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TrueHoop Presents: Talk of Kobe-for-LeBron trade happened in 2007

It's the ultimate what-if scenario. Per multiple sources, the Lakers once contacted the Cavs about possibly trading Kobe Bryant for LeBron James. (Watch Lakers-Cavs live on ESPN/WatchESPN.)

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Kobe opens up about relationship with LeBron (1:49)
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How to look like Odell Beckham on the basketball court (0:31)
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5-on-5: Can LeBron catch Jordan?

He landed at No. 3 on our #NBArank countdown, but could LeBron James catch Michael Jordan? Our experts discuss the greatness that made Air Jordan the greatest player of all time.

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10hRobert Sanchez

TrueHoop Presents: Jahlil Okafor opens up

For the first time ever, the 76ers rookie discusses his run-ins with the law and growing up in the NBA spotlight. Can he put this season's troubles behind him and focus on the game?

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Randle amused at his missed dunk (0:18)
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Zach Slone's 'special moment' (2:35)
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Heat frustrated enough to trade Whiteside? (1:21)
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3hPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: Rams redesign contest results

Uni Watch asked readers to put their own twist on the Rams' design for their return to Los Angeles. Here are the best submissions, along with some, er, interesting takes that missed the mark.

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Owens: The Hall of Fame process is flawed (1:04)
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Denver players feel the love from fans at the parade (2:13)
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Law: 2016 ranking of all 30 farm systems

Keith Law ranks the MLB farm systems heading into the 2016 season, with the rebuilding Braves (including offseason acquisition Dansby Swanson) leaping to No. 1 and the Angels falling to last.

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Daniel Bryan on concussions: You have a responsibility to yourself (4:23)
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Source: Manziel 'hung over' at Browns' meeting

Johnny Manziel was "hung over" at a Cleveland Browns meeting, a source told ESPN, but the team says the quarterback had been diagnosed with a concussion.

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The best players on really terrible teams

Jason Castro, Jose Fernandez and Darwin Barney are three players who had great seasons for losing teams over the past several years.

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Bodo: The jam Roger Federer finds himself in

There's no denying Roger Federer finds himself in uncharted territory after undergoing knee surgery, which makes us wonder: Is this the final act of an astonishing career?

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Broncos' defense is 'in the argument' as best ever

The Broncos faced down all sorts of comers this season, and a Super Bowl triumph put a cap on their case to be among the top defenses in NFL history.

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VOTE: X Games Real Ski 2016

X Games Real Ski Backcountry returns for its third year. This time around, the Fan Favorite winner will be decided in a one-round, winner-take-all cage match. Watch the videos below and vote for your pick.

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Irving dances around Lakers defense
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Kyrie Irving put some sweet moves on the Lakers' defense on his way to the rim for a first-quarter layup.

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LeBron James off to strong start
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The Cavs forward had 10 points and 5 assists in the first quarter, helping the Cavaliers take a 35-25 lead over the Lakers in Kobe Bryant's final trip to Cleveland. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Simmons coming alive in second half
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Ben Simmons battled foul trouble in the first half so he decided to make up for lost time with another slam. (Live on ESPN2)

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Aggie rises between defenders for slam
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Jalen Jones split a pair of Alabama defender to throw down a monster dunk, but No. 15 Texas A&M trails in the second half on the SEC Network.

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Simmons shows why he's projected No. 1
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LSU's Ben Simmons flashed his speed and hops as he finished this dunk through contact. (Live on ESPN2)

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Watch: No. 21 Baylor visits Kansas State
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Coming off an upset against top-ranked Oklahoma, Kansas State tries to hand Baylor its third straight loss. The Bears needed double overtime to beat the Wildcats in January. Streaming live on the ESPN app

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Randle's dunk goes wrong
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Julius Randle went up strong on this dunk attempt. Maybe too strong.

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Third try not the charm for Donta Hall
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The Crimson Tide's big man had three chances at a layup but couldn't convert. Alabama leads No. 15 Texas A&M on the SEC Network.

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

As Kobe Bryant receives a video tribute and a hearty introduction from the Cavaliers' PA man prior to Bryant's final game in Cleveland, LeBron James stands and applauds. "Ko-be!" chants then broke out from the crowd, which also gave Bryant a standing ovation.

Okafor, 76ers up big on Kings

Jahlil Okafor had 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting in the first half, helping the 76ers take a 63-48 lead over the Kings, who've lost 4 straight and 8 of their past 9. Follow live

Watch: Kobe's last game in Cleveland
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Tonight marks the 21st head-to-head meeting between LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. LeBron has won 14 of the first 20 games. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

D'Angelo on Kobe improved play: "It's great, just to see him finally making them, shots that he was taking earlier in the season that he was missing. Everybody was saying negative things about him. He's taking those same shots and he's making them, so it's a good feeling."

Hornets swarm Pacers in first half

Charlotte didn't let the fact that this is a road game deter them from building a 60-43 lead. Kemba Walker is the only Hornet in double figures and he got his 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. Stats

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Simmons has taken three shots in the first half of this matchup against South Carolina but foul trouble and SC's defense have been factors. Still, Simmons has to hit another gear in the second half. That's just the expectation when you're the projected No. 1 pick.

South Carolina on top of LSU at the break

Sindarius Thornwell scored 11 in the half to pace South Carolina to a 39-25 advantage over LSU, which currently sits atop the SEC standings. Ben Simmons tallied five points and four assists in the half while battling foul trouble. The Gamecocks are 16-0 when leading at half this season. Live on ESPN2 & WatchESPN

OKC assistant Monty Williams' wife dies

Ingrid Williams, 44, died on Wednesday after she was involved in a car accident Tuesday night when a car crossed the center lane and hit her head on, according to a report by the Oklahoman. A team statement read, in part: "The Thunder organization has heavy hearts tonight with the news of Ingrid's passing. Words cannot adequately describe how deep our sorrow is for the loss of Monty's wife." Story

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Are Kobe Bryant and LeBron James rivals? Bryant doesn't think so. "I never looked to see what he was doing or something to kind of push me," Bryant said. "I just felt like we're completely different generations. I just missed that thing completely. It's not a Magic [Johnson] or [Larry] Bird sort of thing. It was more like, from the time he came into the league, it was more helping him, giving him direction and advice. I was so much older by NBA years. So I've never had that [with him.]"

Halftime: Alabama 32, Texas A&M 27
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Riley Norris' 3-pointer from way downtown was part of a 14-4 run that put the Crimson Tide on top of the 15th-ranked Aggies at the half. (Live on SEC Network)

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Kobe's memorable moments in Cleveland
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Kobe Bryant has a career's worth of memories from Cleveland, including when an 18-year-old Bryant won the dunk contest.

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe Bryant said he and LeBron James are quite close. "We talk on the phone probably more than people know," Bryant said. "We talk about the game. We talk about different strategies that center around the game. We talk about things off the court, business related, [NBA] Players Association related. We speak with much more communication than people want to know."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Each of the last nine NBA Finals matchups has featured either LeBron James or Kobe Bryant, but never both."Our teams just never crossed paths, unfortunately," Bryant said before the two faced each other in Cleveland on Wednesday. "I wouldn't say it was weird or anything like that. It's just the ebb and flow of each season."

Pirates' Whitehead hits 7 triples in half

Isaiah Whitehead was 7-of-7 from beyond the arc and 8-of-8 from the field for 23 points in the first half against Butler. The seven made 3-pointers is already tied for the sixth-most in Seton Hall history. Whitehead's career high is 25 points. Follow live

Pierce, Clippers travel to Boston
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Los Angeles can complete its 4-game road trip at a perfect 4-0 with a win in Boston tonight. This could be Paul Pierce's final game in Boston. Follow live

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Top 10 NBA Players of all time

If you're a big man, you'll like SportsCenter's list. Guards? Probably not.

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