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What Kobe Bryant could have accomplished in retirement

We’re never going to get to hear the Hall of Fame speech. That’s a shame because Kobe Bryant would have delivered an all-timer. So many of those speeches are meant to be disposable. An athlete thanks their family, their friends, their god and their agent, and then moves on from …

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The night the NBA stood still for Kobe and Gigi Bryant

The NBA stood still Sunday evening, stuck somewhere between the guise of competition and mourning the loss of a basketball legend who tragically and suddenly died alongside his 13-year-old daughter. The news of the death of Kobe and Gianna Maria Bryant was confirmed shortly before the NBA began an eight-game …

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Remembering Kobe Bryant’s unbelievable final game

As someone who constantly wrestles with basketball-related matters, Kobe Bryant still pops in my head more often than I can count. He’s inescapable and omnipresent. A few memories make my eyes well whenever I hear myself saying them out loud to anyone who will listen. The first NBA season I …

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Kobe Bryant played basketball like there was no tomorrow

Kobe Bryant was a master plotter, always two steps ahead when it came to branding himself, plotting his business ventures, building his lore. He was calculating in the best and worst senses of the word. He gained a keen understanding of how to play personalities and the media fairly early …

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LeBron James isn’t shooting as many free throws this season. Why?

Relative to every other segment of his game, LeBron James’ career-long relationship with the free-throw line has wobbled between feelings of discomfort and outright hostility. Getting there has never been a problem, though. James has attempted and made more free throws than any other active player. In NBA history, only …

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