James H. Williams

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Feb 19

Reaction: Pelicans’ Anthony Davis pays tribute to DeMarcus Cousins by wearing his All-Star jersey

It was not long after being named an All-Star, DeMarcus Cousins went down with an ACL injury.

While the injury has kept Cousins out of the game, Anthony Davis decided to honor his New Orleans Pelicans teammate by wearing his jersey on the court.

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Feb 18

2018 NBA All-Star Game expected to attract a large list of celebrities to the Staples Center

The 2018 NBA All-Star Game returned to Los Angeles this weekend for the first time since 2011. The game featuring LeBron James and Stephen Curry is expected to attract a large number of celebrities to Staples Center.

Here is the list of expected attendees:

  • Adam Devine (actor)
  • Andra Day (singer)
  • Anthony Anderson (actor)
  • Barenaked Ladies (rock band)
  • Beyoncé (singer-songwriter)
  • Billy Crystal (actor)
  • Bubba Watson (golfer)
  • Caleb McLaughlin
  • Candace Parker
  • Chadwick Bozeman
  • Chris Rock
  • Common
  • Dascha Polanco
  • Dave Chappelle
  • Drew Scott
  • Fergie
  • Flea
  • Floyd Mayweather
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Jaden Smith
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Jay Z
  • Jesse Williams
  • Julianne Moore
  • Justin Bieber
  • Kevin Hart
  • LL Cool J
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Migos
  • Miles Brown
  • Nick Cannon
  • O’Dell Beckham Jr.
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Queen Latifah
  • Questlove
  • Rob Riggle
  • Spike Lee
  • Win Butler

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Feb 18

VIDEO: NBA All-Stars talk about their music preference during media day in Los Angeles

Prior to the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, players talked about their music preference, what they normally listen to and what will be playing from their headphones before the big game in Los Angeles.

Karl Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves

Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers

Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans

Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets

From Day 1 of NBA All-Star Weekend:

Brandon Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers

Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers

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Feb 18

WATCH: Donovan Mitchell’s final dunk before winning the 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

 

 

  • Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell holds up the trophy after winning the NBA basketball All-Star weekend slam dunk contest Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

    Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell holds up the trophy after winning the NBA basketball All-Star weekend slam dunk contest Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell competes in the NBA basketball All-Star weekend slam dunk contest Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. Mitchell won the event. (Bob Donnan/Pool via AP)

    Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell competes in the NBA basketball All-Star weekend slam dunk contest Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. Mitchell won the event. (Bob Donnan/Pool via AP)

  • Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell goes up for a dunk during the NBA All-Star basketball Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. Mitchell won the event. (Bob Donnan/Pool via AP)

    Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell goes up for a dunk during the NBA All-Star basketball Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. Mitchell won the event. (Bob Donnan/Pool via AP)

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Feb 18

Lakers’ Magic Johnson catches up with Larry Nance Jr. after the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest

Magic Johnson was making his way out of Staples Center with his wife, Cookie, before turning around to see Larry Nance Jr. of the Cleveland Cavaliers behind him.

Johnson turned around to talk with Nance, who just finished second in the Slam Dunk Contest.

Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz finished first by two points.

 

 

 

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Feb 17

NBA All-Star Weekend: Russell Westbrook’s reaction to the “We want Paul (George)” chant

As the fans started to chant “We want Paul!” during his interview, former UCLA basketball player and current Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook shared his reaction in the middle of answering another question.

Here is what George said about the upcoming offseason during media day.

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Feb 17

2018 NBA All-Star Weekend: Quavo named 2018 Celebrity Game MVP as Team Clippers outlast Team Lakers

Los Angeles >> Quavo, a rapper for the group Migos, was named the MVP for the 2018 celebrity game during NBA All-Star Weekend as Team Clippers defeated Team Lakers 75-66.

Quavo recorded 19 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Clippers.

Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse had his name in the MVP conversation in his celebrity game debut. The Olympic medalist had 17 points with six rebounds and four steals for the Clippers.

Rachel A DeMita of NBA 2KTV was the leading scorer for the Lakers with 17 points.

Nate Robinson added 14 points, five rebounds and four assists. He also recorded two steals.

Robinson was responsible for a handful of highlights including the first ever 4-pointer and a monster block.

 

 

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Feb 17

Video: Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram of the Lakers talk to media before NBA Rising Star Challenge

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Feb 16

2018 NBA All-Star Weekend courtside: Complete access and updates

Everything you need to know for the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. Follow along for NBA updates, videos and results.

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Feb 15

Justin Bieber, Quavo added to the 2018 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

Justin Bieber and Quavo, from the hip hop trio Migos, have been added to the 2018 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

The game will be played on Friday, February 16 at the Verizon Up Arena at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Quavo will make his celebrity game debut as a member of Team Clippers.

This will be Bieber’s second appearance in the event. He will play for Team Lakers.

At the age of 16, Bieber was named the game’s MVP in 2011 despite being on the losing team. He had eight points, four assists and two rebounds.

 

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Feb 14

NBA All-Star Celebrity Game will kick off All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles

The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game will help kick off All-Star Weekend on Friday, February 16 in the Verizon Up Arena at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The celebrity game provides a good laugh for fans as famous faces compete on opposing teams, Team Clippers and Team Lakers.

Music artist such as Common, Jamie Foxx and Nick Cannon are among the participants in the game. Golfer Bubba Watson will also compete.

Social media personality Brandon Armstrong returns to the event after winning the Most Valuable Player Award for the 2017 game. He is joined on Team Clippers by Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, who won the celebrity game MVP in 2016. It will be Butler’s third celebrity game appearance.

Former NBA players Tracy McGrady and Paul Pierce will serve as player-coaches for the event.

The light-hearted game has featured memorable moments over the years and this weekend’s event should supply many more of those moments.

Here are the Top 10 Moments from past Celebrity Games:

Reaction to other notable moments:

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Feb 14

A look at all 100 gold medal winners in Team USA’s Winter Olympic history

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Feb 14

Shaun White wins Team USA’s 100th gold medal in Winter Olympic history

Shaun White wins the gold medal for Team USA in the men’s snowboard halfpipe with a score of 97.95 on his third run.

White has won his third career gold medal in the event.

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Feb 13

2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Preview: The four players competing during NBA All-Star Weekend

Four players will compete in the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Staples Center.

You can vote for the player that you think will win the dunk contest down below.

The participants:

Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz, Guard

Mitchell was not an original participant for the dunk contest but was added in as a replacement for Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic. Mitchell leads all rookies in scoring with 19.5 points per game. He will also compete for the U.S. Team in the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game during All-Star Weekend.

Larry Nance Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers, Forward

Nance will be a familiar face for the Los Angeles crowd after spending his entire career with the Lakers until he was traded before the deadline this season to Cleveland. Nance Jr. could have the edge in this event with his father on his side. Nance Sr. won the dunk contest in 1984 and was a member of the Cavaliers from 1988-1994.

Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers, Guard

Oladipo competed in the dunk contest in 2015 but finished second to Zach LaVine. He is hoping that experience will work in his favor this year. If it does, it will make him the second consecutive player from the Pacers to win the event. Glenn Robinson III of the Pacers won the event last year.

Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas Mavericks, Guard

Smith has put together a solid rookie performance in the first half of the season. He averaged 14.8 points per game, which is fifth among rookies. He is also third among rookies with 243 total assists. Smith will team up with Mitchell on the U.S. Team for the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game.

 

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Feb 12

Mirai Nagasu becomes the first American to land a triple axel at the Winter Olympics

Mirai Nagasu, of Arcadia, is the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Winter Olympics. Nagasu is competing in the ladies’ free skate in the figure skating team event.

“I told myself I am going for (the triple axel) … there was no going back for me,” Nagasu told NBC after the performance.

Her score of 137.53 is Nagasu’s career-best, which topped her previous mark of 132.04.

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Feb 11

Red Gerard earns USA’s first 2018 Olympic gold medal following win in men’s snowboard slopestyle

17-year old Redmond Gerard of the United States has won the gold medal in the men’s snowboard slopestyle at the Winter Olympics.

Gerard is the youngest American to medal in a Olympic snowboard event. It is also the first gold medal for Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

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Feb 11

Highlights: Isaiah Thomas comes off the bench for the Lakers, hits a 3-pointer against Mavericks

In his first game as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Isaiah Thomas comes off the bench and hits a shot from beyond the arch.

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Feb 10

Video: Los Angeles Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye meet with new teammates

In the final hours before the trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers traded away Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye.

Thomas and Frye met with their new teammates in Dallas prior to Saturday’s game against the Mavericks. Both players are expected to be available for shoot around.

“The last 24 hours have been crazy and shocking at the same time,” Thomas said in an interview with Spectrum SportsNet. “But I am happy for the new opportunity to be a Laker …”

How did the Lakers do in the first game after the trade deadline? 

 

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Feb 10

Highlights: Blake Griffin blocks his former Clippers teammate Montrezl Harrell at the basket

One week after being traded to the Detroit Pistons, Blake Griffin did not have to wait long to play against the Los Angeles Clippers.

While the Pistons did come up short against Griffin’s former team in the 108-95 loss at Little Caesars Arena, he did make his presence felt with a huge block against Montrezl Harrell.

Griffin was shy of a double-double after recording 19 points and eight rebounds against the Clippers.

  • Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin catches a pass during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin catches a pass during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) shoots over Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris, rear, and guard Spencer Dinwiddie during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) shoots over Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris, rear, and guard Spencer Dinwiddie during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) makes a layup during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) makes a layup during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) and forward DeMarre Carroll (9) close in on Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) and forward DeMarre Carroll (9) close in on Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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Feb 07

NBA All-Stars Game: Stephen Curry and LeBron James’ teams will battle for a good cause

The stakes have raised for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles between Team LeBron and Team Curry.

The NBA has announced that the winning team’s Los Angeles community-based organization will receive a donation of $350,000. The losing team’s organization will receive $150,000.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who is the captain for Team LeBron, has selected the After-School All-Stars.

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, the captain of Team Curry, has selected the Brotherhood Crusade.

The All-Star game will be take place on February 18 at Staples Center.

Team LeBron:

Team Stephen:

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