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2hBrian Windhorst

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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High-flying alley-oops are even more fun in triple-OT (0:28)
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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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Ben Simmons leaves defenders no chance of stopping him (0:28)
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14hRobert 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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5hPaul 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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4hKeith Law

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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Green: Obama's 'heart over height' reference 'special' (1:34)
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11hPeter Bodo

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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13hJeff Legwold

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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Grizzlies power past Nets
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Playing without Marc Gasol, Memphis used a 39-point third quarter to pick up a 109-90 win in Brooklyn, snapping a two-game skid. Box score

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets' Joe Johnson's consecutive games with a field goal streak has come to an end at 937 -- it was the longest active streak in the NBA.

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Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

LeBron James just fired a two-handed pass that hit DAngelo Russell directly in the groin. DAngelo is down, surrounded by his teammates.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Providence coach Ed Cooley was worried about his team's psyche coming into this one. Now may be at Red Alert level. Friars lose at Marquette and now face Georgetown back home -- where they are 1-4 in last five at The Dunk. Ed Cooley did masterful job hiding deficiencies early, but lack of talent around Dunn and Bentil evident now.

Marquette hands Providence another loss
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The Golden Eagles took down the 20th-ranked Friars 96-91 in double overtime despite a career-high 42 points from Ben Bentil. Providence has lost 4 of 5 and dropped to a tie for 6th in the Big East. Box score

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Acy volleyball swats Okafor's shot
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If this basketball thing doesn't work out, Quincy Acy might have a future as an Olympic volleyball player.

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Gregg Popovich declined to speak about the passing of Monty Williams' wife. He was definitely emotional; tears in his eyes that he had just wiped away seconds before.

Dave McMenamin @mcten

League source tells ESPN that upon initial examination, Cavs do not believe Love's shoulder injury to be major: "Most likely he'll be fine"

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 98, Clippers 91 (end 3rd): Los Angeles got its deficit as low as 4, but Isaiah Thomas (24 points, 6 assists) trying to keep the Clippers at arm's length. Both teams shooting over 50+ percent from floor and 43+ percent beyond 3-point arc.

Kings erase big deficit, beat 76ers

Sacramento trailed by 15 at halftime and by 12 going into the fourth quarter, but scored 39 points in the final 12 minutes to earn a 114-110 win in Philadelphia. Box score

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Leonard lifts Spurs to win

Kawhi Leonard knocked down a jumper with 0.9 seconds left and Elfrid Payton missed a potential game-tying layup at the buzzer, as the Spurs beat the Magic 98-96. San Antonio has won six straight. Box score

Love done for night with shoulder injury
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Kevin Love will miss the rest of the game after hurting his left shoulder late in the first half. It's the same shoulder that caused him to miss most of last season's playoffs.

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Win and a loss for Hornets

Charlotte cruised to a 117-95 win in Indiana, but lost forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a dislocated right shoulder -- the same shoulder he injured in the preseason that kept him out until Jan. 29.

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South Carolina slips by Simmons, LSU

The Gamecocks' 94-83 home win puts them in a three-way tie for first in the SEC with Kentucky and LSU. Sindarius Thornwell (24 points) paced four South Carolina players in double digits, while LSU star Ben Simmons racked up 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Box score

Cavs lead by 17 at halftime

Kobe Bryant is just 2-for-9 from the field in his final visit to Cleveland, as his Lakers have fallen in a 64-47 halftime hole. LeBron James leads all players with 17 points and 7 assists. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs are about to steal this one it appears.

Dave McMenamin @mcten

Waiting on word from the Cavs on Kevin Love, who appeared to have tweaked his L shoulder before retreating to the locker room.

Favors can't do it alone

Derrick Favors had 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting in the first half, but his Jazz trail the Pelicans 47-45 at the break. Utah players other than Favors combined to shoot just 7-for-25 (28.0%). Follow live

Hawks lead Bulls at half

Chicago shot 51.2% to Atlanta's 42.9%, but the Hawks have a five-point halftime lead thanks to seven 3-pointers. Follow live

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Watch: No. 14 Iowa State vs. Texas Tech
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The Cyclones look to keep pace in the Big 12 when they pay a visit to Lubbock. Texas Tech has lost eight of its last 10 games. Live on ESPNU & WatchESPN

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LeBron passes Pierce ... for now

LeBron James entered the night 7 points behind Paul Pierce on the NBA's career scoring list. James has 14 tonight while Pierce, playing for the Clippers in Boston, has just 6, putting James ahead by 1 with both players still in progress.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics say Kelly Olynyk has a bruised right shoulder and will not return vs. the Clippers.