LeBron James congratulates Naomi Osaka on the AP female athlete of the year award

Lakers forward LeBron James congratulated Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka on the Associated Press award for Best Female Athlete of 2020 in Instagram Stories.

“When you got the call to inform you that you were chosen AP Athlete of the Year,” LeBron wrote in his photo with Naomi.

James was named the 2020 Men’s Athlete of the Year.

Minnesota Seized Renewal Options for Okogi and Culvera

Minnesota took advantage of the renewal options in the contracts of light forward Josh Okogi (22 years, 193 cm) and attacking defender Jarrett Culver (21 years, 198 cm).

Okogi averaged 8.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 139 games for the Wolves.

Culver averaged 9.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in his debut 2019/20 season.

Isaiah Thomas: “LeBron James is the best leader in the NBA right now”

Famed Detroit player Isaiah Thomas believes Lakers forward LeBron James has no equal in the NBA today for his ability to unite his team on and off the court.

“LeBron James understands how to bring people together off the court.

He is now the best leader in the NBA in terms of creating the right mindset, team concentration, and moving in the right direction throughout the season, ”said Thomas.

Wizards Ditch Mo Wagner and Jerome Robinson Renewals

Washington has abandoned the option to renew contracts with Mo Wagner and Jerome Robinson. Both players will become free agents at the end of the 20/21 season.

Heavy forward Wagner (23, 211 cm) is in his second season with the Wizards. Last season, he averaged 8.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

Attacking guard Robinson (23, 193) moved to Washington from the Clippers last season and played 20 games for the team, averaging 9.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

Kevin Durant to miss Memphis

Kevin Durant will not be taking part in today’s match against Memphis. The Brooklyn star forward will miss the second day of back-to-back as part of his Achilles tendon rupture rehabilitation.

On Sunday, in a meeting with the Hornets (104: 106), Durant scored 29 points in 36 minutes.

Durant missed the 19/20 season after surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon.