coach Luke Walton unsure if trade talks have affected the players

TRADE TALKS. The woeful loss comes at the heels of reports that the Lakers offered as many as 6 players in a bid to land New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Pacers spoil record LeBron night, crush Lakers by 42 points

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:02 AM

LeBron James becomes the youngest NBA player to record 32,000 points but the Pacers hand the four-time MVP the most lopsided loss of his career

MILESTONE. LeBron James climbs to 5th in the all-time scoring list as his Lakers get whipped by the Pacers. Photo from Los Angeles Lakers Twitter

Lakers’ LeBron sits out, Warriors back up

Feb 03, 2019 - 12:25 PM

The defending champion Warriors turn the game around just in time against a Lakers side playing minus LeBron James

BOUNCE BACK. Klay Thompson and the Warriors avenge their Christmas Day upset loss to Brandon Ingram and the Lakers. Photo from NBA Twitter

LeBron James sits out against Warriors

Feb 03, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Lakers coach Luke Walton says LeBron James was 'pretty sore' after their overtime win versus the Clippers

LOAD MANAGEMENT. The Lakers announce that LeBron James needs to rest against the defending champion Warriors. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Bulls waive Carmelo Anthony, set stage for free agency

Feb 02, 2019 - 8:56 AM

The former NBA All-Star is expected to clear waivers amid rumors that he's joining pal LeBron James and the Lakers

NEXT MOVE. His next destination remains a guessing game, but Carmelo Anthony hopes to finally fit in. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP