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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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12hRobert 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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Zach Slone's 'special moment' (2:35)
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Heat frustrated enough to trade Whiteside? (1:21)
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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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Green: Obama's 'heart over height' reference 'special' (1:34)
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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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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.

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South Carolina on top of LSU at the break
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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

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OKC assistant Monty Williams' wife dies

Ingrid Williams, 44, was killed in a car accident Tuesday night when a car crossed the center lane and hit her head on. 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."

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.]"

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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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Brewers Association to Peyton: go craft

After the Super Bowl, Peyton Manning said he was drinking Budweiser. A craft beer company reached out to the Broncos QB with a different offer. Your move, Budweiser

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Simmons drives to cut into deficit
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Freshman Ben Simmons brought LSU within one point of South Carolina with this finish at the rim. (Live on ESPN2)

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Can LeBron catch MJ?
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J.A. Adande doesn't think so: "It's impossible, because even if LeBron wins five more championships he won't be able to erase his four NBA Finals losses." More experts chime in

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Updated fantasy basketball rankings
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There's been a shift in Tom Carpenter's weekly NBA fantasy rankings. Injury-riddled Jimmy Butler, Marc Gasol and Tyreke Evans all dropped. New fantasy rankings

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Owens: 'Hall of Fame process is flawed'
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Terrell Owens told Skip Bayless he couldn't care less that he didn't get into the Hall of Fame.

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Spurs get Duncan back, missing Parker

Last night vs. the Heat, San Antonio was missing Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. Tonight it will be without Tony Parker and Ginobili. But Duncan returns in Orlando after a three-game absence. Follow live

Predicting the next 25 Super Bowls
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It's 2035, the Super Bowl is being played in London and the Giants edge the Patriots by 1 point as Benjamin Brady loses when sister Vivian Brady boots the winning 55-yard field goal -- then announces her engagement to Jets QB Marshall Manning. Predictions

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Aggies look to stop skid in Tuscaloosa
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No. 15 Texas A&M attempts to put an end to its two-game losing streak when it visits Alabama. The Crimson Tide are 3-2 against ranked opponents this season. Live on SEC Network

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Watch: Simmons leads LSU into Columbia
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Sitting atop the SEC standings, Ben Simmons and LSU visit South Carolina. The Tigers' star freshman leads the SEC in rebounding (12.3), is third in scoring (19.4), and is fifth in assists (5.0). Live on ESPN2 & WatchESPN

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul Pierce on if he ever truly considered the Celtics as free agent this summer: "The Celtics were a rebuilding team. Young and up-and-coming. I think my career here ran its course. I had a great career here, 15 years. What more could you ask for? I was able to win a championship here. I've had my fun."

Steph has the best worst ankles in sports
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Stephen Curry in 2012: "I feel like I've been doing nothing but rehabbing for two years. I feel like I'm never going to be able to play again." Stephen Curry in 2016: NBA MVP and world champion. How he fixed his glass ankles

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Impending free agent Grizzlies PG Mike Conley on the Nets firing his former coach Lionel Hollins and it potentially impacting his decision to possibly sign with Brooklyn over the summer: "It's tough but at the same time like I said I'll give everybody their fair shot. Lionel being here obviously was a big reason to look (at Brooklyn) but still at the same time with him gone I'll give everybody the same look." The Nets have an obvious need at PG and could go into free agency with around $40 million in cap space.

All-time greats get animated
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It's hard to capture the talents of some of the greatest players in NBA history using just words, so we turned to animators to showcase our Top 5. Check 'em out

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