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Recent articles by Jeff:

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan among 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame inductees

The 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class, announced Saturday, is loaded with all-time greats, including Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan. → Read More

NBA 2K Players tournament: Predictions for event featuring basketball's biggest names

Real NBA games won't be resuming anytime soon, but fans can still watch some of the league's biggest stars face off in the NBA 2K Players tournament. → Read More

WNBA officially postpones start of 2020 season due to coronavirus

WNBA season was scheduled to begin May 15 but was postponed Friday due to coronavirus. The league's virtual draft is set to take place on April 17. → Read More

5 defining LeBron James games we'd want the King to break down

In absence of live games, LeBron James pondered doing breakdowns for some key moments in his career. We'd love his takes on these games. → Read More

President Donald Trump tells sports commissioners he is hopeful NFL season will open on time

Donald Trump had a conference call with many major sports league commissioners Saturday and said he's hopeful the NFL season will start on time. → Read More

Utah's Rudy Gobert, first NBA player with positive coronavirus test, pledges more than $500,000 for arena employees, others

Jazz center Rudy Gobert, first NBA player to test positive for coronavirus, to give more than $500,000 for arena employee fund, other relief services. → Read More

Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood tests positive for coronavirus

Christian Wood becomes the third NBA player to test positive for coronavirus, including Utah's Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. → Read More

How the NBA's Utah Jazz were able to get 58 coronavirus tests

While there is a national shortage of COVID-19 test kits, the answer to how 58 people were tested is simpler than NBA using its financial resources. → Read More

Utah Jazz All-Star Donovan Mitchell tests positive for coronavirus

A second Utah Jazz player — All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell — preliminarily has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). → Read More

NBA shuts down after Rudy Gobert tests positive for coronavirus

The announcement came after the Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game was postponed. Rudy Gobert was listed as questionable because of an illness. → Read More

Coronavirus: NBA moving toward banning fans, but still no decision on how to handle games

The NBA discussed playing games behind closed doors and halting league operations, but for now, it's business as usual except for Warriors, Cavaliers. → Read More

MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS to close locker rooms to the media over coronavirus concerns

The four pro sports leagues plan to close locker rooms to the media and non-essential personnel, starting on Tuesday. → Read More

NBA, NBPA warns players in memo about contact with fans as coronavirus spreads in U.S.

The league and the union are advising players to avoid high-fiving fans and taking items such as pens to sign autographs. Fist bumping is recommended. → Read More

Opinion: NBA rookie Zion Williamson is matching — perhaps surpassing — his massive hype

It’s possible New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson isn’t receiving enough attention for his accomplishments in the NBA. → Read More

Opinion: Gianna Bryant's unfulfilled dreams permeate memorial with unbearable sadness

While Monday’s event at Staples Center was billed as a celebration, it was impossible to escape the sadness of three lives ending so young. → Read More

Opinion: Michael Jordan makes rare appearance to share story of rare friendship with Kobe Bryant

The bond Michael Jordan shared with his "little brother" reflected their on-court battles - one of respect, competition and being the best. → Read More

Barack Obama, LeBron James, NBA luminaries share their favorite Kobe Bryant memories

Kobe Bryant was a source of inspiration to many of those around him during and after his 20-year NBA career. → Read More

How Kobe Bryant helped China grow into basketball-crazed nation

In China, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was god-like. His impact on the nation and the game has been unlike any other NBA athlete. → Read More

Five biggest NBA story lines to watch for the rest of the regular season

Just one-third of the NBA season remains – two months before the playoffs begin on April 18. Here are biggest stories to watch before the postseason. → Read More

Nets' Kyrie Irving out for year, will have arthroscopic surgery on right shoulder

Kyrie Irving played in just 20 games this season for the Brooklyn Nets thanks to a right shoulder injury. → Read More