Bill Russell's No. 6 jersey is being retired across the NBA, a first for the league.
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced Thursday that the number worn by the 11-time champion, civil rights activist and person good enough to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach was being permanently retired by all 30 teams.
RUNNEMEDE, N.J. (AP) — Someone has paid $2.4 million for a one-of-a-kind LeBron James trading card, a purchase price that fell well short of what some expected.
The auction of the “Triple Logoman" card ended Saturday. Officials at the collectibles marketplace Goldin, which ran the auction, suggested earlier this month that the card could fetch the largest price ever for a card.
U.S. national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe expressed her anger Friday over the Supreme Court's decision to strip the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion, decrying an erosion of rights that women have had for a generation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers will get to participate in the NBA draft after acquiring the 35th overall pick from the Orlando Magic on Thursday for cash and a future second-round selection.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James and Naomi Osaka are becoming teammates in the entertainment world.
Tennis star Osaka and her agent and business partner, Stuart Duguid, are forming a media company called Hana Kuma in partnership with The SpringHill Company, which was created by NBA star James and Maverick Carter.
RUNNEMEDE, N.J. (AP) — LeBron James might be on the cusp of setting another record.
And someone will have to pay a lot of money to make it happen.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Darvin Ham recognizes the enormity of the task he is undertaking with the Los Angeles Lakers, and this first-time head coach is not intimidated.
Ham is expected to immediately return a veteran-laden, oddly constructed roster to championship contention.
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
— Adam Sandler, long a pick-up player, channels his affection for basketball into Jeremiah Zagar's “Hustle," debuting Friday on Netflix.
BOSTON (AP) — Kyle Lowry listened politely while Jimmy Butler shared the credit for Miami’s Game 6 victory until his fellow All-Star took the humility too far and called his 47-point, elimination-avoiding performance “decent.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision says Darvin Ham has accepted an offer to be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The person spoke with The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been publicly announced.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers fired Frank Vogel on Monday, choosing their championship-winning head coach to take the first fall for one of the most disappointing seasons in NBA history.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Frank Vogel masterminded the 17th championship in the Los Angeles Lakers' remarkable history in his first season on their bench.
Exactly 18 months after that triumph, he also became part of the Lakers' past.
Joel Embiid is about to make a lot of history. And a half-dozen first-round or play-in game matchups are set to be decided.
The final day of the NBA season has no shortage of storylines.
A new scoring champion will be crowned and, barring something crazy, Embiid — who hails from Cameroon — will become the first international player to win that title.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stanley Johnson scored a season-high 21 points and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 120-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James will miss the final two games of the Los Angeles Lakers' season with a sprained left ankle, almost certainly preventing him from winning his second NBA scoring title.
Oklahoma City Thunder (24-56, 14th in the Western Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (31-49, 11th in the Western Conference)
Los Angeles; Friday, 10:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Lakers -8; over/under is 227.5
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden State coach Steve Kerr made a point to tell Klay Thompson he played his best game yet since returning in January from a 2 1/2-year absence following surgeries and long rehabs on his left knee and right Achilles.
Los Angeles Lakers (31-48, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. Golden State Warriors (50-29, third in the Western Conference)
San Francisco; Thursday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles visits Golden State looking to break its four-game road losing streak.
PHOENIX (AP) — Russell Westbrook couldn't figure out a way to consistently mesh with his new teammates, Anthony Davis couldn't stay healthy and a 37-year-old LeBron James couldn't carry a team all by himself.
PHOENIX (AP) — The shots kept falling for Devin Booker, who appeared he was trying to prove a point.
The Phoenix Suns are the best team in the NBA this season and, according to the standings, it isn't particularly close.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers again will be without star LeBron James as they try to stave off playoff elimination.
James has been ruled out for Tuesday night's game against the Phoenix Suns because of a sprained left ankle.
Not since 1998 have the Cleveland Cavaliers made the playoffs without LeBron James.
This season, they're at least assured of a spot in the play-in tournament after an impressive turnaround.
The 10 teams in the Eastern Conference that will advance beyond the 82-game regular season are already set.
Los Angeles Lakers (31-47, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (62-16, first in the Western Conference)
Phoenix; Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles visits Phoenix looking to stop its three-game road slide.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 38 points, 18 rebounds and six assists, and the Denver Nuggets moved into fifth place in the Western Conference with a 129-118 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
Denver Nuggets (46-32, sixth in the Western Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (31-46, 11th in the Western Conference)
Los Angeles; Sunday, 3:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: LeBron James and Nikola Jokic meet when Los Angeles takes on Denver.
New Orleans Pelicans (33-43, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (31-45, 11th in the Western Conference)
Los Angeles; Friday, 10:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Lakers -1.5; over/under is 233.5
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points and Rudy Gobert had 25 points and 17 rebounds as the Utah Jazz snapped a five-game losing streak with a 122-109 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.
Los Angeles Lakers (31-44, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (45-31, fifth in the Western Conference)
Salt Lake City; Thursday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: LeBron James leads Los Angeles into a matchup against Utah.
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 34 points in a triple-double and the Dallas Mavericks routed the Lakers 128-110 on Tuesday night with Los Angeles missing LeBron James because of an ankle issue while anticipating the return of long-injured Anthony Davis.
DALLAS (AP) — LeBron James and Anthony Davis were together on the bench for a Los Angeles debacle in Dallas that further endangered the postseason hopes of the Lakers.
Now the club waits to see when the All-Star pair will be together on the floor again, and whether it will be in time to secure a play-in spot for the second consecutive year for the 2020 champs.
Los Angeles Lakers (31-43, 10th in the Western Conference) vs. Dallas Mavericks (46-29, fourth in the Western Conference)
Dallas; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Luka Doncic and LeBron James meet when Dallas hosts Los Angeles.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Brandon Ingram's strained hamstring healed in time for him to return from a 10-game absence against the team that drafted him — and in a matchup holding postseason implications for both clubs.
Los Angeles Lakers (31-42, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (31-43, 10th in the Western Conference)
New Orleans; Sunday, 7 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Pelicans -3; over/under is 228
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even after seeing James Harden and Joel Embiid record double-doubles in a convincing 25-point win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night, Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers doesn't think his team is at its best yet.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joel Embiid had 30 points and 10 rebounds, James Harden added 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers hung on for a 126-121 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers without LeBron James on Wednesday night.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Antawn Jamison played basketball in college at North Carolina, was a first-round pick in the 1998 NBA draft and spent 16 seasons in the league with the Warriors, Mavericks, Wizards, Cavaliers, Lakers and Clippers.
Philadelphia 76ers (44-27, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (31-41, ninth in the Western Conference)
Los Angeles; Wednesday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers play the Philadelphia 76ers.
In 2022, the end of the season might feel like 1978.
If we’re lucky.
Let’s go back to the greatest scoring race in NBA history, one that was decided 44 years ago, the epic to-the-last-day battle between David Thompson and George Gervin.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tyrese Maxey scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, including nine in a row during a crucial stretch, and the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers — without stars Joel Embiid and James Harden — beat the Eastern Conference-leading Miami Heat 113-106 on Monday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James broke them all out — the fadeaway jumper, the fly-through-the-lane shot, some signature dunks, one over former teammate and friend Kevin Love, the patented pregame chalk toss.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers stars Joel Embiid and James Harden were ruled out for Monday night’s Eastern Conference showdown against the Miami Heat due to nagging injuries.
Embiid, who entered Monday tied with LeBron James for the NBA lead in scoring (29.8 ppg), is nursing back soreness.
Los Angeles Lakers (30-41, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (41-30, sixth in the Eastern Conference)
Cleveland; Monday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: LeBron James leads Los Angeles into a matchup against Cleveland.
WASHINGTON (AP) — LeBron James passed Karl Malone on the career scoring list, leaving only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar still to catch.
Then the Los Angeles Lakers wasted another stellar performance by their star.
WASHINGTON (AP) — LeBron James moved into second place on the NBA’s career scoring list Saturday night, surpassing Karl Malone in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ game at Washington.
James now trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the lead.