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Small ball reached new heights in Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals when Warriors coach Steve Kerr sat year-long starter Andrew Bogut the entire game, moved Draymond Green to center an...(full article)

THINK OF these measurables for an NBA prospect: an 18-year-old man-child who is 6-11, chiseled like Adonis, with strength and power that rivaled Hercules. That player would be a ce...(full article)

Darryl Dawkins oozed charisma. He was glib, with a DJ's patter. And what endeared him to so many was his disposition. To hear him tell it, Darryl never had a bad day - or if he did...(full article)

The blood feud between Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant has long been buried, but the two have managed to avoid a one-on-one sit-down in which they publicly discussed what went wr...(full article)

Ah, the suspension: the classic grade school punishment for serious disobedience. Fitting, then, that when pro athletes — sometimes astonishingly childish and immature — break ...(full article)

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