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The Most Unlikely Stat Explosions in NBA History

There's nothing like seeing an NBA player have everything click on a single night. Whether he's finding the bottom of the net whenever his wrist flicks, magically ending up in the right place for every rebound, finding passing angles no one else can see, rejecting shots left and right or committing …

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This Fall, You Can Bid On Michael Jordan’s Jersey from Space Jam

Replete with “minor staining”

In 1996’s half-animated, half live-action masterpiece Space Jam, a group of tiny intergalactic alien terrorists, hell-bent on poaching the entire Looney Tunes squad in order to install them as the main attraction at their theme park, steal the talent of a group of NBA …

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Eleven years after messy breakup with Lakers, Kobe and Shaq make up on podcast

More than a decade after a feud between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal led to the breakup of one of the NBA's most dynamic duos, the two shared stories about their bickering Lakers days and why it all fell apart.

Bryant, entering his 20th season with the Lakers, and O'Neal, an NBA analyst on TNT, …

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60 Best Crossovers of the 2015 NBA Season Combined into Awesome Highlight Tape

There are 34 days until the NBA returns for preseason action, which feels like an eternity, but have no fear.

The NBA compiled the 60 best crossovers of the 2014-15 season into 15 minutes of pure, ankle-breaking gold, which should help ease the heartache.

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Jim Buss talks about D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and the Lakers' struggles

Lakers part-owner Jim Buss says he's anxious for the new season to begin, and one of the reasons is the team's top draft pick, D'Angelo Russell.

"I can't wait for the season, one of the reasons I can't wait, first of all, I love basketball, second is to watch this kid develop," Buss told The Times …

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Anthony Davis is adding muscle, becoming even more terrifying

The Brow is reportedly adding muscle without losing his explosiveness, which is great news for the Pelicans and terrible news for the rest of the league.

Read this and despair, NBA centers. Anthony Davis is up to 253 pounds after spending the summer bulking up, according to the Pelicans.

Davis came …

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The NBA's small ball obsession is bigger than ever

Last year's finals gave us a great look at small ball. Here's everything you need to know.

Small ball reached new heights in Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals when Warriors coach Steve Kerr sat year-long starter Andrew Bogut the entire game, moved Draymond Green to center and inserted Andre Iguodala …

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Scouting the NBA's Newest Overseas Additions from the 2015 Offseason

The NBA is more global today than it's ever been. This summer alone, the league played its first exhibition in Africa, where it also conducted clinics as part of Basketball Without Borders, and is currently bringing basketball camps to the Caribbean.

Not to mention all the trips that players are …

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Why Traditional Big Men Are Still Vital in Today's NBA

Traditional big men will always have a place in the NBA.

It's just that their place, and the things they must do to get there, is changing.

But because ample time is spent lauding the league's deceptively coined "small-ball" movement, the survival of these player types is often glossed over, their …

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Cavs to take time with Kyrie Irving's rehab; January return possible

The "freak play" that fractured Kyrie Irving's kneecap and led to season-ending surgery in June could keep the point guard out for a few more months.

Irving's rehab is going smoothly, sources told The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Cleveland Cavaliers will slowly work him back into playing …

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Jim Buss not shutting door on Kobe Bryant's return

Given Kobe Bryant's age and injury-riddled past, there is great intrigue about the star guard's health entering this upcoming season, but there is just as much intrigue -- if not more -- about whether it will be Bryant's final season with the Los Angeles Lakers -- or in the NBA.

Though the …

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Derrick Rose Reportedly Sued, Accused of Raping Ex-Girlfriend

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose "is being sued by a woman who claims the NBA superstar and two of his friends [Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen] drugged and gang raped her," according to TMZ (warning: report contains graphic sexual content).

The lawsuit was filed in the Los Angeles County …

Derrick Rose

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal Comment on Lakers, Relationship, Regrets

The blood feud between Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant has long been buried, but the two have managed to avoid a one-on-one sit-down in which they publicly discussed what went wrong in Los Angeles—until now.

Bryant appeared on O'Neal's podcast, The Big Podcast With Shaq, which will air Monday on …

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Why Oklahoma City Thunder Are the NBA's Most Unsolvable Puzzle

The spectrum of possibilities for the Oklahoma City Thunder's future is broader than ever—which isn't necessarily a good thing.

The talent-laden roster, led by Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka—all, theoretically, in their primes—means that the highest end of that spectrum is still …

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Shaquille O'Neal Will Be Featured on NBA TV's 'Shaq Week'

Shaquille O'Neal is one of the most dominant and recognizable figures in basketball history, and his accomplishments will be highlighted by NBA TV next week through the aptly titled "Shaq Week" beginning Aug. 31.

As seen in this video courtesy of Turner Sports, NBA TV's answer to Discovery's "Shark …

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Howard Beck's 1990s NBA Starting 5

In the 1990s, the NBA showcased some of basketball's all-time greats, including Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal. These players competed to be the best at a pivotal time in NBA history.

But who were the best players at every position in the 1990s? John Stockton or Gary Payton? Reggie Miller or …

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Michael Jordan Can't Decide Who Gets Shoe Deals Due to Cap Rules

Michael Jordan is among the most powerful and influential figures in basketball history, but the NBA has had restrictions in place to avoid a conflict of interest between Jordan's ownership of the Charlotte Bobcats and his world-famous shoe brand.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the league …

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The NBA's Tournament of Names: Which Team Comes out on Top?

Anybody want to spend a few minutes imagining Anthony Davis trying to guard Magic Johnson?

Great! Me too.

Here's how we make that happen: Organize NBA players past and present by last name, assign them to teams and pick the top squads with common surnames. After that, it's simple. Just seed the teams …

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Stephen Curry doesn't sound like someone who'd ever consider leaving the Warriors

Curry isn't worried about his prospective free agency in 2017, and there's little reason to think he's leaving the Warriors anytime soon.

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry can become an unrestricted free agent in 2017, but free agency "isn't really appealing" to the reigning NBA MVP, he told …

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Jamie Dimon's bank is earning comparisons to the best player in the NBA

One is the picture of offensive prowess and defensive aggression, wrapped up into an All-Star package that some think is the best in the game. The other is LeBron James.

CSLA analyst Mike Mayo has issued a bullish report upgrading JPMorgan to a buy and comparing chief executive Jamie Dimon to …

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Stephen Curry Comments on Free Agency, Future with Golden State Warriors

It's hard to imagine Stephen Curry in a better situation than the one he's in now. He's one of the best players in the league and is coming off a season in which he won the Most Valuable Player award and an NBA title.

Not surprisingly, the 27-year-old isn't considering leaving the Golden State …

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Howard Beck: 5 Players Under the Most Pressure to Prove Themselves This Season

Many players in the NBA are in new situations to start the season. Some will be coming back from injury, and others will be on new teams. All will be looking to resume their careers and perform at their best. These players have a lot riding on this season, as it will set the tone for the rest of …

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A Definitive Ranking of Every Michael Jordan Documentary

Michael Jordan is commonly referred to as the Greatest of All Time, aka the G.O.A.T.

And for good reason. His resume of accomplishments is unmatched. Jordan is a six-time NBA Champion, six-time Finals MVP, five-time NBA MVP, 14-time NBA All-Star, 10-time NBA scoring champ and back-to-back Slam Dunk …

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Lakers' Kobe Bryant returns to court to practice shooting

Kobe Bryant is finally able to practice shooting.

On Saturday, the Lakers All-Star guard posted a photo of himself via Instagram, with the caption, "First day back on the court shooting! Bout Damn time!! #shoulderrecovery #20thseason #drinkbodyarmor #lakers."

Bryant suffered a season-ending injury in …

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Ball Don't Five: Top 5 Great Teams That Never Won a Title

As we continue to work our way through the endless summer between the Finals and Opening Night, we'll pause each Friday to briefly consider and count

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Kevin Durant says not to trust any free agent rumors this season

When Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant becomes a free agent next summer, he will do so with anywhere from five to a dozen franchises (if …

Kevin Durant

Stephen Curry Dances Onstage with Rapper Lecrae at Concert

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is a big fan of the rapper Lecrae. So on Thursday night at a concert in Oakland, the reigning MVP went up onstage and started getting down.

The All-Star point guard grooved alongside the Christian hip-hop artist as he performed the song "I'm Turnt." Curry …

Stephen Curry

Ricky Rubio thinks Andrew Wiggins 'is going to be an MVP one day'

Andrew Wiggins had a very successful rookie season, winning the Rookie of the Year award while giving the Minnesota Timberwolves a future star to build around. The Timberwolves are counting on their young core of Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Ricky Rubio and Karl-Anthony Towns to develop as a cohesive unit …

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Supermarket Chain Must Pay Michael Jordan $8.9 Million for Using Name to Sell Steak

Jurors at a civil trial focused on the market value of Michael Jordan's identity handed him a major win Friday, ordering a grocery-store chain to pay him $8.9 million for invoking his name in a steak ad without his permission.

The amount was close to the $10 million his attorneys said the one-time …

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