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When the NBA is an extreme sport

From KD to Jackson, Tuesday saw the highs and lows of life in the Association

Updated: May 7, 2014, 3:39 PM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

The NBA is a large world, a place that can encompass sentimentality, scandal and palace intrigue. Whether you're inclined to be cynical or a sucker for sappiness, Tuesday gave you plenty of material, as two men got their walking papers, and Kevin Durant was handed the Most Valuable Player award.

The Durant MVP news conference, at the converted roller rink that served as the team's first practice facility when it moved from Seattle in 2008, introduced a rarely heard concept ...

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