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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Raiders to San Antonio: Best for Business?

How many of you remember all of the talk for many years now about a professional football team returning to The City of Angles Los Angeles, California? After many years of discussion it is official that the St. Louis Rams will now be returning to Los Angeles after leaving that very city twenty-two years ago. Now while we sit and

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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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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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NBA Teams Primed to Improve: Western Conference

The 2015-16 NBA season kicks off in less than three months and right now every fan base would like to believe their team will be better this season than they were last year. Unfortunately, improvement is only a reality for a small number of teams. Who’s ready to take the leap? Western Conference New Orleans Pelicans Last year was a huge

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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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