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Lakers thank fans, reward them: Five takeaways vs. Rockets

Lakers thank fans, reward them: Five takeaways vs. Rockets

13/05/2021, USA, Basketball, NBA (Basketball), Article # 30327019

The Lakers raised their 2020 NBA championship banner, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis thanking fans, then beat Houston without their two stars.



https://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/story/2021-05-13/lakers-rockets-5-takeaways-banner-night
Breanna Stewart is first WNBA player in a decade with signature shoe in Puma deal

Breanna Stewart is first WNBA player in a decade with signature shoe in Puma deal

13/05/2021, USA, Basketball, NBA (Basketball), Article # 30326978

WNBA star Breanna Stewart joins historic ranks by becoming the third WNBA player to have a signature shoe as she announced a partnership with Puma.



https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2021-05-13/breanna-stewart-becomes-first-wnba-player-in-a-decade-with-signature-shoe-in-puma-deal
Ayo Dosunmu to the Nuggets? Bleacher Report’s NBA mock draft has Illinois guard coming to Denver.

The nation’s top point guard could be heading to Denver if this mock draft comes true.

Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman has Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu heading to the Nuggets with the 25th pick in the NBA draft.

Wasserman ranks Dosunmu at No. 35 in his draft big board in April. He doesn’t list reasons why Dosunmu would be selected by Denver, but colleague Rob Goldberg shared an analysis on the 21-year-old guard.

“The 6-4 guard excelled with his ability to attack the basket, but he also set a career high with a 38.6 three-point shooting percentage in 2020-21,” Goldberg writes. “The two-way production could help become a key contributor at the next level while getting early minutes in the NBA.”

Dosunmu averaged 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists for the Fighting Illini as a junior last season. He won the Bob Cousy Award for the point guard in the nation and was a consensus first-team all-American.



https://www.denverpost.com/2021/05/13/ayo-dosunmu-nuggets-nba-mock-draft/

					Heartfelt voicemail Kobe Bryant left for Lakers trainer Gary Vitti

Heartfelt voicemail Kobe Bryant left for Lakers trainer Gary Vitti

13/05/2021, USA, Basketball, NBA (Basketball), Article # 30326733
Gary Vitti shared a close bond with Kobe Bryant when he was the Lakers head trainer for Byant’s entire career. Listen to the exclusive voicemail Kobe left for Vitti right after Vitti’s father passed away.

https://www.foxsports.com/nba/video/1896581699639

					Lakers legend Kobe Bryant shared special bond with trainer Gary Vitti — Melissa Rohlin

Lakers legend Kobe Bryant shared special bond with trainer Gary Vitti — Melissa Rohlin

13/05/2021, USA, Basketball, NBA (Basketball), Article # 30326719
Gary Vitti was the Lakers head trainer for Kobe Bryant's entire career. In honor of Kobe's Hall of Fame induction this weekend, Vitti shared several memories from their special relationship, including a voicemail from Bryant after Vitti's dad passed away.

https://www.foxsports.com/nba/video/1896582723507
Lakers unveil their championship banner, then barely beat lowly Rockets

Lakers unveil their championship banner, then barely beat lowly Rockets

13/05/2021, USA, Basketball, NBA (Basketball), Article # 30326716

With LeBron James and Anthony Davis out, the Lakers hold off a late charge by the last-place Houston Rockets to win 124-122 on banner night.



https://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/story/2021-05-12/lakers-nba-championship-banner-houston-rockets-nba
Love, Cavs Bounce Boston in Home Finale

Love, Cavs Bounce Boston in Home Finale

13/05/2021, USA, Basketball, NBA (Basketball), Article # 30326715
Kevin Love had his best game of the season and the Wine & Gold snapped their 11-game skid in the home finale -- bouncing Boston on Wednesday night.


https://www.nba.com/cavaliers/recap/boscle-210512
Nuggets, Avalanche approved to increase Ball Arena capacity for playoff games

Nuggets, Avalanche approved to increase Ball Arena capacity for playoff games

13/05/2021, USA, Basketball, NBA (Basketball), Article # 30326440

The playoff atmosphere for Nuggets and Avalanche games inside Ball Arena received a boost Wednesday.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment granted approval for the teams to nearly double the number of fans allowed inside the arena during the NBA and NHL playoffs, from 4,050 (22.1% capacity) during the remaining regular-season games to 7,750 (42.3%) for the postseason.

Those limits follow guidelines set forth by CDPHE as well as the NBA and NHL, according to Wednesday afternoon’s announcement from Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, as the state continues to loosen restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to increase our venue capacity as both of our teams extend their exciting seasons into the playoffs,” Matt Bell, Kroenke Sports and Entertainment Vice President of Venue Booking, said in a news release. “We will continue to work with CDPHE along with the leadership of the NBA and NHL to monitor ongoing public health matters and take all necessary precautions to ensure the health, safety and wellness of our fans, frontline workers, staff and athletes.”

Nuggets and Avalanche season-ticket holders will get first dibs on playoff tickets during a series of presales, according to the team. Any remaining seats will be available at a later date. Those who sign up for limited ticket release waitlists will be notified by the teams.

Additional ticket information is available at coloradoavalanche.com and denvernuggets.com.



https://www.denverpost.com/2021/05/12/nuggets-avalanche-playoff-capacity-ball-arena/
Lakers' LeBron James is 'getting close' but will not play vs. Rockets on Wednesday

Lakers' LeBron James is 'getting close' but will not play vs. Rockets on Wednesday

13/05/2021, USA, Basketball, NBA (Basketball), Article # 30326393

Lakers star LeBron James announced on Twitter he will not return from injury Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets.



https://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/story/2021-05-12/lebron-james-is-getting-close-but-will-not-play-for-lakers-vs-rockets-on-wednesday
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