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Lakers’ Dwight Howard to sign 1-year deal with 76ers

Lakers’ Dwight Howard to sign 1-year deal with 76ers

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Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Former Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is signing a short-term contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. League sources told ESPN and The Athletic on Friday that Howard's one-year deal is for the veteran minimum of $ 2.6 million. Advertisement Howard's agreement with the 76ers was reported shortly after the eight-time All-Star selection indicated on social media that he was re-signing with the Lakers. In the since-deleted tweet, the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year said he was "staying right where I belong." "I'm staying right where I belong. Laker Nation I love y'all. Purple and gold never gets old," Howard wrote on Twitter. Howard signed a one-year, $ 2.56 million contract with the Lakers in August 2019. He came off the bench in all but two of his 69 game...
NBA Finals: LeBron, Los Angeles Lakers beat Miami Heat for 2-0 series lead

NBA Finals: LeBron, Los Angeles Lakers beat Miami Heat for 2-0 series lead

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Oct. 2 (UPI) -- LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the short-handed Miami Heat 124-114 on Friday night to grab a 2-0 series lead in the NBA Finals. James came close to a triple-double with 33 points, nine assists and nine rebounds and Anthony Davis sank 14 of his first 15 shots en route to 32 points to move the Lakers halfway to their first championship since 2010. Advertisement The Lakers -- wearing the Kobe Bryant-inspired "Black Mamba" uniforms -- shot 51% from the field and took a season-high 47 3-pointers to counter the Heat's zone defense. Los Angeles improved to 4-0 in the postseason when wearing the all-black uniforms, one of the many tributes to the Lakers legend who died in a January helicopter crash. "This is what it's all about," James said. "We're thinking about the...
Lakers crush banged-up Heat in Game 1 of NBA Finals

Lakers crush banged-up Heat in Game 1 of NBA Finals

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Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Lakers cruised to a 116-98 win over the injury-plagued Miami Heat in Wednesday's Game 1 of the NBA Finals inside the bubble near Orlando, Fla. Lakers star Anthony Davis scored a game-high 34 points in his Finals debut, while LeBron James had 25 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists in Los Angeles' first game back in the championship series since 2010. Advertisement "I just try to go out there and be comfortable knowing that this is the moment I've waited for my entire career. And now I'm here," Davis said. "So maximize this opportunity because it doesn't come around too often." Entering Wednesday night's matchup, James' teams had been a combined 1-8 in the opening game of the Finals -- with losses in each of the last seven openers. The three-time NBA champ...
Watch: Lakers’ LeBron James gives emotional speech about Kobe Bryant

Watch: Lakers’ LeBron James gives emotional speech about Kobe Bryant

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Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James gave an emotional speech about the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna as the franchise honored the pair at Staples Center. James teared up and paced the court as he delivered the moving speech prior to a 127-119 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Friday in Los Angeles. He threw a piece of paper on the floor, which had the words he planned to say written on it, in favor of speaking from the heart. "I got something written down, they asked me to kind of stay on course or whatever the case may be," James said. "But Laker Nation, man, I would be selling y'all short if I read off this [expletive] so I'm going to go straight from the heart." James wore Bryant's No. 8 Lakers jersey while making the speech. He named each of the nine vict...
Sports world reacts to death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant

Sports world reacts to death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant

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Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Athletes from around the world took to social media Sunday to mourn the death of Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant. Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash Sunday morning in Calabasas, Calif. Bryant and his daughter were headed to Mamba Sports Academy, a facility that Bryant created and coached at, for a girls basketball game when their helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances. Bryant coached Gianna's team, the Los Angeles Lady Mambas. Bryant, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, retired from the league in 2016 after winning five NBA championships and one Most Valuable Player Award (2008) with the Lakers. The 2020 NFL Pro Bowl featured multiple tributes to Bryant throughout the annual All-Star event. Around the...