NBA Summer League Favorites

The summer is a terrible time for sports. The NBA and Stanley Cup Finals are wrapped up, NFL training camp doesn’t begin until August, and even baseball just had their All-Star Break. It’s a barren, Saharan-desert for sports fans that are searching for any kind of salvation. But, in this hellish landscape there is an oasis, a small trickling well

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NBA Finals characters as HGTV personalities

The NBA Finals are in full swing which means we are at peak basketball right now. We, as a nation, are also at peak HGTV right now, because HGTV is always on the top of its game. It’s time someone finally attempted to connect these two beautiful universes. It’s time to answer the burning question that’s been sweeping our nation:

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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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(Almost) Preseason NBA Awards

After a myriad of offseason acquisitions transformed the infrastructure of the National Basketball Association over the long months between May and October, we have finally set sail on the 2015-16 season and there have already been a number of story lines. From C.J. McCollum’s 37 point opening night performance for the new-look Blazers to Jahlil Okafor’s near record-setting debut performance

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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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The Warriors are Finally Golden Again

This was inevitable, right? The Cavaliers and their team of Hercules plus some underdog role players was cute while it lasted, but was there ever any real doubt as to which team would win the series? Maybe a little, but most reasonable NBA experts and observers believed that there was no way Cleveland could keep this up and win two more

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NBA Western Conference Playoff Thoughts

The Golden State Warriors are still the championship favorite.  In sweeping New Orleans in a highly entertaining one-eight matchup, the Dubs were the same 67-win juggernaut we saw in the regular season, and Steph Curry proved his MVP case to those few people who still think a skinny, 3-point shooting guard can’t win the award. Curry was sensational all series, as was

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The NBA’s Western Conference Playoff Picture is Suddenly Clear

All NBA season, the general consensus was that the Western Conference playoffs will be a bloodbath on par with select Civil War battles. But now, the quest to win the West might not be as brutal as everyone thought. It feels strange to think back on some of the major story lines going into the season. Can the Spurs win the

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