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Isaiah Thomas joins Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant in exclusive scoring club

The Celtics guard's impressive season continues<p>Isaiah Thomas has been absolutely incredible this season. He made his second successive All-Star …

From Carmelo to Kemba: 25 NBA players who made a mark at March Madness

The madness of March is upon us, and as some of the nation’s top players look to advance in the Big Dance, we take a look back to see which current NBA players made an impact at college basketball's annual tournament.<p><i>Note: For players with multiple NCAA tournament appearances, the best year</i> …

Current NBA Players Who Peaked Too Early

The average progression of an NBA career features incremental annual improvement that leads to a peak stretch (right around the mid-to-late 20s), and then inevitable decline before retirement.<p>Players grow, thrive then fade. It's the circle of NBA life.<p>Sometimes, for whatever reason, verified …

This Is How Facebook Is Radicalizing You

"Facebook doesn’t want to challenge you, they don’t want to upset you, because they know that if you’re challenged on their platform, you wouldn’t want to use it as much."<p>On December 17, 2013, Facebook announced that videos on your News Feed would start autoplaying. They would mute on default and, …

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The players from LeBron James' legendary 2003 NBA Draft

Though it may lack the depth of the classic 1996 Kobe Bryant draft, it was among the most top-heavy we've ever seen: LeBron James went first, and the top five picks were rounded out by Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade.<p>Of course, like all drafts, it also produced some famous busts, role …

5 years of the Mavericks whiffing on every top free agent they’ve tried to sign

Dallas broke up a championship team hoping to get in the market to sign top free agents. Five years later, they have almost nothing to show for it.<p>Mere hours ago, it seemed like the Mavericks were on the verge of landing their first big free agent in a long time. Reports claimed that Hassan …

Clyde Frazier & the best Game 7 performance ever

Nothing in basketball can quite compare to Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Only 18 times in the history of the league have two teams met on the hardwood in …

Bulls rolled dice on Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry 15 years ago

Tyson Chandler owns an NBA championship ring from his 2010-11 season with the Mavericks. He possesses a Defensive Player of the Year award from his 2011-12 work with the Knicks. He has an Olympic gold medal from USA Basketball's 2012 romp in London.<p>And he's signed at $13 million annually with the …

Shaun Livingston: Point of Pride | SLAMonline

<i>words: Ryan Jones</i><p>The threats are directed at him, but Shaun Livingston is unfazed. Their words are brash, and they’ve got him outnumbered, but he …

Los Angeles Clippers' Playoff Run in Jeopardy Following Chris Paul Injury

PORTLAND, Ore. — Barely 24 hours after losing Stephen Curry, the 2016 playoffs lost another top point guard, one who might have been set to face the Curry-less Golden State Warriors in the second round.<p>During the third quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers’ 98-84 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on …

Warriors prepare for life without MVP Stephen Curry

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — When Stephen Curry is on the court, the Golden State Warriors offense is nearly unstoppable.<p>Play Curry tight to take away his …

One of the NBA's all-time greatest shooters says we've never seen anything like Stephen Curry

While some feel that he couldn't dominate the same way in past eras, others marvel at his unlimited range and ball-handling.<p>Slam Magazine caught up with Ray Allen, the current all-time leader in 3-point shots made, who said that Curry is in the latter category.<p>When asked if he views Curry as his …

73! Golden State Warriors make history

<b>(CNN) —</b> Golden State's remarkable regular-season run brought another record Wednesday night as the Warriors won their 73rd game.<p>The Warriors drubbed the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104 to become the all-time winningest team for one season, besting the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls by one victory.<p>"It's a great …

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The Warriors — the team that just rattled off the greatest season in NBA history — are a lesson in timing and luck

The Golden State Warriors just completed the greatest season in NBA regular-season history.<p>After beating the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, 125-104, the Warriors finished 73-9, the best regular-season record the NBA has seen. It beat the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' previous best mark of …

Kobe Bryant’s goodbye: Love after two decades of loathing

There are pro athletes who, for the quality of their game and the content of their character, inspire blind love in the hearts of millions. These are the heroes — some who overcame significant obstacles to build their legacies. Muhammad Ali. Hank Aaron. Michael Jordan.<p>And then there are those …

ESPN 30 for 30 'This Magic Moment' TV Schedule and Documentary Preview

Before Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant became arguably the NBA's most lethal duo with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Anfernee Hardaway and Shaquille O'Neal looked to be building a dynasty with the Orlando Magic.<p>The arc of the 1990s Magic will be the subject of ESPN's newest <i>30 for 30</i> documentary, <i>This</i> …

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Here's how President Obama and Michael Jordan reacted to the Warriors breaking the Bulls' wins record

In case you were following Kobe Bryant’s incredible final night, this is worth repeating: The Golden State Warriors just completed the greatest regular season in NBA history, topping the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls with their 73rd win.<p>President of the United States and Steph Curry GIF tweeter Barack …

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Steve Kerr spent 2 years building a manifesto on how to coach before turning the Warriors into the best team in the NBA

While the team is built with incredible talent, a big part of their ascension was the hiring of Steve Kerr, who transformed the team on offense and defense.<p>Kerr was a first-time head coach when the Warriors hired him to replace Mark Jackson following a first-round playoff exit in 2014.<p>While many …

The three craziest numbers of Warriors’ incredible 73-win season

An 82-game grind of a regular season came to close Wednesday night and it’s official: The Golden State Warriors are the most successful regular season team in NBA history. With a 125-104 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, Coach Steve Kerr’s squad improved to 73-9, surpassing the all-time …

Five of the most memorable moments from ESPN's Bobby Hurley E:60 documentary

ESPN's E:60 documentary on Bobby Hurley premiered earlier this week. The 60-minute piece is a tremendous tale about the highest highs and the lowest …

INFOGRAPHIC: Colleges that have the most players in the 2016 NBA Playoffs

North Carolina lost in this year's national title game (in epic, unprecedented fashion), but the good news for Tar Heels fans: their school continues …

Dell Curry's free throws 20 years ago helped the Warriors set the NBA wins record

Life has a funny way of coming full circle.<p>Almost exactly 20 years ago, Dell Curry of the Charlotte Hornets stepped up to the free throw line against the juggernaut Chicago Bulls. The Bulls had won 44 straight games at home. They were 66-8 overall; the Hornets were middling at 38-37.<p>But the Hornets …

Kobe Stoppers: Embracing the task of guarding the Black Mamba

There were only a few players considered "Kobe Stoppers." While nobody really "stopped" Bryant, these are the defenders who embraced the task of …

Feature Presentation: 2015-16 BDL Defensive Unit of the Year

<i>We at Ball Don't Lie enjoy healthy debate about basketball and its strange cast of characters, from Oscar Robertson's "get off my lawn" diatribe on</i> …

10 Recent Sports Team Rebuilds That Went Right

What does it take to successfully rebuild a franchise in professional sports? The answer isn't as cut-and-dry as one would think.<p>Plenty of franchises have attempted to blow their teams up and rebuild, but only a few have achieved that goal. Teams like the Kansas City Royals and Golden State …

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The Time Robert Parish Won Thousands By Dunking On Manute Bol

<i>The following story about the 1985-86 Boston Celtics is excerpted from</i> Back from the Dead<i>, released last month by Simon & Schuster, and available</i> …

Mamba memories: Reliving the top 10 moments of Kobe Bryant's career

Twenty years have come and gone since he joined the NBA, and on Wednesday night, the league must bid farewell to one of its more storied icons: Kobe Bean Bryant.<p>His achievements have been monumental, his impact unforgettable. But all good things must come to an end, and with his career clock …

Kobe Bryant isn't the only NBA icon to limp into retirement

The journey Kobe Bryant has been on for 20 years as one of the best ever to play in the NBA will reach its conclusion Wednesday night at Staples Center.<p>The 37-year-old Bryant's greatest moments are behind him, and his last game against the Utah Jazz is more of him getting to the finish line with a …

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