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2018 NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors, Locker Room Talk, Michael Eric Dyson -

The Golden State Warriors will hold their victory parade in Oakland, California, on Tuesday, celebrating the franchise’s third NBA title in four years. This season’s accomplishment was heralded as the triumph of a great team and teamwork. The Warriors are a team of stars, superstars, young players, veteran players, strong personalities and unique talents. They […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, LeBron James, NBA -

“I’m done for now, so one for now/ Possibly forever, we had fun together/ But like all good things we must come to an end/ Please show the same love to my friends …” — Jay-Z, “Dear Summer” (2005) It’s all anyone could focus on. In the streets. In hotel lobbies. Even in Ubers. Anything […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, David West, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, NBA, Stephen Curry -

CLEVELAND – With numerous magnum gold and black champagne bottles emptied everywhere and also unopened in a gold tub in the visiting locker room, Golden State Warriors big man David West said there was a lot to celebrate after winning the 2018 NBA championship. “We just worked. Different guys throughout the year carried the load […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Commentary, Golden State Warriors -

Since the Golden State Warriors hired Steve Kerr, the Bay Area has been the home of the NBA’s most alluring brand of basketball. The pace and style that Kerr installed in 2014, marked by long-distance shots, never-ending movement and quick passes, has enchanted fans from across the globe. It’s become a near-perfect distillation of a […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Kraut, George Hill, NBA -

CLEVELAND — A tall guy who looked and sounded like Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill sat in the Cleveland Kraut booth at the Natural Products Expo West Convention. The nametag confirmed it was indeed Hill, a minority stakeholder who spent an off day in Los Angeles in March pitching his healthy probiotic sauerkraut to prospective […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Durant, LeBron James -

There’s no such thing as unfamiliar basketball territory for LeBron James. Especially in the NBA Finals. Not even being down 0-3. James’ Cleveland Cavaliers, after all, were down like this last year. “It’s almost like playing the [New England] Patriots,” James ended up saying about the Golden State Warriors after Game 3. “They’re not going […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Commentary, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA, Steve Kerr -

CLEVELAND — Draymond Green is a two-time NBA champion. His Golden State Warriors are a game away from winning their third NBA title in four years. The former NBA Defensive Player of the Year shares a court with three fellow All-Stars in Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. You know what means just as […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, NBA -

CLEVELAND — Kevin Durant finally turned off the frustrating game film of Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at about the same time the sun rose on June 10. The Golden State Warriors would defeat LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers one game later at home to win the championship. Even so, […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Draymond Green, LeBron James, NBA Playoffs, Style -

LeBron James vs. Draymond Green: the battle of the shorts suit. For Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, James arrived at Oracle Arena rocking a gray version of the look from New York designer Thom Browne. By Game 2, three days later, James went at the look again — only this time he was […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, NBA Live 18, Rodney Hood, Sim Life, Stephen Curry, Tyronn Lue -

Now that the Finals shift east, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to hit the reset button and recover the swag needed to even this series. Coming home has been the solution for what ails the Cavs all playoffs long. Let’s see if the Cavs’ role players can get back on track or if the defending […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Khloe Kardashian, Tristan Thompson -

Tristan Thompson knew the question was coming. So the Cavaliers forward was better prepared for it this time around. With the Cavs this season, especially their fourth consecutive Finals showdown with the Golden State Warriors, everything goes viral. Thompson walked out of a postgame interview after being asked following Game 2’s 122-103 loss whether he […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, NBA, NBA Playoffs -

OAKLAND, California — And when it comes to the game, I’m willing to play harder / So harder I go, there he go / They chant M-V-P when I shoot a free throw! This is a decade-old bar spit by a still-in-his-prime Lil Wayne. It appeared on 2008’s “Ransom,” one of the first songs from […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors, NBA, Stephen Curry -

OAKLAND, California — LeBron James’ dominance and strength as a basketball player has caused NBA fans to compare him to Thanos, a Marvel Comics character with superhuman strength who stars in the hit movie Avengers: Infinity War. Coincidentally, a replica of Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet glove was sitting inside Stephen Curry’s locker after he nailed an […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Audemars Piguet, Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, NBA, outfit, Style -

OAKLAND, California — Remember when LeBron James broke out a short suit outfit, valued $46,964.95, for Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals? Well, the ensemble is actually worth much more. Just take a look at the Cleveland Cavaliers star’s wrist. According to watch connoisseur FakeWatchBusta, a social media sensation known for exposing celebrities for […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, Rodney Hood, Tyronn Lue -

OAKLAND, California – More than 900,000 people have watched the YouTube video “Golden State Warriors vs Utah Jazz Full Game Highlights/Week 11/Dec 27. Perhaps one of the viewers was seldom-used Cleveland Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood, who scored 27 points on that night for the Jazz. “At times when I may lose a little bit of […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, NBA, outfit, Style -

UPDATE: Watch connoisseur FakeWatchBusta told the Undefeated that James’ accessories included a rare Audemars Piguet, called the Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Chronograph, which retails in shops for “right over $40,000.” The accessory brings the minimum total of his Game 1 outfit to nearly $87,000 — not including James’ custom jewelry. OAKLAND, California […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, NBA -

OAKLAND, California — It’s an eerie coincidence that only the basketball gods could explain. For some reason, the square on the calendar marked May 31 brings out a different beast on the court in the killer animal that is LeBron James. This date will forever live in the annals of his storied career — because […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Draymond Green, George Hill, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, NBA, Stephon Curry -

OAKLAND, California — Barely a half-hour had passed since the Cleveland Cavaliers fell in head-scratching fashion to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. But you could tell that for the Cavs, the loss had already fully sunk in. When the doors to the visiting locker room opened, a silence […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Adam Silver, NBA, Sterling Brown -

OAKLAND, California — NBA commissioner Adam Silver described Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown’s treatment at the hands of Milwaukee police as “horrific.” Three officers were disciplined for their actions during the arrest of Brown on Jan. 25. Police used a stun gun on Brown after detaining him at Walgreens for a parking violation. A body […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, Jeff Green, Jordan Clarkson, Kevin Love, LeBron James, NBA Playoffs, Rodney Hood, Tristan Thompson -

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA — “Are you surprised to be here?” As reporters filed onto the hardwood at Oracle Arena approximately 30 hours before tipoff of Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, almost every player donning a Cleveland Cavaliers practice jersey fielded some form of the above question. Implication being: If your name isn’t LeBron James, […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Andre Iguodala, George Hill, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, LeBron James, NBA Live 18, Nike, Stephen Curry, Tristan Thompson -

So here we are again for a fourth-straight time. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers face off against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. The Warriors, the defending champs, are still miffed they didn’t get the sweep last year. Will the Dubs’ wishes come true as King James returns with a much weaker […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors, LeBron James, NBA -

OAKLAND, California – The NBA Finals start Thursday night without one of its former MVPs in Andre Iguodala. But don’t expect the injured Golden State Warriors forward to gaze upon his two championship rings and MVP trophy to make him feel better, since he is not consumed by his hardware. “I think I saw [the […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Houston Rockets, P.J. Tucker, Sneaker Stories, Style -

His reign is already solidified and virtually unchallenged. P.J. Tucker is the NBA’s sneaker king. He has shoes in his collection that hypebeasts can’t even cop, and he actually wears pairs that the biggest sneakerheads in the world wouldn’t even dare to unbox. “With playing basketball and sneakers, there’s no line,” Tucker told Joe La […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, NBA -

HOUSTON — The newly crowned 2018 NBA Western Conference champions returned via private jet to Oakland, California, in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Next up for the Golden State Warriors? A fourth straight championship series against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals. After taking some much-needed time to celebrate […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, Tyronn Lue -

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue had a little time for reflection before the presentation of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference champions trophy on Sunday in Boston. Arriving before Cavaliers star LeBron James, fellow All-Star Kevin Love and the rest of the coaching staff and players, Lue reflected on all the “tough” challenges that took […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Jeff Green, NBA -

BOSTON — As Jeff Green walked to his dressing space in the jubilant Cleveland Cavaliers locker room after the team secured its fourth straight trip to the NBA finals, you couldn’t help but notice the scar that extends from his stomach to just before his neckline. That scar is the result of a surgery from […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens, Chris Paul, Cleveland Cavaliers, Culture, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, James Harden, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, NBA, Stephen Curry -

But the allure of the game, keeps calling your name … — Jay-Z, “Allure” (2003) There’s a scene in 1992’s Juice that aces the test of time. Not the one where Bishop (played by the late Tupac Shakur) and Q (played by Omar Epps) are by their lockers in the iconic “I am crazy … […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Chris Paul, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA, Shaun Livingston, Stephen Curry -

OAKLAND, Calif. — The NBA official pushed a metal box on wheels to the Houston Rockets’ locker room, early in the fourth quarter, on Saturday at Oracle Arena. Inside the box held the coveted 2018 NBA Western Conference championship trophy. The trophy was for the taking by the Rockets, but it will instead be flown […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, NBA -

CLEVELAND — As he handled his lunchtime customers seated around the bar at Zanzibar restaurant in downtown Cleveland, bartender Harold Childers was presented with a worst-case scenario for Friday. The possible last home game in a Cleveland uniform for LeBron James. Childers, wearing the wine-colored LeBron James jersey that he usually sports on game days, […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, Jayson Tatum, LeBron James, NBA Live 18 -

Whether you are a LeBron James hater or supporter, all eyes will be locked on Game 6 as the pressure is on the Cleveland Cavaliers and King James. Will James’ supporting cast show up at home? Will The Chosen One have enough in the tank to force Game 7 against the Boston Celtics? Is this […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Commentary, LeBron James, Locker Room Talk, NBA -

One of the most familiar faces in Cleveland over the past 15 years has not been a player or coach. The face belongs to Maverick Carter, one of the architects of Team LeBron, the most impressive player-driven empire in recent NBA history. Carter is the nominal power behind King James’ throne. Carter and I were […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Chris Paul, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA -

HOUSTON — A frustrated Draymond Green slapped the top of an equipment bag just before being the first to enter the visiting locker room after the Golden State Warriors’ 98-94 loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. Now, one loss away from ending a shot at a fourth straight […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, NBA -

BOSTON — LeBron James sat closest to the locker room door in the aftermath of another bad road loss, mostly silent with both knees wrapped in ice. It would have been more fitting had that ice been wrapped around his shoulders, because the load he’s being forced to carry this entire postseason appears to be […]

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