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

It's the ultimate what-if scenario. According to multiple sources, the Lakers once contacted the Cavs about possibly trading Kobe Bryant for LeBron James.

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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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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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18hMichael Wallace

Heat's Whiteside ejected vs. Spurs, sent home

Heat center Hassan Whiteside was sent home by the team soon after he was ejected for swinging an elbow toward the head of Spurs center Boban Marjanovic in Tuesday's loss to San Antonio.

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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

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

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

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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Twenty-three stats on No. 23

When it comes to Michael Jordan there's always something more to behold. Check out a list of reasons why he's the No. 1 player in the #NBArank. 23 on 23

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LeBron ranked ahead of too many legends?

Was LeBron James ranked too high or has he earned his third place #NBArank? Amin Elhassan says: "He's ahead of a lot of guys who were incredibly, incredibly successful in their careers."

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Kobe opens up about relationship with LeBron

Kobe Bryant reflects on never meeting one of LeBron James' teams in the NBA Finals, his first meeting with LeBron and how close the two have been over the years.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul Pierce on if this could be his final season and final game in Boston: "It could be. I'm not 100 percent sure."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Team official just informed Tony Parker he's out tonight against the Magic. Parker rolled his ankle Tuesday night against the Miami Heat running into a cameraman. Parker said he wasn't about to argue with them about sitting him out, but said he'll be bored just watching. Doesn't seem like injury is serious. He did some pre-game work, too.

All-Time #NBARANK: Jordan at No. 1

It's no big surprise that MJ tops the list. Jordan is the only player to win an NBA title, NCAA title and multiple Olympic Gold Medals. No. 1

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Kobe on never playing LeBron in the Finals: "I wouldn't say it's 'weird' ... It's just the ebb and flows of the seasons"

The Kobe-for-LeBron trade that never was

Brian Windhorst looks back to 2007, when the Lakers called the Cavaliers to inquire about a Kobe Bryant-for-LeBron James trade.

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James comes into tonight's game vs LAL needing 8 points to pass Paul Pierce (26,166) for 15th all-time.

ICYMI: This Warriors play was ridiculous

Steph Curry did three amazing things on this play and none involved shooting a basketball.

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All-Time #NBArank: LeBron James at No. 3

James will always be able to hold something over any other Hall of Famer that came before him: No one has ever had as much hype as he has had to live up to, and James has delivered on every last drop. No. 3

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Kobe's memorable moments in Cleveland

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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Can LeBron catch MJ?

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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Sudeikis' Celeb Game strategy: trash talk

Jason Sudeikis is playing in this year's All-Star Celebrity Game (Friday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN) and said on SportsNation: "I'm probably going to be the loudest, talking the most trash."

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Updated fantasy basketball rankings

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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Lillard added to USA Basketball pool

Blazers guard Damian Lillard just missed the cut for the 2014 World Cup and wasn't among the initial 30 players named as potentials for the 2016 Olympics, but was added to the roster pool after telling Jerry Colangelo he wanted to remain involved in the program.

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George Karl accentuates the positive

The Kings coach says he's on the same page as GM Vlade Divac and is focusing on what he can control despite a 4-game losing streak and speculation about his job security. Story

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All-Time #NBArank: Kareem at No. 2

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won six championships, was a six-time MVP and got named to 19 All-Star Games. No. 2

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