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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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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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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 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…

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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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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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These NBA Playoffs have been anything but predictable.

Last year’s finalists, the Heat and Lakers, were both unceremoniously eliminated in the first round, the betting favorite to win the title, the Brooklyn Nets, were eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks, and both number 1 seeds, the 76ers and Jazz, have been eliminated.

After last season’s NBA Bubble, which featured many unexpected and fluky performances, this season has been featured equally as many unexpected playoff performances. …

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This postseason has been notable for many reasons: historically great individual performances, several injuries to star players, and a host of teams looking to win their first title. But among the waves of headlines dominating the NBA news cycle daily, one key aspect of the game has been featured prominently: free throws.

That’s right. Free throws, which are perhaps the least exciting aspect of basketball, have been emphasized as teams look to gain a competitive advantage.

More specifically, teams are trying the “Hack-A-Shaq” strategy — the strategy of intentionally fouling the opposing team’s worst free-throw shooter named after Shaquille O’Neal…

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Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 of a two-part series on the Lakers and Heat. Find Part One, a recap of the two teams’ demise in the 2020–2021 season after making the NBA Finals, here.

PERHAPS THE BEST way to describe the past season for the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat is a tax. It was a “tax” because, in exchange for outperforming the rest of the NBA, the Lakers and Heat were hit with a storm of injuries, mental fatigue, and the shortest offseason in league history.

It is no coincidence that, with Nikola Jokic’s Nuggets bowing out…

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Editor’s Note: This article is Part 1 of a two-part series focused on the Lakers and Heat. Part 2 focuses on how the Lakers and Heat can improve their rosters in a crucial offseason. Find Part 2 here.

When the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers faced off in the 2020 NBA Finals in an unlikely matchup of two vastly different teams, there was no shortage of dominant performances and high-level play.

The two teams outlasted the rest of the league in the NBA Bubble in a grueling, taxing journey.

While the Heat’s culture and LeBron James’ leadership abilities can…

Spencer Young

Student. Fan. Writer. Work featured by Bleacher Report, Zensah, and Lakers Fast Break.

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