Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says moments of silence wont solve gun violence

CNN — Following Sunday’s mass shooting in downtown Sacramento, California, that left six people dead and a dozen injured, the head coach of one of the NBA’s most-watched teams has renewed his call for stronger gun control laws. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr spoke about the Sacramento shooting during a news conference before … Read more

LeBron James deserves DeMar DeRozan ‘blame’

Magic Johnson wanted the Lakers to pursue DeMar DeRozan in the offseason over Russell Westbrook. The Lakers legend was discussing this season’s roster makeup Monday, during consecutive appearances on ESPN’s morning shows, “Get Up” and “First Take.” After giving praise to the Lakers’ leading scorer, LeBron James, Johnson said the franchise face is to blame … Read more

Hollinger’s Week That Was – The Athletic

The Lakers’ season is over. Now what? It’s been obvious for some time to all the passengers onboard that the train is headed this way, but Sunday’s results seemed to remove any lingering doubt about the final destination of the Lakers’ woebegone season. With LeBron James sitting out while nursing a sprained ankle and a … Read more

JB Bickerstaff calls out officiating in Cleveland Cavaliers’ loss to Philadelphia 76ers

CLEVELAND — Joel Embiid did plenty of damage on his own. The Cavaliers, though, felt the big man got some unwarranted help. Cleveland coach JB Bickerstaff was highly critical of the officiating after Embiid scored 44 points — and made 20 trips to the free-throw line — in the Philadelphia 76ers’ 112-108 win over the … Read more

Kings’ Alvin Gentry, Warriors’ Steve Kerr speak on Sacramento mass shooting

9:20 PM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN As the Kings prepared to host the Warriors on Sunday night, coaches Alvin Gentry and Steve Kerr addressed the mass shooting just blocks from Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center that left six people dead and injured a dozen others early Sunday morning. “It’s an incredible tragedy,” Gentry said during his pregame … Read more

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar criticizes some of LeBron James’ actions

LOS ANGELES — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar publicly criticized LeBron James once again Sunday, with the Los Angeles Lakers legend saying he believes the current Lakers star has a greater responsibility in how he conducts himself given his elevated platform. “Some of the things he’s done and said are really beneath him, as far as I can … Read more

Golden State Warriors clinch playoff spot with high-stakes win over Utah Jazz

1:02 AM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors have been coy about how much they’ve been watching the Western Conference standings. Some have admitted to monitoring them. Others have said they’re an afterthought. But, heading into Saturday’s game against the Utah Jazz, there was not one person in Golden State’s locker … Read more

Brooklyn Nets’ Ben Simmons files grievance to challenge nearly $20 million withheld by Philadelphia 76ers

Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons has filed a grievance to challenge the nearly $20 million of salary withheld to him by the Philadelphia 76ers this season, setting up a potentially significant showdown, sources told ESPN on Saturday. The grievance — which will now go to an arbitration process — could have larger league implications amid … Read more

LeBron James hopes to return vs. Pelicans, Anthony Davis progressing toward game-time decision

LeBron James hopes to return to the Los Angeles Lakers’ lineup Friday after testing his sprained left ankle before their game against the New Orleans Pelicans, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. James, who will miss his second straight game Thursday against the Utah Jazz, returned to Los Angeles earlier this week to continue his injury … Read more