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Referee Eric Lewis (42), Boston Celtics' Grant Williams (12), referee Pat Fraher (26), right, and Kemba Walker, second from right, attempt to separate Jaylen Brown, center left, and Miami Heat's Jae Crowder (99) after a verbal exchange between the two during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

For 3 referees, NBA Finals were a long time coming

Sep. 30, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jared Dudley of the Los Angeles Lakers waited 13 seasons for his first look at the NBA Finals. Goran Dragic’s finals debut for the Miami Heat comes in his 12th season. Heat star Jimmy Butler is headed there for the first time in his ninth year. Long waits, for certain....

The Los Angeles Lakers celebrate after beating the Denver Nuggets in an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 117-107 to win the series 4-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The NBA Finals: Why the Lakers will win the championship

Sep. 30, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

LeBron James believed he could win every time he advanced to the NBA Finals. A couple occasions, he realistically had little chance. His first and last appearances in Cleveland ended in sweeps, overmatched Cavaliers teams routed by San Antonio in 2007 and Golden State in 2018. In his 10th NBA Finals, he sees his...

Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo (13) is tied up by Boston Celtics' Daniel Theis, background, during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Adebayo was fouled on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The NBA Finals: Why the Heat will win the championship

Sep. 30, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — This pick doesn’t make much sense. The best scorer on the Miami Heat might be a baby-faced rookie. The best player had never been past the second round of the playoffs before this season. The starting center wasn’t good enough to make a USA Basketball World Cup...

Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard (39) reaches for the ball above a crowd of players including Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic (15) during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Rondo, Howard back for another NBA Finals shot with Lakers

Sep. 29, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

Last time the Los Angeles Lakers ruled the NBA, Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard were trying to beat them. Howard fell short with Orlando in the 2009 NBA Finals. Rondo lost with Boston in Game 7 in 2010. They finally have another chance, this time trying to support rather than stop the Lakers. Both are key veterans...

Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis (3) celebrates after the Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets in an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 117-107 to win the series 4-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

No matter who wins the finals, Kentucky will have champions

Sep. 29, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Lakers primarily wear purple and gold. The main Heat colors are red and black. And these NBA Finals seem tinged in blue — Kentucky blue, to be precise. No matter what happens in this title series, Kentucky’s list of NBA champions is sure to grow. Anthony...

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) is tackled by New Orleans Saints strong safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) and cornerback Marshon Lattimore in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Bereft of scripted shows, opening week ratings down for TV

Sep. 29, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The surest sign of how the coronavirus shutdown has devastated the television industry is the fourth-place finish of CBS in what was nominally the first week of a new fall season. The network's viewership was down a whopping 61% from the premiere week last year, the Nielsen company said....

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) voices his opinion after a play in the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LeBron and the Heat, together again at the NBA Finals

Sep. 29, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James wants to beat the Miami Heat. The Miami Heat want to beat LeBron James. These shouldn’t be surprising notions to anyone, not with a title at stake. Those looking for more acrimony than that, well, they may be disappointed. The NBA Finals start Wednesday...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James sits on the floor as he waits for the trophy ceremony to start after the Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets in an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 117-107 to win the series 4-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Lakers-Heat NBA Finals Preview Capsule

Sep. 29, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

Preview capsule for the Lakers-Heat NBA Finals that start Wednesday: No. 1 LOS ANGELES LAKERS (52-19, 12-3) vs. No. 5 MIAMI HEAT (44-29, 12-3) Season series: Lakers, 2-0. Both meetings were more than nine months ago, with the Lakers winning 95-80 at home on Nov. 8 and 113-110 in Miami on Dec. 13. Schedule: Game...

Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) and Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler (22) battle for a rebound during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Celtics head into offseason focused on future, not ending

Sep. 29, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum emerged as a bona fide star, Jaylen Brown showed he can be a consistent presence in the lineup and Kemba Walker helped the Celtics put the failed Kyrie Irving experiment behind them. But following their Eastern Conference finals loss to Miami, it’s clear there is still...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, LaMelo Ball of the Illawarra Hawks carries the ball up during their game against the Sydney Kings in the Australian Basketball League in Sydney. The point guard from California who bypassed college and played overseas is expected to be one of the top picks when the twice-delayed NBA draft is held in November.  (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

LaMelo Ball's long basketball journey to soon reach the NBA

Sep. 29, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

LaMelo Ball has played around the world, from high school in California to pro ball in Australia. At some point, he'll finally play in the NBA. The coronavirus pandemic has completely rearranged the league's schedule, which normally would have teams opening training camp about this time. Instead, the Lakers and...