Continuing his part in the push for social justice, LeBron James sported a black shoe on his right foot and Chris Paul Jerseys a white one on his left, each of them emblazoned “EQUALITY,” during the Cavaliers’ game at the Wizards on Sunday night .This is the second time this season James has donned the Equality New York Knicks Jerseys colorway of his LeBron 15 PE Nikes, but both of his shoes were black in the Cavaliers’ season opener against the Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena in October.LeBron is also featured in a Nike ad campaign promoting racial equality that debuted during the Grammys in February.James had 20 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists in Cleveland's 106-99 win over Washington.
In a cryptic remark after the Cavaliers were blown out Dennis Schroder Jerseys 133-99 in Toronto on Thursday, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue blamed players’ “agendas” for the slump in which the team is currently mired."We've got to be better," Lue said, per ESPN. "We know that. But until we play better defensively, I think offensively sharing the Josh Jackson Jerseys basketball, everyone on the same page — and if guys have agendas, we've got to get rid of our agendas and play the right way."Following an 18-1 run from Nov. 11 through Dec. 17, the Cavs have lost seven of 10 games. The 34-point DeMarcus Cousins Jerseys loss to the Raptors follows a 127-99 defeat at Minnesota on Monday. It also marks the third game in row in which Cleveland has allowed 127 or more points.While Cavaliers players understand there are things that need to be fixed, they don’t quite get Custom NBA Jerseys what Lue meant by “agendas". Lue didn’t offer any clarity, either, saying in an equally vague response he meant "just what I said."Asked if Lue may have been referring to him, LeBron James said, "I mean, I would hope not. I don't [have Joel Embiid Jerseys an agenda]. At this point, three and a half, four years in this thing, I hope not. I don't know. I don't have one. I just want to win. I just like playing ball the right way, getting guys involved and winning the game Klay Thompson Jerseys also. I don't."Kevin Love also didn’t understand where Lue was coming from, saying, "If there are agendas, I don't see it. But I'm sure whoever he's speaking of or speaking to with that, he'll address it, as we usually do. So, I don't know."While Warriors Jerseys murky in its meaning, Lue’s “agenda” comment may light a fire under some Cavs’ players."Maybe it's meant to be a wake-up call,” said reserve Channing Frye. “My bags have been half-packed since I got here. This is meant to be a championship group. We L.A. Clippers Jerseys have to understand, if we're not helping move everything in a championship direction, there could be changes."Midseason slumps are nothing new to LeBron. He’s been through many of them with both the Cavs and the Heat, and he’s ended up in the NBA Finals Derrick Rose Jerseys seven straight seasons and won three titles during that stretch.
There have been ongoing conversations around the NBA of expanding internationally, and it appears the league is taking steps towards growing the NBA.Commissioner Adam Silver announced Thursday the NBA is considering putting a G Karl-Anthony Towns Jerseys League team in Mexico, which would give the league a better idea of how a franchise would work internationally. A specific timetable is not official yet, but there is potential the G League team could start as early as next season. "We have a Chicago Bulls Jerseys preference for coming to Mexico City because as we look down the road, frankly to see whether there would be an opportunity to even dream about putting an NBA franchise here in Mexico City," Silver said, per The Associated Press. "We believe it makes Kyrie Irving Jerseys sense as a first step to have a development league team here and to work out some of the issues to better understand what it would mean to have a team in Mexico."The plans are not definite yet, but if a G League team Markelle Fultz Jerseys is added to Mexico City, it would be the 31st team in the league. The team in Mexico City would be operated in partnership with the league office, according to Silver.The league also plans to launch an NBA Academy in Mexico's capital, which will Cleveland Cavaliers Jerseys be the NBA's seventh training center for top male and female prospects from Latin America.
The Mavericks will retire longtime All-Star guard Derek Harper’s No. 12 jersey on Jan. 7, making him only the third player in franchise history to see his number Dwyane Wade Jerseys retired, the team announced Monday.Harper will join Brad Davis (No. 10) and Rolando Blackman (No. 22) as the only Mavericks to have their jerseys retired."Like every Mavs fan around the world, we are proud of Derek and everything he has done and continues to Anthony Davis Jerseys do for Mavs fans," owner Mark Cuban said in a statement. "His contributions can't be overestimated. We are excited that he will join Ro and Brad in the rafters as we retire number 12 forever." Harper played 12 seasons (1983-94 and '96-97) with Dallas Minnesota Timberwolves Jerseys in a 16-year NBA career. In 872 games with the Mavs, he averaged 14.4 points, 5.9 assists and 1.8 steals. He holds franchise career records for assists (5,111) and steals (1,551) and is among the top five in 10 other team career statistical categories.The Kemba Walker Jerseys jersey ceremony will be at halftime of the Mavs' Jan. 7 game against the Knicks. Cuban, former Mavericks coach Dick Motta (1980-87 and '94-96) and several former Dallas players will speak.
James Harden refuses to let his injury keep him off the court.The Rockets Paul Millsap Jerseys guard was "pretty close" to sitting out the team's 115-111 win over the Bucks on Saturday with a bruised right knee, but played through the pain and expects he'll need to do so for the time being."I wasn't feeling well at all, but the Stephen Curry Jerseys doc came in and just told me that there's going to be pain for a bit, but you can play through it," Harden said, via ESPN. "It can't get worse, but it's going to be pretty painful until obviously you give it some time. Oklahoma City Thunder Jerseys Once he said that, I was like, 'Let's go.'"Harden, who has only missed two games in the last three seasons, had been considered a game-time decision entering Saturday's game after hurting his knee in Friday's win over the Spurs. Despite the injury, he scored Jonathan Isaac Jerseys a game-high 31 points as the Rockets extended their winning streak to 13 games."I wasn't moving like I usually move, but we won," Harden said. "Move on to the next game."Harden, 29, leads the NBA in scoring with 31.5 points per game and ranks Paul George Jerseys second in assists with 9.3 per contest.
It might not rise to #PopforPresident status, but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich offers keen insight into how the Lakers and Luke Walton should perceive LaVar Ball's critique of how the team is responding to L.A.'s coach.Rather than Lauri Markkanen Jerseys getting too bothered, Popovich told ESPN.com Thursday, "I think the first thing to look at is the substance and gravitas of the source that speaks."Good point. But wait it gets better.Here's the full comment from Popovich, via ESPN's Michael C. Wright (and, spoiler alert, San Antonio Spurs Jerseys among the sage advice is this gem aimed at LaVar: "It's just another fan in the peanut gallery with an opinion"):"Whenever anyone says anything about another individual or about the quality of another individual, or what they're doing, I think the first thing to Jimmy Butler Jerseys look at is the substance and gravitas of the source that speaks. Just stopping at that point would tell you that you don't need to listen or go any further. It's just another fan in the peanut gallery with an opinion, which is meaningless."Luke Lebron James Jerseys [Walton] has been schooled in this game from the time he was a little kid. And he doesn't even know what he knows probably, just by osmosis, whether it was living at home, [or] in school as a player. He's had tremendous experience. As Houston Rockets Jerseys a player, he wasn't the best athlete in the world. But those are the guys that sometimes understand the game better because it comes a little tougher to them. They understand what wins and loses, what they have to do to get an advantage Gordon Hayward Jerseys and really understand the game, which he does. He inherently understands the game, and not everybody does."And then the icing on the cake, he gets to spend a few years up with Steve [Kerr] at Golden State with a great organization, and a great Cheap NBA Jerseys group. So, he's way more than ready to handle this situation. But it's a situation that's gonna take time. It's a process. And it certainly doesn't need any outside chatter from people who don't have a clue and haven't gotten over themselves."
While James Ivica Zubac Jerseys Harden rightly gets most of the praise for helping the Rockets lead the Western Conference, teammate Clint Capela's emergence has made the team elite.Capela has thrived since his move to full-time starting center, highlighted by his 28 points on 13-of-14 shooting with eight rebounds Carmelo Anthony Jerseys and five blocks Monday in a 130-123 win over the Pelicans.Harden added 26 points with 17 assists and six steals, spearheading Houston's late charge. The Rockets outscored the Pelicans 34-20 in the final quarter.Rockets point guard Chris Paul did a little of everything Monday, Kevin Durant Jerseys scoring 20 points with nine rebounds, six assists and three steals. The three-headed attack of Harden, Paul and Capela looks as daunting as any "Big Three" in basketball.Jrue Holiday led the Pelicans with 37 points, and E'Twaun Moore added 36 points, but it wasn't Buddy Hield Jerseys enough to earn the win. Rajon Rondo also recorded a triple-double, which made the Pelicans the fourth team in which he's accomplished the feat with. He scored 13 points with 12 rebounds and 12 assists.The Rockets (21-4) have now won 10 straight games while NBA Jerseys maintaining a slender lead over the Warriors out West.
Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving scored 30 points on 12-of-23 shooting with four assists to help lead Boston to a thrilling 112-111 win over the Pacers. The Celtics led by 17 after the first quarter, Stephen Curry Jerseys but had to force a late turnover to edge out Indiana.Rockets center Clint Capela scored 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 20 rebounds to lead Houston 120-99 win over the Jazz. The Rockets are now riding a 14-game winning streak — team's longest since Ben Simmons Jerseys 2008, won 22 straight — and they are 15-0 with Chris Paul in the lineup this season.Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 38 points with nine rebounds, six assists and three steals to lead the Thunder to a 95-94 win over the Nuggets.Trail Blazers guard Kevin Durant Jerseys Evan Turner scored just five points with six assists and two rebounds in a 108-107 loss to the Timberwolves. In 37 minutes, Turner did little on offense, and Minnesota shooting guard Jimmy Butler put up 37 points.