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When LeBron Sits, Kids Cry

Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star

Chicago Sports Fans Feeling the Pain

Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times

Earl Lloyd, Humble NBA Pioneer

Tim Bontemps, New York Post

Anthony Mason Was a Force for the Knicks

Mike Lupica, New York Daily News

An NBA season is a marathon, and each team has to run its own race. The Cavaliers didn't owe it to Indianapolis to put LeBron James on the court for the second game of a back-to-ba...(full article)

NBA Highlight Truthers are most concerned with traveling violations. The travel is a touchstone of NBA hatred: A lot of people complain the league suffers by not calling it enough....(full article)

GLENDALE, Ariz. —  White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has an avulsion fracture on the side of his right foot. Can we call it a “revulsion’’ fracture? How muc...(full article)

HOUSTON — When Lionel Hollins heard about the passing of Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in an NBA game, he immediately thought back to his only conversation with ...(full article)

In those days, what now seem as much like glory days for the New York Knicks as the ones with Clyde and Willis Reed, with Earl the Pearl and DeBusschere and Bradley, the two guys f...(full article)

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