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LeBron and Zion Epitomize the NBA’s Past, Present, and Future

It’s rare to find so much narrative contained in one game. The Lakers and Pelicans, two teams inextricably linked by a blockbuster trade, are led by the two stars who best embody the NBA’s myth-making powers.

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Zion Williamson Is the NBA’s Closest Thing to Modern-Day Shaq

The league hasn’t seen a rookie physically dominate like this since O’Neal burst onto the scene nearly 30 years ago and overwhelmed opponents with his force. Will Zion continue to dominate the same way?

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Russell Westbrook Is Bending—and Opposing Defenses Are Breaking

Mike D’Antoni says he never explicitly asked his point guard to change his game, he just tried to give the former MVP the necessary room to find his havoc-wreaking way. "I think he found it."

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How Ja Morant Cemented Himself As the Rookie of the Year Front-runner

In his debut season, Morant and his electrifying athleticism have quickly turned the Memphis Grizzlies into must-watch TV

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What’s Wrong With the Clippers? And the NBA’s Other Biggest Questions of the Week

Kawhi Leonard has reason to be frustrated. Plus: another setback for the Sixers, the Morris twins’ impact in L.A., and what Victor Oladipo’s struggles mean for the Pacers.

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Do the Bucks Have the Best Defense in History?

Milwaukee’s chase for 70 wins isn’t all about its dominant offense. Here’s how Giannis and the Bucks stack up against the best defenses when adjusting for eras.

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: Duncan’s Revenge: 2003’s Lakers-Spurs Game 5 With Shea Serrano

Bill is joined by Shea Serrano to discuss the 2003 Lakers-Spurs Western Conference semifinals, Tim Duncan’s five titles, and more

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‘Heat Check’: The Five Most Interesting Teams of the Stretch! Plus, Analyzing the Buyout Market and Playoff Projections

The crew discusses the latest around the NBA, including Zion debuting some new shoes and Mark Cuban having a very expensive meltdown

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Tatum’s Ascent, Clippers Concerns, Houston vs. Everybody, and Fury-Wilder Reactions With Ryen Russillo

Plus, Bill and Russillo talk Lakers-Celtics, whether the Spurs are still a "smart" team, and much more

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The Top 25 NBA Players of the First 55ish Games

A modest ranking of the best in the league heading into the final stretch of the 2019-20 NBA season

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‘The Mismatch’: Trae Young Drops 50 on His First Night Back

Plus: Embiid says he’s the best player in the world

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‘NBA Desktop’: Does Giannis Hate James Harden? Plus: Hannibal Buress

This week, Jason breaks down the biggest events and controversies at All-Star Weekend

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The Most Miserable—and Hilarious—Coaching Flameouts in NBA History

John Beilein lasted just 54 games with the Cavaliers, but he’s hardly the first coach to see his career quickly bust. Even legends like Magic Johnson and Bill Russell had their own coaching disasters.

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The Five-Year Oscars, Plus Talking NBA and the State of Basketball Coverage With Rachel Nichols

Bill, Sean Fennessey, and Chris Ryan revisit 2015 Oscar films before ESPN’s Rachel Nichols joins to discuss crafting a sports show, interviewing NBA players, and much more

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Kyrie Irving Is Hurt Again. Now Brooklyn’s Lost Season Is Even Weirder.

The mercurial guard will have shoulder surgery that will keep him out for at least the rest of the regular season. How will the Nets manage without him?

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Can Tom Thibodeau Fix the Knicks?

New York is the latest team to consider hiring the hard-nosed coach. But the franchise’s problems are far too big for even the most gifted tactician to solve.

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The 2019-20 Disrespectful Dunk Index, Part 1

It’s that time of year, time to review the bodies who have been left dazed on the hardwood (sorry, Aron Baynes) and the men who put them (hello, Ja Morant)

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The Biggest Lineup Decision for Every East Playoff Team

Can the Sixers unlock their potential by moving Al Horford to the bench? Who should the Bucks and Heat close with? Here’s a look at some of the conference’s biggest dilemmas.

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‘Group Chat’: The Cavs’ Coaching Change and Three Post-All-Star Story Lines

Plus, what does Kyrie Irving’s injury mean for the Nets?

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The Bulls’ Da Bacle Became the Sideshow of All-Star Weekend

For three long days in Chicago, the NBA got a close look at what a mess the once-proud franchise has become

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The NBA’s Five Most Interesting Teams of the Stretch Run

From contenders scrambling in the East to must-see experiments out West, here are five squads to watch as the regular season nears the finish line

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The Biggest Lineup Decision for Every West Playoff Team

NBA coaches have two months to lock in their postseason rotations. We examine their biggest dilemmas and which players might be left out in the cold.

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What the Schedule Has to Say About the Biggest Battles of the NBA’s Stretch Run

Time is running out on the 2019-20 season. Here’s how the league calendar could impact the major playoff races and one team chasing history.

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Reggie Jackson Hopes Less Is More With the Clippers

After forcing his way out of Oklahoma City and forcing just about everything for five years in Detroit, Jackson is finally heading back to a winning team. Will a reduced role prove to be a blessing?

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Which Trade Deadline and Buyout Moves Will Be Most Impactful for NBA Contenders?

Now that All-Star week has come to a close, it’s time to look ahead to the stretch run and how players like Andre Iguodala, Marcus Morris, and Jeff Green could shape this season’s playoff race

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‘The Mismatch’: Four Questions for the Post-All-Star NBA World

We run down a list of items, including rumors that John Beilein might be on his way out in Cleveland and news that the G League is unionizing

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NBA Twitter Arguments for All 30 NBA Teams

Ryen Russillo is usually part of the national media, but this time he’s standing in for all 30 NBA fan bases

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Jayson Tatum Is Everything the Celtics Need Him to Be

After a sophomore setback, the young Boston wing (he’s only 21!) has officially taken the leap to stardom by striking the right balance between fitting in and standing out

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The NBA’s All-Time Leaders in Game-Winning Buzzer-Beaters

Who’s the greatest closer in basketball history? We dug deep into the archives to find out who has made the most decisive shots at the buzzer.

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: A Magic Collapse: 2009’s L.A.-Orlando Game 4 With Kevin Clark and Joe House

Bill is joined by Kevin Clark and Joe House to discuss Orlando’s epic Game 4 collapse in the 2009 NBA Finals

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John Beilein and the Cavaliers Were Doomed From the Start

The college-to-pros transition is notoriously difficult to pull off for head coaches, but it’s downright impossible if you treat your players like they’re still in school

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‘Heat Check’: All-Star Recaps, a Dunk Contest Controversy, and Dame D.O.L.L.A.

Breaking down everything you need to know from NBA All-Star Weekend

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Rotimi on Keeping Busy, Staying Inspired, and Meeting Jamie Foxx

Vince and Annie sit down with ‘Power’ star and hit recording artist Rotimi

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An All-Star Gimmick Worked?

Plus: Slam dunk fixes, Houston atrocities, and an NBA crystal ball with Ryen Russillo

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The Elam Ending Made the NBA All-Star Game Fun As Hell

Under the new format, players ratcheted up the intensity in the fourth quarter, giving us perhaps a more honest look at the league hierarchy and one of the most entertaining games in recent history

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The Winners and Losers of the 2020 NBA All-Star Game

The Elam ending is good! Jimmy Butler is not! And all the rest from an actually fun All-Star showdown.