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Monday, March 30, 2020

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Diana Taurasi takes funny shot at LeBron during Kobe Bryant memorial

Diana Taurasi brought a bit of levity to the Kobe Bryant memorial in Los Angeles on Monday with a hilarious shot at LeBron James.

Taurasi, who is a 3-time WNBA champion and the league’s all-time scoring leader, was discussing the skill level of Bryant’s daughter Gigi Bryant at a young age, remarking how amazing it was that she had a turnaround fadeaway jumper at the age of 11. Then she zeroed in on LeBron with the funniest line of the day to that point, remarking that he doesn’t even have it now.

Taurasi knew Bryant well, and he was a big fan of hers, even giving her a nickname inspired by his own. Now she even gets to take a friendly shot at LeBron in his own building at Bryant’s memorial service with a very memorable line.

Also from the Kobe and Gianna Memorial:
Michael Jordan cracks hilarious ‘Crying Jordan’ meme joke
Video: Shaq drops F-bomb on live TV during Kobe Bryant memorial
Video: Watch Vanessa Bryant’s full speech about Gianna and Kobe at memorial
Vanessa Bryant says daughter Gianna would have become best player in WNBA
Diana Taurasi takes funny shot at LeBron during Kobe Bryant memorial
Geno Auriemma zings Kobe Bryant about being ‘uncoachable,’ not passing

LeBron James’ camp responds to lawsuit from youth organization over slogan

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A lawsuit was filed against LeBron James’ media company Uninterrupted this week claiming the brand stole its slogan from a Maryland youth organization, but Uninterrupted says there is no truth to the claim.

Game Plan, a Maryland-based nonprofit that works with young athletes to help them achieve success in all phases of life, says Uninterrupted stole the slogan “I Am More Than an Athlete” and has been profiting from it. According to TMZ, court documents filed by Game Plan allege that LeBron got the idea to use the phrase for Uninterrupted when he saw Game Plan staffers wearing shirts that said “I Am More Than an Athlete” at a 2017 game between the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers.

“The attendance at the game gave Game Plan tremendous exposure, as it was able to gain attention from John Wall in front of his peers including the (arguably) most famous athlete in the world, as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, at the time, LeBron James,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit claims LeBron began using the phrase as a response to FOX News host Laura Ingraham infamously telling him to “shut up and dribble.” James shared an Instagram post that featured the phrase right after the incident.

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Game Plan says they obtained the trademark to the phrase “I Am More Than an Athlete” in 2018, and they are seeking at least $33 million to recoup money LeBron and Uninterrupted have made from the phrase through deals with Nike, ESPN and more. On Thursday, Uninterrupted issued a response.

“The complaint filed by Game Plan today is meritless and contains numerous factual inaccuracies,” LeBron’s company said in a statement, via TMZ. “Uninterrupted owns prior rights in and to the ‘More Than An Athlete’ trademark.”

The incident between LeBron and Ingraham became a huge story, but that doesn’t mean the phrase was stolen. That will now be up for the courts to decide.

Tristan Thompson says LeBron James has the ‘worst f—ing diet ever’

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LeBron James has worked countless hours throughout his life and career to become one of the greatest athletes the sports world has ever seen, but apparently he worries a lot more about what he does at the gym than the dinner table.

Joe Vardon and Jason Lloyd of The Athletic put together a collection of untold LeBron stories from people who know the four-time NBA MVP, and some of the best info they got came from Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson. Thompson said he doesn’t understand how LeBron stays in such great shape considering he has the “worst f—ing diet ever.”

“Ask him what he eats for breakfast,” Thompson said. “He has like five french toast, drowns it in syrup with strawberries and bananas. Then he has like a four-egg omelette and then he goes and just f—ng dunks on somebody. It doesn’t make sense.”

That sounds an awful lot like the diet Michael Phelps supposedly adhered to when he was training for the Olympics, though the swimmer said that was all a myth. Even if LeBron is just trying to keep his calorie count up, it sounds like the only diet he’s on is the “see food and eat it” diet.

“He eats desserts with every meal. He’ll come with his one-week diet, vegan crap, but he literally eats like it doesn’t make sense. He’s really a specimen,” Thompson added. “He eats like s—. I remember one year I tried to eat like he ate and it just didn’t work out. I started gaining weight and said, ‘F— this.’ I mean it works for him. He loves sweets. He loves sweets. He eats desserts and French toast. It’s crazy how his body just burns it.”

LeBron has confirmed in the past that he loves sweets. When he randomly lost a bunch of weight one summer to the point where he looked strange, he said giving up pancakes, chocolate chip cookies and ice cream was the toughest part of his diet.

Whatever LeBron is doing, he shouldn’t change a thing. He’s 35 and still playing at an MVP-caliber level, and he looks like he could do it for another five years at least. If eating dessert after every meal is the secret for him, so be it.

Incredible LeBron James reverse dunk photo goes viral

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LeBron James will turn 36 later this year, but the four-time NBA MVP proved on Thursday night that he is still capable of electrifying a crowd — and a camera lens — with his freak athleticism.

LeBron had a rough night in a 121-11 loss to the Houston Rockets, as he scored just 18 points and went 1-for-8 from three-point range. However, he did spring free for a breakaway dunk at one point, and he did not disappoint. LeBron threw down a reverse jam that led to one of the best in-game photos you will ever see.

That’s about as close to walking on air as it gets. Here are a couple angles of the dunk itself:

Best of all, the dunk actually was a recreation of a past one by Kobe.

LeBron prides himself on remaining in tremendous shape, and he has reminded us of that on multiple occasions with his thoughts on load management. The fact that he is still playing at such a high level at his age is probably one of the most underrated parts of his legacy, but that photo from Thursday’s game is a nice refresher.

LeBron James explains why he chose for his All-Star team to wear No. 2

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There will be numerous tributes to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at the NBA All-Star Game this month, and one of them involves the jersey numbers each team will wear. LeBron James was given the choice of whether he wanted his team to wear No. 2 or No. 24, and he had a great reason for choosing No. 2.

Gianna Bryant wore No. 2 for her youth basketball teams, and LeBron was asked on Monday why he opted for his team to wear her number and not Kobe’s. James simply said “Zhuri,” which is his daughter’s name.

LeBron has three kids — Bronny, Bryce and Zhuri. Zhuri is 5 years old and the youngest. Like many others, LeBron likely cannot fathom the pain of losing a child, and it makes sense that he chose to honor Gianna. The other All-Star team is captained by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is 25 and does not have any children.

The NBA has made a major format change to the All-Star Game that includes a tribute to Kobe, and the night will surely be another emotional one. It’s very fitting that LeBron — who gave a touching speech about Kobe, Gianna and the others who lost their lives in the helicopter crash last week — is captaining one of the squads.

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Tributes to Kobe:
Vanessa Bryant posts first Instagram message since death of Kobe, Gianna
NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
Clippers leave Kobe Bryant’s retired Lakers jerseys uncovered at Staples Center
Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Jeanie Buss shares emotional tribute to Kobe, Gianna Bryant on Instagram
Kobe Bryant could have street named after him near Staples Center
Video: Shaq gets emotional talking about Kobe Bryant on TNT
Shareef O’Neal shares most important advice Kobe Bryant gave him
LeBron James had inspirational message for Lakers during meeting about Kobe
Video: See LeBron’s tribute speech to Kobe before Lakers game
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Gilbert Arenas vows to begin coaching career like Kobe Bryant urged him to
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Damian Lillard puts Kobe Bryant into context with great quote
Chiefs, 49ers honor Kobe Bryant by lining up at 24-yard line before Super Bowl
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
TMZ says they had permission from Kobe’s people to report Bryant had died
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Shaq says he had not spoken to Kobe Bryant in nearly four years
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

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Video: LeBron James speaks from heart in speech honoring Kobe Bryant

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Only one player spoke during the pregame ceremony honoring the late Kobe Bryant, and it was LeBron James.

The current Los Angeles Lakers star had a piece of paper with his speech written down, but he put it aside and said he was going to speak from the heart instead.

James began by recognizing each of the nine people who died in Sunday’s helicopter crash. He spoke about family, what Kobe meant to him, and he tried to make the focus on Kobe a positive one.

Here is LeBron James’ speech:

James’ speech, beginning with the curse word and casting aside the paper, was reminiscent of David Ortiz’s speech in 2013 after the Boston Marathon bombing. Ortiz dropped an F-bomb, showing just how real he was in that moment, endearing himself to the city. LeBron did the same in this speech.

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Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Tributes to Kobe:
Vanessa Bryant posts first Instagram message since death of Kobe, Gianna
NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
Clippers leave Kobe Bryant’s retired Lakers jerseys uncovered at Staples Center
Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Jeanie Buss shares emotional tribute to Kobe, Gianna Bryant on Instagram
Kobe Bryant could have street named after him near Staples Center
Video: Shaq gets emotional talking about Kobe Bryant on TNT
LeBron James had inspirational message for Lakers during meeting about Kobe
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Gilbert Arenas vows to begin coaching career like Kobe Bryant urged him to
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
TMZ says they had permission from Kobe’s people to report Bryant had died
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Shaq says he had not spoken to Kobe Bryant in nearly four years
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

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LeBron James gets Kobe Bryant Black Mamba tribute tattoo

LeBron James Kobe Bryant tattoo

LeBron James memorialized late Lakers legend Kobe Bryant with a tribute tattoo.

LeBron shared two photo on his Instagram account Friday. The first photo shows James leaning against Kobe. The second photo featured James’ tattoo. The tattoo features a Black Mamba snake, Kobe’s numbers 8 and 24, and a rose. It says “Mamba 4 Life” underneath it.

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My brother #Mamba4Life #RIPKobe #RIPGiGi

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Though the two were marketed as rivals by Nike when they played against each other, James and Bryant were actually close. Bryant was supportive of LeBron signing with the Lakers and congratulated James on passing him on the all-time scoring list.

James has already vowed to carry on Kobe’s legacy.