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TrueHoop Presents: Talk of Kobe-for-LeBron trade happened in 2007

It's the ultimate what-if scenario. According to multiple sources, the Lakers once contacted the Cavs about possibly trading Kobe Bryant for LeBron James.

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All-Time #NBArank: Magical player at No. 4

Our countdown of the NBA's all-time greatest players has reached the top five. Coming in at No. 4 is Magic Johnson, who redefined the point guard position while winning five championships in Los Angeles.

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4hRobert Sanchez

TrueHoop Presents: Jahlil Okafor opens up

For the first time ever, the 76ers rookie discusses his run-ins with the law and growing up in the NBA spotlight. Can he put this season's troubles behind him and focus on the game?

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Kobe's memorable moments in Cleveland (0:47)
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Zach Slone's 'special moment' (2:35)
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Heat frustrated enough to trade Whiteside? (1:21)
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1hPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: Rams redesign contest results

Uni Watch asked readers to put their own twist on the Rams' design for their return to Los Angeles. Here are the best submissions, along with some, er, interesting takes that missed the mark.

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Owens: The Hall of Fame process is flawed (1:04)
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Denver players feel the love from fans at the parade (2:13)
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8mKeith Law

Law: 2016 ranking of all 30 farm systems

Keith Law ranks all 30 farm systems heading into the 2016 season, with the rebuilding Atlanta Braves leaping to the top of his list (and the Los Angeles Angels falling to last).

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10hEthan Sherwood Strauss

Warriors already in a playoff crucible

Teams have begun adjusting defensively against the Golden State Warriors, but that might just be making them stronger.

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Daniel Bryan on concussions: You have a responsibility to yourself (4:23)
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Sanders takes a break from campaign to shoot some baskets (0:18)
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Magic's top five Lakers (1:00)
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15mDavid Schoenfield

The best players on really terrible teams

Jason Castro, Jose Fernandez and Darwin Barney are three players who had great seasons for losing teams over the past several years.

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3hPeter Bodo

Bodo: The jam Roger Federer finds himself in

There's no denying Roger Federer finds himself in uncharted territory after undergoing knee surgery, which makes us wonder: Is this the final act of an astonishing career?

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5hJeff Legwold

Broncos' defense is 'in the argument' as best ever

The Broncos faced down all sorts of comers this season, and a Super Bowl triumph put a cap on their case to be among the top defenses in NFL history.

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Bilas Index: Seeing a soft bubble
NCAAM 

The Bilastrator sat down to order the best 68 teams in the land and realized something: Some teams in his list don't have the most compelling arguments to even be included. Bilas Index (Insider)

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant talking about how it's a little more special to him and Russell Westbrook they were voted All-Stars without having to campaign for it:

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Owens: 'Hall of Fame process is flawed'
NFL 

Terrell Owens told Skip Bayless he couldn't care less that he didn't get into the Hall of Fame.

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SportsCenter anchors vs. Globetrotters
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The SC anchors challenged the Harlem Globetrotters to a shooting contest. The winner probably won't surprise you.

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Mike & Mike dislike Cam's 'loser' comment
NFL 

Said Mike Golic of Cam Newton's "sore loser" comment: "You don't have to like losing, but you can handle it like a professional."

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Steph's brilliance not limited to scoring
NBA 

Steph Curry did three amazing things on this play and none involved shooting a basketball.

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CC Sabathia: Best I've felt in 3 years
MLB 

The Yankees LHP, who spent a month in a rehab facility in October to battle an alcohol problem, is feeling strong, telling the New York Post: "I feel the best I have in three years. I am excited to get to Tampa with a clear head and a healthy body." Battling for starting job

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Celtics have pieces to make a big move

The Celtics are not only surging in the Eastern Conference standings, they have perhaps the best portfolio of draft picks to offer at the trade deadline. The question is, will Trader Danny make a big splash?

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Uni Watch: Rams redesign contest results
NFL 

Uni Watch asked readers to put their own twist on the Rams' design for their return to L.A. Here are the best submissions, along with some, uh, interesting takes that missed the mark. Uni Watch

Alex Rocklein
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Peyton's message to the team
NFL 

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson detailed Peyton Manning's advice prior to the Super Bowl.

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Huni on food, family and being bronze

The biggest difference between Germany and Los Angeles? The food. At least, that's what Immortals top laner Heo "Huni" Seung-hoon says. His take

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The Kobe-for-LeBron trade that never was
NBA 

Brian Windhorst looks back to 2007, when the Lakers called the Cavaliers to inquire about a Kobe Bryant-for-LeBron James trade.

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All-Time #NBArank: Magic Johnson at No. 4
NBA 

Magic is the only player in NBA Finals history with multiple triple-doubles in series-clinching games. No. 4

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BREAKING NEWS: Lisa Borders named new WNBA President.

Real X Games: All-urban freeski
X Games 

Real Ski, the first all-urban, all-video X Games freeski contest, starts today. Meet the contenders. Photos

Clayton Vila
X Games 

Anderson: Wade Phillips is best dancer
NFL 

After seeing Phillips dance with Flo Rida at the Broncos' Super Bowl after party, running back C.J. Anderson said Phillips is the best dancer on the coaching staff.

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Revised college hoops picks
NCAAM 

Our experts were mixed before the season. Some liked Kansas. Others liked North Carolina. Where do they stand now? Well, they definitely like Buddy Hield. Picks

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Obama congratulates Broncos on win
NFL 

President Barack Obama called Broncos coach Gary Kubiak and LB DeMarcus Ware to congratulate them on their Super Bowl 50 victory, telling them their defense was as good as he's seen since the '85 Bears.

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Bowen: What it's like to get cut in the NFL
NFL 

It's that time of year: NFL veterans are finding themselves out of a job. When Matt Bowen got cut, unemployment found him at the local gym, with the "moms who drove minivans and yoked-up guys walking around with protein shakes." Boxes and uncertainty

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Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf meets with the media for the first time following his trade from Toronto: "There are a lot of thoughts that do go through your mind when you get a (trade) call... I wish everyone there the best in Toronto. I'm excited about this new part of my career. I'm excited to be a part of this team and that starts tonight."

TrueHoop: 2007 Kobe-for-LeBron talk revealed
NBA 

It's the ultimate what-if scenario. According to multiple sources, the Lakers once contacted the Cavs about a possible Kobe-for-LeBron swap. A moment in time

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NBA 

Predicting the next 25 Super Bowls
NFL 

It's 2035, the Super Bowl is being played in London and the Giants edge the Patriots by 1 point as Benjamin Brady loses when sister Vivian Brady boots the winning 55-yard field goal -- then announces her engagement to Jets QB Marshall Manning. Predictions

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ICYMI: Porzingis with majestic throwdown
NBA 

Kristaps Porzingis had Jared Dudley looking the completely wrong way, and then jammed it over Marcin Gortat.

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