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LeBron James passes Isiah Thomas to move into 8th all-time in NBA assists

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After posting eight assists in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 128-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, LeBron James surpassed the legendary Isiah Thomas to move into eight on the NBA all-time assist leaderboard.

In an incredible career that has resulted in all sorts of accolades and milestones, James ranks this as among his his best accomplishments to date.

“One of the best point guards this game has ever seen. And one of the toughest as well. Just his upbringing, coming from Chicago, doing the things he was able to do on the floor. From Indiana going to the Bad Boys in Detroit, just setting the tone for what he wanted his career to be” said James after the game.

“Anytime I’m linked with the greats, and ‘Zeke being one of those, it’s just an honor, and I think back to my childhood and where I’m from.”

The 35-year-old Akron, Ohio native, who is currently playing in his seventeenth NBA season, has accumulated 9,067 assists 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.

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Capela dealt to Hawks, Covington heading to Rockets in massive four-team trade

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In case you missed it, the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Denver Nuggets pulled off a massive 12-player blockbuster trade with less than two days before the league’s trade deadline

As the dust settled, here’s how each team made out:

Hawks receive >> Starting center Clint Capela, and veteran big man Nene Hilario (via Houston)

Rockets receive >> forwards Robert Covington, Jordan Bell (via Timberwolves), and a 2024 second-round pick from the Hawks via Golden State Warriors.

Timberwolves receive >> Forwards Malik Beasley and Juan Hernangomez (via Denver), Evan Turner (via Atlanta), and 2020 first-round pick from Atlanta via Brooklyn

Nuggets receive >> Veterans Gerald Green (via Houston), Noah Vonleh, Shabazz Napier, and Keita Bates-Diop (via Minnesota), and a 2020 first-round pick from Houston (via Minnesota).

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Lakers, Clippers game postponed in wake of Kobe Bryant’s death

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An upcoming battle between the two Los Angeles teams will be moved to a later date.

Just a day after the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, the NBA has decided to postpone tonight’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.

“The decision was made out of respect for the Lakers organization, which is deeply grieving the tragic loss of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash on Sunday” said the league in a statement.

Players from both teams had close friendships with the Lakers legend, and are taking this tragedy extremely hard. This played a role in the NBA’s decision to reschedule the game.

The Lakers are reportedly supplying the players and other team employees with grief counselors to help them overcome the loss of Kobe Bryant.

It remains unclear when the make-up game will take place.

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Steph Curry hoping to return to action March 1st vs Wizards

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We’ve finally got a Steph Curry injury update!

Despite rumours suggesting he’d be sidelined for the remainder of the season, the Golden State Warriors superstar is aiming to make his return to the court during a March 1st home game at Chase Center. According to reports, the return date isn’t set in stone, but is more of a personal goal that he hopes to accomplish.

The 31-year old MVP has played in just four games this season, and hasn’t seen the court since suffering a a fractured left hand on October 30th. He has had two separate surgeries in the injured hand since being out of action.

Curry has won three NBA titles, two MVP Awards, and has averaged 23.5 points, 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds over a span of 698 career regular seasons and ten-plus seasons.

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