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The Raptors Have Nothing to Prove—to Kawhi Leonard or Anyone Else

The Toronto sports scene was forever changed by last season’s NBA championship run. Leonard will see that for himself in his first trip back to Scotiabank Arena with the Clippers.

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Why Miami Should Make a Heat-Check Trade for Jrue Holiday

With the Heat playing like Finals contenders, Pat Riley should go all in on a blockbuster deal—just not for the point guard they’ve been linked to

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An Early Primer for NBA Trade Season

We’re five days out from 90 percent of the league becoming trade-eligible. Here are the players and teams to watch as the trade market begins to take shape.

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An Oral History of the Shot That Changed Toronto and Kawhi Leonard Forever

The buzzer-beater in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals propelled the Toronto Raptors to their first title, and ended the season for the ascendant Philadelphia 76ers. Players, coaches, broadcasters, and a ball kid talk about the biggest moment of the season, and the impact it had.

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The Ringer’s 41 Favorite Sports Moments of 2019

From Tiger’s triumph to Kawhi’s heroics to the time a cat became the star of ‘Monday Night Football,’ here are the sports moments that defined our year

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Victor Oladipo’s Return Could Turn the Pacers Into a Threat

Indiana is exceeding all expectations after making big changes this summer, but the team’s trajectory could skyrocket even higher once its most familiar face returns to the floor

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‘Group Chat’: The Top 25 Players of the 2019-20 Season Thus Far

Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden are lone rangers, but a few duos check in toward the top of our list as well

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CFB Patience, Plus NBA Ratings Decline: Real or Fake? With Ethan Strauss

Ryen is joined by The Athletic’s Ethan Strauss to discuss the NBA’s ratings decline, as well as his upcoming book

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Wait, Is Rob Pelinka Good Now?

With the Lakers’ recent run of success, the team’s often-maligned general manager is on a quiet redemption tour. How much credit does Pelinka deserve for L.A.’s transformation back into a title contender?

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‘The Mismatch’: The Bucks and Lakers Are the Cream of the NBA’s Crop. Plus: Trade Season Preview.

Chris and Kevin discuss how there is still more parity in the NBA than in years past

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‘Bill Simmons’s Book of Basketball 2.0’: The Best NBA Game Marc Stein Ever Covered

Bill Simmons is joined by The New York Times’ Marc Stein to detail Game 7 of the 2006 playoff series between the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: Dirk’s Game 7 Breakthrough and the Decade’s Greatest Series (BoB Rewatchables With Marc Stein)

Chapter 5b: Bill and Marc Stein rewatch Game 7 of the 2006 Western Conference Semifinals between the Mavs and the Spurs

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‘Heat Check’: Will Kevin Get Love, the Knicks Fire Fizdale, and Untucked Jerseys

News from around the league, the state of the Cavs and what the price of Kevin Love might be, and the result of Clippers-Bucks and what this could mean for them down the line

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Inside the Hong Kong Protests at the Center of the NBA-China Firestorm

Daryl Morey’s tweet spawned tensions that have become the biggest story in sports. They’ve also shined a light on the fight for human rights in Hong Kong—and the protesters at the center of the conflict.

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Spencer Dinwiddie on the Growth of the Nets

Dinwiddie talks with Vince and Annie about the newest changes taking place in Brooklyn

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An 11-point Plan to Save the Knicks

The entire process is broken in New York. Here’s what it would take to finally fix things.

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What the Schedule Tells Us About Who’s Real and Who’s Not

Wins and losses aren’t built the same this early in the NBA season. Here are the teams that have been helped and hurt the most by their strength of schedule, and what it means moving forward.

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Here Come the Kevin Love Trade Rumors, and the NBA’s Biggest Questions of the Week

The Cavs star looks like he’s on his way out the door, the Knicks are starting over (yet again), and Ben Simmons is ignoring Brett Brown’s ultimatum

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‘Bill Simmons Podcast’: Brian Koppelman Has Given Up Hope for the New York Knicks

Bill Simmons and Brian Koppelman discuss what went wrong for the Knicks this decade and offer up some advice

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You’re Never Going to Believe This, but the Knicks Have Fired Their Head Coach

Add David Fizdale to the long list of coaches who have come and gone under team president Steve Mills’s reign. Where does New York go from here?

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NBA Check-in With Royce Young

Russillo discusses Trae Young, the Atlanta Hawks, and a deep dive into the Thunder-Rockets trade

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‘The Mismatch’: The NBA’s Replay Review System Is Flawed. So Do the Rockets Have a Point?

We discuss the James Harden dunk that wasn’t counted in the Houston Rockets’ double-overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs

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The Knicks Have Reportedly Fired David Fizdale, but That Won’t Solve Anything

After a second straight 37-plus-point loss, the vultures came for the Knicks head coach Friday. But even without Fizdale, James Dolan–sized problems will remain in New York.

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‘NBA Desktop’: Did Laura Dern Really See Baby Yoda at an NBA Game?

This week, Jason Concepcion takes a look at the controversy surrounding James Harden’s "missed" dunk against the Spurs

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The NBA in Tiers

A quarter of the 2019-20 season is in the books. Here’s our staff’s picks for where all 30 teams fit into the league hierarchy.

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Making Sense of James Harden, the NBA’s Premier Heel

The Rockets superstar is pushing the boundaries of basketball—but he also attracts critics like no other player. When will fans ever agree on him?

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Brady’s Pats Future, Trae vs. Luka, NBA Trade Tweaks, and NFL Picks With Kevin O’Connor, Kevin Clark, and Mallory Rubin

Discussing the end of the Tom Brady era, Million Dollar Picks, Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua, Mallory’s Most Intriguing, and much more

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Chris Paul Is Stuck in a Limbo of His Own Creation

The Thunder star might be marooned in Oklahoma City for the indefinite future. While CP3 claims he was blindsided by Daryl Morey’s offseason trade, there’s another person responsible for his sobering reality: himself.

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‘Bill Simmons’s Book of Basketball 2.0’: Dirk Nowitzki Is a Top-20 Player of All Time

Bill Simmons examines Nowitzki’s career arc with the Dallas Mavericks and explains why he has him 17th in his Hall of Fame Pyramid

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Worst of the Best: Introducing a New Way to Frame the MVP Debate

Giannis, Harden, Luka, and LeBron have all played at an MVP level, but how good are they on their bad nights? We break down each candidate’s start by their worst games.

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Are the Suns and Kings Better Off Without Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley?

Both teams are getting more out of journeymen than their prized lottery picks

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Bill Simmons on the Polarizing Rockets. Plus, CFB With Bruce Feldman.

Plus, Ryen and Bill discuss the Nets, Raptors, Heat, and 76ers

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‘Group Chat’: Does the NBA Have a TV Ratings Problem?

Plus: We take a look at the Rockets protesting their loss to the Spurs

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A Conversation With the Man Behind @nbaleave

The Twitter account combining sketch comedy and basketball drama to make viral memes has a devout, and specific, following. Here’s the story of how it got started.

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The Blazers Are Letting Melo Be Melo … and It’s Working

It’s now abundantly clear that the NBA desperately missed Anthony, and the 35-year-old still has something left in the tank

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How Toronto Lost the Finals MVP but Remain a Title Contender

The Raptors have managed to replace one MVP candidate for another, but the keys to their encore success go beyond Pascal Siakam