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Purple & Bold: The NBA All-Star Game is even weirder than you think

Editor’s note: The following is from the Purple & Gold newsletter for Monday, Feb. 18, covering the Lakers and the NBA from beat writers Kyle Goon and Mirjam Swanson. To get the Purple & Bold newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. Imagine this: You have to sit on a podium for 25 minutes, taking questions from a horde of 100, maybe 200 media members crushed together in front of you. They ask for shout-outs to different countries: Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, Israel. Can you say “hello” in Chinese? ...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Michael Jordan, Showtime, Nba, New Orleans, Lebron James, Lakers, Valentine, Charlotte, Wade, Paul George, Kyle Lowry, NBA All Star, Kevin Durant


NBA All-Star: Giannis scores game-high 38 points in defeat to Team LeBron

Giannis Antetokounmpo reaffirms his status as one of the hottest names in the NBA, scoring a game-high 38 points in Sunday's All-Star game.
Tags: Sport, Nba, Giannis, Giannis Antetokounmpo


NBA All-Star Weekend: What happened to Giannis' MVP?

Giannis Antetokounmpo was focused on winning All-Star Game MVP all weekend. When Team Giannis got off to that 20-point lead Sunday night, it looked like he was headed for glory. “I had my name on that MVP until the third quarter, and they got hot and took it away from me,” Antetokounmpo said of the 178-164 loss in which he scored 38 points and had 11 rebounds and five assists.
Tags: News, Nba, Antetokounmpo, Giannis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Team Giannis


Antetokounmpo scores 38, but is denied MVP in defeat

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Midway through the third quarter, Giannis Antetokounmpo said he began thinking he had a chance to become the first international player to win the NBA All-Star Game MVP. But the thought was fleeting, as Team LeBron mounted a rally and came from behind to defeat Team Giannis 178-164 on Sunday night. […]
Tags: News, Sports, Nba, Charlotte, N C AP, Antetokounmpo, Giannis Antetokounmpo


Grading Durant, LeBron, Giannis and every All-Star in Charlotte

Kevin Durant and Team LeBron put on an epic show -- and comeback -- in Charlotte, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had the dunk of the night. We're handing out grades for every player in the All-Star Game.
Tags: Sport, Nba, Charlotte, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Team LeBron, Durant LeBron Giannis


LeBron James shows resolve as his team tops Team Giannis in All-Star Game

LeBron James #23 of the LA Lakers and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets both of Team LeBron look on as they play against Team Giannis in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Team LeBron’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates a basket against Team Giannis during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Su...
Tags: Sports, Mike Malone, Dallas Mavericks, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Miami, Philadelphia, Jordan, Cleveland Cavaliers, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics


The Latest: Third quarter of All-Star game gets underway

Giannis Antetokounmpo has 20 points _most of those coming on dunks_ to lead all scorers as his team leads Team LeBron 95-82 at halftime of Sunday night's All-Star game            [Author: AP]
Tags: News, Ap, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Team LeBron


Watch Steph Curry bounce ridiculous alley-oop to Giannis Antetokounmpo

Leave it to Steph Curry to get the NBA All-Star crowd on its feet. The Warriors star did exactly that Sunday night, combining with team captain Giannis Antetokounmpo for the early highlight of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte. Curry bounced a pass over the head of Kevin Durant (typically a teammate of his, but not on this night), perfectly placing it for Antetokounmpo and his outrageous length to complete the atypical alley-oop.
Tags: News, Basketball, Steph Curry, NBA All Star, Kevin Durant, Antetokounmpo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Charlotte Curry


The Latest: Team LeBron rallies, wins All-Star game 178-164

Kevin Durant had 31 points and seven rebounds, LeBron James added 19 points and Team LeBron overcame a big game from Giannis Antetokounmpo to defeat Team Giannis 178-164 on Sunday night in the All-Star game            [Author: AP]
Tags: News, Ap, James, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo


Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo connect for best 1st-half highlight of All-Star game

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the first half with 20 points, none of them more exciting than an alley-oop from Stephen Curry on a fast-break bounce pass.
Tags: News, Basketball, Stephen Curry, All Star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry Giannis Antetokounmpo


The Latest: Giannis says he'll play in world championship

Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo says he'll play in the FIBA world championships this summer            [Author: AP]
Tags: News, Milwaukee, Ap, FIBA, Giannis, Giannis Antetokounmpo


Giannis plans to play for Greece in FIBA worlds

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo said he'll play for Greece in the FIBA World Championships, which starts in China on Aug. 31.
Tags: Greece, China, Sport, Nba, FIBA, Giannis, Giannis Antetokounmpo


Lakers president Magic Johnson: I get fined every time I talk about other players, but nobody else does

Magic Johnson got the Lakers fined for tweets he sent while holding a ceremonial executive title. Once he started running the front office, his blinking at Paul George on national TV contributed to the Lakers getting fined again for tampering. Johnson's praise of Giannis Antetokounmpo drew yet another tampering fine.
Tags: News, Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, Lakers, Paul George, Giannis Antetokounmpo


Knicks deny claim that they failed to scout Giannis Antetokounmpo

The New York Knicks told NorthJersey.com Thursday that their European staff scouted Giannis Antetokounmpo multiple times, disputing a claim from his Greek agent in a TNT documentary that they were the only NBA team to neglect to do so. The Knicks said that their European scouts, including Kevin Wilson, did scout Giannis multiple times, disputing the claims made in the TNT documentary. Add this one to the list of James Dolan-era New York Knicks accolades.
Tags: News, Nba, TNT, James Dolan, New York Knicks, Kevin Wilson, Knicks, Giannis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, NorthJersey


The story of Danny Ainge's Greece visit to watch Giannis Antetokounmpo is a wild one

The story of Danny Ainge's Greece visit to watch Giannis Antetokounmpo is a wild one originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com The Boston Celtics took an early interest in Greece basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo before he was selected in the 2013 NBA Draft. C's president of basketball operations Danny Ainge actually went over to Europe to watch Antetokounmpo play, and the postgame scene was nothing short of crazy. Fans were going wild, and some of them even yelled at Ainge becaus...
Tags: Europe, News, Greece, Boston Celtics, Antetokounmpo, Danny Ainge, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ainge


Nightly Notable: Giannis Antetokounmpo | Feb. 13

Giannis Antetokounmpo tallies a triple-double for the Bucks with 33 points, 19 rebounds, and 11 assists in the Bucks win.
Tags: News, Basketball, Giannis Antetokounmpo


Post All Star break betting tactics

With the NBA All Star weekend coming up, the home straight for NBA bettors is in sight. Now it’s time to get smart around your strategy as the big names battle it out for playoff position   Trust in the Bucks even if you don’t I see you there, fully convinced the Golden State Warriors are going to repeat. I understand but hear me out. You can have that view and still be fully on board with the Milwaukee Bucks. There are markets out there with the Bucks at 12/1 which is absolutely ludicrous. ...
Tags: Milwaukee, Sport, Nba, Boogie Cousins, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Nba All-star Game, Sixers, Celtics, NBA All Star, James Harden, Chris Paul, Harden, All Star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, NBA/NCAA


Knicks were apparently the only NBA team to not scout Giannis Antetokounmpo

Add this one to the list of James Dolan-era New York Knicks accolades. The Knicks were the only NBA team to decline to scout Milwaukee Bucks phenom Giannis Antetokounmpo when he was a rising star in Greece. Panou sat down for the upcoming TNT documentary “Finding Giannis” that goes into the background of how Antetokounmpo rose from the relative obscurity of Greek basketball to become one of the game's greatest players.
Tags: News, Greece, Nba, TNT, James Dolan, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Knicks, Antetokounmpo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Panou


Magic Johnson’s comments on Ben Simmons cleared by NBA

ATLANTA — A brisk NBA investigation into the Lakers’ contact with Ben Simmons wrapped up in a day. The findings: no tampering. The league confirmed the Lakers’ account of events on Tuesday, noting that the Philadelphia 76ers had reached out to the Lakers on behalf of Ben Simmons to arrange a meeting with team president Magic Johnson back in November. Neither team moved ahead to make it happen at the time. The public first became aware Sunday, as Johnson told reporters prior to an afternoon match...
Tags: Jimmy Kimmel, Milwaukee, Sports, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Espn, Johnson, Magic Johnson, Philadelphia 76ers, Lakers, Sixers, Paul George, George, The Lakers


Everything you need to know for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo assembled their rosters for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, a night capped by a Ben Simmons-for-Russell Westbrook trade.
Tags: Sport, Nba, Lebron James, Russell Westbrook, Ben Simmons, Giannis Antetokounmpo


Antetokounmpo helps Bucks outlast Bulls 112-99

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points and had 17 rebounds, Eric Bledsoe added 19 points and the Milwaukee Bucks outlasted the pesky Chicago Bulls 112-99            [Author: AP]
Tags: News, Ap, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe


Antetokounmpo helps Bucks outlast Bulls 112-99

CHICAGO (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points and had 17 rebounds, Eric Bledsoe added 19 points and the Milwaukee Bucks outlasted the pesky Chicago Bulls 112-99 on Monday night. Malcolm Brogdon added 17 points and Khris Middleton had 16 to help league-leading Milwaukee win for the seventh time in eight games and improve to […]
Tags: News, Milwaukee, Sports, Ap, Chicago, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Malcolm Brogdon, Eric Bledsoe


NBA investigating contact between Ben Simmons, Lakers following Magic Johnson’s comments

ATLANTA — The Lakers could be at risk of another tampering fine after team president Magic Johnson revealed Sunday that he had considered meeting with 76ers star Ben Simmons this summer. NBA spokesman Mike Bass released a statement that the league is looking into if contact between the Lakers and Simmons violated NBA rules. It was sparked by a comment by Johnson, who told reporters he had been contacted indirectly by Simmons’ camp to have a possible offseason conference. A 6-foot-10 forward who ...
Tags: Milwaukee, Sports, Brand, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Davis, Nba, New Orleans, Espn, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Johnson, Magic Johnson, Rajon Rondo, Atlanta Hawks


NBA Power Rankings: Week 18

Golden State has won 15 of their last 16 contests and has scored at least 100 points in 26 straight games. Milwaukee Bucks Record: 41-14 Milwaukee decided to sit Giannis Antetokounmpo on Saturday and it served as a solid reminder why the Greek Freak is considered by many to be the league's most valuable player this season. After a dominant stretch in which they won 12 of 13 games, the Bucks finally came back down to earth on Saturday when they got blown out by Orlando at home.
Tags: News, Milwaukee, Golden State Warriors, Orlando, Golden State, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks Record


Playing without Antetokounmpo, Bucks lose to Magic 103-83

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jonathan Isaac scored 17 points and Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross each added 15 as the Orlando Magic cruised past Milwaukee 103-83 on Saturday night and snapped the Bucks’ six-game winning streak. The Bucks played without All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who sat out with right knee soreness after scoring 29 points and […]
Tags: News, Milwaukee, Sports, Ap, Orlando Magic, Nikola Vucevic, Terrence Ross, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jonathan Isaac


New Lakers Reggie Bullock, Mike Muscala begin blending in

PHILADELPHIA — It’s already come full-circle for Mike Muscala. On Tuesday, the Philadelphia 76ers traded him to the Clippers. He flew to L.A., underwent physicals, and then went to the airport, prepared to fly to Boston to join his new team Thursday. It was there that he got a call from his agent: He had been traded again to the Lakers … whom he was to meet in Philadelphia. “So it’s been a wild three days, yeah,” Muscala said Saturday, at his first Lakers practice. “But happy to be here now, it’...
Tags: Boston, Sports, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Philadelphia, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Detroit, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, James


GAME RECAP: Bucks 122, Mavericks 107

Giannis Antetokounmpo posts 29 points and 17 rebounds to lead Milwaukee over Dallas.
Tags: News, Milwaukee, Basketball, Mavericks, Giannis Antetokounmpo


Antetokounmpo, Bucks win 6th straight, 122-107 over Mavs

DALLAS (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 17 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks rolled to their sixth straight victory, beating the retooling Dallas Mavericks 122-107 on Friday night. Antetokounmpo was 13 of 19 from the field and got the upper hand again in his second meeting with fellow Euro star Luka Doncic, the […]
Tags: News, Sports, Dallas Mavericks, Ap, Dallas, Milwaukee Bucks, Antetokounmpo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Antetokounmpo Bucks


Did Bucks owner break NBA tampering rules with Anthony Davis comments?

Did Bucks owner break NBA tampering rules with Anthony Davis comments? originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com Remember when Giannis Antetokounmpo jokingly (we think) accused LeBron James of tampering by selecting Anthony Davis in the NBA All-Star draft? Well, Antetokounmpo's own boss may have actually crossed the tampering line.
Tags: News, Nba, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, NBA All Star, Giannis Antetokounmpo


LaVar Ball: Anthony Davis, Giannis Are Not 'One-of-a-Kind Players'

LaVar Ball believes that Anthony Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo are great NBA talents, but he doesn't necessarily believe they're worth trading for it takes five players to acquire.
Tags: News, Basketball, Nba, Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, LaVar Ball, Anthony Davis Giannis