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2017 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, NBA -

We all saw it: During Game 4 of this year’s NBA Finals, Kevin Durant and LeBron James got into a little spat. Nothing physical, but tense nonetheless. We couldn’t help but wonder what the two superstars were saying to one another – so we hired a lip reader and decided to find out.

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OAKLAND, California — Stanley P. Cox got kicked out of Brian Shaw’s local basketball camp one summer because he wanted to write bars and hooks and rap more than ‘ball. It turned out to be the right decision. As the East Bay hip-hop impresario Mistah F.A.B., a legendary freestyle battler, Cox has collaborated with Snoop […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA -

Draymond Green has built a team of friends who help him with everything from daily operations to skills training and what’s going on in Silicon Valley. Team Draymond’s mission, to keep the Warriors forward focused both on and off the court, remains the same as the NBA star goes for a second championship.  

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant -

“Is this just your time?” I asked Kevin Durant, on the eve of having everything he ever wanted in basketball. He cupped his chin. Took a few seconds to think about it. “I don’t even know what that means,” he finally said as we walked down a corridor at Quicken Loans Arena Thursday. “The time […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James -

CLEVELAND — After being down two games to 0 and three games to one a year ago, there is no crisis of the soul here, “no dark cloud of fear and trepidation hanging over the city,” says Pastor Jerry Birch. “We’re just as excited as ever. We have infinite hope.” After all, they have LeBron […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, Tyronn Lue -

Believe it or not, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue has a street named after him in Mexico. That street isn’t in the country of Mexico. It’s in Lue’s hometown of Mexico, Missouri. Kids growing up in a major city often idolize a sports star or celebrity from their hometown. In a small city of […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Stephen Curry -

OAKLAND, California — These aren’t the 0-2 Cleveland Cavaliers from last year’s NBA Finals. No, this feels worse. You knew early in the second half Sunday that the problems about how to match up with the Golden State Warriors are both deeper than before and less fixable. Case in point: Partway through the third quarter […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry -

OAKLAND, California — There was Magic Johnson and his “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers. Shaquille O’Neal with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers were pretty darn good, as was O’Neal with Penny Hardaway and the Orlando Magic. Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the triangle offense were hard to stop with the Chicago Bulls. Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors, Klay Thompson, NBA -

The Golden State Warriors appeared to have a laid-back practice on June 3. Stephen Curry kicked a basketball like a goalie as the Champions League final was going on at the same time abroad. Center JaVale McGee oddly practiced his corner 3-point shot while a teammate threw a well-timed basketball to knock one of his […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, LeBron James -

OAKLAND, California — This being Overreaction Friday at the NBA Finals, we don’t understand why they’re even playing the next three or four games. Can a series be called after one game? Everyone knows it’s time to put a fork in the Cleveland Cavaliers. This isn’t some half-baked, we-so-need-your-clicks take, either. I mean, we do […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Jeff Van Gundy, LeBron James, NBA, Rihanna -

The only thing that mattered to Jeff Van Gundy in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals was Robyn Rihanna Fenty. In the first quarter of the Golden State Warriors’ eventual 113-91 blowout of the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James threw down a monstrous dunk on JaVale McGee. But Van Gundy, an in-game NBA analyst, couldn’t […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Kevin Durant, NBA, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant had an amazing Game 1 performance in the NBA Finals on Thursday night, going off for 38 points, eight assists and eight rebounds in the Warriors’ 113-91 victory over the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Now, for those who watched, you know how easy it was for Durant […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Mike Brown, NBA, Too Short -

When acting head coach Mike Brown gave Too $hort a postgame shout-out after the Golden State Warriors advanced to the 2017 NBA Finals, social media quickly let the famous rapper from Oakland, California, know about it. Brown has coached the Warriors to 10 straight victories this postseason after complications from back surgery sidelined head coach […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Emmett Till, LeBron James, Race -

OAKLAND, California — The day before he was to play on basketball’s biggest stage, LeBron James spoke about what it’s like to be one of the world’s most famous athletes and still not be immune from having racist graffiti scrawled on the front gate of your home. As he sat on the dais at a […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, LeBron James -

He carefully touched her soft hair. His large fingers pushed the fine strands aside. And back again. Her tiny eyes were closed shut. He wondered what color they were. He wanted to see her chest moving up and down. The breath passing from her lungs to his. Just like he’d dreamed. To know it was […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors, Mike Brown, Tyronn Lue -

On May 18, 1975, history was made as two black head coaches stood on the sidelines for the first time in the NBA Finals. There had been black NBA head coaches before in Bill Russell and Earl Lloyd, but when Al Attles coached the Golden State Warriors against K.C. Jones and the Washington Bullets in […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Damian Jones, Golden State Warriors, NBA, Patrick McCaw -

The expectation is that the Golden State Warriors will finally lose a playoff game in the 2017 NBA Finals against LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the reigning champion Cleveland Cavaliers. But until that loss comes, Warriors rookies Patrick McCaw and Damian Jones have only known winning in the postseason. “It’s my first time, and you […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, LeBron James, Mike Brown, NBA -

For Mike Brown, the 2017 NBA Finals script seems like something crazy out of Hollywood. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr could miss the Finals because of serious complications from back surgery. He has been replaced on the bench by acting head coach Brown, whose NBA head coaching experience includes two stints with the […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, Podcast, Rhoden Fellows -

This week on the HBCU 468 podcast, Bill Rhoden and the Rhoden Fellows talk with The Undefeated’s Kelley Evans, the general editor for the Uplift vertical on the site. Evans, who was an NBA reporter and covered the Memphis Grizzlies, talks about the playoffs. The Fellows then discuss recent commencement speeches at historically black colleges […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, 2017 NHL Playoffs, NBA, NHL, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. You know a league’s playoffs have been boring when a conference championship is taking place and the analysts are openly discussing their desire to get back home to watch another league’s conference championship conclude. But that’s exactly what happened on-air and on social media as the Cleveland Cavaliers waxed the floor with the […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, NBA -

Wait, LeBron James missed a wide-open dunk? Yup. We still can’t believe it either. Late in the third quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, we were blessed with a moment we all pray for each time James touches the hardwood. Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love secured a rebound and instinctively cranked […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors, Manu Ginobili, NBA, San Antonio Spurs, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. While nothing has been confirmed, Monday night felt like the swan song for longtime San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili as the seconds were winding down in his team’s series-ending loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Even though the Argentinian has maintained he wouldn’t think […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors, NBA, San Antonio Spurs, Stephen Curry -

A shiny 2017 NBA Western Conference Finals trophy sat alone in a room surrounded by a black curtain within walking distance of the AT&T Center floor. After the final seconds counted down to the Golden State Warriors’ third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, sidelined Warriors head coach Steve Kerr came from the locker room […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors, Mike Brown, NBA, San Antonio Spurs, Too Short -

How did Mike Brown celebrate the Golden State Warriors’ 129-115 Game 4 win over the San Antonio Spurs to clinch a sweep in the Western Conference Finals and punch a ticket to their third straight NBA Finals? That’s an easy one. Tacos and Too $hort, the Warriors coach told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears live […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Avery Bradley, LeBron James, NBA -

Welp, we didn’t see that coming. After dropping the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals by a combined 57 points, the Boston Celtics, somehow, some way, defeated the red-hot defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 — without their best player, mind you. With Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas sidelined for […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Isiah Thomas, Kevin Love, LeBron James, NBA -

On a shocking night in which the Boston Celtics defeated the host Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108, it was easy to cast blame. You could blame the Cavaliers as a whole for taking their feet off the throats of a team they led by 21 points in the third quarter. You could blame J.R. Smith and Iman […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, NBA -

Kevin Durant kept it “100” about his decision to join the Golden State Warriors. After a five-year hiatus, Durant is one win shy from returning to the NBA Finals with the Warriors. The Warriors can advance to their third straight Finals by defeating the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens, Cleveland Cavaliers, Isaiah Thomas, LeBron James -

As several of his teammates dressed quickly and bailed, Boston Celtics guard Gerald Green stood in front of his locker and gave a diplomatic response to every question thrown his direction. “We’ve been in this situation before … We have to play harder … I think guys still believe.” But had he ever — on […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, David West, Golden State Warriors, NBA, San Antonio Spurs -

(Editor’s note: This story was originally published on May 19, 2017.) David West sat in the Golden State Warriors’ locker room stunned by what he had read. It wasn’t the box score of the Warriors’ 36-point blowout of his former team, the San Antonio Spurs, in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Nor was […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Isaiah Thomas, LeBron James, NBA -

LeBron James is 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds. Isaiah Thomas is 5-foot-9, 185. That’s an 11-inch, 65-pound difference that went toe-to-toe on one play late in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between James’ Cleveland Cavaliers and Thomas’ Boston Celtics. Isaiah Thomas attempting to block LeBron's dunk is a severe mismatch but props all day […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, NBA -

LeBron James settled into the chair at the postgame news conference and relaxed. His eyes were mostly hidden by his black cap, and the word in red letters that appeared most prominently on the front of his black hoodie, an ode to rapper Kendrick Lamar, pretty much summed up James’ night. Damn. James played the […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors, Jonathon Simmons, Kawhi Leonard, NBA, San Antonio Spurs -

“That wasn’t my last pennies …,” said Jonathon Simmons, with a small chuckle, to a room full of reporters. After the San Antonio Spurs’ 136-100 blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night, a reporter asked Simmons about the $150 registration fee he spent to […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, Miami Heat, NBA -

As LeBron James embarks on his ninth Eastern Conference finals since 2007, we look back at a pair of his most legendary road contests. This, the second of a two-part series (part one is here) travels back to Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals, when James’ Miami Heat squared off against his longtime […]

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