PODCAST: Kobe Bryant among Top 5 players of all time

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Kobe Bryant is now within 219 points of surpassing Michael Jordan (32,292) on the career scoring list. I covered all five of Kobe’s championships, along with the final three of Jordan’s six. I was a little kid when I watched Oscar Robertson play in person, and I grew up watching Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dominate the NBA, both with the Bucks and the Lakers. I have only faint memories of watching Wilt Chamberlain play on TV, and I never saw Bill Russell play —

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SH Blog: Love not thrilled with his role on offense, SVG fires back at Markieff Morris

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It wasn’t supposed to be like this for Kevin Love when news broke that he would be joining LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland over the summer. Sure, he was supposed to sacrifice like everyone else. That’s expected when you build a super team like this because there is only one basketball to go around. Just ask Chris Bosh, who went from averaging 24 points in Toronto to never sniffing 20 points again (regularly in the 18-point range) when he

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Tweet of the Night: Metta World Peace still thinks the Lakers can make the playoffs

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Metta World Peace (or Panda’s Friend, if you prefer) has been adamant about the Los Angeles Lakers being a playoff team this year, and they did him proud by beating the Atlanta Hawks on the road 114-109. Swaggy P is back!!!!! 5-8 seed ??? Lakers???? They played a great game today!!! — mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) November 19, 2014 It’s unclear if the former NBA player is being serious with some of the claims he has been making as of late, but you’d hope that

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Fantasy Spin: Run, DMC

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Monday was a strange night in the NBA. The lowly Nuggets, blown out the day before, shocked the previously red-hot Cavs in Cleveland. Pau Gasol (calf) and Derrick Rose (hamstring) didn’t play, but the Bulls beat the Clippers anyway, thanks to Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler.

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Bernucca: For Derrick Rose, Image Becoming a Thorny Issue

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If Derrick Rose wants to sit out games because he doesn’t feel 100 percent healthy, that’s fine. If Rose wants to go to the coaching staff, training staff and management of the Chicago Bulls and develop some sort of maintenance program which allows him to sit out games from time to time, that’s fine, too. In fact, given what the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat have done with their aging stars over the last several seasons – and the success that

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Tweet of the Day: Westbrook Fires Back at a Heckler

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Lakers fans are everywhere. Literally. Before a Sunday night game in Oklahoma City between the Thunder and Houston Rockets, an LA fan had to created a little dialogue from the bleachers. Lakers fan six rows behind the scorer's table screams at Westbrook: "Russ, come to L.A.!!" Russ starts shaking his head no. — Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) November 17, 2014Fan: "You can shoot all you want. Come to L.A. We got rings." Westbrook: "Get yo ass out of here and go back to L.A." —

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SH Blog: Cousins explains why he will never respect Barkley, Bryant wants to see Spurs in playoffs again

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Even a year ago, it didn’t seem as though DeMarcus Cousins would ever get his act together. The talent was undoubtedly there. Last season, the center averaged 22.7 points on 49.6 percent shooting from the field to go with 11.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks. The man can absolutely play, and is one of the toughest to guard in the league with his unique ability to shoot from the mid-range, create from the high post and simply bulldoze

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