LeBron James’s effort to attract more poll workers nets 10,000 volunteers.

More Than a Vote, the collective of athletes headlined by the basketball superstar LeBron James, will announce Wednesday that its initiative to increase the number of poll workers in Black electoral districts had amassed 10,000 volunteers since it began. The effort, which is called “We Got Next” and is a collaboration with the NAACP Legal […]

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‘Super Healthy’ College Student Dies of Rare Covid-19 Complications

Chad Dorrill was in “tremendous shape.” Tall and slender. Played basketball. Ran long distances. But the 19-year-old college student died on Monday night, apparently of neurological complications related to Covid-19. Mr. Dorrill, a sophomore at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., had been living off campus and taking classes online when he became ill with […]

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Draymond Green Doesn’t Mind Missing the N.B.A. Finals. This Year.

Want more basketball in your inbox? . Corner Three Image Jamal Murray’s finishes at the rim looked familiar to a reader — and to Rod Strickland.Credit…Heather Hall/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images You ask; I answer. Every week in this space, I’ll field three questions posed via email at marcstein-newsletter@nytimes.com. Please include your first and last […]

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Brandi Maxiell: 5 Things To Know About ‘Basketball Wives’ Star Hospitalized With A Severe Case Of COVID

Many of Brandi Maxiell’s former ‘Basketball Wives’ costars sent their prayers for her after it was confirmed that she was hospitalized with a severe case of COVID. Social media first became alert of Brandi Maxiell‘s condition after one of her former BBW castmates DJ Duffey posted a cryptic message asking fans to “uplift her in […]

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John Calipari explains how Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo got so good so fast | The Jump

Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball coach John Calipari joins Rachel Nichols, Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter to discuss former players Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo, who have become breakout stars in the Miami Heat’s series vs. the Boston Celtics in the 2020 NBA Playoffs. #TheJump #Sports #NBA ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ http://espnplus.com/youtube ✔️ Get the ESPN App: […]

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Billy Donovan’s top mission as Bulls coach? Fix an underachieving roster

According to executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas, the hiring of Donovan was a no-brainer as soon as the coach hit the open market. Now, he’s hoping his “partner” can help him fix an underachieving roster as Step 1 of the reclamation project. There is gold on this current Bulls roster. The new […]

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Sabrina Ionescu Opens Up About Kobe Bryant and Rookie Year Woes

Want more basketball in your inbox? . Corner Three Image Giannis Antetokounmpo was still the season’s most valuable player, even if you think LeBron James is better in general, Marc Stein says.Credit…Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press You ask; I answer. Every week in this space, I’ll field three questions posed via email at marcstein-newsletter@nytimes.com. Please include […]

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College basketball season will start Nov. 25, but hurdles remain for UCLA and USC

The college basketball season will open Nov. 25, with or without UCLA and USC. The NCAA’s Division I council on Wednesday approved that start date, but it remained unclear whether teams such as the Bruins and Trojans that face stiffer government health restrictions than many of their Pac-12 Conference counterparts would be cleared to play […]

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Kobe Bryant’s Close Friend & Former Laker Pau Gasol Honors Him By Naming Baby Girl After Gianna — See Pic

Pau Gasol is a dad! The basketball star revealed he paid tribute to BFF Kobe Bryant with his little girl’s name, as Vanessa revealed she was ‘touched’ by the request. Pau Gasol, 40, has welcomed his first child with wife Catherine McDonnell, 30. The Lakers alum paid tribute to his late friend and teammate Kobe […]

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Why Steve Nash’s Hiring Is About Relationships, Not Race

Want more basketball in your inbox? . Corner Three Image N.B.A. teammates are spending more time together than ever inside the bubble, which may be helping them on the court.Credit…Kim Klement/USA Today Sports, via Reuters You ask; I answer. Every week in this space, I’ll field three questions posed via email at marcstein-newsletter@nytimes.com. (Please include […]

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Tom Jernstedt, an Architect of March Madness, Dies at 75

Tom Jernstedt, who helped transform the N.C.A.A. men’s college basketball tournament into the major annual sports attraction known as March Madness, died on Saturday outside his home in Tequesta, Fla. He was 75. His wife, Kristine Kellam Jernstedt, said he had finished exercising and died in his car while reading a newspaper. Mr. Jernstedt joined […]

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Tina Charles Is a W.N.B.A. Superstar Hiding in Plain Sight

Even if Tina Charles never plays another basketball game, she’s bound to be a Hall of Famer. That’s according to UConn’s Geno Auriemma, her already-inducted former coach — but it doesn’t take winning 11 national championships to see that her enshrinement is inevitable. Some of her numerous accolades, though, already have a public place of […]

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Clippers’ Ivica Zubac is a center of attention on a big stage

Kevin Harlan, the voice of basketball on TNT, was delighted. Montrezl Harrell, the Clippers’ sixth man of the year, was wearing a microphone and celebrated a bucket by Ivica Zubac by calling out one of the center’s nicknames. “Zubacca,” Harrell yelled, and Harlan soon followed suit, the broadcast even splitting the screen to put the […]

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Smokey Gaines, first Black Division I basketball coach in California, dies

Former San Diego State basketball coach David “Smokey” Gaines has died. His family announced his death Saturday morning, reportedly from complications with liver and brain cancer. Gaines suffered a stroke in June 2018. Most Internet databases listed him at 78 years old, but his family’s Facebook post said he was 80. He is remembered in […]

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A Growing Number of Catholic Schools Are Shutting Down Forever

In more than four decades of coaching girls’ basketball at Lebanon Catholic High School in southeastern Pennsylvania, Patti Hower had led the team to three state championships and 20 district titles. This year, with four starting players returning, there were high hopes again. But then in April came the news: the Roman Catholic Diocese of […]

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With Bucks Facing Elimination, Uncertainty Grows Around Giannis Antetokounmpo

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Before the Milwaukee Bucks labored through a stretch of basketball that could wind up altering their future, Giannis Antetokounmpo did something that he tends to do well: He elevated for a dunk, a brief burst of explosiveness that gave the Bucks a fourth-quarter lead against the Miami Heat in Game […]

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Stephen A. Smith isn’t budging on his stance about the Nets hiring Steve Nash | First Take

Stephen A. Smith clarifies the comments he made in reaction to the Brooklyn Nets hiring Basketball Hall of Fame guard Steve Nash as the next head coach. #FirstTake #NBA ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔️ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoNBAonESPN ✔️ […]

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What Can a Body Do? Anime Pushes at Its Limits

A swimmer’s arms cut through the water. A basketball player pivots in a tight semicircle around an opponent. A figure skater eases into a chassé, spin and stately arabesque. These scenes are animated, but they’re no less entrancing than live performance. Though the pandemic shut down plans for this year’s Olympics, there’s still somewhere you […]

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The True Cost of Life in the N.B.A. Bubble

Want more basketball in your inbox? . Corner Three Image Rockets Coach Mike D’Antoni has overseen the resurgence of Ben McLemore, who is averaging 10.1 points a game this season after several years of low production.Credit…Pool photo by Kevin C. Cox You ask; I answer. Every week, I’ll field three questions sent in to marcstein-newsletter@nytimes.com. […]

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DraftKings taps Michael Jordan as special board adviser, stock jumps

DraftKings has drafted basketball superstar Michael Jordan as a special adviser to its board of directors — a move investors deemed a slam dunk. The NBA Hall of Famer will take an equity stake in the online sports-betting firm in exchange for his guidance and advice on “key business initiatives,” such as product development, marketing […]

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Michelle Obama Compares Marriage To Basketball & Calls LeBron James Ideal Husband: ‘Never Pick’ A ‘Loser’

Marriage is like basketball, according to Michelle Obama, and you want the best of the best on your ‘team’ to be your spouse — like LeBron James! When it comes to picking a spouse, you’re going to want someone on your team that knows how to win, says Michelle Obama. You’re going to want LeBron […]

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Dikembe Mutombo on what coach John Thompson meant to him | Chiney & Golic Jr

Basketball hall of famer Dikembe Mutombo joins Chiney Ogwumike and Mike Golic Jr. to share a moment he had with legendary Georgetown head coach John Thompson, who died at the age of 78. ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔️ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN […]

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Coach K looks back at the life and legacy of John Thompson | SportsCenter

Duke men’s basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski joins SportsCenter to discuss the legacy of his friend, former Georgetown head coach John Thompson. #Georgetown #CBB ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔️ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoNBAonESPN ✔️ Watch ESPN on YouTube TV: […]

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John Thompson, Hall of Fame Basketball Coach, Dies at 78

John Thompson Jr., the Hall of Fame basketball coach who led Georgetown University to national collegiate prominence and became the first African-American coach to take a team to the N.C.A.A. basketball championship, has died. He was 78. His death was announced in a family statement released by Georgetown. No further information was provided. Coaching the […]

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Lakers have to dig deep in closing out depleted Trail Blazers

After three days of no basketball and emotionally charged meetings over whether to continue to play, three days of seeing how everyone in the NBA’s bubble could use their platforms to further their causes for social justice, the Lakers had to collect themselves and play a close-out game that would advance them to the next […]

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N.B.A. Brings Flash to E-Sports, but Can It Hold On to Its Viewers?

Since its introduction two years ago, the National Basketball Association’s e-sports arm has struggled to draw viewers. Then, with Americans forced to shelter in place in early March, the N.B.A. had a captive audience. Within days, players for the N.B.A. affiliate, known as the N.B.A. 2K League, were livestreaming games. The league leaned on its […]

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