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The Time Kevin Grigg Stole the Show from Donyell and Thunder

With the big gap in games before the NBA Finals, I got bored and tweeted out an old story from my days working in the NBA. Here it is in full form, still broken into 140 characters. Helping offset low pay and long hours of entry-level NBA life was the full access to basketball courts and random games with players. One such occurrence took place in 1999 when myself, Kevin Grigg and Warriors mascot Thunder pl ...

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LeBron Puts Jordan 1st Ring into Perspective

LeBron James has been the best player in the league for quite some time but several weren’t willing to acknowledge his surreal talent because he had not yet won an NBA title. Whether that was fair or not, the narrative may change now that he has finally reached the mountaintop and was also named the 2012 NBA Finals MVP. The interesting aspect of James’ ascension as well as his crowning as a champion is that ...

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Michael Jordan’s Best Finals Performance

Michael Jordan is not only the league’s greatest player but one could easily make the case that he is also the NBA’s greatest performer. Few players have been able to consistently raise the level of their play in conjunction with the stakes. Indeed, for all the clamoring about LeBron James being the next great thing, his showing in the 2011 NBA Finals made us realize that not everyone is ready and willing t ...

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The Reign Man: Shawn Kemp

The Portland Trail Blazers were defeated in Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals by the Los Angeles Lakers who eventually went on to win the NBA title. Portland had come close to defeating Los Angeles but ultimately faltered down the stretch in what has become known as one of the greatest collapses in NBA playoff history. Portland saw their fourth quarter 15-point lead vanish in the matter of minute ...

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The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls

When talks of the greatest NBA teams of all time come around, we often hear about the 1967 Philadelphia 76ers, the 1972 Los Angeles Lakers, the1983 Philadelphia 76ers, the 1986 Boston Celtics and the 1987 Los Angeles Lakers to name a few because those teams dominated the regular season and playoffs from start to finish. But for whatever reason, one of the greatest teams ever often gets lost in the shuffle b ...

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Cloning Kevin McHale

On Monday night, I decided to watch Game 6 of the 1985 NBA Finals in which the Los Angeles Lakers were battling the Boston Celtics. The Lakers were victorious and won the title but Kevin McHale was a dominant force during the game at both ends of the floor. The Celtics’ power forward fouled out midway through the fourth quarter with 32 points and 16 rebounds; and yet the numbers fail to capture just how gre ...

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MJ’s Road to Redemption: Game 3, 1991 Eastern Conference Finals

Those who have followed the story of Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls are fully aware of the struggles that they faced with the Detroit Pistons in the late 1980s. Indeed, for three consecutive seasons, the Bulls’ season ended in a defeat at the hands of the Pistons. The Bad Boys they were called, because they did anything and everything humanly possible on the basketball court to get an edge. The Bad Bo ...

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The Dwyane Wade Story

The Dallas Mavericks won the 2011 NBA title at the expense of the Miami Heat, but not before Dwyane Wade gave them everything he could and then some to make the task extremely difficult for them. Wade is quite possibly the best shooting guard in the NBA today and consequently every game is an opportunity to go out and prove it. However, there was a time when he was a nobody by NBA standards, but he worked h ...

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