One Year Later: Remembering Kobe Bryant

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A year later, it still doesn’t feel real. Kobe Bryant. Gianna Bryant. Payton Chester. Sarah Chester. Alyssa Altobelli. Keri Altobelli. John Altobelli. Christina Mauser. Ara Zobayan. All nine died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas one year ago today. They’ll be remembered forever. Remembering Kobe Bryant; A Year of Reflection Last Word Staff Remember Kobe Bryant To commemorate the […] READ MORE


Editors’ Predictions for the 2020-21 NBA Season

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The 2020-21 NBA season is finally here after a shorter-than-usual hiatus. This season features plenty of storylines to watch with several superstars returning and several new-look rosters. One thing on everyone’s mind at the start of a season, though, is who they think will bring home the NBA’s ultimate prize. Prior to tipoff, our editors […] READ MORE



The Success of the NBA Bubble

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The strange 2020 NBA season culminated in LeBron James returning the Los Angeles Lakers to basketball prominence. Obviously, the NBA faced significant challenges to finish this season. We all know the league chose to pause in March during the Covid-19 outbreak, resulting in nearly four months without basketball. The NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver decided […] READ MORE


Los Angeles Lakers Win 17th NBA Title Behind LeBron James

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The Los Angeles Lakers are 2019-20 NBA Champions, winning the title in six games. The title — their first since 2010 — comes just months after the tragic death of Kobe Bryant. The Lakers tied the Boston Celtics for the most titles in NBA history with 17 after a rather quick 4-2 series with the […] READ MORE




LeBron James, Anthony Davis Duo Shine in NBA Finals

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It may not be the loudest, like Michael Jordan or Scottie Pippen. It may not have the drama, like Shaquille O’Neal or Kobe Bryant. What James and Davis do have is mutual trust and respect for each other. The selflessness that’s rare between two superstars, looking to dominate every time they step onto the court.  READ MORE


NBA Finals Game 2 Recap

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After a blowout in Game 1, the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat returned to the court for Game 2 of the 2020 NBA Finals. Los Angeles took advantage of the injured Heat and snagged Game 2 with a score of 124-114 to go up 2-0. Tyler Herro and Meyers Leonard started for the injured […] READ MORE


Los Angeles Lakers Dominate Miami Heat in NBA Finals Game One

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Lakers head coach Frank Vogel called a timeout to gather his team. Coming out of that pause, the Lakers became the Goliath, thanks to unlikely players. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope converted two critical three-pointers. Anthony Davis made a driving layup, thanks to an assist from Rajon Rondo. Even Alex Caruso, the dynamic undrafted guard, made a three-pointer late in the first quarter, giving the Lakers their first lead of the game.  READ MORE