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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's memorable moments in Cleveland (0:47)
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Kobe opens up about relationship with LeBron (1:49)
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Energizing All-Stars (5:02)
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Draymond Green redefines "All-Star" (1:09)
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NBA trade talk: Predicting biggest deals in West

Could the Clippers move Blake Griffin? What about the Rockets and Dwight Howard? Our experts break down potential deals in the Western Conference heading toward the NBA trade deadline.

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Warriors overcome Rockets' tactical twist

Count the Rockets as the latest team to employ playoff-level creative defense tactics against the Warriors. This might make the Warriors even better come playoff time, Ethan Sherwood Strauss writes.

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Heat frustrated enough to trade Whiteside? (1:21)
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SportsCenter shoot-off: Anchors vs. Globetrotters (3:28)
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Magic's top five Lakers (1:00)

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Rondo goes behind the back twice

Doing it once to set up a dunk? Pretty cool. Twice? Well, that's what makes him Rajon Rondo.

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LeBron's pass hits Russell in the groin

LeBron James fired a pass to the sidelines, and D'Angelo Russell was in the exact wrong place at the exact wrong time.

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Kyrie, LeBron leading Cavs

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James have combined for 53 points, giving the Cavaliers a 93-74 lead over the Lakers heading to the fourth quarter. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Final: Grizzlies 109 Nets 90. Brooklyn falls to 14-40 and trails by as many as 26. Mike Conley had 20 points for Memphis, which won easily in its first game without Marc Gasol (foot). Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov left after the third quarter, telling ESPN the first round of interviews in its GM search is over and a short list is being compiled.

Bulls give up 38 in third quarter

The Hawks have opened up a 91-73 lead over the Bulls, thanks to a 38-point third quarter. Atlanta is a scorching 12-for-23 from 3-point range tonight. Follow live

Grizzlies power past Nets

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.

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.

Acy volleyball swats Okafor's shot

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

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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Warriors going for 11th straight win

Golden State turns to Phoenix one night after winning its 10th straight game and securing the best 51-game start to a season in NBA history (47-4). Follow live

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs fans are deep out here apparently. Crowd erupted when LaMarcus Aldridge just hit that shot.

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