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Great, Lance Stephenson Is Learning Lessons. Happy Now?

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Lance Stephenson, whose awful words were the sole reason that great basketball player LeBron James played great basketball in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, isn’t going to talk anymore.

And that’s smart. Because back in 2007, Lance Stephenson once told me that he didn’t like the color of my shoes, and the next day, I built a full-size, solar-powered helicopter out of a rusty curling iron, and then I bit Rampage Jackson’s ear off.

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A Fan’s Responsibility After The Most Recent Exposure Of Donald Sterling’s Virulent Racism

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The option of supporting Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and the vague, nebulous notion of “the Clippers” while not also supporting Donald Sterling himself – is mythical. It really can’t be done. A lot of people wish it could. It can’t.

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JR Smith Doesn’t Yet Understand ‘Growing Up’

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If you’re trying to get a handle on when JR Smith might turn into a normal, stable, predictable human basketball player, today was probably a confusing day for you.

He started the day by talking to Stephen A. Smith on 98.7 FM in New York, where he confessed this:

“[Knicks head coach Mike Woodson] been telling me (to grow up) since I got here. Honestly, growing up, I don’t know if I really understand the true meaning of it.”

How’s that for a wonderful little piece of inadvertent self-awareness?

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A $50,000 Fine For Untying Shoes Is Steep. A Punch In The Face Is Not.

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I know that we don’t solve problems with violence, but I don’t know that $50,000 fines are always appropriate, either. A fine of that size in response to the attempting untying of a man’s shoes is akin to six months of jail time for cheating at Monopoly.

I propose instead that Shawn Marion and Greg Monroe each get to punch JR Smith in the face. Hard.

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Of Course Dwight Howard Isn’t Returning To The Lakers

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ESPN’s Chris Broussard, quoting sources close to the situation, says that “there is very little chance” that Dwight Howard will re-up with the Lakers. Broussard’s sources are said to be keen observers of human nature, and suspect that human beings do not like to spend time in awful, soul-destroying, black holes of pain and despair.

Why would Dwight Howard return to the Lakers?

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Is “Choke” Something That’s Really Applicable To The San Antonio Spurs?

Tim Duncan is 37 years old, has played in 209 NBA playoff games, won four NBA championships and has been named the NBA Finals MVP three times. Tony Parker is 31 years old, has played in 171 playoff games, won three NBA championships and one NBA Finals MVP. Manu Ginobili is 35 years old, has played in 155 playoff games, won three NBA championships, a Euroleague championship and a Euroleague finals MVP.

And remarkably, on June 19, 2013, all three of these proud champions, at precisely the same time, turned into ‘fraidy-cat pansies who involuntarily pee anytime someone tells them that the next jump shot they take is important. Continue reading Is “Choke” Something That’s Really Applicable To The San Antonio Spurs?

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