Johnson explains his abrupt resignation from Lakers

Before the Los Angeles Lakers’ final game of the 2018-19 season, Magic Johnson stunned the team and the NBA world at large by stepping down as the team’s president of basketball operations. More than a month later, Johnson appeared on ESPN and said that Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka was the one who was “backstabbing” him.

Johnson did not hold back on “First Take” this morning, saying that Pelinka had circulated talk within the Lakers that Johnson was not working hard or showing up at the office enough. Upon stepping down from his role on April 9, Johnson alluded to the fact he was tired of “all the backstabbing” and “whispering” going on within the Lakers organization. 

The Lakers hired Johnson and Pelinka within weeks of each other in the spring of 2017. In his interview Monday on “First Take,” Johnson said he and Pelinka worked well initially as

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Reports: Connelly opts to stay with Nuggets

Tim Connelly will apparently be back where he was last season: serving as president of basketball operations for the Denver Nuggets.

Connelly had interviewed for the Washington Wizards’ president of basketball operations vacancy, but has reportedly decided to stay with the Nuggets, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and NBCSportsWashington.com’s Chris Miller. Connelly played a significant role in Denver’s post-Carmelo Anthony rebuild, which included the drafting of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray as well as signing Paul Millsap in free agency. 

Can confirm per a source that Tim Connelly will stay in Denver. First reported by @wojespn. I’m told he has unfinished business in Denver. #DCFamily#NBA

— Chris Miller 🎥🎙🏀 (@cmillsnbcs) May 20, 2019

Per Wojnarowski, Nuggets team president Josh Kroenke made an aggressive case to keep Connelly once the Wizards extended him an offer over the weekend. With Connelly out of the mix in D.C., the Wizards are expected to turn

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NBA Playoffs 2019: Kawhi Leonard's Raptors stand up to Bucks with Toronto's season on the line

TORONTO — It was gut-check time for the Toronto Raptors, over and over again. Kyle Lowry fouled out halfway through the fourth quarter, and their five-point lead disappeared in two minutes. Norman Powell fouled out with about a minute left, Pascal Siakam missed a pair of free throws and a 35-footer, and they went to overtime in danger of falling down 3-0 against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals.

With the season hanging in the balance on Sunday, Danny Green hit a 3 in overtime, his first basket of the game, just as a previously-scoreless Fred VanVleet had done with about three minutes left in regulation. In the second overtime, Kawhi Leonard’s enormous left hand invaded the passing lane between Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon, vaporizing what could have been an open 3 before the superstar stole the

2019 NBA Awards: Categories & Nominees

The 2019 NBA Awards will air on June 24 on TNT.

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Vote for House of Highlights Moment of the Year

Featured Awards

Kia NBA Most Valuable Player

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
James Harden, Houston Rockets

Kia NBA Rookie of the Year

Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns
Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

Kia NBA Sixth Man Award

Montrezl Harrell, LA Clippers
Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers
Lou Williams, LA Clippers

Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Giannis Antetokounmpo,  Milwaukee Bucks
Paul George,  Oklahoma City Thunder
Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Kia NBA Most Improved Player

De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets
Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors

NBA Coach of the Year

Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee Bucks
Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets
Doc Rivers, LA Clippers

NBA Cares Community Assist Award

Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies
Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Donovan Mitchell, Utah

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WWE schedule, list of PPVs for 2019: Super ShowDown, Stomping Grounds date, location

WrestleMania 35 has come and gone. And with the Superstar Shakeup also in the past, WWE is currently moving its way thorough the second half of 2019 with the rest of its stacked pay-per-view lineup. SummerSlam will take place in Canada for the first time since 2004, and Survivor Series returns to Illinois for the first time since the third-ever such show in 1989.

Only one of WWE’s two Saudi Arabia shows (as part of its decade-long deal with the nation) has been announced and other international events have been rumored. The second all-women’s Evolution show is also possible for 2019, but it has not been announced at this time. It could go hand-in-hand with the Saudi Arabia show in late October or early November.

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NFL 2019: Here are the three moves the Bears can still make to boost their chances of reaching the Super Bowl

After a seven-year period of hibernation, the Chicago Bears finally returned to the playoffs in 2018 with a 12-win season that made for one of the better feel-good stories of the year — right up until the moment Cody Parkey double-doinked away the Bears season. 

Parkey missed an opportunity to give the Bears their first playoff win since Jay Cutler was still considered The Prince That Might Be Promised, Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs protected the middle of Soldier Field like two great whites patrolling Seal Island, and Robbie Gould could be counted on to make kicks that actually matter, but Parkey’s miss — a 43-yard field goal — shouldn’t obscure the Bears’ return to prominence. There’s a good chance that this version of the Bears isn’t a one-year wonder. Out of the 10 playoff teams that fell short

Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale fight start time, live stream, watch online, Showtime boxing

Heavyweight championship boxing is back this weekend as WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder returns to the ring looking to extend his undefeated streak as he puts his title on the line against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale. While the WBC champ Wilder has never tasted defeat, he will be looking to get back into the win column after that particular streak recently came to a close. 

Back in December, Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) defended his championship against ex-unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, and the outcome of the bout drew controversy. Although Wilder dramatically knocked Fury down in the 12th and final round of the world championship showdown, the judges scored the bout a split-draw as Wilder retained his title. An immediate rematch was expected before Fury recently signed an exclusive deal with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing. So now, Breazeale

Yankees vs. Orioles odds, line: MLB picks, predictions for May 20 from model on 97-73 roll

The New York Yankees look for their sixth straight victory over the Baltimore Orioles when they meet on Monday. The Yankees (28-17) are coming off a series win over the Tampa Bay Rays to take over sole possession of first place in the AL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles (15-31), last in the AL East, have dropped two in a row and five of six. First pitch from Camden Yards in Baltimore is set for 7:05 p.m. ET, and the Orioles are 5-5 in their past 10 home games. The latest Yankees vs. Orioles odds show New York favored at -200 on the money line (risk $200 to win $100), while the over-under for total runs scored is 9.5. Before making any Yankees vs. Orioles picks of your own, you should see the MLB predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model. 

Reports: Wolves, Saunders nearing multi-year deal

Minnesota Timberwolves interim coach Ryan Saunders is reportedly set to take on that job full time.

The team and Saunders are ironing out the details to make him the permanent coach, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski. Per ESPN, the deal is expected to be completed soon. Saunders is working on rounding out his coaching staff. Wolves GM Gersson Rosas had reportedly interviewed several candidates recently for Minnesota’s coaching job, but has apparently settled on keeping Saunders in that role.

Ryan Saunders and Minnesota are nearing agreement on a multi-year deal to make him the Timberwolves coach, league sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 20, 2019

Deal is expected to be completed soon, sources tell ESPN. Saunders is working on a staff. Gersson Rosas met with candidates at Draft Combine but search turned back to Saunders, the interim coach. https://t.co/VcwzUdb8xa

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May

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D'Antoni says he wants to coach at least three more seasons

Coach Mike D’Antoni has led the Houston Rockets through one of their most successful eras as a legitimate NBA title contender. As he enters the final year of his contract, D’Antoni isn’t looking to step back from coaching anytime soon.

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, D’Antoni and the Rockets’ front office have had preliminary talks about a contract extension that would keep D’Antoni from entering the final year of his deal. D’Antoni said he told both Houston’s owner Tillman Fertitta and its general manager Daryl Morey that he intends to keep coaching the team for at least three more seasons, per Wojnarowski.

“I’ve let Daryl and Tilman know that I’m energized to keep coaching — and believe that I can continue to do this at a high level for at least another three years,” the 68-year-old D’Antoni told ESPN on Sunday night. “I want to be a part of a championship here.”

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