Hollinger: LeBron James’ scoring record won’t be unbreakable. But it’ll be pretty close

When LeBron James breaks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA scoring record in the coming days, he’s not going to just walk off into the sunset at 38,388 points. James might be 38, but he’s still one of the best players in the league — recently named an All-Star Game starter while cruising toward an inconceivable 19 th … Read more

Lakers issues with officiating come to a head after crucial no-call in Boston: ‘We got cheated’

BOSTON — LeBron James sat in front of his locker with his knees wrapped in ice, staring blankly ahead, searching for an answer to a problem that has plagued him for weeks, if not the entire season. “I don’t understand,” James kept repeating to himself after the Los Angeles Lakers’ 125-121 overtime loss to the … Read more

NBA All-Star Game 2023: Who our voters picked for East and West starters and why

Starting an All-Star Game is one of the biggest individual honors NBA players can garner in their careers. And, if our voter ballots below are correct, we might have a couple of first-timers when starters are revealed tonight. Four writers at The Athletic who participated in the media vote — Joe Vardon, Josh Robbins, Sam … Read more

FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Tuesday 1/24/23

Since it’s much simpler to predict than baseball or football, daily fantasy basketball would get plenty of votes as the best sport to play on FanDuel. Players usually stick to the same minutes and produce at roughly the same rate. Sounds easy, right? As a result, NBA daily fantasy is highly reliant on a player’s … Read more

Aldridge: With Rui Hachimura trade, Wizards seek to win more along the margins again

If you want to strip what’s left of the Titanic, call the Washington Wizards front office. No one is better at rescue operations. There was no way the Wizards could let everyone come back to DC on the team charter from their five-game road trip, which starts Tuesday in Dallas. At least one significant trade … Read more

Rui Hachimura traded to Lakers: How this move helps Los Angeles now and later

In finalizing a trade for Rui Hachimura, the Los Angeles Lakers are making a long-awaited upgrade on the wing — both for this season and potentially the future. After months of deliberation over finding the right player and deal, the Lakers opportunistically struck on Hachimura, the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft who … Read more

NBA trade deadline: What Shams is hearing about Jakob Poeltl, John Collins, Fred VanVleet and more

Just under one month remains before the Feb. 9 NBA trade deadline, and as team executives ramp up conversations, the marquee names of this year’s marketplace are beginning to emerge. Atlanta’s John Collins and Phoenix’s Jae Crowder are still on the trading block, and discussions surrounding both are expected to continue elevating in the days … Read more

Lakers are wasting LeBron James’ greatness and loss on Christmas is another reminder

Christmas has long been the marquee day of the NBA regular season. The slate of games showcases the league’s best teams and brightest stars and franchises. The Christmas slate is also one of the biggest narrative drivers of the year. And those who tuned in to the Lakers during their 124-115 blowout loss to the … Read more

For The First Time In Two Decades, The Top Spot Goes To A Franchise That’s Not The Knicks Or Lakers

Led by the eye-popping $7 billion Golden State Warriors, the average NBA team is now worth $2.86 billion, 15% more than a year ago, an impressive feat considering the stock market is down more than 15% over the same span. By Mike Ozanian and Justin Teitelbaum The NBA is Golden. For the first time in … Read more

As Lakers stumble early, Russell Westbrook trade possibilities linger: Shams’ Inside Pass Notebook

We are one week into the NBA season and teams across the league are still working on finding their footing on and off the floor. Playing and rotation styles are still being figured out. It is still far too early to make changes in most situations, and as front-office officials travel with their respective teams, … Read more