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FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7), guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) and forward Anthony Davis (3) walk in front of the boards remembering late Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The jerseys will be hanging in their lockers when the Los Angeles Lakers arrive for Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Friday night, Oct. 2. Black jerseys, trimmed in gold, a snakeskin print on the exterior to make it further unique.T hey are the Black Mamba jerseys. Designed by Kobe Bryant — and now worn for Kobe Bryant. “We never want to lose in these jerseys,” Lakers forward Anthony Davis said.(Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Finals notebook: Mamba jerseys back, Heat facing must-win

Oct. 8, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Mamba jerseys are coming back for a closeout opportunity. The Los Angeles Lakers will wear the black jerseys with a snakeskin look — all designed by Kobe Bryant and now worn by the team in his honor — for Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Friday night. The original...

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for a shot between Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler, center left, Tyler Herro (14), and Kelly Olynyk (9) during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Lakers picked a good time for a winning streak over Heat

Oct. 3, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The first 10 matchups between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat all were basically the same. The Lakers won them all, eight of the 10 by double figures. The Lakers haven’t had such a sustained run of success against the Heat again until now. When the NBA Finals...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) watches his shot along with Denver Nuggets' Jerami Grant (9) during the second half of 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)

James, Herro see popularity rise in the NBA playoffs

Sep. 30, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James’ popularity, even in his 17th season, cannot be argued. The NBA released jersey-sales and social media data Wednesday, with the Los Angeles Lakers’ star forward atop both lists. James had the top-selling jersey, measured by online sales through the...

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...

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...

The Miami Heat celebrate their NBA conference final playoff basketball game win over the Boston Celtics with the Eastern Final trophy Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Back to the Finals: Heat oust Celtics, move to title series

Sep. 27, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It was exactly one year ago Sunday when Jimmy Butler walked into the Miami Heat practice gym, took a seat on a makeshift stage and said he wanted to be part of the team’s next title run. He’ll have that chance. The Heat are going to the NBA Finals —...

Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker (8) reacts to a play against the Miami Heat during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Celtics won 121-108. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Celtics’ singular goal: Stop Heat 3’s to force Game 7

Sep. 26, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — There have been two undeniable truths about the Miami Heat this season. They must make 3’s to win. They aren’t invincible with sizable leads. The Boston Celtics have scouting and analytics teams that undoubtedly know these trends. But, really, so would anyone who...

Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo (13) and Boston Celtics' Daniel Theis (27) battle for the ball during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Celtics control second half, top Heat to win Game 5 in East

Sep. 26, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Their season saved for at least two more days, Boston coach Brad Stevens offered the most succinct assessment of his Celtics. “We're prideful," Stevens said. Celtic Pride. It was on display Friday night — when Jayson Tatum and his teammates announced very loudly...

Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) celebrates a basket against the Boston Celtics late in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference final, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Heat get chance Friday to oust Celtics, reach NBA Finals

Sep. 24, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The volume of text messages that Miami guard Tyler Herro got after Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals was overwhelming. He didn’t have time to reply to most, including close friends who reached out to celebrate the best game of his life. Among those who did get...

Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker, from left, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown (7), and the Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler (22) look on as Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) attempts to get a shot off against the Celtics' Marcus Smart (36) during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference final, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

He's a Herro: Heat top Celtics, move a game from NBA Finals

Sep. 24, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Herro should still be in college. He's not, but is still a student. He carries a red spiral-bound notebook with him at all times, jotting down notes when things pop into his head. What worked, what didn't, where he thinks he can get better and how he's feeling after a...