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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, 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, 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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Adidas, Golden State Warriors, NBA Playoffs, Nick Young, Pharrell Williams, Sneaker Stories, Style -

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA — During media day on the eve of the 2018 NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors shooting guard Nick Young’s face lit up when asked about his most important style decision of the playoffs. “That was,” he said with a smile, “legendary.” The moment occurred during the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets. […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Orlando Magic -

As his three teammates on the court ran frantically to their positions, Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James casually took two quick and small hops to the left. Then he planted his left foot and aggressively faked as if he was going to the basket. It was all a ruse. He put his forearm in Hedo Türkoğlu’s […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, NBA Playoffs, Philadelphia 76ers -

Bobby Jones waited patiently as Julius “Dr. J” Erving separated from his defender and sprinted from the right block to the right elbow. With 7:35 left in Game 4 of the 1980 NBA Finals between the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers, Dr. J was about to add another signature play to basketball history. Jones’ […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Meek Mill, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Orlando Magic, Penny Hardaway, Philadelphia 76ers, Shaquille O'Neal -

The Philadelphia 76ers, after “trusting” the “process,” have completed their first playoff series victory since 2012. It happened in five games over the Miami Heat, and sharpshooter J.J. Redick led the charge with 27 points. But Tuesday night in Philly was far more than a series victory. It was a moment. The presence of Meek […]

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Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Wayne Pratt -

OAKLAND, California — Kevin Durant kept moving back and forth during the Golden State Warriors’ championship ring ceremony to keep his long legs warm, and also because he was eager to finally get the hardware. Ten long NBA seasons were now in the books. Suddenly the words “Kevin Durant” were heard over the loudspeaker at […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers, Commentary, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Stephen Curry -

Minutes, hours, days — and GAMES — before ending the NBA finals by hugging his supposed nemesis affectionately and whispering sweet nothings into his ear, Kevin Durant had already made his very necessary and profound statement to LeBron James. Courtesy of one crossover dribble after another, one sweet stroke after another, one 3-pointer after another, […]

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

There’s no mistaking that the Seat Pleasant Activity Center in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, is the community center that raised Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant into the deadly assassin on the court he is today. As soon as one makes the right-hand turn off Martin Luther King Jr. Highway onto Addison Road, there’s a welcome […]

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Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan, NBA, NBA Playoffs -

More than a decade after it happened, the last playoff game of Michael Jordan’s career inspired a Jay Z lyric. Psycho: I’m liable to go Michael, take your pick / Jackson, Tyson, Jordan, Game 6, he rapped on his 2011 collaboration with Kanye West, “N—-s in Paris,” a shoutout to Game 6 of the 1998 […]

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All Day, Burn, Chuck D, Daily Dose, Dennis Rodman, Golden State Warriors, Hollywood Burn, Ice Cube, John Saunders, NBA Playoffs, Nicole Byer -

Mina Kimes dropped by The Undefeated office yesterday and we went to Starbucks. We ordered. Then: — wired. Those nitro cold brews are so potent that you can’t even serve them in the venti size because it’s too much caffeine. me after trying nitro cold brew for the first time with @clintonyates pic.twitter.com/UPeE2utY8K — […]

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

OAKLAND, California — A brightly smiling and seemingly at peace Wanda Durant stood behind the door of the Golden State Warriors’ locker room as media passed her by in droves to get a glimpse of the 2017 NBA champions’ champagne-induced party. She also looked as if she was frozen in time with no interest in […]

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Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Steve Kerr -

Michael Jordan with the game-winning assist — when’s the last time you remember that happening? How about on June 13, 1997, in Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz? With 28 seconds remaining and the scored tied at 86, the Bulls called a timeout to discuss how to execute […]

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Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Paul Pierce -

“We just wet the bed. It was terrible.” That’s all Kobe Bryant could really say after Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals. Trailing the throwback series against the Boston Celtics, 2-1, Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers pounced on their opponent. By the end of the first quarter, the Lakers possessed a 35-14 advantage […]

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All Eyez On Me, Golden State Warriors, Javale McGee, NBA Playoffs, Tupac Shakur -

All eyes will be on the Golden State Warriors as they attempt to clinch a 2017 NBA championship in Oracle Arena on Monday night. If the Warriors eliminate the Cleveland Cavaliers, their backup center JaVale McGee will be free to attend the national debut of the movie in which he made a financial investment, All […]

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Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan, NBA, NBA Playoffs -

The image of Scottie Pippen holding up a physically drained Michael Jordan is unforgettable, no matter how many times you’ve seen it. It represents June 11, 1997 — Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz, known as the “Flu Game” — when Jordan summoned something within him that the […]

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

CLEVELAND – Rasheen Smith’s hope was to surprise Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green’s mother with a courtside NBA championship experience. A Cleveland Cavaliers fan ended up ruining the surprise while the Cavaliers themselves ruined the experience by staying alive in the 2017 NBA Finals. Smith became friends with Green and eventually his mother, Mary […]

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Draymond Green, LeBron James, NBA, NBA Playoffs -

What if Draymond Green had played in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals? Would the Golden State Warriors have blown a 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers? Would the Cavs have delivered their city its first title in 52 years? Would Golden State now be chasing a three-peat, instead of facing Cleveland in a […]

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

First there was Draymond Green’s suspension for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals that sparked the Golden State Warriors’ collapse from a 3-1 lead to eventually falling to the champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Next Green reached a plea agreement that allowed him to avoid jail time after he allegedly slapped a Michigan State football player. […]

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA Playoffs -

In Game 1 of the 1985 NBA Finals, time appeared to have finally caught up to Los Angeles Lakers captain Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The then-38-year-old big man came out against the Boston Celtics oddly flat and rusty, as if he’d racked up too many miles on his personal odometer. Abdul-Jabbar, the greatest scorer in the history […]

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Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, NBA, NBA Playoffs -

CLEVELAND — With tears welling in her eyes and emotions still high, Wanda Durant thanked former NBA player Paul Pierce in the hallway outside the Golden State Warriors’ locker room for saying her NBA Finals Game 3-saving son, Kevin Durant, was the best player in the league. “Tell them again, Paul. They don’t believe!” Wanda […]

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Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Shaquille O'Neal -

Before Game 2 of the 2001 NBA Finals, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson challenged Shaquille O’Neal to man up on the defensive end of the floor. “Don’t be afraid to block a shot!” Jackson hissed at his 7-foot-1, 340-pound center, who failed to record a single block in Los Angeles’ 107-101 overtime loss […]

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NBA, NBA Playoffs, Nick Anderson, Orlando Magic -

There’s no way those free throws don’t still haunt Nick Anderson. Anderson and the Orlando Magic were as in control as a team could hope for late in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 7, 1995. The Magic led the then-defending NBA champion Houston Rockets, 110-107, with 8.5 seconds left after a foul […]

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Allen Iverson, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Philadelphia 76ers, Tyronn Lue -

On June 6, 2001, one play connected Allen Iverson and Tyronn Lue for eternity. With less than a minute left in overtime of Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers, Iverson put a dagger in the hearts of his opponents with a sequence regarded as one of the […]

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Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan, NBA, NBA Playoffs -

It’s hard to think of an adjective that couldn’t be used to describe Michael Jordan’s marquee play from the 1991 NBA Finals. Graceful. Dazzling. Majestic. Indomitable. Peerless. Ballsy. Dope. On June 5, 1991, in the fourth quarter of Game 2 between the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Jordan drove down the court and threw […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving, NBA, NBA Playoffs -

Did the Cleveland Cavaliers really have a fair shake at winning the 2015 NBA Finals? That’s long been the question. Heading into the series against the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland was already missing one piece of its “Big Three,” after power forward Kevin Love dislocated his left shoulder in the team’s first-round series against the […]

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Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan, NBA, NBA Playoffs -

Using the word mediocre to describe Michael Jordan is pure blasphemy. Yet, in his 15-year NBA career, the greatest player of all time was a mediocre 3-point shooter, at best. But on June 3, 1992, in Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Portland Trail Blazers, he was an absolute assassin […]

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Boston Celtics, Larry Bird, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, NBA Playoffs -

June 2, 1987, marks the beginning of the end for one of the greatest eras in NBA history. On this date (coincidentally, the same day the Seattle Mariners selected Ken Griffey Jr. No. 1 overall in the MLB draft), the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers began their best-of-seven NBA Finals series at The Forum […]

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Mark Jackson, NBA Playoffs, Podcast, Rhoden Fellows -

This week on the HBCU 468 podcast, Bill Rhoden and the Rhoden Fellows feature a conversation with ESPN/ABC NBA analyst Mark Jackson, who breaks down the NBA Finals and explains why he believes the series is too close to call. He also explains why he believes LeBron James has a chance to eclipse Michael Jordan […]

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All Day, All Day Podcast, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Muhammad Ali, NBA Playoffs -

What’s up, kiddos, we’re back. The podcast has been retooled a bit, as you’ll notice, which I explain more in the show. This week, I talked to Marc Spears about the upcoming NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, which is already an epic matchup even before the games start. If […]

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Chicago Bulls, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, NBA Playoffs, Scottie Pippen, Utah Jazz -

Which player has the greatest nickname in NBA history? Is it the greatest of all time (GOAT) himself, Michael “Air Jordan”? Or maybe it’s the sharpshooting “Pistol” Pete Maravich. Don’t forget about Allen “The Answer” Iverson, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant, or Shaquille O’Neal’s stable of monikers, from “Shaq Diesel” to “Wilt Chamberneezy” […]

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LeBron James, N-word, NBA Playoffs -

When it comes to intimidation, spray-painting someone’s home is about as intimate as it gets for nonviolent crime. As someone who’s been an advocate of street art my whole life, there are still certain things that are considered off-limits, to an extent. Houses are one of them. But more importantly, the use of racial slurs […]

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