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‘Trilogy’ merchandise shows the NBA is happy to make money off Cavs-Warriors dominance

A lack of parity won’t stop the NBA from making money off Cavs-Warriors Part 3. Over the last few days, it’s become clear the NBA doesn’t mind that the Warriors and Cavaliers are playing in the Finals for the third straight time. And...Show More Summary

Luke Walton says the Warriors' dominance makes this the perfect time for the Lakers to rebuild

The Lakers have a slew of young players and their own pick in this year’s draft. Why rush the rebuild to face a goliath Warriors team? With his team at a crossroads between rebuilding for the future and adding established veterans to...Show More Summary

Can we appreciate the Warriors’ greatness if they’re not challenged?

That and more in this week’s Limited Upside podcast. The 2017 NBA Finals feature a great team playing at a level we’ve rarely seen in league history. It features seven of the 30 best players in the league and the coronation of the only one that doesn’t have a title so far. Show More Summary

Warriors vs. Cavaliers, NBA Finals odds 2017: Golden State set as road favorite for Game 3

The Golden State Warriors will try to keep their undefeated postseason intact with a win in Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland against the Cavaliers on Wednesday night. The Golden State Warriors are a perfect 14-0 straight up and 10-4 against the spread through 14 postseason games. Show More Summary

Dwight Howard is seriously working on 3-pointers this summer

Howard is 5-of-56 on threes all-time. There are a lot of words you can use to describe Dwight Howard: Rebounder. Dunker. Jumper. Shot-blocker. Defensive anchor. Screener. Jester And if the Atlanta Hawks center has his way, there’s one...Show More Summary

The Suns put draft prospects through a sneakily brutal running drill. How would you do in this?

Phoenix makes players who are working out for them run up and down the court as many times as they can in three minutes. Imagine being an NBA draft prospect. You come into a pre-draft workout with an NBA team with enormous pressure, knowing you potentially might have millions of dollars on the line based on how you play. Show More Summary

Magic Johnson thinks the Showtime Lakers would sweep the 2017 Warriors, which is silly

Draymond Green’s response: laughter. The Golden State Warriors are good enough that they’re forcing us to ask whether they’re the best team ever. Vegas oddsmakers say they would favor the 2017 Warriors over the 1996 Bulls, though, previously the team most widely considered to be the “best ever.” Some people would laugh at that, and that’s fine. Show More Summary

This preview of the Kevin Durant and LeBron James song proves it’s both real and pretty trash

If only they were as good at rapping as they are at basketball. ESPN reported Monday that current NBA Finals foes LeBron James and Kevin Durant had once recorded a rap song together. The internet went wild imagining what the song — apparently...Show More Summary

Mike Brown had so much fun filling in for Steve Kerr during the NBA playoffs

Brown’s career hasn’t been very fun lately, but he’s having a great time in Golden State. Steve Kerr resumed his role as Warriors head coach in Game 2 on Sunday, bumping Mike Brown back to lead assistant. Brown filled in admirably during the 11 games that Kerr missed, spanning more than a month, and nobody expected differently. Show More Summary

Josh Jackson is the only 2017 NBA draft pick who could survive in the Finals right now

Josh Jackson’s draft value has been proven by the 2017 NBA Finals. The evolution of basketball is happening in real time during the 2017 NBA Finals. LeBron James and Kevin Durant are logging minutes at center, there’s shooting at nearly...Show More Summary

The Warriors are lucky to have such a stacked team. So is LeBron James

Good fortune is inextricable from success in the NBA. BOTH teams in the 2017 NBA Finals prove that. The Warriors had several breaks in putting this remarkable collection of talent together. You know them well. Stephen Curry signed a discount extension after an injury-riddled 2012 season. Show More Summary

Justin Bieber perfectly explained why he’s the ultimate bandwagon fan

“I’ll put [on] ANY jersey from ANY pro team” Justin Bieber caught hell when he posted a photo of himself in a Penguins jersey during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. A post shared by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on May 31, 2017 atShow More Summary

People love watching the Warriors destroy everyone

Good morning. We have that and more in Tuesday’s NBA newsletter. Ratings are up through two games of the 2017 NBA Finals. Of course, the first two games last year were blowouts, too: The 73-win Warriors started up 2-0 and won Game 2 by more than 30. Show More Summary

NBA Finals television ratings up from 2016 even with blowouts

The Warriors aren’t ruining general interest in the NBA — the opposite, actually. Despite concern that the NBA has never been less competitive, the television ratings continue to spike. As the Warriors won Game 2 of the Finals by 19Show More Summary

Multitasking trumpet player watches NBA Finals during his own orchestra performance

When it’s NBA Finals time, nothing should get between you and basketball — even an orchestra performance. There’s a reason everyone knows the phrase “ball is life” and nobody knows “trumpet is life” (except Louis Armstrong, probably). Show More Summary

Teacher leaves LeBron James positive signs outside his home after racist graffiti incident

The signs were briefly displayed outside James’ house in Cleveland. After LeBron James’ Los Angeles home was vandalized with racist graffiti last week, a Cleveland teacher did her best to counteract the hatred with positivity. Jennifer...Show More Summary

Jalen Rose's sitcom pilot features Kobe Bryant making a brutal 81-point joke

This clip of Kobe Bryant and Jalen Rose from the TV pilot for Jalen vs. Everybody is, well, you’ve just got to see it. The show was made for ABC but wasn’t picked up for a full season. Judging from this clip, we wish it had been. Rose finds Kobe in a restaurant and the two chit-chat for a little while about life in retirement. Show More Summary

This is what would happen if Nicolas Cage and I tried to find LeBron and KD’s lost rap track

Nic Cage would definitely be involved. Thanks to the incredible reporting of Chris Haynes at ESPN, news broke on Monday afternoon that there exists, somewhere on god’s green earth, a never-before-released hip-hop track featuring Kevin...Show More Summary

The Warriors had the second '50/40/90' game in NBA Finals history

The first time this happened, it was 1986. In Game 2 on Sunday, the Golden State Warriors became the second team since the three-point line was added to shoot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent on three-pointers, and 90 percent at the free throw line during an NBA Finals game. Show More Summary

Kevin Durant makes the Warriors so incredibly unfair

Every time the Cavaliers pulled their old rallying tricks, the Warriors turned to their new superstar. This isn’t last year. There was a moment in the fourth quarter of Game 2 when Kevin Love posted up Kevin Durant on the low block. Love tried backing Durant down. Show More Summary

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