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New Kings GM McNair commits to Luke Walton as coach

Sep. 23, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

New Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair said he is looking forward to working with coach Luke Walton to revive a franchise that has the longest current playoff drought in the NBA. McNair was hired last week after a long tenure as an executive in Houston to replace Vlade Divac. He backed Walton publicly...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, right, and Anthony Davis argue a call during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball gameagainst the Houston Rockets Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

With LA story ruined, Lakers set for West finals vs Nuggets

Sep. 17, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers were there waiting. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers were right on the doorstep. One more win would have set up a Western Conference finals showdown between the Los Angeles teams, the top two seeds who share residence at Staples Center. It would have been the most eagerly...

Kings hire former Rockets executive Monte McNair as new GM

Sep. 17, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

The Sacramento Kings have hired former Houston Rockets executive Monte McNair as their new general manager. The team announced the move to replace Vlade Divac on Thursday, making McNair the team’s top basketball executive reporting to owner Vivek Ranadivé. “Monte is one of the NBA’s top...

Houston Rockets' P.J. Tucker, left, and Russell Westbrook sit on the bench in the closing minutes of a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Rockets look for new coach after another early playoff exit

Sep. 14, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets believed the addition of Russell Westbrook and their unorthodox small lineup would be what they needed to win their first title in 25 years. Instead, they suffered another early playoff exit and must find a coach after Mike D’Antoni told them he...

Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni yells from the bench during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

D'Antoni tells Rockets he's not coming back to Houston

Sep. 13, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Mike D’Antoni has told the Houston Rockets that he will not be back as coach with them next season, essentially choosing free agency over a return to the club with whom he has spent the last four seasons. D’Antoni told the Rockets on Sunday — not even a...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, right, and Anthony Davis argue a call during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball gameagainst the Houston Rockets Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Welcome back: Lakers, LeBron headed to the conference finals

Sep. 12, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers are going to the conference finals for the first time in a decade, ending the longest drought in franchise history. LeBron James is going there for the first time since 2018. For him, that also qualifies as ending a drought. James scored 29 points and...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) celebrates with Anthony Davis, left, and Alex Caruso after an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Houston Rockets Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 110-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LeBron, Lakers on the cusp of reaching West finals

Sep. 11, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Rockets didn’t show up for Game 4 against the Los Angeles Lakers until it was too late. They can’t do that again Saturday in Game 5 — or else. For the second time in these playoffs, the Rockets’ season is on the line. The Lakers lead...

Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis (3) and P.J. Tucker, left, reach for the ball during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Davis, Lakers run past Rockets for 3-1 West semifinals lead

Sep. 10, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Davis was the biggest player on the floor, and the Houston Rockets had no answers. Davis had 29 points and 12 rebounds, LeBron James finished one assist shy of a triple-double and the Los Angeles Lakers topped the Rockets 110-100 on Thursday night to take a 3-1 lead in...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) celebrates with teammates Kyle Kuzma, left, and Rajon Rondo, right, during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Houston Rockets Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 112-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

At home, on the road or at Disney, James is tough to beat

Sep. 9, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James now has been part of more postseason game victories than any player in NBA history, a record he’s earned over his 14 appearances in the playoffs. Earlier in this postseason, he also became the all-time leader in playoff road wins. That one seems a little...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) questions a call during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Houston Rockets Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LeBron, Rondo spark Lakers to 112-102 victory over Rockets

Sep. 9, 2020 12:59 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James added another record to his resume as he continues his chase for a fourth career title. Nobody has played in as many NBA playoff victories. James scored 36 points, Rajon Rondo sparked a fourth-quarter rally and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Houston Rockets...