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 19th All-NBA … Read more

NBA draft buzz: Anthony Black makes a case as a top-five pick

I spent the last few days on the scouting trail, catching Saturday’s high-profile non-conference game between Arkansas and Baylor and sticking around for Monday’s tilt between Baylor and Texas. It’s a busy scouting week for me, packing in a stretch of seven games in eight days, but by this time next week I will have … Read more

NBA trade deadline: What Shams is hearing about the Raptors and trade talks around the league

The NBA trade market has officially heated up with next week’s Feb. 9 deadline upon the league, and conversations among team executives are expected to become more serious as the next few days unfold. Across the NBA, it’s no secret that the Toronto Raptors are seen as a swing team in this year’s trade market. … Read more

Leroux: Myles Turner’s unusual deal could be a win-win for him and the Pacers

Myles Turner and the Indiana Pacers have agreed to a renegotiation-and-extension that adds two new seasons and nearly $60 million to his contract. Since the renegotiation-and-extension occurs rarely in the NBA (the last one was Robert Covington and the 76ers in November 2017) and Turner’s name has loomed large in trade deadline discussions, it’s worth … 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 the starters are revealed tonight. Four writers at The Athletic who participated in the media vote — Joe Vardon, Josh Robbins, … 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

Lakers, Wizards swing trade for Rui Hachimura: Grades and reactions

We’ve been waiting for NBA trade deadline season to have its official start, and we’re finally getting it roughly two and a half weeks before the Feb. 9 deadline. The Lakers and Wizards are making the first move, with 2019 top-10 pick Rui Hachimura heading to LA in exchange for Kendrick Nunn and multiple second-round … Read more