Rockets’ James Harden Throws Shade at Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo — NESN.com

Today’s NBA has drawn criticism from older generations for a lack of heated rivalries. Now, players form close friendships with other guys in the league, so it’s rare to see players really go at it with one another with genuine hatred fueling competition. There might still be a place for that with James Harden and…

Rockets’ James Harden Throws Shade at Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo — NESN.com

Tyson Barrie suddenly feels like Maple Leafs’ old man — Toronto Sun

SUNRISE, Fla. — Tyson Barrie doesn’t have Jake Muzzin’s lengthy beard and doesn’t wear Morgan Rielly’s alternate A. But before Thursday night’s game, he was being viewed as a steadying veteran influence on a Toronto defence based on his 569 NHL games. “I probably have more games than the rest of them combined,” Barrie said. […]

Tyson Barrie suddenly feels like Maple Leafs’ old man — Toronto Sun

Joe Thornton wants to remain in San Jose past this season: “I’m a Shark” — Oroville Mercury-Register

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton said he fully intends to resign with the team in the offseason and come back in the fall.

Joe Thornton wants to remain in San Jose past this season: “I’m a Shark” — Oroville Mercury-Register

Members of Congress urge Curt Flood’s election to the Hall of Fame — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

“Flood sacrificed his own career so players after him could have free agency, leaving one of the biggest impacts on the game to this day.”

Members of Congress urge Curt Flood’s election to the Hall of Fame — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Purple & Bold: No knocking Anthony Davis’ hustle — Press Telegram

Editor’s note: This is the Friday, Feb. 28 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. Without LeBron James and with an almost too-easy task in front of them, the Lakers woke up after halftime Thursday, knuckling down on defense and hitting the Warriors with…

Purple & Bold: No knocking Anthony Davis’ hustle — Press Telegram

LeBron-less Lakers knock out Warriors with robust third quarter — Press Telegram

The Lakers’ Anthony Davis dribbles the ball during Thursday’s game against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center in San Francisco. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) dribbles the ball up the court against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San…

LeBron-less Lakers knock out Warriors with robust third quarter — Press Telegram

Lakers working to blend Markieff Morris into mix — Daily News

SAN FRANCISCO — He plays tough on the court. Markieff Morris’ game is elbows and hard shoulders. But off the court is when his competitive persona recedes. This is his fifth team in his NBA career, and he thinks he has a pretty good handle on how to fit into a locker room. “I’ve known…

Lakers working to blend Markieff Morris into mix — Daily News