NBA Finals Game 1 odds, picks: Expert predictions for Warriors vs Celtics

Follow our live coverage for Game 1 of the NBA Finals Golden State has waited a week since knocking off dallasand Boston is just a few days removed from winning Game 7 in Miami. Will the extra rest help the Warriors be fresher, or will it cause some early rustiness? BetMGM has Golden State favored … Read more

Take-Two CEO Skeptical Of Metaverses, Worthless Digital Land

Photo: Jonathan Leibson (Getty Images) The metaverse has quickly become a popular topic of speculation for tech companies and rich CEOs as they scramble to not be left behind while people look for ways to escape our hellish current-day digital landscape. But the metaverse is (probably) a giant bust, and Strauss Zelnick, CEO of GTA … Read more

Boston Celtics not intimidated heading into NBA Finals showdown with Golden State Warriors

1:35 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN SAN FRANCISCO — The Boston Celtics are back in the NBA Finals for the first time in more than a decade, but first-year coach Ime Udoka said that is no cause for celebration. “We’re not hanging a banner [for that] here,” Udoka said, referring to winning the Eastern Conference. “It’s … Read more

Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum wins inaugural Larry Bird Eastern Conference Finals MVP award

MIAMI– Boston Celtics swing man Jayson Tatum was named the inaugural Larry Bird award winner as the MVP of the NBA Eastern Conference finals at the conclusion of the series Sunday. Tatum, 24, wore an armband honoring Kobe Bryant as the Celtics beat the Miami Heat 100-96 in Game 7, and he delivered one of … Read more

Boston Celtics bounce back, outlast Miami Heat in Game 7 to win Eastern Conference title

11:22 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI — Nothing about this Boston Celtics season has been easy. So, it stands to reason, making it to the NBA Finals wouldn’t be, either. But at the end of a grueling seven-game series in the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heatthat is exactly where the Celtics have returned … Read more

Lakers hire Darvin Ham, check several boxes with first-year head coach

After a month-and-a-half-long search, the Lakers hired their next head coach, Darvin Ham, on Friday afternoon, multiple sources confirmed to The Athletic. Ham, 48, checked nearly every box for the Lakers during their coaching search: he has ties to the franchise, he has a championship pedigree, he’s coached several big stars (most notably Kobe Bryant … Read more

Ime Udoka says Boston Celtics need better start vs. Miami Heat, cannot ‘give them life early’ in Game 7

1:11 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI — Ahead of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka said that after his team has gone through a roller-coaster ride of a season to get to this point, it is only fitting that this series will come down to Boston having to win … Read more