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Yes, L.A. Clippers Are Now a Premier Free-Agent Destination

Although the Clippers’ season appears likely to end as soon as Wednesday evening, their inspired playoff run has solidified them as this summer’s premier free-agent destination. Don’t believe me? Imagine you’re a top-tier NBA free agent this summer and you want to play in Los Angeles. Now, consider the following pitches: Los Angeles Lakers: “Well,…

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Where L.A. Lakers Go From Here

A fish stinks from the head to the tail. When it comes to dysfunction in a team, corporation or even a family, poor leadership is, more often than not, the culprit. And that always starts at the top. To the Los Angeles Lakers’ credit, they are apparently looking to get rid of the stench that’s…

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How Do Brooklyn Nets Become Relevant in NYC?

The Nets have been a bad luck franchise from the moment they joined the NBA. When Long Island’s American Basketball Association champion New York Nets joined the NBA as part of the ABA-NBA merger in 1976, they were forced to pay the New York Knicks $4.8 million for encroaching on their turf. A year later,…

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Anthony Davis is Finally Getting the Attention He Ordered

This NBA season has been defined by endings. Its community has celebrated the end of Dwyane Wade’s career all season long. The same can be said for Dirk Nowitzki, though an official announcement about his future didn’t come until Tuesday. We’ve been treated to and unified by vintage shots, heart-warming tributes and Paul Pierce slander.…

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‘The Giannis Era’ Can Now Begin

Lebron James is missing the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2005, but don’t be fooled: “The Lebron Era” isn’t over quite yet. His absence, however, does provide someone else an opportunity. A chance to declare, on an international stage, in no uncertain terms, “I got next.” Giannis Antetokounmpo—just 24, leader of the NBA’s winningest…

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Who Deserves All-NBA: Karl-Anthony Towns or Rudy Gobert?

Karl-Anthony Towns has nearly 32 million reasons to hope All-NBA voters prioritize him over Rudy Gobert in the coming days. Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic figure to have the top two All-NBA center spots locked down in some order, which would leave only the third-team opening up for grabs. Anthony Davis likely nuked his chances…

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Predicting 2019 NBA Playoffs’ Unlikely Heroes

From the steaming crucible of the NBA Playoffs, one always emerges: the unlikely hero. On Game 1, casual opposing fans simply say “Who’s that guy?” More knowledgeable ones may mock, saying “He’s still in the league?” Yet, by Game 4 they will collectively declare “Who the <obscenity> is that <obscenity>ing guy?”  By Game 6, they will…

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Trade Bradley Beal This Summer

John Wall’s Achilles rupture inexorably altered the course of the Washington Wizards’ overall direction. As a result, their best path forward involves taking two steps back. They need to trade Bradley Beal this summer before they lose all leverage. Prior to Wall’s Achilles tear, the Wizards could have talked themselves into being a playoff-caliber team…

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Who Should Win 2019 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?

He should cause the best players to question themselves, force coaches to adjust their offense, then adjust it again. He should give teammates and his fans a general sense of calm as soon as he steps onto the court. Maybe he can guard any position to always stay on “Your Team’s Best Player”. Maybe he…

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Must the L.A. Lakers Be Destroyed?

Some great movies are made, and also ruined, by the plot twist. The script for the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2018-19 season had the hype necessary for fans to watch, care and enjoy a bag of buttery and heightened expectations with their ‘ great time out’ at Staples. The storyline was not only intriguing. It was…

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