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The Best And Worst Of Kobe Bryant…In A Matter Of Seconds

Kobe Bryant is one of the most polarizing figures in the history of sports. His supporters worship him, citing his unparalleled work ethic, desire, and willingness to take big shots no matter what the consequences. His detractors claim that those very traits cause him to be selfish and stubborn, keeping him a step below Michael, Magic, Larry, and Russel on the Mount Rushmore of NBA legends.

Tonight, as the Lakers climbed back into the game against the desperate Denver Nuggets, we saw the best and worst of Kobe Bryant. Continue reading

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Chris Davis And The Greatest Out-Of-Position Performances Of All Time

Yesterday afternoon I was treated to one of the greatest endings to a baseball game I have ever seen. No, it wasn’t the playoffs. No, there wasn’t a dramatic walk-off homerun. No, it didn’t involve Bryce Harper. What made the Baltimore Orioles’ 9-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox yesterday so special is that by the end of it, the 17th inning, the two pitchers of record were both position players.

What made it even more special is that the Orioles first baseman Chris Davis not only picked up the win—the first for an American League position player since 1968—but he was also downright filthy. When a position player is called upon to pitch, you generally expect to see him throwing fastballs in the low 80s, maybe mixing in a slow curve or a bad slider just to mix things up. Continue reading

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Video: Andrew Bynum Just Now Realizes Defense Is Important

What a weekend for NBA fans! In just two days we saw Kevin Durant bounce in a game-winner, reigning MVP Derrick Rose suffer a season-ending injury, Rajan Rondo chest-bump a referee (not the good kind of chest-bump), and the Los Angeles Clippers execute one of the most extreme comebacks in playoff history. Oh, and let’s not forget the Dwight Howard-less Orlando Magic stealing Game One from the Indiana Pacers on the road.

Not to be lost in the shuffle was the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum’s performance in the series opener against the Denver Nuggets. Bynum dominated the paint while putting together the first Lakers playoff triple double since legendary point guard Smush Parker Magic Johnson did it in 1991. Of course, the most impressive part of Bynum’s triple-dip was that he set a Lakers franchise record and tied an NBA record with 10 blocked shots. Continue reading

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Five Emotional Moments You Will See In Every NBA Playoff Montage

The beginning of the playoffs is an exciting time for any NBA fan. One reason is because the last two months have been so boring that we welcome any semblance of basketball games that actually mean something. And don’t try to tell me that you were genuinely entertained by the Charlotte Bobcats’ race for all-time futility, the heated race for the eighth and final playoff spot between the Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets, or the Golden State Warriors’ desperate attempt to lose as many games as possible with the hopes of retaining their right to this year’s first round draft pick. Continue reading

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The NBA Needs An Offensive Player Of The Year Award

This year two of the NBA’s elite stars, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, are engaging in the closest race for the scoring title in the history of the league. In any other year one of them would also most likely be crowned the league’s MVP, but this year both players will come away empty-handed.

The MVP has always been an ambiguous and hotly debated award, largely due to the fact that there is no language that dictates what the world “valuable” precisely means. Some think that it’s the player whose absence would most greatly affect his team. Others think it’s the player who puts on the greatest individual performance on both ends of the floor. But for all intents and purposes the MVP, at least in my lifetime, has tended to go to the best individual player in the league. And by that, of course, I mean the best offensive player. Continue reading

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