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NBA load management: What we know and don’t know

Ten years ago, only cutting-edge sports scientists knew the term load management. Today, it is sparking a popular revolt that hit new heights last week when LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard sat out a nationally televised game at Utah on the first night of a back-to-back. This was nothing new: Leonard, who missed most of […]

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Sources: George to make Clips debut this week

All-Star swingman Paul George will make his franchise debut for the LA Clippers during the team’s upcoming road trip, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Clippers visit the Houston Rockets on Wednesday and the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday. George and the Clippers are still deciding on when he’ll appear, but sources told ESPN […]

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Inside the NBA’s silent tension surrounding Daryl Morey

NOBODY SAW MUCH of Daryl Morey in the days after the Houston Rockets landed in Tokyo for the NBA’s Japan Games. The Rockets’ general manager confined himself to his room at the Ritz Carlton in Roppongi Hills during the team’s six-day visit, spotted leaving for occasional jaunts to the Shake Shack located a half-mile away. […]

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Clippers overcome Kawhi’s struggles vs. Raptors

LOS ANGELES — Before facing his old team for the first time since winning the championship, Kawhi Leonard ran into some of his former Toronto Raptors teammates and team staff members. “Hey, hey, hey,” Leonard said with a smile to one Raptor, echoing the phrase that went viral on opening night, when he started to […]

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Sources: Knicks prez angling for Fizdale firing

Even before a startling news conference in the wake of a blowout loss to Cleveland, New York Knicks president Steve Mills had started to lay the internal groundwork for the eventual dismissal of coach David Fizdale, league sources told ESPN. Mills is selling owner James Dolan on a roster constructed to be highly competitive in […]

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LeBron James ‘has more value’ than Michael Jordan says NBA pundit

LeBron James “has more value” than Michael Jordan – but the Chicago Bulls legend was the better player at their peaks, according to ESPN pundit Max Kellerman. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar and Jordan are regularly among the names put forward when arguing over the greatest basketball player of all time. James’ honours include three […]

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Kemba tears up in ’emotional’ return to Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker knew the tribute video was coming. But that couldn’t prevent him from shedding some tears after the longtime Charlotte Hornets star was honored with the 90-second video prior to playing his first game here as an opposing player. “It was special,” Walker said after scoring 14 points in a 108-87 […]