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NBA Players Contemplate Singing ‘Imagine’ as Influence Wanes

by Alex Poletti
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While the NBA has done its best to limit the spread of coronavirus by halting play until further notice, with some players going above and beyond by covering the salary of arena employees, basketball stars are still struggling with the loss of influence they’ve had since commissioner Adam Silver postponed the season. With this in mind, a coalition of players has started to contemplate singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” as a way to stay in the public consciousness.

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LeBron James Closing Gap in MVP Race Now That No Teams Are Playing

by Alex Poletti
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With NBA games postponed until further notice, attention turns to the MVP race, where Lakers forward LeBron James is climbing up the MVP ladder. According to some voters, the distance between season-long front runner Giannis Antetokounmpo and James is less than ever before, especially now that neither star is playing. Continue reading “LeBron James Closing Gap in MVP Race Now That No Teams Are Playing”

With NBA Season Suspended, Adam Silver Relieved He Can Take That Mid-March Vacation He Planned

by Alex Poletti
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The NBA announced on Wednesday that they will suspend the season in light of Utah Jazz center Rudy Golbert testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. While this was met with frustration and disappointment from fans and players alike, league commissioner Adam Silver tells The Second String that he’s actually kind of relieved, as he can now go on the Mid-March vacation he planned last year. Continue reading “With NBA Season Suspended, Adam Silver Relieved He Can Take That Mid-March Vacation He Planned”

LeBron James Challenges Coronavirus to One-on-One Pick-up Game

by Alex Poletti
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With the United States in panic mode over the COVID-19 virus, NBA superstar LeBron James remains a hero in our midst. After publicly saying that he would not play in an empty arena out of concern for the spread of the virus, he took things to the next level by challenging the coronavirus to a one-on-one pick-up game.

“This virus thinks it’s so tough, huh?” the three-time NBA champ says. “It thinks it can take me out? Then let’s see what it can really do. Just me and the virus on the court. Loser leaves town. That’s a challenge.”

The coronavirus has spread to the United States in rapid fashion over the past few weeks, resulting in several states, including California, declaring a state of emergency. Due to the poor response from the national government in containing the disease, the seasons of sports leagues like the NBA are now in jeopardy.

“They say the US can’t handle the virus?” James questions. “Well I’ll show the virus my handles and we’ll see who comes out on top.”

Though the challenge was thought to just be James blowing smoke, he has gotten a surprise response from the virus itself. Showing bravado off the charts, the virus accepted the challenge of the greatest active player.

“I’m down if you are,” COVID-19 says. “You, me, Staples Center. If I lose, I’ll get out of LA. But bring the fans. Bring as many fans as you possibly can. And make them all sit in really close proximity.”

In preparation for the pick-up game, the Lakers hired some of the leading virologists, including Joseph Fair, to help the four-time MVP face a type of opponent he’s never encountered before.

“We’re definitely going to have to shift the strategy a bit,” Fair, who worked as an epidemiologist in Africa during the Ebola outbreak, explains to the Lakers forward. “If you continue to play the contact-heavy basketball that you’re used to, it could go very poorly for you.”

James’s actions have sparked a sense of confidence in Americans that didn’t exist before, with many tweeting their support for the basketball star in his matchup against the virus. This has inspired the United States government to reconsider how they are attacking the virus.

“We think this could be our most important tool for eradicating the coronavirus,” Vice President Mike Pence, who is fronting the coronavirus response at the national level, says. “That’s why we recommend each city select a star player to fight the virus one-on-one. With that, and a lot of prayer, we may be able to take this thing down.”

*This article is a work of satire. Though certain elements and quotes may be based on true events, this should not be taken as fact.

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Lakers Sign Markieff Morris, Hoping He’ll Switch Out with Brother Marcus During Games

by Alex Poletti
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Gearing up for the postseason, the Los Angeles Lakers waived former All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins to make room for Markieff Morris, meaning that Morris will play in the same city as his twin brother Marcus, who came to the Clippers in a trade deadline deal with the Knicks. The Lakers tell The Second String that this move is meant to help the team beat their crosstown rivals in the playoffs, as they hope Markieff and Marcus will switch teams during the games.

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Dinner with Vanessa Hudgens Gives Kyle Kuzma First Rebound of Season

by Alex Poletti
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Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma finally added a rebound to his stats this year by having dinner with “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens just one week after she broke up with former Disney star Austin Butler.

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Tension in Lakers Locker Room After LeBron James Gifts Anthony Davis Razor for Christmas

by Alex Poletti
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Christmas morning was fraught with tension for the two Los Angeles Lakers stars, as LeBron James got his teammate Anthony Davis a razor for the holidays, which the former Pelicans big man didn’t appreciate at all.

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