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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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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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D-Wade shows no mercy in game of dodgeball (0:14)
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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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Panama storms back

After trailing by as many as 13 points, Panama climbed all the way back to tie it up, and trails the Dominican Republic by just 2 at halftime in a FIBA Americas first-round game. Former Southern Miss forward Josimar Ayarza leads all scorers with 13 for Panama. Live on ESPN3

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

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

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D.R. off to hot start today

The Dominican Republic held Panama to 26 percent shooting in the first quarter, taking a 10-point lead after 1 at the FIBA Americas tournament. The Dominican squad is still looking for its first win in this year's event. Live on ESPN3

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Después del entrenamiento de esta mañana en #Madrid, nos vamos para #Berlin donde el sábado comienza el gran reto del #Eurobasket2015. Con muchas ganas de empezar!! #Somosequipo After our practice this morning in Madrid, we're about to fly to Berlin where the Eurobasket challenge will begin on Saturday! I can't wait to start competing!!

Are LeBron's title hopes fading?

ESPN Forecast asked how many titles LeBron would win in Cleveland, and 97% of the panel said at least one. Ethan Sherwood Strauss says: "I don't have that kind of faith."

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FIBA Americas continues today

The action in Mexico City tips off with Rockets F Francisco Garcia leading his Dominican Republic squad against Uruguay. The Dominican squad is still looking for its first win in the tournament. Live on ESPN3

Ty Lawson ready for fresh start

The new Rockets point guard told FOX 26 Houston: “I was like before I even came to the team I was talking to James (Harden). I was like 'Man get me over there.' I'll be that piece to get over the hump. It's definitely a breath of fresh air.”

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Basketball analytics ... for pickup ball

Grantland's Kirk Goldsberry 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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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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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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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