LeBron James, Team LeBron tops Team Stephen at NBA All-Star Game

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James picked a winner in the NBA All-Star Game. James scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 34.5 seconds to play, winning his third All-Star Game MVP award while his hand-picked team rallied to win an uncommonly entertaining showcase, beating Team Stephen 148-145 Sunday night. For the first time in the 67 editions of the All-Star Game, the league abandoned the traditional East-West format

They wear how many pairs? 5 facts about the NBA sneaker world

Shoe facts — Players on the Nuggets roster will wear an average of about 50 pairs of sneakers throughout a season, according to equipment manager Sparky Gonzales. But some will wear far more. There are certain players, Gonzales said, who will wear a new pair of shoes for every game and every practice, putting their total every season at well over 100 pairs. — Michael Jordan’s deal with Nike, which

The officially unofficial list of top 10 kicks worn in the NBA this season

What’s more heated in the NBA than the quest for a playoff spot in the cutthroat Western Conference? The battle to become a sneaker king, of course. Being able to turn heads inside an arena and throughout social media with their kicks is another way the league’s highly competitive athletes keep score. So who is winning the race? Here is our highly unofficial list of the 10 best pairs of sneakers

It’s gotta be the shoes: NBA experiencing new revolution in sneaker expression

Jamal Murray put down the ball and bolted toward the box. Sitting on a chair inside a mostly empty Pepsi Center on Nov. 7 was a glossy cardboard container holding a surprise treat for the feet of the Nuggets’ 20-year-old guard. Inside was a pair of limited-edition sneakers. Limited, that is, to one pair. “Ooo hoo hoo,” Murray said with all the glee of a kid tearing open a Christmas

6 key Denver Nuggets story lines after all-star break

The Denver Nuggets surged into the all-star break by winning nine of their last 12 games to sit in sixth place in the Western Conference standings at 32-26. Nikola Jokic has turned into a triple-double machine, anchoring the Nuggets’ revived offense. Denver’s inconsistent defense, however, is still driving coach Michael Malone crazy. And the Nuggets are still awaiting the return of all-star power forward Paul Millsap, who has missed almost

Nuggets Ink Podcast: Is Nikola Jokic getting enough love?

Behind yet another triple-double from Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets beat the Spurs on Tuesday night for their eighth win in 11 games. In this episode of Nuggets Ink, Gina Mizell and Nick Kosmider talk about whether Jokic is getting enough respect, what has gotten into Wilson Chandler and whether Denver’s defense is cause for concern. Subscribe to the podcast SoundCloud | iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Related Articles The Morning After:

The Morning After: 8 takeaways from Denver Nuggets’ win over Milwaukee Bucks

MILWAUKEE — The Denver Nuggets enter the all-star break on a high note after topping the Bucks 134-123 Thursday night behind a wildly efficient triple-double from Nikola Jokic (30 points, 15 rebounds, 17 assists). Here are eight takeaways from Denver’s ninth win in its past 12 games: 1. Potent offense. Denver tied for its second-highest point total of the season, a “remarkable” output against a Bucks defense that had led

Nuggets coach Michael Malone speaks out on gun violence: “How many times are we gonna see the same story and nothing changes?”

MILWAUKEE — The Nuggets’ Michael Malone became the latest NBA coach to speak out about gun violence following Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people. Malone, who has two young daughters and whose wife, Jocelyn, is a former teacher, said his first emotion upon hearing the news was sadness for those impacted. But “then that emotion turns to anger and frustration,

Nikola Jokic compiles triple-double in first half as Denver Nuggets roll Milwaukee Bucks

MILWAUKEE — Nikola Jokic assured earlier this week that he did not mind being left out of this weekend’s all-star festivities. He welcome the chance to rest up before the season’s stretch run. But he put up quite the closing argument that he deserved inclusion here Thursday night. He scored, rebounded and facilitated at a breakneck pace, recording what is believed to be the fastest triple-double in NBA history (15

Bradley Beal has always been a quiet leader. He had to learn to be the voice the Washington Wizards need.

Bradley Beal does things in a meticulous way. He crushes oyster crackers while still in the plastic bag, then dumps them into a bowl of clam chowder. He eats noiselessly, and stops altogether when it’s his turn to engage in lunch conversation. This is his quiet nature. Ask the 24-year-old Washington Wizards guard about what first attracted him to longtime girlfriend Kamiah Adams, and Beal will admit she approached him

We asked 100 media members who the NBA MVP is. It wasn’t close.

When James Harden limped off the court inside Houston’s Toyota Center with a hamstring strain on New Year’s Eve, it appeared this year’s NBA most valuable player award was officially LeBron James‘ to lose. But then a funny thing happened: James went and lost it. James had one of the worst months of his career in January as his Cavaliers completely imploded. Meanwhile, Harden came back sooner than expected and

Surging Denver Nuggets aim to keep momentum in last game before all-star break

MILWAUKEE — Coach Michael Malone knows how easily the mind can jump forward a couple days. Particularly when a vacation is involved. Avoiding that temptation is the next challenge facing the surging Nuggets. Denver has won eight of its last 11 games to build momentum heading into the all-star break. But it has one more hurdle to clear — Thursday’s game at the Bucks, another one of the NBA’s hottest

Everything you need to know about Denver Nuggets at Milwaukee Bucks

When: 6 p.m. Thursday Where: Bradley Center, Milwaukee TV/Radio: ALT; 950 AM Related Articles Surging Denver Nuggets aim to keep momentum in last game before all-star break Nuggets Ink Podcast: Is Nikola Jokic getting enough love? The Morning After: 7 takeaways from Denver Nuggets’ win over San Antonio Spurs Denver Nuggets use huge fourth quarter to top San Antonio Spurs Denver Nuggets briefs: NBA officiating reps meet with team following

Shaquille O’Neal says he intentionally got into foul trouble when playing in Denver: “I used to be so tired I couldn’t breathe”

“I used to be so tired I couldn’t breathe… I was struggling.” –@SHAQ relives battling the altitude in Denver. 😂 pic.twitter.com/meJyDwiT4h — NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 14, 2018 Colorado’s altitude has long been notorious for claiming visiting athletes as its victims. The touted thin air would tire them out through the course of a game. One former basketball player admitted that he would find ways to avoid battling the

The Morning After: 7 takeaways from Denver Nuggets’ win over San Antonio Spurs

The Denver Nuggets used a huge fourth quarter to pull away to a 117-109 victory against a short-handed Spurs team playing on the second night of a back-to-back set. Here are seven takeaways from Denver’s eighth win in 11 contests: 1. Another triple-double. Perhaps the biggest testament to Nikola Jokic’s talent and versatility? His triple-doubles are almost becoming an afterthought. He finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists

Denver Nuggets use huge fourth quarter to top San Antonio Spurs

Tuesday’s fourth quarter between the Nuggets and Spurs began as a back-and-forth affair, until Will Barton flew in for a follow dunk that gave Denver a one-point lead back with 7:49 to play. Then the Nuggets began stringing together defensive stops, which led to a slew of transition opportunities and open looks all over the floor. Their impressive close swiftly turned a tight contest into a comfortable advantage, yielding a

Steve Kerr didn’t disrespect Suns by letting his players coach. He was waking up Warriors.

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors and the casual NBA fan are now one in the same. Both can’t wait for the playoffs to start. Take Monday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns, for example. What otherwise would have been a completely unremarkable 129-83 rout of a horrendous Suns team by the Warriors instead featured a drastic step Kerr took to try to get his team’s attention after several

Denver Nuggets briefs: NBA officiating reps meet with team following shootaround

NBA officiating representatives met with the Nuggets following Tuesday’s shootaround as part of the league’s new program to smooth growing tensions between players and referees. The meetings, which are taking place with every team, are designed to “discuss rules interpretations, on-court conduct and expectations of NBA referees,” according to a league release. They are helmed by Michelle Johnson, an NBA senior vice president and head of referee operations, and Monty

Everything you need to know about San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets

When: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Pepsi Center TV/Radio: TNT; 950 AM Spotlight on Derrick White: The former University of Colorado star, who was selected by the Spurs with the 29th overall pick in last summer’s NBA draft, has played only 15 games with San Antonio this season. A fractured wrist he suffered in November kept White out for a month, and he was largely relegated to the G League upon

Greg Oden, former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, to attempt to play in Big3

NEW YORK — Former No. 1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden will attempt a comeback this summer in the Big3. The 3-on-3 league says Monday that Oden will be part of this year’s draft pool and take part in the draft combine. Oden was picked first in 2007 by Portland, which selected him over Kevin Durant. But the 7-footer battled injuries throughout his career and played in just 105 games,