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Bryant: The one place MJ can't touch LeBron

In ESPN The Magazine's New Orleans Issue, Howard Bryant writes that LeBron James is the greatest athlete-activist of his time, putting him in a realm of greatness Michael Jordan can't touch.

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Nelly talks about Kobe's legacy (1:58)
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Summer Forecast: Crowning a champion

Who will be hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy next June? Our Summer Forecast panel is predicting the NBA champion for 2015-16.

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Wiggins' posterizing slam (0:14)
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Olynyk's nice alley-oop pass to Bennett (0:12)
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Lowe: Heat check

Pat Riley's post-LeBron rebuild project is quickly taking shape. Have the Heat now become the most intriguing team in the NBA?

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Kobe, Durant and Melo next "big three"? (0:36)
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Celtics Summer Forecast: Rare extensions

Our 17-member forecast panel puts itself in Danny Ainge's shoes: Should he offer an extension to Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller or Perry Jones III?

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Floyd Mayweather balls with Isaiah Thomas (2:00)
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Twitter beef between Green and Whiteside signals changing NBA (5:05)
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Russell starstruck of Kobe? (1:24)
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Ford: Simmons to Sixers in 2016 Mock 1.0

Philly uses its two projected top-four picks to grab Ben Simmons and Jamal Murray in Chad Ford's first 2016 mock draft.

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LeBron > MJ in one area

Howard Bryant categorizes James as the leading athlete-activist of his time: "Every day of his career has existed under the shadow of Jordan, but as citizen, LeBron does not look up to Michael. It should be the other way around." How he helps

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Dodge, duck, dip, dive, dodge ... and Dwyane

Heat guard Dwyane Wade shows no mercy during this game of dodgeball.

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ICYMI: Wiggins' posterizing slam

Canada's Andrew Wiggins attacked the rim and put Andres Nocioni on a poster, but Nocioni got the last laugh as Argentina defeated Canada at FIBA Americas.

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What will Kobe's legacy be?

On First Take, rapper Nelly says of Kobe Bryant, who could be playing his final season in L.A.: "I think his legacy as one of the greatest players to ever play the game is cemented."

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Clippers built to last?

Despite a tumultuous offseason and perceived instability, the Clippers landed on the Summer Forecast panel's ranking of teams that are built to last. It may surprise you where they are. 2015 Summer Forecast (Insider)

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Basketball analytics ... for pickup ball

Grantland's Kirk Goldberry is here to convince you to score your games by 2s and 3s rather than 1s and 2s. Still not convinced? Listen to Rockets GM Daryl Morey: “I always make pickup games 3s and 2s." Fixing pickup

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Olynyk finds Bennett for the alley-oop

Canada's Kelly Olynyk tossed up a nice to pass to Anthony Bennett, who finished with a two-handed jam at the FIBA Americas tournament, but Canada fell to Argentina.

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Puerto Rico crushes Cuba 91-61

J.J. Barea, Angel Vassallo and Renaldo Balkman combined for 47 points to lead Puerto Rico to a rout of Cuba in the FIBA Americas tournament. Jasiel Rivero scored 20 and Yoan Haiti netted 18 to lead Cuba in defeat.

Puerto Rico in control in fourth

J.J. Barea (19 points) continues to pace Puerto Rico, which has an 18-point lead over Cuba at the start of the fourth quarter in the FIBA Americas tournament. Live on ESPN3

Halftime: Puerto Rico 47, Cuba 31

J.J. Barea and Angel Vassallo each scored 10 points in the first half to help Puerto Rico build a 16-point lead in the FIBA Americas tournament. Cuba's Yoan Haiti has 16 points, but his supporting cast struggled to find its rhythm. Live on ESPN3

Barea dishing for Puerto Rico

Mavs point guard J.J. Barea had 4 assists in the first quarter, helping Puerto Rico take a 24-17 lead over Cuba in the FIBA Americas tournament. Former Knicks first-round pick Renaldo Balkman had a team-high 7 points for Rick Pitino's squad.

Pitino, Puerto Rico take on Cuba

Rick Pitino's Puerto Rico squad lost their FIBA Americas opener on Monday, and they'll look to bounce back against Cuba. Live on ESPN3

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Final: Brazil 71, Dominican Republic 65

Brazil had the lead for the entire second half and got the win in the FIBA Americas tournament in Mexico City. Live on ESPN3

End of 3: Brazil 58, Dominican Republic 45

The DR's James Feldeine has a game-high 17 points, but Brazil's 43% field goal shooting puts them up to start the fourth quarter. Watch on WatchESPN

Brazil lights it up in second quarter

Brazil shot 61% from the field in the second quarter -- including 6-for-7 from inside the arc -- to score 29 points and take a 45-32 halftime lead over the Dominican Republic at FIBA Americas. Live on ESPN3

Brazil, D.R. tied after first quarter

Brazil has made three 3-pointers, but just 2 shots inside the arc, and is tied with the Dominican Republic 16-16 after 1 at the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament. Live on ESPN3

Brazil vs. Dominican Republic

Both Brazil and the Dominican Republic lost their FIBA Americas opener. One team is going to fall into an 0-2 hole in group play, as they square off in Mexico tonight. Live on ESPN3

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Argentina gets fancy in win vs. Canada

Argentina's Nicholas Richotti dished a behind-the-back pass to Tayvek Gallizzi in midair against Canada at the FIBA Americas tournament. It looks even better in super slow motion.

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Final: Argentina 94, Canada 87

Luis Scola had a game-high 35 points and 13 rebounds while Nicolas Laprovittola had 20 off the bench as Argintina got the win in Mexico City. Canada's Andrew Wiggins finished with 13 points and six rebounds.

Argentina leading Canada in fourth

Andrew Wiggins has 13 points and a monster slam dunk to lead Canada, but Argentina leads 71-68 in the FIBA Americas tournament behind Luis Scola (33 points) and Nicolás Laprovíttola (16 points) Live on ESPN3