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NBA Costume Party

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One of my favorite holidays of the year is Halloween, but it may not be for the same reasons you enjoy it. See, while I enjoy seeing funky pumpkins, watching scary movies and eating a lot of candy, I get the most joy from scrolling through a blown up Twitter and Instagram feed of NBA players dressed head to toe in - more often than not - some ridiculous costumes.

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

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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.