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This year's NBA conference finals felt like coronations, even in a year where there's been something of a changing of the guard. (It's the first time in 21 years that the conferenc...(full article)

LeBron James satisfied? Never. Not with four more wins needed to finish the story properly. Same goes for Stephen Curry. Grinding your way to The Finals, for the fifth straight yea...(full article)

Fred Hoiberg is Iowa State basketball. He grew up in Ames, starred for the team in the early '90s and returned as head coach to lead the program out of its biggest NCAA Tournament ...(full article)

The threat of the Rockets season ending Wednesday night wasn't scaring Dwight Howard, whose theory on self-management is all about positive thinking. His issue with his critics is ...(full article)

Klay Thompson, the star shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors, unambiguously took a knee to the face in the team’s Wednesday night game against the Houston Rockets. After ...(full article)

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