NBA superstar LeBron James is 30 years. He’s still a young man — except in the NBA, where he’s getting close to old age. And that makes you wonder: Who will be the next NBA star? Who will carry the torch once LeBron retires? Kevin Durant, at 26, is maybe the most obvious choice. But there are other players in the league who can pick up where King James leaves off.
Here are five guys who could maybe step into LeBron’s big shoes. One’s a crack shot, another a freak rebounder. There’s a scorer, a dunker, and an all-around great player. Here’s what I think each brings to the court, and what their chances are of becoming the next face of the NBA.
How many times have you heard classmates say that they want to be a sports reporter? Some people believe that it’s an easy job, since a reporter gets to attend many events, often with a perfect view of the action. A fan's dream, right?
It turns out that covering a game involves much more than just showing up and watching it unfold. And I found that out first-hand last weekend while shadowing Paul Oren, a sports correspondent for the Northwest Indiana Times.
On Saturday, I joined Oren at Valparaiso University’s Athletics-Recreation Center as the Valpo women’s basketball team took on Youngstown State. I learned that the work starts many hours before tipoff. For example, Oren, who is also a professor in the Department of Communication at Valparaiso, took me to the media room where we gathered statistics on both teams. He organized all of the facts and had his phone and his laptop ready to go long before the action on the court began.
When Stephen Curry met Mo’ne Davis last week before the Golden State Warriors game against the Philadelphia 76ers, he did not waste the opportunity to commemorate the moment.
The Warriors point guard and NBA MVP candidate is a big fan of the Little League World Series pitching phenom and 2014 SI Kids Sports Kid of the Year winner. So he did what fans usually do when they meet a great athlete: ask for an autograph.
LeBron James and Stephen Curry were two of the many stars in New York over the weekend for the NBA All-Star Game. But two days before they hit the court at Madison Square Garden, they shot around with a group of local kids.
On Friday, James and Curry joined nearly 60 elementary, middle, and high school students at an NBA Fit basketball clinic at the newly revamped High School of Graphic Communication Arts gym. The space was renovated by the NBA and features a new floor and All-Star banners of NBA players, including James and Curry.
“I didn’t play on courts like this. [I played on] outdoor courts and makeshift courts,” James told the kids.
You know that feeling of rushing to the new roster posted outside the gym, scanning it for your name, and walking away disappointed? Damian Lillard does. Because it happened to him as a pro, twice, in a six-month span.
By Lauren Shute and Christina M. Tapper
We’ve reached the midpoint of the All-Star weekend and the big game is tonight! Four events highlighted Saturday night’s action. But the main event was the Slam Dunk Contest. Here’s what went down:
LaVine Wows Crowd With Perfection in Dunk Contest
Zach LaVine’s name had been on the lips of just about every NBA player before the NBA’s All-Star Slam Dunk Contest. And Saturday night, everyone in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center — and millions watching at home — saw exactly why.
By Lauren Shute and Christina Tapper
The 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend kicked off yesterday with Media Day. It gave journalists covering this weekend’s All-Star Game some time with featured players from around the league. Media Day was packed with what seemed like a never-ending crowd of reporters and cameras rolling and flashing at every turn. But we managed to get in on some Media Day action with some of your favorite NBA star.
Upon arrival at Media Day, LeBron James reunited with his former teammate Dwyane Wade while reporters looked on and captured the moment. LeBron, whose dominant play led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 12-game win streak earlier this year, comfortably dressed in sweats and donned sunglasses inside the room. It was probably the most useful accessory to have when the spotlight is on you!