Toronto tall tales of Zach Edey: On the ice, the diamond … and ‘What’s a Purdue?’

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TORONTO – Head north out of downtown on Bayview Avenue and past the shops and bars in Leaside, plus four Tim Hortons. Cross a bridge and climb a hill and there’s Crescent School, a private all-boys institution opened in 1913. It’s closed for winter break, but a courtyard plaque points to reception. A groundskeeping vehicle … Read more

The fearless mindset of the Warriors’ Brandin Podziemski: ‘He’s got a delusion to him’

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nearly a year ago on the dot, Mike Dunleavy, the Golden State Warriors’ future general manager, and Kent Lacob, an ascending front office personnel voice, hopped in a car and made the quick 50 mile trip south to Santa Clara’s campus. They were primarily there to see Maxwell Lewis, the possible lottery … Read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo on this season and what’s to come: ‘We have to go and take it’

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For the first time in his 11-year career, Giannis Antetokounmpo is going through a season defined by change. In his time with the Milwaukee Bucks, Antetokounmpo has seen it all. He’s been through two ownership changes, five coaching changes and innumerable roster changes. He’s seen in-season trades, offseason moves and everything in between. But never … Read more

How can the NBA fix the All-Star Game? Our writers share their ideas

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Another NBA All-Star Game has come and gone, and it was once again an uninspiring Sunday night. The game, once the crown jewel of All-Star Weekend, was a dud despite expectations that the league was going to fix it. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said as much on the eve of the game itself. He discussed … Read more

Mac McClung repeats in NBA dunk contest, Damian Lillard wins 3-point contest: Full highlights

INDIANAPOLIS — The names on the trophies didn’t change from year to year in either of the NBA’s main contests on All-Star Saturday Night. Mac McClung, the G League journeyman who shocked the world with his dunk contest win in Salt Lake City last February, did it again in Indianapolis, beating Jaylen Brown by jumping … Read more

Marvin Gaye’s iconic NBA All-Star Game national anthem: ‘He turned that thing into his own’

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Editor’s Note: This story is included in The Athletic’s Best of 2023. View the full list. For one afternoon, America’s anointed theme song had a suede soul, velvety enough to be simultaneously sexy and spiritual. For one afternoon, patriotism masqueraded as a Motown kind of cool. The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., was graced by a … Read more

Kenny Smith’s Sabrina Ionescu comments spoiled an otherwise great 3-point contest moment

The simple problem with Kenny Smith’s comments on TNT during the best moment of All-Star Saturday was they didn’t make any sense. What Smith said as the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry edged out the New York Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu in a made-for-great-TV 3-point contest was distracting because of its lack of logic and timing. … Read more

Warriors’ Klay Thompson erupts for 35 points in first game off the bench since 2012

The last time Klay Thompson came off the bench was March 2012. He was 22 then, an unproven rookie. Monta Ellis started ahead of him. Nate Robinson came off the bench beside him. The Golden State Warriors faced the LA Clippers. Chauncey Billups, now 47 and the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, was … Read more

Lakers honor Kobe Bryant with statue outside Arena

The Los Angeles Lakers unveiled a statue to honor Kobe Bryant outside of Arena in a ceremony Thursday. The bronze statue is 19 feet high and 4,000 pounds. Bryant is the seventh Lakers legend commemorated with a statue in Star Plaza, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, announcer Chick Hearn, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and … Read more

Lakers, Warriors and others earn All-Standpat Team honors for trade deadline inactivity

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The definition of anticlimactic, courtesy of “An event, conclusion, statement, etc., that is far less important, powerful, or striking than expected.” Does that sound about right, Los Angeles Lakers fans … Atlanta Hawks fans … Chicago Bulls fans … Sacramento Kings fans … and Golden State Warriors fans? The list could go on from … Read more