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The Numbers: Kobe Bryant’s 48 in 48

The 2001 Los Angeles Lakers’ postseason run was arguably the most dominant in history as they went 15-1 to get the middle title of their three-peat. During that run, Kobe Bryant had one of the best playoff performances of his career, scoring 48 points on May 13 to finish off the sweep of the Sacramento…

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The NBA I Grew Up Watching: When Centers Ruled the League 

The NBA’s rapid evolution into a positionless game within the past five years has changed basketball forever. This development offers a more open floor and skillful game that showcases players’ otherworldly athleticism through off-the-ball movement, teamwide defensive switching concepts and by stretching defenses horizontally with long-range shooting way past the arc. Even with such positive…

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The 2008 USA Redeem Team’s Unique Place in History

I was too young to appreciate the 1992 USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Dream Team. And although I was old enough to enjoy the 1996 and 2000 American gold medalists, I took their success for granted. It wasn’t until the disappointment of the 2004 bronze and the ensuing 2008 “Redeem Team” campaign that I understood the…

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The NBA I Grew Up Watching: 2003-04 Detroit Pistons

The early 2000s was a time of great transition for me personally. Graduating from high school and into college, I wasn’t the highest achiever in class, but I was beginning to come into my own and find my feet as a person.  Basketball was also slowly beginning to grow in popularity as a sport in…

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Why the Sun Never Sets on Kobe Nation

I wasn’t a big fan of Kobe Bryant, so this isn’t an article about that. I’m not going to regale you with tales of how I grew up watching him play; I was a 30-year-old man before he started playing. I’m not going to recount for you his stats or rings or All-Star selections. They…

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Kobe (1978-2020)

The hearts, thoughts and prayers of everyone from the TBW team go out to all of the families who lost loved ones in Sunday’s tragic helicopter accident. As a collective of lifelong basketball fans, we are so thankful to have experienced the gift of watching Kobe Bryant play at the level he did. All that…

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10 NBA Questions: End-of-the-Decade Edition

We like to get granular here at TBW, digging into the players and trends that help shape the NBA, WNBA, eSports and FIBA games we love so much. We also believe that irresponsible, clickbaity speculation is both out of control over the past few years and also not helping the game in the long run.…

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James Harden is King of the Monster Game

James Harden was lighting it up again. November 30 was to the tune of 60 points in a shade over 30 minutes. Then he watched the entire fourth quarter. He was surreal, going 8-of-10 from 2, 8-of-14 from 3 and 20-of-23 from the charity stripe. His 87.9 true shooting percentage was the highest in NBA…

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PODCAST: An All-Time NBA Draft

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) are joined by T.J. McBride (@TJMcBrideNBA) of Mile High Sports to conduct an all-time NBA draft. How do the all-time starting fives stack up? How far did Kobe Bryant fall? Which all-time greats went undrafted? And which team wound up as…

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