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The Malice at the Palace
fun oral history of this crazy brawl at the Pistons-Pacers game in '04. Crazy to think of the physical disparity between players and non-players.
sports  article  fighting  interview  nba  basketball 
4 hours ago by aaronbeekay
LeBron James Once ‘Hated’ Southern California. How He Came to Embrace It. - The New York Times
James, a four-time N.B.A. most valuable player, will make his regular-season debut for the Lakers on Thursday night when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers. He has been adamant that his decision to sign with the Lakers this summer was a basketball move — he wanted the challenge of resurrecting a storied franchise, friends and associates say — but there is no doubting the importance of his longtime ties to Los Angeles and his attraction to this place, a symbiotic relationship that can be traced to his teenage years.

“His home will always be Ohio,” Mark Olivier, one of his former youth coaches, said in an interview. “But this is a new stage of life for him.”
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2 days ago by will.brien
The NBA Is Just What 2018 Needs
“I’m busier than I used to be, so season tickets are a thing of the distant past. This year I’ll probably watch fewer than a dozen games, often with the sound off, or for only an hour, and mostly during the playoffs. But I’ll still follow NBA analytics on the internet every day, and that way I will know I am truly a contemporary sports fan.”
tyler-cowen  bloomberg  sports  basketball  nba  analytics 
4 days ago by actualitems

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