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NBA Should Embrace Shorter Season

David Kahn, Bloomberg View

Bucks Could Be Kidd's Final Chance

Howard Megdal, Sports on Earth

As NBA Proves, That's Entertainment

Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated

With Cavs, LeBron Is All About Team

Joe Vardon, Cleveland Plain Dealer

The National Basketball League season doesn't start until next week, but many feel it's too long a slog. Recent calls from LeBron James -- likely the most important voice in pro ...(full article)

LeBron James' return to Cleveland has shaken up the NBA landscape, a fact that is strongly reflected in NBA.com's 13th annual GM Survey. The additions of James and Kevin Love ha...(full article)

It's been a tumultuous 18 months for Jason Kidd. A little more than a year ago, the former All-Star was an aging point guard going through a terrible shooting slump for the 2012-...(full article)

The key ingredients for must-see basketball are indisputable. Winning teams are almost always a better watch than losing ones. Offensive-minded teams are generally more thrillin...(full article)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The preseason for the Big Three ended Monday night. It was all of 32 minutes long -- which is about how much LeBron James played in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 107-...(full article)

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