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LeBron James Talks About Clutch Situations, We Get Excited For The NBA Season

Photo by belleshaw from Flickr

LeBron was very clearly never interested in any of the late game glory, or at least not in recreating the Jordan and Kobe clutch experience. He wanted to use his skills to manipulate the defense into giving his team a good shot. If that meant he took the shot so be it; if that meant he passed to a wide-open Donyell Marshall in the corner, that was okay too. Miles Davis was famous for his understanding of space and silence. There was no excess. The time between notes was just as important as the notes themselves -- the notes played equal to the notes left unplayed. For LeBron, the shots he did take have always been as important as the ones he didn't, both to him as a player, and us as fans. For whatever reason, it's been difficult for LeBron to get the general public to understand this approach. The shots he didn't take always stood out as missed opportunities and the ones he took and missed served as the miner's canary for his clutch-less soul.

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GM Survey: Curry and Durant as Shooting Guards?

via flickr | Keith Allison

Necessary disclaimer: the positionless revolution is real.

Traditional basketball nomenclature is almost wholly obsolete in the modern game, having been replaced by nonexclusive labels like small, big, primary ballhandler, wing, post, guard and forward. But different teams have different personnel and utilize different systems; the NBA has yet to reach a consensus on blanket definitions to best describe a player’s role and responsibilities, and it likely never will. Skill-sets of the league’s 30 rosters will always vary enough to keep us from finding new, concrete positional classifications, even as the strategic reliance on finding and preventing three-point and rim attempts continues to mushroom.

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On Gavin DeGraw and Finding Yourself in the NBA

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Think about your favorite NBA player. Doesn't matter who it is, really, although for the purposes of this exercise it would be nice if you picked a player who has played at least one game in the NBA prior to this year.

Now think about that player when they first arrived in the NBA. Were they the same player then that they are now? I bet they're not.