LeBron (ankle) sits out; AD hurts knee in OT win

7:06 PM ET

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James sat out the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 125-121 overtime win over the Spurs on Tuesday because of a sore right ankle.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel, when asked about James’ injury before the game, said the team is taking “a marathon approach” with him. Malik Monk started in James’ place and had 17 points. Rajon Rondo had 8 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds in his return to the rotation.

James suffered the injury in Sunday’s win against the Memphis Grizzlies when Desmond Bane fell into James’ right leg after scoring a layup, causing James to go to the floor.

Team medical staff evaluated James and made the decision to hold him out. James did not test the ankle out on the court Tuesday.

James missed 26 games last season with a high right ankle sprain, but Vogel said the Lakers star did not aggravate that injury.

“Same ankle. Different

Rare Air: Jordan sneakers sell for record $1.47M

Oct 25, 2021

A pair of game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers from his rookie season sold for $1.472 million to high-end card collector Nick Fiorella on Sunday during Sotheby’s Icons of Excellence & Haute Luxury auction in Las Vegas, shattering the record for most expensive game-worn footwear.

The sneakers were donned in Jordan’s fifth NBA game, a 17-point, 5-rebound and 5-assist outing against the Denver Nuggets. Photo-matching purports that the sneakers could’ve been worn even earlier.

The shoes are Nike Air Ships, designed by sneaker icon Bruce Kilgore — who created Nike Air Force 1s in 1982 and went on to design the Air Jordan IIs. The legend is that when Nike first made a deal with Jordan in 1984, his first signature shoe (Air Jordan 1s) wasn’t ready. In the meantime, Nike supplied Jordan with Air Ships — but Jordan’s were so colorful that the NBA informed him they violated the uniform

Damian Lillard 'all in' with Blazers

By | October 27, 2021

What’s the buzz on Twitter? Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
I caught up with Damian Lillard, who still remains bullish about the Trail Blazers’ future w/ Chauncey Billups as head coach. Lillard: “He knows the way to help myself and him, as a coach, to become a champion.” on.nba.com/3pGkBwG11:05 AM Casey Holdahl @CHold
It’s the 28th edition of The Blazers Balcony podcast with @brookeolzendam. An up and down first week, down bad in LA, Dame’s early shooting struggles, Norm’s injury, Nassir’s glow up, relationship with former players and returning to the road rip.city/3jFnLNH9:47 PM

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Zach LaVine intends to play through thumb injury

By | October 27, 2021

What’s the buzz on Twitter? KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Can confirm that Zach LaVine underwent an MRI on his left thumb on the Bulls’ off-day Tuesday. According to @Shams Charania, LaVine has a small ligament tear in the thumb that the All-Star plans to play through. – 10:35 AM Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Bulls All-Star Zach LaVine has a small ligament tear in the thumb of his non-shooting hand but intends to play through the injury, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. It’s a matter of pain tolerance and LaVine wants to play as Chicago starts the season 4-0. – 10:29 AM Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Zach LaVine’s last meaningful

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KC Johnson on Zach LaVine’s Bulls future: 'This is a match made to move forward together'

By | October 27, 2021

HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and NBC Sports Chicago’s KC Johnson discussed Zach LaVine’s long-term future with free agency approaching, the NBA’s investigation into the Lonzo Ball sign-and-trade, the expectations for the Bulls this season, and more. The duo also discussed Ball’s development, DeMar DeRozan’s fit, Coby White’s injury update and trade potential, Patrick Williams’ role this season, and Billy Donovan’s chances to win Coach of the Year.

For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.

1:37 Expectations for the Bulls internally

Johnson:

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Nikola Jokic's injury not serious?

By | October 27, 2021

What’s the buzz on Twitter? Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Jokic banged knee late in 1st half. Didnt play in 2nd half Nuggets dont play again until they face Mavericks on Friday night in Denver. – 1:02 AM Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Michael Malone said he doesn’t think that Nikola Jokic’s injury is “anything too too serious” but he

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Jazz brought Dwyane Wade to appease Donovan Mitchell?

By | October 27, 2021

What’s the buzz on Twitter? Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Jazz beat Nuggets 122-110. Really, really solid 4Q to run away with the win, just like against Sacramento.
Gobert: 23p, 16r, ended up 9-16 FT.
Mitchell: 22p, 6a, 5to
Clarkson: 19p, 7-15 FG
Conley: 15p, 6-9 FG (nice).
Three game road trip next: HOU/CHI/MIL. – 12:32 AM Eric Walden @tribjazz
FINAL: Jazz 122, Nuggets 110. Denver hung in there for 3 quarters but didn’t have enough juice w/o Jokic late. Rudy Gobert 23p, 16r. Mitchell 22p, 6a. Clarkson 19p. Conley 15p, 5a. Bogey 15p. Ingles 13p, 5r, 4a. Whiteside 10p. Utah improves to 4-0. HOU/CHI/MIL 3-game trip next. – 12:32 AM

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Nuggets' Jokic ruled out with right knee contusion

11:52 PM ET

Denver Nuggets center and reigning league MVP Nikola Jokic was ruled out of Tuesday night’s game at Utah in the third quarter with a right knee contusion.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert was attempting to drive on Jokic along the baseline in the second quarter when he banged knees with him. Jokic went down almost immediately and was in a great deal of pain as he held his right knee area.

He left the game with 1:54 remaining in the second quarter.

Jokic was initially listed as questionable to return by the team. After halftime, Jokic was on the court for warmups but did not start the second half. He was later ruled out for the remainder of the contest.

The Nuggets are already without star guard Jamal Murray, who is recovering from a torn ACL suffered last April.

Jokic won his first MVP award last season and is off to a hot start.

New-look Bulls off to best start since 1996-97

11:57 PM ET

Jamal Collier

The Chicago Bulls are off to the franchise’s best start since the 1996-97 season.

They improved to 4-0 on Monday night with a 111-108 victory against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena, making Chicago the last remaining unbeaten team in the Eastern Conference. After overhauling their roster in free agency, the Bulls are already reaping the benefits from some of their biggest offseason additions.

Lonzo Ball knocked down five 3-pointers for 15 points and five assists. Alex Caruso added eight points and collected four steals off the bench, adding to the Bulls league-leading 41 steals so far this season. And DeMar DeRozan, who spent the first nine years of his career in Toronto, scored 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, including some key buckets down the stretch to stabilize the Bulls and quell a Raptors comeback.

Combine those performances with 22 points from Zach LaVine and the

Bird, KD join USA Basketball board of directors

Oct 25, 2021

Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Retired Gen. Martin Dempsey was reelected chairperson of USA Basketball on Monday, while five-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird and three-time gold medalist Kevin Durant were among those added to the federation’s board of directors.

Dempsey, who was Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Barack Obama, is the second person to be elected chair for back-to-back Olympic cycles, following Jerry Colangelo.

Dempsey will remain in the role through the 2024 Paris Olympics. He said he was proud of USAB’s “remarkable success,” including gold medals in men’s basketball, women’s basketball and women’s 3×3 at the Tokyo Games.

“We remain unflinchingly and enthusiastically committed to winning and rededicate ourselves to representing our country with honor in international competition,” Dempsey said.

Durant and Bird are among five athlete representatives — all Olympic gold medalists —