Michael Lee

Michael Lee

Lee covered the NBA for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Washington Post for nearly 14 years before joining The Vertical. Lee was honored with the National Association of Black Journalists' sports story of the year in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @MrMichaelLee.
  • DeMarcus Cousins' Kings tenure ends the way it existed
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    DeMarcus Cousins' Kings tenure ends the way it existed

    DeMarcus Cousins played just two minutes in Sunday’s All-Star Game. NEW ORLEANS – A chaotic, frustrating and confusing tenure had to end the way it had always been for DeMarcus Cousins in nearly seven years with the Sacramento Kings. Cousins was always surrounded by drama in Sacramento – some of which

  • LeBron James not ready to give up Eastern Conference throne
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    LeBron James not ready to give up Eastern Conference throne

    LeBron James owes NBA commissioner Adam Silver a debt of gratitude. If Silver hadn’t decided to replace James’ injured teammate, Kevin Love, with his vacation-deprived buddy, Carmelo Anthony, the game’s best player would’ve entered Sunday’s All-Star Game as the oldest player on the floor at 32. The

  • Bradley Beal not fretting about All-Star snub
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    Bradley Beal not fretting about All-Star snub

    Fans can’t get enough of how Bradley Beal is playing. WASHINGTON – Bradley Beal had been looking forward to spending NBA All-Star Weekend in the Dominican Republic before momentarily getting his hopes up for a trip to New Orleans. When Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love was forced to sit out the

  • How Serge Ibaka could be the key to the Raptors' season
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    How Serge Ibaka could be the key to the Raptors' season

    Serge Ibaka wanted the chance to possibly expand his game, explore the limitations of his talents, and see if he had more to offer than just being the third wheel – or sidekick, in emergency injury situations – in the Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook dynamic. The Orlando Magic, desperate to make a

  • LaMarcus Aldridge on Spurs having just one All-Star: 'It was wrong'
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    LaMarcus Aldridge on Spurs having just one All-Star: 'It was wrong'

    LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 17.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season. LaMarcus Aldridge chose winning, above all else, when he decided two summers ago to play for the San Antonio Spurs. As the most coveted free agent at the time, Aldridge could’ve gone somewhere else – or stayed in Portland

  • Scott Brooks proving to have right touch with Wizards
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    Scott Brooks proving to have right touch with Wizards

    Scott Brooks has led the Wizards to 22 wins in their last 30 games. WASHINGTON – The foundation for the season’s most unlikely turnaround, for John Wall playing the most consistently inspiring basketball of his career, for the Washington Wizards to become so cocky that they recently decided to wear

  • Carmelo Anthony on difficult Knicks situation: There's 'no need for me to lash out'
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    Carmelo Anthony on difficult Knicks situation: There's 'no need for me to lash out'

    If Carmelo Anthony chose to lose his cool, to publicly rebuke those who’ve added stress to his hectic life – fans, media, management – the emotional outburst might be understandable, considering the perennial woes of his New York Knicks. The sixth anniversary of his arrival to the franchise is quickly

  • Why Penny Hardaway can relate to Russell Westbrook's situation
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    Why Penny Hardaway can relate to Russell Westbrook's situation

    Penny Hardaway played six seasons with the Magic. MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway came down a hallway at Methodist University Hospital – Styrofoam box of food in one hand, keys to the gym in the other – still looking like a Nike pitchman because of his cap, sweatshirt and sneakers. Nine

  • Vince Carter at 40: 'I'm still standing'
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    Vince Carter at 40: 'I'm still standing'

    Vince Carter is in his 19th NBA season. On Wednesday night, the eve of his 40th birthday, Vince Carter punched in 30 minutes on the clock for a Memphis Grizzlies win over his original team, the Toronto Raptors, but his work had only begun. As fans exited FedEx Forum, perhaps still marveling at the

  • KD on Westbrook rivalry: 'The outside is taking it more serious than probably we are'
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    KD on Westbrook rivalry: 'The outside is taking it more serious than probably we are'

    With Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the depths of their rift has to be determined by what isn’t said. The once-incredible partnership isn’t on speaking terms, Westbrook declared after the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder staged their latest feisty but mostly non-competitive game