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How an inspiring figure for Asian-Americans around the world went from “Linsanity” to “Rock Bottom”

STANDING IN FRONT a large audience in Taiwan, Jeremy Lin began to break down. While in tears, despite the cheers from his many fans in the audience, Lin admitted “Man it’s hard. Life is hard.”

“In English, there’s a saying, and it says, ‘Once you’ve hit rock bottom, the only way is up,’”he continued. “But, rock bottom just seems to keep getting more and more rock bottom for me. So free agency has been tough, because I feel like in some ways the NBA’s kind of given up on me.”

Lin, who won a championship after joining the Toronto Raptors…

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In the era of load management and resting worn-out players, the NBA’s smartest stars have learned to rest during games

IN 2018, WITH no second superstar to ease his Herculean workload, LeBron James played all 82 games for the first time in his career, while also leading the league in minutes.

His feats transcended conventional wisdom regarding players in their 15th season. While he was still in Miami, it was widely assumed that, as he aged, he would spend less time as a ball-handler, play less minutes per game, and reside more often in post to conserve his body. Unfortunately, the Cleveland Cavaliers, particularly after Kyrie Irving was traded to Boston, never gave James that opportunity. …

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It is all but inevitable that the 76ers will trade Ben Simmons. However, manufacturing a trade for the former #1 pick is extremely complicated

IT’S BEEN TWO months since the Sixers’ disappointing second-round exit in Game 7, and the Ben Simmons trade discussions have quieted.

A split seems inevitable for Philadelphia and their embattled star. However, as has been widely reported, Daryl Morey’s front office has demanded a James Harden-esque package for Simmons, requiring at least an All-Star and draft compensation. In almost any scenario, even one where Simmons returns to Philly and shows noticeable improvement, Morey won’t get that type of trade offer.

Adding uneasiness to the situation is the flurry of rumors surrounding the team.

Simmons and Doc Rivers’ relationship reportedly rook…

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Why the Lakers’ title window, for better or worse, is now firmly centered on mercurial star (and L.A. native) Russell Westbrook

THE LAKERS ARE in a familiar position. Just two seasons ago, when the team traded for Anthony Davis, they were in the exact same position: multiple superstars with almost every roster spot available — this created a blank canvas for GM Rob Pelinka.

Back then, L.A. tried going all-in by signing Kawhi Leonard, the reigning Finals MVP. At the time, the players they had resigned were marginal rotation players at best: Jared Dudley and Troy Daniels. …

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The Milwaukee Bucks won the 2021 title. How will the NBA react to its latest champion?

THE NBA’S LATEST champion was crowned after Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks outlasted Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns. The Bucks won their first title in exactly 50 years (and behind 50 points from Antetokounmpo), instantly becoming one of the greatest, most prophetic coincidences in sports history.

The Bucks’ victory, in many ways, was unpredictable: they probably should have lost in the 2nd around against Brooklyn, and they were one of the few teams to remain relatively healthy in the postseason. …

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A draft class with many strong, high-end prospects has the potential to change the landscape of the NBA and the future of many teams

Note: The list of this Mock Draft was created by Gerald Glassford and sent to Basketball. University. Check out Gerald’s podcast (The Lakers Fast Break) and his pop culture website (Pop Culture Cosmos).

From the beginning, the 2021 NBA Draft has had many questions: would the Detroit Pistons actually trade the #1 pick? Is Cade Cunningham a consensus #1 pick? Will Golden State package their lottery picks?

This draft seems to have it all: strong top-end talent, athletic wings who can help contenders, and players with a high ceiling who, due to their uneven performances in college, could be available…

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The exploits of the NBA’s most crafty guards has created an imbalance in the league and a major refereeing issue

IN HIS FINAL press conference of the season, Sixers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey had many questions to answer. His team had just blown a 2–1 series lead, and, in the process, forfeited huge leads in Games 4 and 5. His point guard, Ben Simmons, crumbled under the spotlight and pressure of the postseason, and his third All-Star caliber player, Tobias Harris, once again struggled with inconsistency.

Obviously, Morey was precise with the way he answered the litany of questions posed to him after the Sixers’ humiliating defeat. …

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After this season’s disappointment, it’s clear that Anthony Davis needs to fulfill his MVP potential for the Lakers to win their 18th championship

AFTER HIS FIRST season with the Lakers, Anthony Davis proved his worth around the NBA, as he was the second most dominant player in the entire league from start to finish. There were many skeptics who questioned if a team built around Davis and LeBron James would be a truly elite team. James proved his doubters wrong by being an MVP candidate at 35 and winning the Finals MVP; Davis proved his critics wrong by outperforming other superstar players in the Orlando Bubble.

The Lakers may have mortgaged most of their draft capital and nearly all of their young talent…

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The Bucks haven’t won a title since 1971, and the Suns have never won a championship. Who will win the 2021 NBA Championship?

At the end of an exhausting season that was defined by injuries and a war of attrition, we have our two NBA finalists: the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks.

The Suns beat out the defending champions in Round 1, the Denver Nuggets in Round 2, and, most recently, the L.A. Clippers in Round 3. They have arguably been the most dominant team in the postseason, and between Devin Booker and Chris Paul, they have enjoyed some remarkable individual performances.

Paul was historically great in Phoenix’s past two elimination games, scoring 37 points and 41 points respectively. Booker, meanwhile, had two…

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After the playoffs, the former #1 overall pick has the Sixers in a dilemma: he is a generational talent with elite ability, but he is also the most conflicting star in the NBA

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THINGS WEREN’T SUPPOSED to be this way. After a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Sixers’ second Game 7 loss in three seasons, they now find themselves at a crossroads.

The team has cycled through former All-Stars and front office executives, reformed their roster multiple times, and, of course, tanked for multiple seasons to create a championship team.

They did the hard work of building a championship team, getting multiple #1 overall picks and a superstar center in Joel Embiid. Embiid, for all of his durability concerns, has been…

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