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Video: Jamal Murray gets flagrant foul for elbow to LeBron James’ jaw

Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray was called for a flagrant foul for an elbow to LeBron James’ jaw.

James’ Los Angeles Lakers were taking the ball out early in the third quarter of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday. After inbounding the ball, James then went to screen Murray. Murray elbowed James in the jaw as he was fighting off the screen.

The officials in the game reviewed the play and gave Murray the flagrant foul.

James made one of two free throws following the flagrant foul. He missed a jumper after that but then made three baskets in a row for the Lakers.

Murray had 14 points and 10 assists through that point in the game.

Colby Covington calls LeBron James a ‘spineless coward’

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Colby Covington beat up on Tyron Woodley in their UFC fight on Saturday night, and then he kept the shots coming.

Covington defeated Woodley via 5th-round TKO at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas to improve to 16-2 in his pro MMA career.

Covington, who proudly supports Donald Trump and regularly wears a “Make America Great Again” hat, spoke with the president after his fight. He dedicated his fight to the military and first responders. He also said he was sick of all the “woke athletes,” such as LeBron James, whom he called a “spineless coward.”

This isn’t the first time Covington has gone after James. He challenged the Los Angeles Laker when the NBA canceled its games after the Bucks decided not to play on Aug. 26.

Covington is billing himself as “The People’s Champ” and proud that he was the first UFC champion invited to the White House.

Covington against James in the octagon would make for quite a fight.

Covington isn’t the only person who has called out James lately.

LeBron James makes scary admission about MVP race

LeBron James

If you’re the Denver Nuggets, you have to be concerned about the comment made by LeBron James on Friday night.

James had 15 points and 12 assists in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 126-114 win over the Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. He learned earlier in the day that he finished second in the NBA MVP vote behind Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Milwaukee Bucks star got 85 first-place votes, while James received 16.

James admitted that the vote “pis-ed me off.”

Despite being upset, James also acknowledged that Antetokounmpo deserved the award.

So why is this problematic for Denver? If James is angry because he feels slighted over not winning the award, then maybe he will be even more motivated to win the series. That’s bad news for Denver.

For now, it was actually Anthony Davis who dominated. Davis had 37 points and 10 rebounds in the Lakers’ victory. If anything, this tells us that Charles Barkley’s prediction could come true.

Giannis Antetokounmpo beats out LeBron to win second straight MVP award

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The NBA is Giannis Antetokounmpo’s league and LeBron James is just playing in it — at least according to the 2020 MVP voting.

Antetokounmpo has been named MVP of the NBA for a second consecutive year. He received 85 first-place votes compared to LeBron’s 16. Giannis had a total of 962 points, which was slightly more than the 941 he got last year when beating out James Harden. Antetokounmpo and LeBron were the only players to receive first-place votes.

Here are the full results:

The vast majority of voters felt that Giannis was once again the best player in the NBA, and it’s hard to argue with that. The Milwaukee Bucks star averaged a career-high 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game this season. He also had 5.6 assists per game. LeBron had 25.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game.

We know at least one of LeBron’s teammates who is not going to be happy about the voting results, but they were hardly a surprise.

Vanessa Bryant responds to LA Sheriff’s challenge for LeBron James

Vanessa Bryant

Vanessa Bryant responded via Instagram to a challenge issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff.

On Monday, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva challenged LeBron James to match a reward for the gunman who shot two Los Angeles police officers on Saturday.

Bryant decided to issue some criticism at Villanueva, sharing screenshots of tweets that were critical of the sheriff.

Bryant has filed a lawsuit against the sheriff’s department over officers sharing photos of the helicopter crash site where her late husband Kobe and daughter Gianna died.

Despite her criticism of the sheriff’s department, she did include one positive message.

“Not all deputies are bad apples. Prayers for the 2 deputies that were shot,” she wrote.

In addition to her lawsuit against the sheriff’s department, Bryant is suing the helicopter company for wrongful death.

LA sheriff challenges LeBron James over gunman who shot police officers

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LeBron James has been active in his pursuit of social justice, and now a sheriff is asking for James’ help in seeking justice for two police officers.

Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were ambushed and shot by a gunman on Saturday night in Compton, Calif. The gunman approached the police car without provocation and shot the officers from close range, video shows. The officers underwent surgery on Saturday and were listed in critical condition.

Authorities on Sunday announced a $100,000 reward in connection with the manhunt.

In an interview on KABC in Los Angeles Monday, Los Angeles County sheriff Alex Villanueva challenged James to match the reward.

“I want to make a challenge. This challenge is to LeBron James,” Villanueva said. “I want you to match that and double that reward because I know you care about law enforcement.

“You expressed a very interesting statement on race relations and officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on the African-American community and I appreciate that, but likewise, we need to appreciate that respect for life goes across professions, races, creeds, and I’d like to see LeBron James step up to the plate and double that.”

Thanks to extra private pledges, the amount of the reward is up to $175,000.

“I’ll be very curious to see what his response is, if any,” Villanueva said of James.

James is in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. along with his Los Angeles Lakers, who are awaiting the winner of the Denver Nuggets-Los Angeles Clippers series in the Western Conference Final.

Kyle Kuzma has warning for media over NBA MVP Award

Kyle Kuzma

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma is not impressed so far with the NBA’s award winners.

Kuzma had a warning for the media about the NBA MVP vote, suggesting that if LeBron James doesn’t win, there will be issues.

Kuzma clearly feels that Anthony Davis should have won Defensive Player of the Year, but he lost out to Giannis Antetokounmpo. The same might take place with the MVP award, with Antetokounmpo likely to beat James for the trophy.

Kuzma is backing a teammate. We know that. Giannis is also a star who was the unquestioned leader of the Bucks as they led the Eastern Conference. The Bucks star averaged a career-high 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 1.4 three-pointers made per game, outpacing James in every statistical category except assists. The Bucks also had a better record than the Lakers.

Yes, their playoff run was a huge disappointment, but MVP is a regular season award.

There are some voters backing LeBron for MVP, but their reasons are controversial. Kuzma is probably going to be left disappointed again.

LeBron James takes blame for too many turnovers in Game 1 loss

LeBron James

LeBron James took blame for committing too many turnovers in the Los Angeles Lakers’ Game 1 loss to the Houston Rockets on Friday night in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The Lakers lost to the Rockets 112-97 to fall behind 1-0 in their Western Conference semifinals series. James had just 20 points in 37 minutes and was a -15. He committed four turnovers in the game, which tied Rajon Rondo for the most on the team.

“We can’t turn the ball over like that. That starts with myself,” James said after the game, via Mark Medina.

Not only did James have the turnovers, but Rondo was rusty in his first game action since March. He was 3/9 shooting for eight points.

James also went scoreless in the entire fourth quarter.

This Rockets team is a tough squad to contend with. They play a fast, small lineup and create turnovers, while shooting a ton of threes and getting James Harden to the free throw line. The Lakers will have to make adjustments to keep up with Houston’s speed.

Game 2 between the teams is scheduled for Sunday. Harden already shared what he thinks will be key for Houston moving forward.

Did LeBron James take subtle shot at Astros before series against Rockets?

LeBron James

LeBron James’ attire ahead of Game 1 of his team’s playoff series against the Houston Rockets may not have been entirely coincidental.

The Los Angeles Lakers star wore a Los Angeles Dodgers cap prior to Friday’s series opener. The team posted an image of James’ fit to Twitter.

True, James could have just been wearing the cap for the fashion or to show support for his city’s baseball team. But with James about to begin a series against the Rockets, the cap very well might have been a subtle dig at the Houston Astros, who cheated the Dodgers out of the 2017 World Series.

Keep in mind that James tweeted a scathing reaction to the Astros’ cheating scandal back in February. His media company, Uninterrupted, is also producing a documentary series about the saga.

Granted, James was not yet a Laker when the Astros-Dodgers World Series took place. He has also openly rooted for other MLB teams before. Still, the timing here simply seems to good to be completely coincidental.

LeBron James rips Jay Williams for bringing him into debate about Giannis

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Former NBA player Richard Jefferson compared Giannis Antetokounmpo to Scottie Pippen on Wednesday night, and the ensuing commentary has spiraled a bit out of control.

With the Milwaukee Bucks losing the first two games of their series against the Miami Heat, Jefferson wondered out loud if Antetokounmpo might be unable to win an NBA title without a superstar teammate. Jefferson said that, like Scottie Pippen, Giannis may need a Michael Jordan.

Not surprisingly, Pippen disagreed with the comparison. He complimented Antetokounmpo for being an NBA MVP and said the two are their own players. He then took a shot at Jefferson. To Jefferson’s credit, he took the swipe in stride.

It didn’t end there. Former NBA point guard Jay Williams also got involved, saying there would be nothing wrong with Giannis needing another superstar to win a championship. Williams pointed out that LeBron James never won a ring until he teamed up with Dwyane Wade.

LeBron didn’t appreciate being dragged into the debate. We edited his response for profanity.

“Explain to me what the f— I gotta do with this subject matter! I’m over here minding my damn business preparing for Houston,” LeBron wrote. “And by the way I ain’t never been nobody but my damn self! S—!”

It seems like LeBron took that a bit personally, because Williams was obviously just trying to stick up for Giannis. If LeBron’s recent remarks about the NBA bubble are any indication, he’s probably feeling a bit more stressed than usual lately.