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God, Remember Mario Hezonja? God, Remember Mario Hezonja?

The Orlando Magic fell way behind the Detroit Pistons Sunday afternoon, in no small part because instead of Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier they had to start Shelvin Mack and Mario Hezonja. I know—you are scratching your head at how either Hezonja or Mack could possibly start in place of Gordon, a power forward. Magic…

40-Year-Old Manu Ginobili Is Still Out Here Winning NBA Games  40-Year-Old Manu Ginobili Is Still Out Here Winning NBA Games 

Ancient old man Manu Ginobili no longer has it in him to dominate long stretches of NBA basketball games. It turns out that’s fine—Ginobili is still a useful rotation player for the Spurs, even as a 40-year-old, even as his body looks less and less like that of an NBA player and more and more like smoked chicken. Age…

Michael Beasley Is Just Cruel Michael Beasley Is Just Cruel

The Oklahoma City Thunder narrowly topped the Philadelphia 76ers in an insane triple-overtime slugfest Friday night. You can imagine, they were therefore not at their most energetic Saturday night, playing the second leg of a back-to-back, in New York. Still, the Knicks, without Kristaps Porzingis, seem like the kind…

Rudy Gobert Suffers Yet Another Ugly Knee Injury, Will Miss Another Month Rudy Gobert Suffers Yet Another Ugly Knee Injury, Will Miss Another Month

Jazz center Rudy Gobert, one of the very few players in the NBA whose defensive work rises to the level of nightly spectacle, has suffered his second knee injury of the season, and will now be out another three to four weeks. This blows:

Bobby Portis And Nikola Mirotic Are Undermining Chicago's Tanking Dreams Bobby Portis And Nikola Mirotic Are Undermining Chicago's Tanking Dreams

Nothing you are about to read should be construed as any sort of signal that the Bulls are now good. They are not. They’re bad. They’re so bad, in fact, that this run of good play, now, in December, might actually be a bad thing for them. Tanking incentives are about to change, and the Bulls, desperately talent-poor,…

Report: Lorenzen Wright's Ex-Wife Arrested In Connection With His Death Report: Lorenzen Wright's Ex-Wife Arrested In Connection With His Death

The investigation of Lorenzen Wright’s murder seven years ago has taken another turn: fresh on the heels of the arrest of Billy Turner in Memphis, police in California have now arrested Sherra Wright-Thompson, Lorenzen Wright’s ex-wife, in connection with his death, according to the Commercial Appeal.

Leaked Chinese Footage Unearths LeBron's Coded Message To Lonzo Ball: Try Hard And Focus Leaked Chinese Footage Unearths LeBron's Coded Message To Lonzo Ball: Try Hard And Focus

Did you catch LeBron James having a cool little whispering-into-your-shirt party with Lonzo Ball after the Cavs beat the Lakers last night? The two convened shortly after the game finished. It was there, in front of a bank of cameras, that James schooled Ball on, uh, something for a few seconds. Ball nodded his assent…

Kristaps Porzingis Is Hurt, But He's Smart Kristaps Porzingis Is Hurt, But He's Smart

Kristaps Porzingis removed himself from last night’s 111-104 win over the Nets after a non-contact injury to his left knee. He tweaked it once in the first half and then left the game in the third quarter after re-aggravating it on this play.

Hawks Fan Uses Eccentric Form To Win $10,000 On Half-Court Shot Hawks Fan Uses Eccentric Form To Win $10,000 On Half-Court Shot

A fan sank a half-court shot during tonight’s Hawks-Pistons game by just heaving it with a technique vaguely reminiscent of what one might use to toss a shot put—and you know what, it worked out just fine, and he won $10,000 for it, so you can’t really make fun of him for it! Them’s the rules.

Luka Doncic Belongs In The NBA And Possibly Jail Luka Doncic Belongs In The NBA And Possibly Jail

Luka Doncic is an 18-year-old Slovenian who plays for Real Madrid in the Euroleague; a 6-foot-8 do-everything phenom; a feverishly touted 2018 prospect; and a bad, bad man. Just look at what he inflicted on poor Victor Claver in today’s game versus FC Barcelona.

Chris Paul Is Having Fun And The Rockets Are Destroying Everyone Chris Paul Is Having Fun And The Rockets Are Destroying Everyone

As the Oklahoma City Thunder’s continued stay in the toilet has reminded NBA fans, the winning and losing of basketball games is about more than assembling the maximum possible amount of sheer talent. The Thunder were projected to be juggernauts in the Western Conference despite a hastily assembled and moderately…

Giannis Had Two Dope Slams And Would've Had A Third If Not For John Henson Giannis Had Two Dope Slams And Would've Had A Third If Not For John Henson

Giannis Antetokounmpo produced some top-tier highlight clips despite a 115-108 loss to the Pelicans. Early in the night, he contorted himself on a drive and used his long arms to flush it.

Tom Thibodeau Is Destruction Tom Thibodeau Is Destruction

In his stints as an associate head coach in Boston and head coach in Chicago, Tom Thibodeau made his name and his career with a set of genuinely smart and hugely influential defensive tactics, leveraging the NBA’s relaxed rules against zone defense to essentially eliminate what had been the dominant style of offense…

Superpowered High Schooler Annihilates A Layup Superpowered High Schooler Annihilates A Layup

North Miami High’s Donte Innocent, who’s listed at just six feet tall, somehow gained the power of flight as he went for a chasedown block, completely devouring an opponent who probably though he had an easy bunny.

Chris Gatling Sentenced To 2.5 Years In Prison For Fraud Chris Gatling Sentenced To 2.5 Years In Prison For Fraud

Two years ago, former NBA All-Star Chris Gatling was charged with fraud, aggravated identity theft, and forgery. He was accused of running a network of online businesses that illegally charged people’s credit cards without them knowing about it. Yesterday, he was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison after pleading guilty…

And Now For Some Stupidly Bad Defense From Karl-Anthony Towns And Now For Some Stupidly Bad Defense From Karl-Anthony Towns

Joel Embiid is talented and charming and big, a combination of qualities which can reasonably be quite daunting in anyone, but especially so in a basketball player. Karl-Anthony Towns’s strategy for handling all that during the second quarter tonight was just to panic-jump, arms outstretched, at a random point along…

The Cavs Are Having So Much Fun The Cavs Are Having So Much Fun

We talk about LeBron James and his team pretty often around here, but their 123-114 win over Atlanta tonight (not as close as it appears) was yet another reminder of how the King can take your breath away. The Cavs always dominate the Hawks—they’ve hit in NBA-record 25 threes against them twice—and this was just…

The Lakers And Knicks Went Nuts For Two Minutes The Lakers And Knicks Went Nuts For Two Minutes

Madison Square Garden looks like an extremely fun place to be tonight, as two teams filled with intriguing young talents keep going back and forth with each other through three quarters. The game’s excitement peaked (so far) with this pulse-pounding two minutes of basketball, which kicked off with a Lonzo Ball slam…

Ball Brothers Sign With Tiny Lithuanian Club Ball Brothers Sign With Tiny Lithuanian Club

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have reportedly signed professional contracts with a European team, just like LaVar Ball promised, and their destination is ... Lithuanian minnow Prienu Vytautas? Adrian Wojnarowski and Jonathan Givony first reported that talks were serious this afternoon and Woj protege Shams Charania …

Michael Beasley Fouled Out In 10 Minutes And Knicks Fans Loved It Michael Beasley Fouled Out In 10 Minutes And Knicks Fans Loved It

Michael Beasley, a man who still plays in the NBA, managed to commit six fouls in 10 minutes of playing time in the Knicks’ 111-107 win over the Hawks on Sunday.

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