Championship Week Against the Spread – Beats by Dre Edition

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“Can he handle the pressure? That is the question about quarterback Colin Kaepernick. I talk to a lot of people, they say ‘we can get to him, we can get to him.”

Kaepernick_BananaThat was the beginning of the uncensored three-minute advert for Beats by Dre, before his team bus arrives at the stadium and is pelted by bananas, urine-fecal bombs and even an entire cooler smashing the windshield – all by humanoid fans dressed in blue and lime green under depressing rainy skies. What city could that possibly be?

Five reasons LeBron James won’t leave the Miami Heat

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LeBron James is happy and has been for a while. Two consecutive championships for his Miami Heat and two NBA Finals MVPs will do that.

Can David Beckham’s impact on Major League Soccer be bigger as an owner?

I made no bones about it when I wrote last year that David Beckham’s mission as member of the LA Galaxy was complete. He retired after having won two consecutive MLS Cups.

2013 NBA playoffs: what we learned

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Here is a look at what we learned from the 2013 NBA playoffs.

The 12 greatest No. 1 NBA Draft picks

With the first pick in the 1992 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic select Shaquille O'Neal from Louisiana State University. (Photo by DON RYAN/AP)

Here’s our look at the best players selected with the top pick in the history of the NBA Draft.

NBA Finals Game 7: Be careful what you wish for

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The NBA is a copycat league, which is why it will be interesting to see the impact of Thursday night’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals on the future of the game.

Miami Heat fans should be ashamed for leaving Game 6 early

Miami Heat fans should be absolutely ashamed of themselves for leaving Game 6 of the 2012 NBA Finals early.

Video: LeBron James blocks Tim Duncan’s shot after perfect pass from Manu Ginobili

In Game 4 of the NBA Finals Thursday night there was a sequence of basketball-deliciousness that needs to be seen to be believed. Stephen Douglas of The Big Lead referred to it as basketball porn and I really can’t argue with that assessment.

Can the Miami Heat be beaten in a seven game series?

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Since LeBron James left Cleveland and headed to South Beach, the Miami Heat have become a powerhouse. Teams like the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics have been able to frustrate King James and company at times, but aside from Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks defeating the Heat during the first year of the “Big […]

NBA fines LeBron James, David West and Lance Stephenson for flopping

Exhibit A: This impressive LeBron-David West double flop from last night (GIF from Deadspin)

The number of flopping penalties in this year’s NBA Playoffs nearly doubled this morning when the league fined the Miami Heat’s LeBron James and the Indiana Pacers’ David West and Lance Stephenson $5,000 each for incidents in Tuesday night’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 4, including this impressive piece of acting by James and West:

GIF: Paul George drives by LeBron James and posterizes Chris Andersen

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Indiana Pacers guard Paul George is becoming a household name during the Eastern Conference finals. His heroics kept Indiana in Game 1 against the Miami Heat, and this vicious posterization of Chris “Birdman” Andersen on Friday night during Game 2 will only add to his legend.   Have mercy. I don’t know what’s more impressive, […]

Video: LeBron James makes an insane pass to Mike Miller for a buzzer beater

As good as LeBron James is at scoring, dunking, rebounding and defending, he is even better at passing. It’s what makes him so unique – the ability to not only recognize where the other nine players on the court and see openings most players can’t, but to be able to make pinpoint accurate passes facing […]

Kevin Durant hasn’t won an NBA championship yet, but he will

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Ask almost anyone to count off the best active basketball players in the world and Kevin Durant’s name will be mentioned in their first breath. Many of those same people, however, will tell you that Durant doesn’t have the killer instinct to single-handedly lead his team to an NBA championship. Some of those people will […]

Tuesday’s NBA Playoffs recap

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The opening weekend of this year’s NBA Playoffs was largely a snooze-fest, with the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors providing the only close contest of all of the opening games (thanks, Andre Miller!). Monday’s pair of games showed a marked improvement in competitive balance, starting with the Chicago Bulls tying their series with the […]

Cleveland Cavaliers, Mike Brown meet to discuss head coaching job

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Remember a few years ago when the Cleveland Cavaliers decided that Mike Brown was not the guy to take their franchise to the next level and unceremoniously dumped him? Yeah, looks like they’re regretting that decision.