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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."

Pierce, Clippers travel to Boston

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


Top 10 NBA Players of all time

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


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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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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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 Illustration

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."


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.


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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Dave McMenamin @mcten

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.


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.


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.