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17-Year-Old Kobe Bryant 'Destroyed' UCLA Team in Pickup Games

Kobe Bryant began testing himself and more than holding his own against NBA competition as a teenager, so one can only imagine what he did against …

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The Ghost of the GOAT: Why There Isn't a 'Next Michael Jordan' Anymore

<b>KOBE BRYANT SWEARS HE SAW IT</b>—Michael Jordan's ghost, not two months ago, right there on the floor of Madison Square Garden.<p>It took the form of DeMar DeRozan, working his mid-range magic against the Knicks. That fadeaway jumper from the elbow. The game-winner. The sly smirk. It was unmistakable—<i>just</i> …

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The Best 1-2 Punches in the NBA Playoffs so Far

The first round of the NBA playoffs has been strange.<p>Not because some series are unexpectedly competitive, but because few of the typical dynamic duos have showed up. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry haven't thrived for the Toronto Raptors. Kyrie Irving and LeBron James weren't both driving forces …

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Who had the best crossover of all-time? Allen Iverson fires back at Hardaway's claim

Iverson clapped back at Tim Hardaway for his claims that The Answer carried the ball<p>There has been a bit of controversy in the past few days over carrying the basketball, as Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg complained that referees let Isaiah Thomas get away with it all the time.<p>That, however, is not the …

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Even for these Bulls, Dwyane Wade’s statement was a big glass of stupid

<b>The Bulls’ playoff series</b> with the Celtics might be even at 2-2, but the Bulls have won the battle of stupidity in a rout.<p>Again.<p>The way they have all season with some of the things they do and say.<p>This time, it was Dwyane Wade admitting that the Bulls are embarrassing.<p>No, he didn’t use the word …

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This is cruel: Steve Kerr imprisoned by misery that has engulfed his body

<i>Programming note: Warriors-Blazers Game 4 coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area, and streaming live</i> …

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'Just Tell 'Em the Truth': With Steve Kerr Out, Backup Dubs Coach Governs Simply

PORTLAND—Mike Brown, taking over one of the most talented teams in NBA history, just wants his routine back.<p>“I really want to go to Starbucks right now. You guys kinda screwed up my routine for getting a coffee,” he told reporters yesterday ahead of the Warriors’ Game 4 matchup against the Portland …

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Magic Johnson should steer clear of Paul George in search for next Lakers superstar

It didn’t take long for Magic Johnson to come to the realization that what he’s got in Laker-land isn’t enough to challenge for an NBA title. Anybody …

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Trying to Describe Giannis Antetokounmpo

Late in the Milwaukee Bucks’ close second-game loss to the Toronto Raptors, on Tuesday night, the team’s sui-generis star Giannis Antetokounmpo backed his way toward the basket, along the baseline. His defender, Raptors forward P. J. Tucker, buttressed himself, but Antetokounmpo, all roughly seven …

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The Secrets Behind Russell Westbrook's Extreme Physique

<b>By the time</b> Russell Westbrook jogs onto the court, his work is already done. It's three hours before the Thunder are set to tip off against the Denver Nuggets in their season finale, but there's nothing left to play for. Oklahoma City is locked into its first-round series against the Houston …

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12 Michael Jordan stories that prove he was the most competitive athlete of all-time

What made Michael Jordan so great? Was it his supreme athleticism? That probably had a lot to do with it, as did his finely tuned skill-set. But the biggest reason Jordan ended up as the greatest NBA player we have ever seen is his amazing competitive streak.<p>So on this Throwback Thursday, let’s …

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There’s only one reason for the Warriors not to keep resting Kevin Durant

This might shock you, but the Golden State Warriors won’t need Kevin Durant to close out the Portland Trail Blazers.<p>Thanks to big-time performances …

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Craig Hodges: 'Jordan didn't speak out because he didn't know what to say'

He was one of the NBA’s finest sharpshooters and a two-time champion alongside Michael Jordan, but was run out of the league for his outspoken views. A quarter of a century on, Craig Hodges is still fighting the good fight<p>“I’m sad to say that one of our players was shot on Monday,” Craig Hodges …

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Be Warned, LeBron, Paul George Is Finally Finding His Inner Badass

As fascinating a season as it has been for Russell Westbrook, Paul George's somewhat fruitless one has been far richer from a character-development standpoint.<p>From the start of the season, Westbrook took his undermanned, small-market situation and embraced the freedom it allows: Do <i>you</i> the best that …

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Steve Kerr Is the King of Cool: Drama x Joy x Defeat = Destiny on Repeat

<b>A boy and</b> <b>his father</b> walk out of a basketball game, hand in hand, into the California night, and the little one poses a question: <i>We won the game, but why is everyone so mad?</i><p>All around them, people are complaining, even as their beloved team has kept a grip on the No. 1 national ranking.<p>The father …

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Obsession Is Natural

On November 12, 1996, Allen Iverson dropped 35 on the Knicks in a win at the Garden.<p>On November 12, 1996, I played five minutes and finished with two …

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Metrics 101: Best NBA Players Who Never Made the Playoffs

Almost every great NBA player eventually experiences the postseason.<p>Most studs advance to the playoffs early in their careers or during their primes. Those unfortunate enough to miss out time after time can typically latch onto a contender late in their professional tenures and play a small role in …

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Steph Curry reveals his 'embarrassing' off-court pastime

We all know what Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry likes to do on the court.<p>Sink three-point shots, one after the another, making it look easy as he chomps on his plastic mouth guard.<p>But what about off-the-court?<p>In an honest interview with GQ, the two-time MVP shared all:<p>"Oh, man, this is …

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Stephen Curry: 'I Want to Try to Redeem Myself'

Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals still haunts Stephen Curry, and though he’s trying not to get ahead of himself, Curry wants to get back to the …

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Chris Bosh Believes He Can Still Play, Says His Health Is 'Complicated'

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, who did not play in the 2016-17 season due to ongoing blood-clotting issues, said he still hopes to play again but acknowledged he's getting used to life without basketball.<p>“At heart, I’m still an athlete and that is not how I want it to end,” Bosh said on <i>Larry King</i> …

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Psst, James Harden, it’s too late for people to change their NBA MVP votes

Good morning. We have that and more in Monday’s NBA newsletter.<p>It appears that Russell Westbrook will be named the 2017 NBA MVP, based on compilations of publicly available votes. James Harden, meanwhile, is going up head-to-head with Westbrook in the first round of the NBA playoffs, and isn't …

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8 mistakes the Warriors can't afford to make in the playoffs

The Warriors are about to enter the playoffs as the overwhelming favorite to win the NBA championship. But as we saw last year, things can tighten up quickly.<p>The team is fully healthy, possibly playing its best basketball, and doing so while the rest of the league sits in envy of its firepower. …

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Phil Jackson: Knicks want 'significant player' in return for Carmelo Anthony

It's unclear if they have the leverage to get one, though<p>Phil Jackson said at his end-of-season press conference on Friday that Carmelo Anthony would be better off somewhere else , which of course brings up an obvious question: What does Jackson expect to get in return for the star forward?<p>"This …

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Phil Jackson Says Carmelo Anthony May 'Be Better Off' on Team Other Than Knicks

In a press conference Friday, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson lent credence to speculation Carmelo Anthony's time with the organization could be nearing its conclusion by stating the superstar forward may be "better off chasing a championship elsewhere."<p>According to Ian Begley of ESPN, …

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Warriors again head into NBA playoffs as title favorites

Late Monday night, when asked about playing his first game with Stephen Curry in six weeks, Kevin Durant glanced down at the box score from the Warriors’ 105-99 loss to Utah.<p>“Well, 9-for-16, six threes, 28 points — I guess I don’t make him worse, after all,” Durant said, smiling. “He came out …

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LeBron unfazed by struggles, believes Cavaliers can repeat

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- LeBron James quickly moved past Cleveland's disjointed regular season, an uphill, 82-game slog of injuries, roster upheaval and drama.<p>Reflection can wait.<p>James understands the Cavaliers appear vulnerable, perhaps beatable as they enter the NBA …

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Russell Westbrook was the best thing about the NBA all season

Why not? The Thunder star made the NBA worth watching from start to finish.<p>The Year of the Brodie began the same way as every classic tale of vengeance, redemption, and maturity: with a text message. When Kevin Durant notified Russell Westbrook he was leaving Oklahoma City for the rival Golden …

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How Klay Thompson Became More Valuable Than Ever

He Wears His Heart on His Shots<p>Klay Thompson isn’t the most famous or highly paid Warrior. He’s certainly not the most effusive. But instead of …

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Sources: General managers pushing to alter in-season contract buyout and waiver process

A predominance of the NBA’s general managers are pushing for the league to begin a dialogue on possible alterations to the in-season contract buyout …

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