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July 13, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Kobe Bryant gave Kyrie Irving an incredulous stare. "Are you crazy?" Bryant said. Bryant belted out a hearty laugh. "Are you serious?" he asked. Then Bryant repeated what the second-year star from the Cleveland Cavaliers dared say during Team USA's pre-2012 Summer Olympic training camp in Las Vegas. "You really think you can beat me one-on-one?" Bryant repeats. Well, apparently. Irving approached Bryant and bet $50,000 he could beat the Lakers star.
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March 13, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant is done for the season, but he's already eyeballing next year with high expectations. "It's my job to go out there on the court and perform. No excuses for it. You have to get it done," Bryant said in a news conference on Wednesday, after being declared out for the season. "Same thing with the front office. The same expectations they have of me when I perform on the court, the same expectations I have for them up there. " The Lakers will have financial flexibility, a high pick in the 2014 NBA draft, and designs on future free agents like Kevin Love in 2015 and Kevin Durant in 2016.
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February 1, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Picking himself up Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey , on his most controversial draft selection: "I take some sort of pride in that you could argue that Royce White is the worst first-round pick ever. He's the only one that never played a minute in the NBA that wasn't just a foreign guy staying in Europe. It just shows that we swing for the fence. " Here to stay? Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving , on rumors he had been telling people he wants to leave his team: "It's not about me and it's not about this controversy - 'Do I privately want out when my contract is up?
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February 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It was the trade deadline that was nearly D.O.A. Besides the last-minute deal that sent Evan Turner from Philadelphia to Indiana, it was mostly a day of high-profile inactivity. There have been minute-long slug races that produced more movement. Pau Gasol, Rajon Rondo and Harrison Barnes all remained with their respective teams. Only two former All-Stars - Danny Granger and Antawn Jamison - changed addresses, and their heydays came last decade. Theories abounded as to what caused the inertia.
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October 10, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Be careful what you say, especially if you're a famous basketball player and there are cameras near. A video featuring Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving that was apparently posted in 2011 is once again making its rounds on the Internet. In the video, a child asks Irving: "Are you going to leave us like LeBron left us?" Responds Irving: "That's a great question. No, I won't leave you. How could I leave you guys?" We'll see if Irving keeps his word down the line.
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February 16, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NEW ORLEANS - Defense won the NBA All-Star game. No joke. Well, maybe a chuckle is in order. The East wasn't exactly hand-in-the-face tough during a game that featured a record 318 points and zero blocked shots, but it did manage to stop the West when it needed to Sunday during the final minutes of a 163-155 victory. BOX SCORE: East 163, West 155 Carmelo Anthony's record eighth three-pointer was part of a game-ending 10-0 run at the Smoothie King Center that helped the East break the record of 155 points set by the West in 2003.
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March 13, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant is done for the season, but he's already eyeballing next year with high expectations. "It's my job to go out there on the court and perform. No excuses for it. You have to get it done," Bryant said in a news conference on Wednesday, after being declared out for the season. "Same thing with the front office. The same expectations they have of me when I perform on the court, the same expectations I have for them up there. " The Lakers will have financial flexibility, a high pick in the 2014 NBA draft, and designs on future free agents like Kevin Love in 2015 and Kevin Durant in 2016.
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February 7, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
When: 4 PST. Where: Quicken Loans Arena. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 15-7, Cavaliers 9-14. Record vs. Cavaliers (2010-11): 1-1. Update: The Clippers broke a nine-game losing streak against the Cavaliers last season, beating Cleveland at Staples Center in March. Mo Williams is returning to Cleveland, where he spent two-plus seasons before he was traded to the Clippers last season for Baron Davis.
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March 15, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
The Lakers have acquired a point guard to help them in their playoff push, trading for Cleveland's Ramon Sessions, according to an NBA official. The Lakers sent forward Luke Walton, forward Jason Kapono and their 2012 first-round draft choice to the Cavaliers for Sessions and forward Christian Eyenga. Sessions became expendable in Cleveland after the Cavaliers made rookie Kyrie Irving their starting point guard. Sessions, who turns 26 next month, was averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 assists for the Cavaliers.
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December 26, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant is still a likely to be voted by fans to be a starter on the Western Conference All-Star team, according to an All-Star balloting update Tuesday from the NBA. Despite playing just six games so far this season while recovering from an Achilles tear and now a knee injury, Bryant leads all backcourt players in both conferences with 723,031 votes. Clippers guard Chris Paul is second in the west with 533,647, followed by Golden State's Stephen Curry (481,698). The top two vote-getters in each conference make the team, along with the top three frontcourt players.
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February 16, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NEW ORLEANS - Defense won the NBA All-Star game. No joke. Well, maybe a chuckle is in order. The East wasn't exactly hand-in-the-face tough during a game that featured a record 318 points and zero blocked shots, but it did manage to stop the West when it needed to Sunday during the final minutes of a 163-155 victory. BOX SCORE: East 163, West 155 Carmelo Anthony's record eighth three-pointer was part of a game-ending 10-0 run at the Smoothie King Center that helped the East break the record of 155 points set by the West in 2003.
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February 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NEW ORLEANS - The kids are taking over the place. You can't toss a string of beads in the French Quarter this weekend without hitting a wide-eyed NBA All-Star. The festivities have become one extended Rising Stars Challenge between the six players making their All-Star game debuts Sunday at the Smoothie King Center and the five back for a second appearance. At 20, Anthony Davis can't even enjoy one of those oversized fruity alcoholic drinks so popular on Bourbon Street. Generation Next includes first-timers Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, John Wall, Paul Millsap and Davis in addition to second-time participants Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert, Paul George, Kyrie Irving and James Harden.
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February 1, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Picking himself up Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey , on his most controversial draft selection: "I take some sort of pride in that you could argue that Royce White is the worst first-round pick ever. He's the only one that never played a minute in the NBA that wasn't just a foreign guy staying in Europe. It just shows that we swing for the fence. " Here to stay? Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving , on rumors he had been telling people he wants to leave his team: "It's not about me and it's not about this controversy - 'Do I privately want out when my contract is up?
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January 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Cleveland Cavaliers 120 - Lakers 118 (end of regulation) Nick Young's three-point attempt with 9.9 seconds left in the game wouldn't fall, extinguishing a late Lakers' rally against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Instead, the Cavaliers hold on for a 120-118 victory, sending the Lakers to their 11th loss in 12 tries. BOX SCORE: Cleveland 120, Lakers 118 With star point guard Kyrie Irving on the bench with five fouls, the Cavaliers went on a 12-0 run in the fourth, pulling ahead by eight.
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December 26, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant is still a likely to be voted by fans to be a starter on the Western Conference All-Star team, according to an All-Star balloting update Tuesday from the NBA. Despite playing just six games so far this season while recovering from an Achilles tear and now a knee injury, Bryant leads all backcourt players in both conferences with 723,031 votes. Clippers guard Chris Paul is second in the west with 533,647, followed by Golden State's Stephen Curry (481,698). The top two vote-getters in each conference make the team, along with the top three frontcourt players.
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December 8, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
CLEVELAND — It was one thing for the Clippers to lose center DeAndre Jordan (strained right arch) and rookie Reggie Bullock (left ankle sprain) to injuries. But it was another for the Clippers to display such poor body language and to let that affect their play during an 88-82 loss to the under-.500 Cleveland Cavaliers (7-13) on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. "We did a lot of pouting today in the game, personally," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. "And you can't play that way. You've got to keep playing.
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January 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Cleveland Cavaliers 120 - Lakers 118 (end of regulation) Nick Young's three-point attempt with 9.9 seconds left in the game wouldn't fall, extinguishing a late Lakers' rally against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Instead, the Cavaliers hold on for a 120-118 victory, sending the Lakers to their 11th loss in 12 tries. BOX SCORE: Cleveland 120, Lakers 118 With star point guard Kyrie Irving on the bench with five fouls, the Cavaliers went on a 12-0 run in the fourth, pulling ahead by eight.
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October 10, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Be careful what you say, especially if you're a famous basketball player and there are cameras near. A video featuring Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving that was apparently posted in 2011 is once again making its rounds on the Internet. In the video, a child asks Irving: "Are you going to leave us like LeBron left us?" Responds Irving: "That's a great question. No, I won't leave you. How could I leave you guys?" We'll see if Irving keeps his word down the line.
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