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NBA Stars Should Follow Butler's Lead

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Every NBA team enters the offseason trying to get better, whether by positioning itself for a playoff push or moving forward a rebuild. Only a few teams decided that they'd try t...(full article)

Sez Me … There are around 3.5 billion women in the world. Millions of them raise children in this country. Many by themselves. Countless grandmothers raise countless grandch...(full article)

When the Miami Heat swung a trade for Goran Dragic on Feb. 19, bringing in the 2014 All-NBA team member on the day of the trade deadline, the Eastern Conference was suddenly put o...(full article)

Jimmy Butler’s new contract with the Bulls raised some eyebrows because he took less money than he could have. But in reportedly choosing a $4.6 million signing bonus, Butler cho...(full article)

Jimmy Butler’s new contract with the Bulls raised some eyebrows because he took less money than he could have. But in reportedly choosing a $4.6 million signing bonus, Butler...(full article)

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