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Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s Nets are still a big mystery

There’s an easy case to be made for Kevin Durant as the second-best basketball player of his generation. At his peak in Golden State, it felt like there was no one better. Durant is an unstoppable scorer with a tight handle, deft finishing touch, and unprecedented outside shooting ability for …

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The evolution of Kawhi Leonard as a defender

Five years ago, Kawhi Leonard’s defensive impact was explicit. As the first non-center to win consecutive Defensive Player of the Year awards since Sidney Moncrief in 1983 and 1984, Leonard was a human fog machine Gregg Popovich would unleash on whoever the San Antonio Spurs wanted to fluster. Leonard didn’t …

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How John Beilein and the Cavaliers fell apart so quickly

Charlotte Hornets v Cleveland Cavaliers

Hiring 67-year-old John Beilein with no NBA coaching experience to rebuild the Cleveland Cavaliers was always a bizarre choice. But few head coaching experiences in league history have ever gone this poorly, this quickly. Beilein is out after 54 total games in which he won only 14. That’s fewer than …

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Even LeBron James has thoughts on the Astros cheating scandal

Los Angeles Dodgers v Miami Marlins

The Houston Astros’ electronic sign-stealing scandal has taken on a life of its own, with palpable anger throughout baseball, both at the lack of contrition out of Houston and at MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s light punishment. This was mostly confined within baseball until Tuesday, when Lakers star LeBron James chimed …

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The NBA will be in good hands after LeBron James

It’s totally understandable that NBA fans and analysts get concerned about gaps in stardom eras and how that affects the league overall. The gap problem is absolutely real: once Michael Jordan retired for the second time, there was a huge gap in the NBA stardom. Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady …

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