Blake Levinson

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Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media

<b>“Beautifully, unapologetically plastic.”</b><p><b>“Feature for feature, it’s identical to iPad Air in every way.”</b><p><b>“Just avoid holding it in that way.”</b><p>Apple’s public relations (PR) department is probably the best in the world — certainly more impressive at shaping and controlling the discussion of its products …

Dream Team II, the cocky champions history forgot

We remember the first Dream Team, but its successor in 1994 is often forgotten. We remember its brilliance and character on the 20th anniversary of its landslide victory at the FIBA World Championships.<p>The 2014 FIBA World Cup is scheduled to begin Saturday, and I'm intrigued to see how this young …

LeBron James' Return to Cleveland Cavaliers Forces Kyrie Irving to Mature

Has Kyrie Irving been a leader during the early portion of his NBA career?<p>Absolutely not, and he'll tell you that himself.<p>"I haven't been a leader—not at all," the talented point guard explained while speaking with Shams Charania of RealGM.com.<p>It's a refreshing bit of honesty from Irving, who has …

Will Miami Fans Celebrate or Castigate LeBron James in Christmas Day Homecoming?

MIAMI — There was a time, not all that long ago, when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade seemed to be on the same side when it came to just about everything. Not only did they wear the same uniform for four seasons, but they carried some of the same burdens and shared quite a few sensibilities.<p>For …

Basketball

LeBron James Shifts Kevin Love's Focus from Major Markets to Championships

If subliminally altering priorities and preferences of Kevin Love were, by NBA rule, considered tampering, LeBron James would be a fugitive living and operating outside the letter of the law.<p>Love is on the precipice of forging an instant powerhouse with James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, according …

Fantasy Football 2014: Cheatsheet and Draft Strategy to Help You Win Your League

Every hardcore fantasy football owner is looking for an edge. What piece of information will be key to pushing you over the top in your league?<p>In most instances, injuries play a huge role. Your team needs to either be extraordinarily lucky when it comes to staying healthy, or well prepared to …

Pressure's on LeBron (isn't it always) with Love in Cleveland

LeBron James' Cleveland honeymoon is over. With Kevin Love apparently on the way, the Cavs have to win right away or LeBron-bashing will resume.<p><b>More:</b> …

Bucher: Does LeBron Have a Better Big 3 with the Cavs Than He Did with the Heat?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will form a new Big Three with the reported acquisition of Kevin Love, who will join LeBron James and Kyrie Irving following a trade agreement in principle with the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.<p>How does the new Big Three compare to …

Winners and Losers of Pending Kevin Love to Cleveland Cavaliers Trade

It's all over, folks.<p>Almost.<p>Although nothing can be made official until August 23, Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Minnesota Timberwolves will ship Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for rookie Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round pick.<p>After …

Will LeBron James and Kevin Durant Dominate the 2014-15 NBA MVP Conversation?

Over the last few years, any conversation about an NBA MVP has to start and end with the same two players.<p>Kevin Durant and LeBron James.<p>The former is our reigning MVP, winning the award after a dominant 2013-14 season in which he averaged 32.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game while …

Why Oklahoma City Thunder's Championship Clock Is Ticking Loudly

With general manager Sam Presti's draft-day Midas touch, the Oklahoma City Thunder have afforded themselves the opportunity to lead a charmed NBA existence.<p>But life at the top can be fragile, especially when it's never actually reached the top.<p>Not that the Thunder have reason to complain, of …

LeBron James' Legacy Will Hinge on Cavaliers Acquiring Kevin Love

In one sense, it's odd to suggest that the legacy of the best player of this generation, LeBron James, could possibly be resting on the shoulders of another man, Kevin Love.<p>Nothing can take away James' two rings, five trips to the NBA Finals, four MVP awards, two NBA Finals MVP awards, 10 All-Star …

What Dwyane Wade Can Prove to the NBA Without LeBron James

LeBron James might have come to the Miami Heat in deference to Dwyane Wade’s leadership. Four years later, however, it was crystal-clear who wound up holding the throne.<p>Now, with James having left his latest kingdom for the one that first raised him, the Heat’s reins have been returned to the …

Kevin Love Trade Could Be Cleveland Cavaliers' Worst Nightmare

"Could."<p>The use of that particular modal auxiliary verb is quite important, because acquiring Kevin Love has the potential to be absolutely wonderful for the Cleveland Cavaliers. If they're able to retain his services after acquiring him and can successfully add the right supporting pieces, they …