Tyronn Lue agrees to become next coach of LA Clippers: reports

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Tyronn Lue, who coached the Cleveland Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA title, has agreed to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, according to multiple reports Thursday. ESPN and USA Today reported that Lue has agreed to replace Doc Rivers, who parted ways with the Clippers just over two weeks ago, with ESPN saying the deal was for five years. Lue, 43, served as the lead […]

Amid heartache of defeat, Butler grateful for Miami home

ORLANDO, United States (AFP) — After a sometimes rocky path through the NBA, Jimmy Butler found a home in Miami, and the Heat’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals doesn’t change that. “Just the bond that this group built,” Butler said of what he’ll treasure from the season with the Heat — including some three months in the NBA’s quarantine bubble in Orlando, Florida. “I wouldn’t give that back for the […]

Lakers’ LeBron James named NBA Finals MVP

ORLANDO, United States (AFP) — LeBron James was named Most Valuable Player of the 2020 NBA Finals after powering the Los Angeles Lakers to their 17th championship with a victory over the Miami Heat. It’s the fourth time in four championship runs that James has captured MVP honors, after he did so with Miami in 2012 and 2013 and with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. © Agence France-Presse

LA Lakers crush Miami Heat to capture 17th NBA title

ORLANDO, United States (AFP) — A Los Angeles Lakers team led by superstar LeBron James dominated the Miami Heat 106-93 on Sunday to win a record-equalling 17th NBA championship but their first in a decade. James added another chapter to an epic career, fueling the Lakers with a triple-double of 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists and capturing his fourth NBA title with a third different team, as well as earning NBA Finals Most […]

LeBron not thinking about legacy as Lakers chase NBA title

ORLANDO, United States (AFP) — LeBron James says he is not thinking about his basketball legacy as he closes in on a fourth NBA Finals victory with the Los Angeles Lakers here Friday. James is within touching distance of yet another championship as the Lakers head into game five in Orlando with a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven series against the Miami Heat. But while a fourth championship ring is certain to stir debate about […]

Heat ready to respond: Spoelstra

ORLANDO, United States (AFP) — Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra backed his team to bounce back after the Los Angeles Lakers closed in on another NBA championship on Tuesday. After a 102-96 defeat in game four left them 3-1 down in the series, the Heat need a miracle if they are to prevent the Lakers from winning a record-equalling 17th title. Only once before in NBA Finals history has a team overturned a 3-1 deficit, […]

LeBron savors ‘winning time’ after Lakers victory

ORLANDO, United States (AFP) — The Los Angeles Lakers maintained their remarkable fourth quarter winning streak as they secured the game four victory over Miami on Tuesday that left them on the brink of a 17th NBA crown. The Lakers took a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series after holding off a physical Miami side in a hard-fought contest to close out a 102-06 win in Orlando. The result extended the Lakers’ record of […]

Miami duo struggling for fitness ahead of game four

ORLANDO, United States (AFP) — Miami Heat star Goran Dragic said he is unlikely to be fit to play in Tuesday’s NBA Finals game four but is hopeful he may recover in time to feature later in the series. Dragic, who has been sidelined since suffering a torn plantar fascia in his left foot in game one last Wednesday, said he was pessimistic of being fit enough to play on Tuesday. “How I feel right […]

Lakers offense limited after Davis runs into foul trouble

ORLANDO, United States (AFP) — Anthony Davis is used to shouldering much of the scoring load for the Los Angeles Lakers, but he says getting in foul trouble early in game three of the NBA Finals took away his effectiveness. “It had an impact. I picked up two (fouls) early, come back in and get the third. So it takes away the aggressiveness on both ends of the floor that I’m used to playing with,” […]

Relentless Butler propels Heat to game 3 win over Lakers

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — The Miami Heat, fueled by a 40-point triple-double from Jimmy Butler, clawed their way back into the NBA Finals with a 115-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. The under-manned, under-sized, underdog Heat turned the tables on the Western Conference champions in the NBA’s quarantine bubble in Orlando, cutting the deficit in the best-of-seven championship series to two games to one. “I think we realized that we belong,” […]

NBA’s 76ers snap up Rivers: report

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Doc Rivers has reached agreement to coach the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers just three days after parting ways with the Los Angeles Clippers, ESPN reported Thursday. Citing unnamed team sources, the US sports broadcaster reported Rivers had agreed to a five-year deal that will bring him back to the Atlantic Conference, where the Sixers are a rival of the Boston Celtics, with who Rivers won an NBA title as coach in […]

Dragic, Adebayo doubtful for game two of NBA Finals: Heat

ORLANDO, United States (AFP) — Injured Miami Heat stars Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo were both listed as doubtful Thursday for game two of the NBA Finals, dealing a hammer blow to the franchise’s hopes of leveling the series. A day after the Heat were pounded 116-98 by the Los Angeles Lakers in game one, Miami’s task became more daunting after confirmation of injuries to both Dragic and Adebayo. Dragic has suffered a torn plantar […]