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Rebuilding Los Angeles: How The Lakers Aim to Win Big This Season

Lavar Ball thinks the Lakers will win at least 50 games this season. That’d be a 24 game increase of last year’s win total.  The Cavs won just 20 more games when LeBron came back to Cleveland, and they traded for Kevin Love. So, you can do the math.  Maybe Lavar’s prediction was just a little bit much.  He’s been known to exaggerate his opinions a tad.  

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New Team, Same Vision: How the Clippers can become Contenders in 2017-18

The Clippers lost their best player in franchise history in Chris Paul. There’s no replacing that. At the same time, they did find a nice way to bounce back and fill a few of the pieces and actually come back with more depth than ever before. As part of the trade that sent Paul to Houston, the Clips received defensive pest Patrick Beverley, former Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams, solid big Montrezl Harrell, and developing wing Sam Dekker.

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Rebooting the Bull: How can Zach LaVine elevate the Chicago Bulls

When the Chicago Bulls hit restart on their franchise this offseason by trading Jimmy Butler, they got a consolation prize of Zach LaVine. Bulls fans hoping he turns into the next Jimmy B, sorry. While he may not turn into a superstar, LaVine is a great player and has given us plenty to salivate about now that he’ll have his opportunity.

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Dancing with the Wolves: Will Minnesota's Offseaon Efforts Pay Off?

The Minnesota Timberwolves quickly went from up-and-comers to a team that’s expected to perform with their acquisitions this offseason. Potentially the biggest offseason trade brought all-star Jimmy Butler to Minnesota to be reunited with his former head coach Tom Thibodeau. Butler will join a talented core of Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins as well as a group of experienced veterans who signed in Jeff Teague, Jamal Crawford and Taj Gibson. The Wolves still boast starter Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad, Tyus Jones and Nemanja Bjelica. 

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Apollo Rocket: Will Harden and Paul Takeoff in Space City? 

The Houston Rockets finished 55-27 last season. In the past, that would’ve been enough to sit back and get ready for next season but with today’s super teams, the Rockets had to make a splash. They did just that by grabbing future hall of fame player Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers. To make the money match, they had to part ways with a host of players who all provided depth for these Rockets but they should find plenty of success this season led by two superstars.

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The Battle for the East: Are the Celtics closer to a title?

The last time we saw the Boston Celtics, they were bowing out 4-1 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. In what was their last game of the season they lost by 33 points (135-102) and Lebron James and his Cavs stormed into the finals. The series was one sided, with Cleveland winning every game they did by double digits. It was a sad end but a dose of reality for a team that had managed to become the number one seed in the East going into the playoffs.

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Once Bitten Twice Shy: Is OKC’s future secure with Paul George and Russell Westbrook? 

It was a move that sent shockwaves through the NBA free agency market, particularly as it was no secret that George expressed interest in going home to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers. It was also one of the biggest shake ups of the free agency frenzy as OKC was not tabled to make any serious moves outside of trying to furnish 2017 MVP Russell Westbrook with reasons to sign an extension and stay with the Thunder.

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Trusting the Process: Is Philly Finally Seeing Success or Continuing in Mediocrity

The team lost more games than any other team, broke the NBA’s record for consecutive games lost and became the second worst NBA team of all time. Now, years apart from the initial decision to tank and build through the draft, Philly could be one of the teams to watch in the East.

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L is for Lavar: The Big Baller Brand’s Underperformed Release of the ZO2 Prime

Two hundred and sixty-three.  That’s how many pairs of Lonzo Ball’s first shoe, the ZO2 Prime, Big Baller Brand managed to sell in its first day. Now, keep in mind the shoes retailed for $495, which is enough to buy four pairs of Steph Curry’s signature shoe with enough change to buy yourself a good meal. So if you do the math, that’s just over $130,000 in sales. For 24 hours, it actually doesn’t sound bad.  But, it is. 

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Carolina Blues: ArtisCharles’ UNC vs Duke MBB 2017 Gallery 

If you’re an avid fan of college basketball then you’re very familiar with the intensity, desire, and tradition of wanting to watch the iconic Duke vs North Carolina men’s basketball game. This rivalry between these two school has birthed star-studded careers of Vince Carter, Michael Jordan, Grant Hill, Christian Laettner, Kyrie Irving, and many more.

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