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How the NBA navigated its longest, most unpredictable year

In the 2019-20 season, the outside world overwhelmed the NBA. Here's how we got to a Finals that was anything but guaranteed.

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WHY DOC AND THE CLIPPERS BROKE UP

What went wrong for Doc Rivers and the Clippers

Doc Rivers thought the Clippers needed more time, but Steve Ballmer wondered if they needed a new voice.

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Steve Ballmer was too used to winning to keep things the same

The LA Clippers' separation from Doc Rivers signals the organization can’t wait any longer to be a title contender.

LEBRON'S 10TH NBA FINALS TRIP

How to stop LeBron in the playoffs

How do you stop one of the greatest players of all time in the postseason? It's not easy -- and it doesn't last long.

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LeBron's rivalry with the Heat runs deep

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Don't take LeBron James for granted in 2020

For the first time in 10 years, the Lakers are in the Finals, a familiar spot for LeBron. It means more now.

DOC RIVERS REACTION

Stephen A. tempts Clippers to promote Lue with promises of big names

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Who could be the next Clippers head coach?

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The rise and fall of LeBron's Big Three in Miami

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Basketball: A Love Story

  • Basketball: A Love Story
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    Director Dan Klores creates a vibrant mosaic of basketball by exploring the complex nature of love as it relates to the game. Stream 62 short stories on the NBA, ABA, college hoops, the women's game, international basketball, and socio-cultural issues told by 165 legends.