The Los Angeles Lakers Are The 2020 NBA Champions: Job’s Finished

The Los Angeles Lakers have conquered their 17th title and have tied the Boston Celtics for the most championships.

The Lakers outscored the Heat by 28 points at the half and ultimately secured the trophy in the end with the final score being 106-93. LeBron James took home the Finals MVP in his record-setting 260th playoff game and became the first player to lead three different teams to a title (Miami, Cleveland, Los Angeles) and gaining his 4th ring.

What seems as a bittersweet moment as Laker Nation lost the icon and legend Kobe Bryant, the team as a whole knew they were playing for more than just themselves.

“Ever since the tragedy, all we wanted to do was do it for him. We didn’t let him down. It would’ve been great to do it last game in his jerseys, but it made us come out even more aggressive, even more powerful on both ends of the floor to make sure we closed it out tonight. I know he’s looking down on us proud of us. I know Vanessa’s proud of us, the organization’s proud of us. It means a lot to us. It’s a tough moment, man. He was a big brother to all of us.”

Anthony Davis

Even though the sports world is still mourning the tragic loss of Kobe as well as his daughter Gigi, LA can rest a little easier knowing he would be proud of his guys. For the first time since Kobe Bryant’s 2010 team won the title, the Los Angeles Lakers are NBA champions.

NBA Teams Boycott Playoff Games To Protest Jacob Blake Shooting

The shooting of Jacob Blake on August 23 has literally set the world ablaze. As a result of the events, and to further emphasize Black Lives Matter, the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic have boycotted their August 26 game. Following in solidarity are four more teams to boycott, the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers. The Athletic reporter Shams Charania confirmed that the NBA has decided to postpone all of the games for August 26 to further discuss a course of action with NBA teams and reps.

For those unaware, there was video shot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, this past weekend that shows Jacob Blake attempting to break up a domestic dispute. The video then shows Kenosha police arriving on the scene, followed by Blake returning to his car, opening the door to enter and then being shot multiple times in the back, at point blank range by police. The 29-year old Blake currently in the hospital, is believed to be paralyzed.

The NBA states that games will be rescheduled and no team’s protest would result in forfeit.

Young & Reckless x NBA “Americana Collection”

With pro hoops on hiatus, Young & Reckless has decided to fill the void by teaming up with the NBA to drop the ‘Americana’ collection.

This collection features tees with some of your favorite teams tapping into their primal instincts, being represented by wildlife. Notable teams include the Los Angeles Lakers with lions as their representation and the Chicago Bulls being represented by, of course, bulls.

Checkout the collection above and head over to the Young & Reckless online shop to purchase.

NBA Severs Ties With Spalding In Favor of Wilson As Official Basketball Maker

Spalding will no longer be the official basketball of the NBA. The association is making a trade in favor of Wilson, who will begin working with the league for the 2021-22 season as reported by Yahoo! Sports.

The NBA’s partnership with Spalding lasted 30-years but sources state that the split between the two was mutual. Wilson will provide basketballs for not only the NBA, but leagues such as the WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League.

The NCAA currently enlists Wilson as the official maker of its basketballs as well.

Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan And Kevin Garnett Headline Basketball Hall Of Fame Class Of 2020

Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett will receive the greatest honor in sports by being inducted into the 2020 Basketball Hall Of Fame.

Besides the three greats already mentioned, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will also include the following:

WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings, former Houston Rockets head coach and 2-time NBA Champion Rudy Tomjanovich, Eddie Sutton, who was four-time NCAA coach of the year, three-time NCAA Champion coach Kim Mulkey of Baylor and five-time NCAA Division II Coach of the Year Barbra Stevens from Bentley University.

This news is bitter-sweet as it comes just a few months after the late great Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter accident. However the circumstance, it’s definitely a no-brainer that The Black Mamba would be a first ballot selection and well deserved.

NBA Suspends Season After Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert Tests Positive For The Coronavirus

The NBA has just announced that it will suspend the season until further notice. The ruling will be enforced after the completion of tonight’s (Wednesday) games due to Center Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz preliminarily testing positive for the coronavirus.

“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” stayed the league in a statement. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Utah’s game at Oklahoma City was postponed just before tipoff after finding out the news about Gobert. After warmups, players were told to return to their locker rooms and later, fans were told the game was postponed “due to unforeseen circumstances.”

All Jazz and Thunder players will be quarantined at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

via: ESPN

Golden State To Play Brooklyn Without Fans In Attendance

The Coronavirus has inevitably struck the NBA as rising concerns have prompted the Warriors to host the Nets with fans being banned from the arena. Ticket holders who planned to attend the game will be issued a refund as well.

Warriors team president Rick Welts met with San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Wednesday morning where the decision was made with approval by NBA.

The San Francisco Health Office ordered all events that could hold 1,000 or more people to be prohibited. The Warriors also announced that other events at the Chase Center through March 21 — consisting of three concerts and a G League game — would be canceled or postponed.

LeBron James’ Thoughts On Coronavirus NBA Fan Ban

With the Coronavirus running amuck, causing several events to cancel, it seems as though the NBA is contemplating being the next institution to close its doors to fans.

It is being reported that the National Basketball Association is considering looking to ban fans from attending live games due to growing Coronavirus concerns and it’s impact on social events.

Countries like Asia and Europe have already started prohibiting fans from attending live events and now the United States seems to be pressured into following suit with the most notable cancelation of SXSW. When asked what his opinion was regarding the possibility of playing without fans in attendance, LeBron James stated:

We play games without the fans? Nah, that’s impossible. I ain’t playing, if I ain’t got the fans in the crowd, that’s who I play for.

BREAKING | NBA Renames NBA All-Star Award To ‘Kobe Bryant MVP Award’

We’re about to be a little over two months in of 2020 and it seems like we’ve experienced the whole year already, especially with the recent tragic news of the death of the legendary Kobe Bryant, his daughter GiGi and the rest of the victims of the horrific helicopter crash.

The NBA is doing it’s job of keeping Kobe’s legacy alive by honoring him in just about all aspects of basketball whether it be in games or events.

In a press conference on Saturday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that the All-Star Game MVP award had been renamed to the “Kobe Bryant MVP Award.”

“He always relished the opportunity to compete with the best of the best and perform at the highest level for millions of fans around the world.”

Adam Silver on Kobe Bryant’s work ethic

Diamond Supply Co. | ‘Space Jam’ and NBA Collection For All-Star Weekend

Another NBA All -Star Weekend release has just surfaced in the form of a Diamond Supply Co. capsule. This drop is a collaborative effort from the California label in which they have joined forces with Space Jam and the NBA.

Founder Nick Tershay, handled the design duties for the collection where we see some of our beloved childhood Looney Tunes characters suited up in b-ball attire for some of your favorite teams.

This collection will only be available at the NBA Crossover Event in Chicago until Sunday.