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LeBron James surpasses Michael Jordan to move into 4th all-time on NBA scoring list

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After posting 31 points in the Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, LeBron James surpassed the legendary Michael Jordan to move into fourth on the NBA all-time scoring list.

In an incredible career that has resulted in all sorts of accolades and milestones, James ranks this as one of his favourite moments to this point.

“I don’t know, man, a lot of the stuff I’ve done in my career, this ranks right at the top…For a kid from Akron, Ohio, that needed inspiration, needed some type of positive influence, MJ was that guy for me.” said James after the game.

“I wanted to be like MJ, wanted to shoot fadeaways like MJ, wanted to stick my tongue out on dunks like MJ, wanted to wear my sneakers like MJ. I wanted kids to look up to me at some point like MJ…It’s crazy, to be honest. It’s beyond crazy.”

The 34-year-old Akron, Ohio native, who is currently playing in his sixteenth NBA season, has accumulated 32,311 points in 1190 career regular season games.

He has also won three NBA championships, three NBA Finals MVPs, four NBA MVP Awards (2009–2010, 2012–2013), and has been selected to 15 All-Star games during that span.

James now trails the great Kobe Bryant by 1332 points for third on the all-time scoring list.

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Bulls hire Billy Donovan as their new head coach

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After months of deliberating, the Chicago Bulls have found their guy.

The team announced that they have hired Billy Donovan to be their next head coach.

“We are very pleased to welcome Billy and his family to the Chicago Bulls,”
said vice-president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas.

“The success that he has sustained over the course of his coaching career puts him on a different level. We feel his ability to help his players reach their potential, both individually and collectively, will mesh well with our roster. Whether as a player or as a coach, he has won everywhere his career has taken him, and we hope that will continue here in Chicago.”

The 55-year old recently enjoyed a five-season tenure as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. After losing in seven games to the Houston Rockets in the first round of this postseason, he decided to mutually part ways with the franchise.

During his tenure, he posted a combined 243-157 regular season record, and an 18-23 postseason record. His teams lost in the first round on four occassions. In his first season with the Thunder in 2015/16, he led them to the Western Conference Finals, which resulted in a Game 7 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

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Clippers guard Patrick Beverley calls out Nuggets star Nikola Jokic for flopping

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The Los Angeles Clippers may have won Game 3, but it wasn’t easy. One of their toughest challenges was stopping Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic, who scored 32 points on solid efficiency and recorded 12 rebounds and eight assists on the night.

When asked about Jokic’s dominance, Clippers guard Patrick Beverley did not mince any words about why that’s the case.

“He presents the same thing Luka Doncic presents: a lot of flailing,” said Beverley after the game.

“He puts a lot of pressure on the referees to make the right calls.”

Was it an attempt to get under Jokic’s skin? Or was it a legitimate complaint he was expressing. Either way, Jokic responded with an observation of his own.

“They had 26 free throws. We had 10,” said Jokic.

“I am just showing the ref it is a foul.”

The Los Angeles Clippers have a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is on Wednesday at 9pm/ET.


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Sixers likely to part ways with head coach Brett Brown after latest playoff disaster

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One thing we know for sure is the Philadelphia 76ers are making major changes this offseason. And it will probably start in the coaching department.

According to reports, the Sixers are likely to part with head coach Brett Brown. The news comes days after they were swept in the first round by the Boston Celtics in the NBA playoffs. The team was projected by many experts to finish first in the Eastern Conference, and make an appearance in the NBA Finals. But a lack of on-court chemistry, questionable roster changes in the offseason, and internal strife lead to them being the most disappointing teams of the 2019/2020 campaign.

Brown, 59, had been coaching the Sixers since the beginning days of their rebuild prior to the 2013/2014 season. During his tenure, he led the franchise to three playoff appearances in seven seasons, and a combined 221-344 record in that span.

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