The evolution of LeBron James

Featured Image via ESPN LeBron James will be playing in the NBA Finals for a sixth consecutive season, the first non-Boston Celtic player to do so. This Cleveland team has nearly the same players as last season, but is vastly more healthy. All of the adulation and backlash surrounding James’ career made me think of his evolution as a player and

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Patterson’s NBA awards

Featured Image via Washington Post There are plenty of fascinating things to watch as the postseason begins, but let us not forget those players who shone the brightest during the regular season. Here are my All-NBA picks, adhering to the NBA’s ballot, with two guards, two forwards and one center per team. First Team Guard: Steph Curry, Golden State The

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10 for 10: thoughts on the NBA

As we begin 2016, it is a good time to take stock of the NBA regular season thus far. Every team has played at least 32 games, a decent indicator of where they are in the league’s hierarchy. Here are 10 observations to watch going forward. 1. The Warriors are the most fun, exciting team I’ve ever watched. The way this

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What Grantland Meant to Me

Everyone has something that they do to distract themselves from the daily stresses, worries and responsibilities of life. It could be TV, exercise, gardening, drinking or a million other things. For me that distraction is usually reading. And over the past year or so, I haven’t read any publication more than Grantland, a sports and pop culture website owned by

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The Seven Most Annoying NBA Story Lines This Season

The NBA is back, baby! LaMarcus Aldridge joins the Spurs, the Warriors are already getting disrespected (and not happy about it), the Clippers are better than ever and Houston is absolutely loaded. The Oklahoma City Thunder finally seem healthy again and Cleveland is bringing basically everyone back from last season. I’m as excited for this season as any in the past

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Every NBA Team’s All-Time Starting Five, Part 2

This is part two. Be sure to read part one here. Miami Heat (1988) Dwyane Wade (2003-present): Holds most Heat records, including games, points, assists and steals. LeBron James (2010-14): Four Finals appearances, two MVPs, two Finals MVPs and two championships in four years. Not too shabby. Chris Bosh (2010-present): The overlooked third wheel in the Big Three era, Bosh

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Every NBA Team’s All-Time Starting Five, Part One

Photo via ballislife.com After Scottie Pippen and Shaquille O’Neal got into some silly online trash talk last month about which team had the best all-time starting five (the Bulls or Lakers), I started thinking about some other all-time teams that would give Chicago and L.A. a run for their money. This naturally lead to a long but fun journey to

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Aaron Rodgers Will Never be Brett Favre

(Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images) Brett Favre’s Packers Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at Lambeau Field a few weeks ago made me realize something: Aaron Rodgers will never be Brett Favre. I don’t mean this in a football sense. On the field, Rodgers’ peak (2010 postseason to now) is better than Favre’s peak (probably 1994 to ’97). In terms of

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Ten of My Favorite Basketball Books

I have loved reading and loved basketball almost my entire life, so this seemed appropriate. Here I have spotlighted ten of my favorite basketball books, in no particular order, because it’s nearly impossible to rank books. This is not a “top 10” list on the greatest basketball books ever, since I have not read every basketball book ever. These are simply my thoughts

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Here Come the Young Bucks

On July 2 last year, the Bucks announced Jason Kidd as their new head coach. About one year later, not even the most enthusiastic Bucks fans could have imagined the position the franchise is in. A sweet new color scheme, an arena coming soon (fingers crossed) and a talented young core of players that will be joined by another good, young

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