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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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Video: Patrick Beverley blocks LeBron James to seal Clippers’ win

Patrick Beverley delivered a huge play to help seal the LA Clippers’ big win on Christmas Wednesday over the rival Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers were down 109-106 with under 20 seconds left and LeBron James tried a 3-point shot, but Beverley got his hand on the ball and blocked it. There was a review to determine who the ball went off of. Referees ruled the ball went off LeBron James last and gave the ball to the Clippers.

Paul George was fouled on the other end and made two free throws to ice the game and give the Clippers a 111-106 victory, which marked a big comeback. The Clippers were down by as many as 15 before coming back to win it.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo ‘too much’ for LeBron James, Lakers

Giannis Antetokounmpo

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers got beat by the Milwaukee Bucks 111-104 on Thursday night in a big game between the top two teams in the league by record. After the defeat, the Lakers gave praise to Giannis Antetokounmpo, recognizing how well the reigning MVP played in the win.

LeBron was asked about Antetokounmpo making a career-high five three-pointers in the win and how difficult he is to defend when he’s making those shots. James’ response was to tip his hat to Giannis.

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel also admitted Giannis was “too much” for the team.

Giannis is so tough to defend that you actually want him taking three-pointers against you, since he is only making 32.1 percent of them this season. But when he makes 5 of 8 attempts, you have to just give him credit. Giannis had 34 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists in the win. He also crowned himself the king.

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LeBron James pokes fun at himself over his hair loss

LeBron James bald

There’s no humor quite like self-deprecating humor, especially when you’re famous. LeBron James seems to recognize that.

Timeless Sports tweeted a video on Wednesday showing a 16-year-old LeBron at the ABCD basketball camp in 2001. Even at that age he was dunking regularly and standing out on the court. Another thing that stood out was LeBron’s hair. He had a full head of hair back then, which is something he is now missing.

James joked about that on Twitter by mentioning how his hair has deserted him since.

LeBron’s hair has been a regular topic of fun online for the past decade due to its various stages of loss and reemergence. Earlier this season, one of his teammates even had to step in and help him out after a hair issue.

Still, all these years later, James has not “come on home” as Charles Barkley has long suggested James do.

Doc Rivers cracks funny joke about Lakers’ load management philosophy

Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers cracked a funny joke on Tuesday night when talking about LeBron James’ views on load management.

James reiterated his stance this week about playing in games, saying as long as he’s healthy, he wants to play for the fans who paid to see him. That approach seems to differ from Kawhi Leonard’s with the LA Clippers.

Leonard began sitting out games last season with the Raptors to manage his quad injury, and he ended up leading Toronto to their first ever NBA championship. He has continued to sit out games this season, sparking questions about whether he is sitting out due to injury or just to rest.

“It’s our philosophy,” Rivers said Tuesday of load management. “I don’t know what [the Lakers’] are. I think theirs is whatever LeBron says it is. That makes a lot of sense to me.”

Rivers is probably right — the Lakers do what LeBron wants. And that’s probably the same deal with the Clippers — they do what the superstar wants. The league is driven by the stars, and the teams lucky enough to sign the superstars probably have to do what the players want regarding sitting out games.

“I like what we’re doing. I think it’s the smart thing to do,” Rivers said.

Having Leonard miss games is frustrating for fans and TV partners, but the Clippers will probably be happy when the forward is fresher for the playoffs.

Clippers fans, show everyone who runs Los Angeles with this great “We Run LA” shirt:

LeBron James reiterates that he does not believe in load management

LeBron James

LeBron James is still one of the most dominant and physically imposing players in the NBA, and that is why it is so hard to believe that the four-time NBA MVP will turn 35 later this month. He has undoubtedly changed his routine quite a bit since he first entered the league, but LeBron has no plans to sit out games just to keep himself fresh.

Following Sunday’s 101-96 win over the Atlanta Hawks, LeBron was asked about the concept of “load management” and whether or not it is an approach he would consider. He listed multiple reasons why he is not interested.

“Unless we’re getting late into the season and we’ve clinched and can’t get any better or any worse, but why wouldn’t I play if I’m healthy?” James asked. “It doesn’t make any sense to me, personally.”

LeBron has made similar remarks about load management in the past, and he isn’t the only NBA legend who doesn’t believe in it. Kawhi Leonard made the practice more popular after he sat out games with the Toronto Raptors last year and went on to dominate the postseason, and there have been questions about whether he is actually resting an injury or just resting. If it’s the latter, LeBron obviously disagrees with it.

It’s hard to argue with the results Leonard has enjoyed, which is why the Los Angeles Clippers are taking the same approach with him that the Raptors did. However, the concept is one that is foreign to LeBron and arguably the greatest player to ever live. Many fans admire that, and you can see why.

LeBron James not apologizing for enthusiastically supporting his son

LeBron Bronny James

LeBron James has caught some flak for the way he supports his son and his son’s teammates during their games, but he’s not apologizing for his behavior.

James attended his son’s high school game Saturday night that was nationally televised by ESPN3. James spoke with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols before the game, which was between Bronny’s Sierra Canyon squad and St. Vincent-St. Mary’s (the high school LeBron attended in Ohio).

In the interview, LeBron defended the way he enthusiastically supports his son.

“Absolutely not. It’s all about support for me, and it’s all about the love of the game too. Without the game of basketball, I wouldn’t be here. My son wouldn’t be here, our family in this position. The game has given me so much, I feel like it’s my duty to give the game back. All the energy and all the excitement and giving my son pointers, and him giving me inspiration … he’s motivating me tonight,” James said.

Over the summer, James ran onto the court while celebrating a big dunk by teammates of his son’s traveling team, leading to some criticism. LeBron isn’t changing how he acts though.

Sierra Canyon won 59-56, with Bronny being named the game’s MVP after scoring 15 points, including the go-ahead bucket.

The 59-56 win marked LeBron’s first time being able to watch Bronny play this season for Sierra Canyon. The game was played at Nationwide Arena in Ohio in front of 14,000 fans.

Chris Bosh hilariously edits iconic LeBron James, Dwyane Wade photo

Chris Bosh

One of the most recognizable photos from the Miami Heat’s “Big Three” era does not include all of the members of the Big Three, but Chris Bosh has managed to straighten that out.

On Friday, the NBA on TNT tweeted a reminder that it has been exactly nine years since the famous photo was taken of Dwyane Wade showing off to the crowd while LeBron James was still in the middle of throwing down a thunderous dunk. Bosh is apparently jealous that he wasn’t a part of the big moment, so he figured out a way to change history.

What makes that so perfect is that the Heat were masters of the videobomb when the Big Three were playing together, and Bosh was the ringleader of that. They came up with some truly incredible ways to mess with each other, so it’s nice to see Bosh is keeping it going years later.

There are plenty of photos of Bosh, James and Wade together from when they won their NBA titles. Thanks to Bosh, we now have one more.