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Trade grades: Winners and losers in Cousins deal

How far can DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis lead the Pelicans? What does this blockbuster trade mean for the future of the Kings? Kevin Pelton grades the trade.

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LeBron James' plan to become King of Hollywood

LeBron James' first act, becoming one of the greatest basketball players in history, is all but settled as a success. His second act -- to become a global entertainment icon -- is just beginning.

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5dMark Fainaru-Wada

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is back -- and outspoken as ever

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who protested the national anthem in 1996, is back and is outspoken as ever -- about America, oppression and even whether the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were an "inside job."

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7hBrett Okamoto

Lewis stops Browne in Round 2

Heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis survived a tough first round to demolish Travis Browne in Round 2 for a KO victory at UFC Fight Night in Halifax, Canada.

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4dTommy Tomlinson

Why Dale Jr.'s mind can't quit racing

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns at Daytona after letting his brain heal from multiple concussions -- and after undergoing a different sort of rehabilitation for his psyche.

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Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Pelicans new center DeMarcus Cousins on private Kings plane back to Sacramento with his assistant and family, source said. Only Kings employee is PR guru Chris Clark.? Cousins is expected to return back to New Orleans on Tuesday.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Just spoke to Anthony Davis. HUGE smile when talking about the trade that is expected to bring DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans. "This is an unbelievable weekend. All-Star MVP and now getting Boogie. It doesn't get better than this." AD said he hasn't heard anything official from management or talked to Cousins yet.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The All-Star Game closing message is "Thank You New Orleans", but fans here might be saying "Thank You Sacramento" after Sunday's late breaking trade news.

Davis told teammates before game he wanted MVP for home crowd
NBA 

Anthony Davis says he stressed to his Western Conference All-Star teammates that he wanted to get the game's MVP award for the city of New Orleans.

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Westbrook has fun with reporter asking about KD
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Russell Westbrook toys with reporters during his post-All-Star Game interview, including a question about his alley-oop with Kevin Durant.

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Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

New Orleans now seeking trade partner for forward Terrence Jones, league sources tell ESPN. Mutual decision on behalf of team, Jones' camp.

ESPN Stats and Information  

New teammates-to-be DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are the only players to average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in each of the last 4 seasons.

ESPN Stats and Information  

3 players are averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds per game this season: Russell Westbrook and new teammates Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

ESPN Stats and Information  

DeMarcus Cousins is reportedly headed to the Pelicans. He's having a career-best season in a number of categories.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Kevin Durant recorded the fourth triple-double in NBA All-Star Game history. The other 3 are by Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Michael Jordan.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Anthony Davis set an NBA All-Star Game scoring record with 52 points. He's the first All-Star Game MVP from the host team since Kobe Bryant in 2011.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

After wrapping up his session with the media, Anthony Davis is asked about the report that DeMarcus Cousins is headed to New Orleans in a trade, but doesn't stop to answer.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis as teammates today in New Orleans. Get used to it.

Matt Walks ESPN Editor 

52 points. MVP. All in a night's work.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The MVP is a popular man in his home arena tonight.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Giannis Antetokounmpo heads out after meeting with the media.

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Matt Walks ESPN Editor 

Anthony Davis' mom has the best jacket in the house.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis on breaking Wilt's All-Star record: "The next one I'm gonna try to do is 100 points."

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Anthony Davis says he stressed to his teammates in the locker room that he wanted to win the MVP award in front of his home fans. He says he enjoyed breaking one of Wilt Chamberlain's records and "next time I'll try to get 100 points."

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

The Lakers were engaged today with Sacramento in discussions regarding a trade for Boogie Cousins, but a source tells ESPN they aren't anymore.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Steve Kerr says he predetermined that MVP Anthony Davis would play more minutes than any of his other players. Davis capitalized on the extra time to claim MVP honors from Russell Westbrook who sat for the final 5:45.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

League source on Kings' DeMarcus Cousins decision: "They are going back and forth. Vivek isn't sure what he's going to do."

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Steve Kerr said that the Durant lob to Westbrook "broke the ice" and that sometimes the game does "break the ice." Kerr says he did not realize he did not play Durant and Westbrook together in the second half. Kerr says Kawhi Leonard told him at halftime he didn't want to play anymore and that DeMarcus Cousins told him he was "beat up" prior to the game which is why Cousins barely played.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Russ being Russ.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Kerr said he'd like to find some incentive structure to make the ASG more competitive. Said he feels like "Weekend At Bernie's" on the sidelines.